Tahlil: The Best Dhikr
لَا إِلٰهَ إِلَّا اللّٰهُ
Lā ilāha illā-Allāh
There is no god but Allah.
The Messenger of Allah ﷺ said: “The best dhikr is [above] ” (Nasā’ī)
Tasbih (Subhana-llah), Tahmid (Alhamdu li-llah), Takbir (Allahu akbar)
سُبْحَانَ اللّٰهِ ، اَلْحَمْدُ لِلّٰهِ ، اَللّٰهُ أَكْبَرُ
Subḥāna-llāh. Alḥamdu li-llāh, Allāhu akbar.
Allah is free from imperfection. All praise be to Allah. Allah is the Greatest.
The Messenger of Allah ﷺ said: “The most beloved statements to Allah are four: سُبْحَانَ اللهِ ، وَالْحَمْدُ لِلهِ ، وَلَا إِلهَ إِلَّا اللهُ ، وَاللهُ أَكْبَر.” (Muslim)
Hawqalah: A Treasure From the Treasures of Paradise
لَا حَوْلَ وَلَا قُوَّةَ إِلَّا بِاللّٰهِ
Lā ḥawla wa lā quwwata illā bi-llāh
There is no power (in averting evil) or strength (in attaining good) except through Allah
The Messenger of Allah ﷺ said: “Shall I not teach you a statement which lies beneath the Throne and is from the treasures of Paradise? Say لَا حَوْلَ وَلَا قُوَّةَ إِلَّا بِالله upon which Allah says: ‘My slave has submitted and surrendered himself.’” (Hākim)
He ﷺ also said: “It is a gate from the gates of Paradise.” (Tirmidhī)
اَللّٰهُمَّ صَلِّ عَلَىٰ مُحَمَّدٍ وَعَلَىٰ آلِ مُحَمَّدٍ ، كَمَا صَلَّيْتَ عَلَىٰ إِبْرَاهِيْمَ وَعَلَىٰ آلِ إِبْرَاهِيْمَ ، إِنَّكَ حَمِيْدٌ مَّجِيْدٌ ، اَللّٰهُمَّ بَارِكْ عَلَىٰ مُحَمَّدٍ وَعَلَىٰ آلِ مُحَمَّدٍ ، كَمَا بَارَكْتَ عَلَىٰ إِبْرَاهِيْمَ وَعَلَىٰ آلِ إِبْرَاهِيْمَ ، إِنَّكَ حَمِيْدٌ مَّجِيْدٌ
Allāhumma ṣalli ʿalā Muḥammad wa ʿalā āli Muḥammad, kamā ṣallayta ʿalā Ibrāhīma wa ʿalā āli Ibrāhīm, innaka Ḥamīdu-m-Majīd, Allāhumma bārik ʿalā Muḥammad, wa ʿalā āli Muḥammad, kamā bārakta ʿalā Ibrāhīma wa ʿalā āli Ibrāhīm, innaka Ḥamīdu-m-Majīd.
O Allah, honour and have mercy upon Muhammad and the family of Muhammad as You have honoured and had mercy upon Ibrāhīm and the family of Ibrāhīm. Indeed, You are the Most Praiseworthy, the Most Glorious. O Allah, bless Muhammad and the family of Muhammad as You have blessed Ibrāhīm and the family of Ibrāhīm. Indeed, You are the Most Praiseworthy, the Most Glorious.
ʿAbd al-Raḥmān ibn Abī Laylā (raḥimahullāh) said: “Kaʿb ibn ʿUjrah (raḍiy Allāhu ʿanhu) met me and said: ‘Shall I not give you a gift I received from the Messenger of Allah ﷺ?’ I replied: ‘Yes of course, gift it to me.’ So he said: ‘We asked the Messenger of Allah ﷺ: “O Messenger of Allah ﷺ, how should we invoke ṣalāh upon you, the members of the family, for Allah has taught us how to send salām upon you?” He ﷺ replied: “Say: [the above].” (Bukhārī 3370)
The Best Statement Uttered By All the Prophets
لَا إِلٰهَ إِلَّا اللهُ وَحْدَهُ لَا شَرِيْكَ لَهُ ، لَهُ الْمُلْكُ وَلَهُ الْحَمْدُ وَهُوَ عَلَىٰ كُلِّ شَيْءٍ قَدِيْرٌ
Lā ilāha illā-Allāh, waḥdahū lā sharīka lah, lahu-l-mulk, wa lahu-l-ḥamd, wa Huwa ʿalā kulli shay’in Qadīr.
There is no god but Allah. He is Alone and He has no partner whatsoever. To Him Alone belong all sovereignty and all praise. He is over all things All-Powerful.
Ibn ‘Amr (radiy Allāhū ‘anhumā) narrates that the Messenger of Allah ﷺ said: “The best duʿā’ is the duʿā’ of the day of ʿArafah. The best of what I and the Prophets before me have said is [the above].” (Tirmidhī 3585)
The Best Words After the Quran
سُبْحَانَ اللهِ ، وَالْحَمْدُ لِلهِ وَلَا إِلٰهَ إِلَّا اللهُ ، وَاللهُ أَكْبَرُ
Subḥāna-llāh. wal-lḥamdu li-llāh, wa lā ilāha illa-llāhu wa-llāhu akbar.
Allah is free from imperfection. All praise be to Allah. There is no god worthy of worship but Allah. Allah is the Greatest.
Samura b. Jundub (raḍiy Allāhu ‘anhu) that the Messenger of Allah ﷺ said: “The most beloved statements to Allah are four: [the above]. There is no harm for you in which of them begin with (while remembering Allah). And do not give these names to your servants: Yasār and Rabāḥ and Najīḥ and Aflaḥ.” (Muslim 2137)
Heavy On the Scales & Beloved to Allah
سُبْحَانَ اللهِ وَبِحَمْدِهِ ، سُبْحَانَ اللهِ الْعَظِيْم
Subḥāna-llāhi wa bi-ḥamdihī, subḥāna-llāhi-l-aẓīm.
Allah is free from imperfection and all praise is due to Him, Allah is free from imperfection, the Greatest.
Abu Hurayrah (raḍiy Allāhu ‘anhu) narrates that the Messenger of Allah ﷺ said: “There are two statements that are light on the tongue, heavy on the Scale and are beloved to the Most Merciful: [the above].” (Bukhārī 6682)
Supplicate Frequently With…
يَا ذَا الْجَلَالِ وَالْإِكْرَامِ
Yā Dha-l-Jalāli wa-l-Ikrām
O The Lord of Majesty & Honour
Anas b. Mālik (raḍiy Allāhu ‘anhu) narrates that the Messenger of Allah ﷺ would say: “Supplicate frequently with [the above].” (Tirmidhī 3525)
When Distressed, the Prophet ﷺ Would Say…
يَا حَيُّ يَا قَيُّوْمُ ، بِرَحْمَتِكَ أَسْتَغِيْثُ
Yā Ḥayyu yā Qayyūm, bi-raḥmatika astaghīth.
O The Ever Living, The One Who sustains and protects all that exists; I seek assistance through Your Mercy.
Anas b. Mālik (raḍiy Allāhu ‘anhu) narrates that the when the Prophet ﷺ would be distressed, he would say [the above]. (Tirmidhī 3524)
For Difficult Times: All Your Prayers Answered
لَآ إِلٰهَ إِلَّآ أَنْتَ سُبۡحٰنَكَ إِنِّيْ كُنْتُ مِنَ الظّٰلِمِيْنَ
Lā ilāha illā Anta subḥānaka innī kuntu mina-ẓ-ẓālimīn.
There is no god worthy of worship except You; You are free from all imperfection. Indeed, I have been of the wrongdoers. (21:87)
Ibrahim b. Muhammad b. Sa‘d narrated from his father, from Sa‘d (raḍiy Allāhu ‘anhu) that the Messenger of Allah ﷺ said: “The supplication of Dhun-Nūn (Prophet Yūnus) when he supplicated, while in the belly of the whale was: [the above]. ”No Muslim man ever supplicates with [the above] except that Allah answers his supplication.” (Tirmidhī 3505)
All of Your Sins Forgiven
أَسْتَغْفِرُ اللهَ الْعَظِيْمَ الَّذِيْ لَا إِلٰهَ إِلَّا هُوَ الْحَيُّ الْقَيُّوْمُ ، وَأَتُوْبُ إِلَيْهِ
Astaghfiru-l-llāha-l-aẓīm al-ladhī lā ilāha illā Huwa-l-Ḥayyu-l-Qayyūm, wa atūbu ilayh.
I seek forgiveness from Allah, the Greatest, whom there is none worthy of worship except Him, The Ever Living, The One Who sustains and protects all that exists, I turn in repentance towards you.
Bilāl b. Yasār b. Zayd (raḍiy Allāhu ‘anhu) (the freed slave of the Prophet ﷺ narrated: “My father narrated to me, from my grandfather, that he heard the Prophet ﷺ say: ‘Whoever says [the above], then Allah will forgive him, even if he fled from battle.’” (Tirmidhī 3577)