Tuesday, 14 June 2022

Meaning of Subhanallah and when to say it


The word Subhanallah has been used so often in our daily conversations that it’s easy to take it for granted. But do you really know what it means? Why do we say Subhanallah? If you don’t, this short article will help clear up the confusion about the meaning of Subhanallah and reveal its true meaning and beauty.


Meaning of Subhanallah


Subhanallah is an Arabic word (اللهسُـبْحانَ) translated as “Glory be to God” and it is the most commonly used expression of Islamic praise and glorification of God. From an Islamic perspective, subhan means to praise, exalt or glorify.


In reference to Allah, however, it means to praise Him for His glory, perfection and absolute Oneness. We do so through all five senses—sight, sound, touch, taste and smell—and every moment we live are a reminder that He deserves our praise.


Looking at a sunset through our eyes or listening to sound with our ears are two ways we can express Subhanallah. So is allowing ourselves to appreciate a delicious meal or using skin-to-skin contact with another person as a form of intimacy rather than lustful fulfillment.


There are countless other examples, but they all have one thing in common: They remind us that there’s nothing more worthy of our praise than Allah.


When to say Subhanallah


1. Reciting Subhanallah in the Morning and the time before sleeping



Juwairiya reported that Allah's Messenger (may peace be upon him) came out from (her apartment) In the morning as she was busy in observing her dawn prayer in her place of worship. He Came back in the forenoon and she was still sitting there. He (the Holy Prophet) said to her: You have been in the same seat since I left you. She said: Yes.

Thereupon Allah's Apostle (may peace be upon him) said: I recited four words three times after I left you and if these are to be weighed against what you have recited since morning these would outweigh them and (these words) are: "Hallowed be Allah and praise is due to Him according to the number of His creation and according to the pleasure of His Self and according to the weight of His Throne and according to the ink (used in recording) words (for His Praise)." -  Sahih Muslim Chapter 18: Book 035, Number 6575



2. Subhanallah when bowing and prostration


'A'isha reported: The Messenger of Allah (may peace be upon him) recited often these words: Hallowed be Allah and with His praise, I seek the forgiveness of Allah and return to Him. She said: I asked: Messenger of Allah, I see that you often repeat the saying "SubhanAllahi bihamdihi astagfirullahi watubuilaih" whereupon he said: My Lord informed me that I would soon see a sign in my ummah, so when I see it I often recite (these) words: Hallowed be Allah and with His Praise, I seek forgiveness of Allah and return to Him. Indeed I saw it (when this verse) was revealed:" When Allah's help and victory came, it marked the victory of Mecca, and you see people entering into Allah's reli- gion in troops, celebrate the praise of Thy Lord and ask His forgiveness. Surely He is ever returning to Mercy." - Chapter 37 Book 004, Number 0984



3. Saying Subhanallah to get the attention of the Imam in Prayer


 Narrated Abu Huraira: The Prophet said, "The saying 'Sub Han Allah' is for men and clapping is for women." (If something happens in the prayer, the men can invite the attention of the Imam by saying "Sub Han Allah". And women, by clapping their hands). – Sahih al-Bukhari Volume 2, Book 22, Number 295


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