Contributed by Jameel Kermalli,
Perhaps one of the secrets behind the merits of reciting this tasbih is as he has been mentioned in a hadith in which we are told that a man came to Imam ja’far ibne Muhammad as-Sadiq (a.s.) and asked him: “What is the secret behind the Ka’bah having four rukn (corners) and it being cubic square (in shape)?”
The Imam (a.s.) replied, “It is because the baitul Ma’mur has four rukn.”
The person then asked, “Why does the Baitul Ma’mur has four rukn?”
The Imam (a.s.) said, “Because the ‘Arsh has four rukn.”
The man further asked: “Why the ‘Arsh has four rukn?”
The Imam (a.s.) replied:
Due to the fact that every Arsh is dependent upon (or made firm by) the rukn (as its supports). The first of these is Allahu Akbar; the second is Subhanallah; the third is Alhamdulillah and the fourth is La Ilaha Illallah.
This hadith also means that whatever is in this material world has a secret which is linked to the spiritual realms.
The Prophet (S) upon hearing this, said:
Shall I teach you something that is better for you than a servant and a world with everything in it? After every prayer say:
Allahu Akbar thirty four (34) times, Alhamdu Lillah thirty three (33) times and, Subhan Allah thirty three (33) times, then conclude that with la illaha ila Allah.
Surely this is better for you than that which you wanted and the world and its belongings.
In the Qur’an, we have been instructed to Remember God , not only remember God occasionally, remember Him frequently.
- In Surah Ahzab, verse 14, “O You who believe! Remember Allah with much remembrance”
- and Surah Jumuah, “ Remember Him frequently”
- Surah Ahzab 21, “And remembers Allah much”
How to remember him frequently?
We have different ways to do that:-
One way is to constantly remember any one of His Names and you have remembered him frequently.
But the Imams of Ahlulbait they have said, that:
If somebody engages in the Tasbih of the Holy lady Fatima after his prayer then indeed he has done his duty of remembering God frequently.