عن سعد بن أبي وقَّاص -رضي الله عنه- أنه دخل مع رسول الله -صلى الله عليه وسلم- على امرأة وبين يَدَيْها نَوَىً -أو حَصَىً- تُسبح به فقال: «أُخْبِرُكِ بما هو أيْسَرُ عليكِ من هذا - أو أفضل» فقال: «سُبْحَان الله عدد ما خلق في السماء، وسبحان الله عدد ما خَلَق في الأرض، وسبحان الله عدد ما بين ذلك، وسبحان الله عدد ما هو خالق، والله أكبر مثل ذلك، والحمد لله مثل ذلك؛ ولا إله إلا الله مثل ذلك، ولا حول ولا قوة إلا بالله مثل ذلك».
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Sa‘d ibn Abi Waqqās (may Allah be pleased with him) reported that once he was with the Messenger of Allah (may Allah's peace and blessings be upon him) when he visited a woman, and she had some date-stones - or pebbles - which she was using as beads to glorify Allah. The Messenger of Allah (may Allah's peace and blessings be upon him) said to her: "Let me tell you something which would be easier for you than that – or better (in reward)." So he told her to say instead: "Subhān Allah ‘adada ma khalaqa fi as-samā (Glory be to Allah as many times as the number of what He has created in Heaven), Subhān Allah ‘adada ma khalaqa fi al-ard (Glory be to Allah as many times as the number of what He has created on Earth), Subhān Allah ‘adada ma khalaqa bayna dhalik (Glory be to Allah as many times as the number of what He has created between them), Subhān Allah ‘adada ma huwa khāliq (Glory be to Allah as many times as the number of what He is creating); then say Allah Akbar (Allah is the Greatest) in the same manner; then say al-hamdu lillāh (praise be to Allah) in the same manner; then say lā ilaha illa Allah (there is no god but Allah) in the same manner; then say la hawla wa lā quwwata illa billāh (there is no power nor strength except with Allah) in the same manner.”

Explanation

Sa‘d ibn Abi Waqqās (may Allah be pleased with him) reported that he was with the Prophet (may Allah's peace and blessings be upon him) when they entered upon a woman (she was ‘Ā’ishah, daughter of Sa‘d). She was glorifying Allah, the Almighty, and counting the number of glorifications with date-stones – or pebbles, the narrator doubted whether she was using date-stones or pebbles to count. The Prophet (may Allah's peace and blessings be upon him) said to her: Let me tell you of what is easier for you in terms of making less effort, yet it is better for you and raises your rank higher. It is to say “Subhān Allah ‘adada khalqih…” because this formula of "Dhikr" is brief and concise with a broad meaning. However, this Hadīth was classified as weak by a group of scholars. An analogous or similar Hadīth was mentioned earlier, reported by the Mother of the Believers, Juwayriyyah bint al-Hārith (may Allah be pleased with her) that when the Prophet (may Allah's peace and blessings be upon him) saw her sitting in her place for a long time to glorify Allah, he taught her "Dhikr" that encompasses all that she was saying in a few words: “Subhān Allah wa bihamdih ‘adada khalqih wa ridā nafsih wa zinata ‘arshih wa midāda kalimātih (Glory be to Allah and praise is due to Him to the extent of the number of His creation and to the extent of His pleasure and to the extent of the weight of His Throne and to the extent of ink used in recording His words).” [Muslim]

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