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Namaz-e-Tasbeeh or Salatul Tasbih is a special prayer having great virtues and benefits. Even though it is not mandatory to perform namaz-e-tasbeeh, it is recommended in hadith that one should perform this prayer on daily basis if possible if not then once in week, if that is not also possible then once in month, if once cannot perform this prayer once in a month then once should perform it once in a year and even if that is not possible then it is greatly emphasized to offer namaz-e-tasbeeh at once in a life time. Hadith has described great virtues and benefits of namaz-e-tasbeeh.
Our Beloved Prophet Mohammed (s.a.w) said to his uncle (father’s brother) Sayyidna Abbas (may Allah be pleased with him) Oh uncle shall I not give you Shall I not grant you Shall I not award you Shall I not do mercy on you When you do 10 things Allah will forgive your sins: of the future and of the past; new and old; those you have forgotten and those you did knowingly; big and small; hidden and revealed. Then he (s.a.w) explained the taught the way to pray Salatul Tasbih and then said if you can pray this salah once a day, if you cannot pray once a day then every Friday, and even if this is not possible then once a month and even if this is not possible then once a year and even if this is not possible then at least once in a lifetime (Abu’Dawood & Tirimzi)
Namaz-e-tasbeeh has the power through which a person’s lifetime sins are forgiven. Though it seems like a small act but the benefits and rewards against it are countless. What else a person needs when he has been told a very easy way through which one can wash off all the sins of the life. This is the greatness of our religion Islam. May Allah give us the strength to offer namaz-e-tasbeeh as much as we can.
METHODS TO PERFORM THIS NAMAZ
Salatul tasbeeh is offered with one salam for all the four rakats. Additionally, there are two methods of offering salatul tasbeeh. Both the methods are mentioned in Tirmidhi in the book of salah and the ahadith numbers are 481 and 482.
Both the methods are essentially the same because in both the methods, the dua should be recited 300 times and all the fours rakats are offered the way you offer any other prayer of four rakats. The only difference between the two methods is that in the first method you recite the dua 25 times while you are standing (15 times after sana and 10 times just before going into ruku) and in the second method you recite it only 15 times while standing (just before going into ruku). In the second method, the 10 times you have not recited the dua while standing is done in tashhud instead (i.e. after every second sajda, you sit for some time and recite the dua 10 times). Everything else is the same.
When you read these ahadith, you will see that all the four rakats are offered with one salam. Although, we offer nawafil prayers in one salam for two rakats, you can also offer some nawafil in one salam for four rakats; for instance, tahajjud can be offered with one salam for four rakats.
Hadith for method 1 (Tirmidhi, Hadith number 481):
Ahmad ibn Abduh ad‐Dabbi reported from Abu Wahb that he asked Abdullah ibn Mubarak about salat at‐tasbih. He said: Say (AIlahu Akbar) and recite the Thana then fifteen times “SubhanALLAH walhamduliLLAH wa la ilaha illALLAH wALLAH u akhbar” then (the ta’awwuz) and (the tasmiyah) and surah al‐Fatihah and any other surah. Then recite ten times and then go into ruku and recite it ten times. Then get up from ruku and recite ten times, then ten times in sajdah, then ten times on getting up from sajdah and then ten times in the second sajdah. Offer the four raka’at in this way. This is 75 times in each raka’ah. Begin every raka’ah with fifteen repetitions, the recital and again ten
(repetitions of) tasbih. If one is offering the salah of the night then I think that it is better to make salutation after (every) two raka’at, but if one offers it during the day then he may, if he wish, make salutation after two or directly at the conclusion (of four raka’at).
Hadith for method 2 (Tirmidhi, Hadith number 482):
Sayyidina Abu Rafi (RA) narrated that Allah’s Messenger said to Sayyidina Abbas (RA), “O Uncle! shall I not join ties with you? Shall I not give you? Shall I not benefit you?” He said, “Of course, 0 Messenger of Allah!” So, he said, “0 Uncle! pray four raka’at. Recite in each raka’ah the Fatihat ul‐Kitab and a surah and when you have finished the recital, say Allah u Akbar walhamduliLLAH wa subhanALLAH fifteen times before making the ruku. Then go into the ruku and repeat them ten times. Then raise your head and say the words ten times. Then go into prostration and repeat them ten times, and raise your head and say the words ten times. Then prostrate and say the words ten times, and (again) raise you head and repeat them ten times before you stand up. So, this is (in all)
seventy five in each raka’ah and it is three hundred in all four raka’at. Even if your sins are like the sand praticles of Aalij, Allah will forgive them for you.” He (Sayyidina Abbas i said, “0 Messenger of Allah! Who can stand up for it every day?” He said, If you cannot establish it every day, then observe it on Friday. And if you cannot do that every Friday then observe it every month.” And he did not cease to say that until he said, “Offer it once in a year.”
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