100 rewards in 2 minutes
The Prophet (peace and
blessings be upon him) said, "After every prayer, if anyone:
1-GLORIFIES Allah (by saying Subhaan-Allah) Thirty Three times, and
2- PRAISES Allah (by saying Al-hamdu-lillah) Thirty Three times, and
3- DECLARES HIS GREATNESS (by saying Allahu-Akbar) Thirty Three times,
4- and says (once), to complete a hundred, "No one has the right to be worshipped but Allah alone, Who has no partner; to Him belongs all sovereignty, and to Him is due all praise; and He has power over all things", [In Arabic: "Laa Ilaaha Illallaahu, Wah-dahu Laa Shareeka Lahoo, Lahul Mulku, Wa Lahul Hamdu, Wa Huwa 'Alaa Kulli Shay-in Qadeer."],
his sins will be forgiven even if these are as abundant as the foam of the sea."
(Collected by Muslim)
(Taken from "To Be A Muslim", by Shk. Fathi Yakun)
Lessons from the Hadith:
-> Prophet (peace be upon him) used to constantly advice the Muslims to remember Allah in every action or sphere of their lives. Dhikr or Tasbeeh (Remembrance of Allah) after every Salaah (prayer), especially, was his regular practice. When we utter these words of remembrance, we should not be in the 'passive mental state', but we should be constantly thinking about the meanings of these words and their relevance to our lives.
-> In this Hadith, we are told that if a person says the following, after every prayer: Subhaan-Allah (Glorify be to Allah) 33 times, Al-Hamdulillah (All praise is due to Allah) 33 times, Allahu-Akbar (All Greatness is due to Allah) 33 times, and "Laa ilaaha...." once, Allah will forgive his or her sins, even if they are as many as the number of bubbles in the foam of the sea water! Obviously, these sins should not include the Major sins, like adultery, murder, backbiting, disobedience to parents...etc. These are just excuses that Allah uses, to forgive us!....and even then we fail to turn back to Him, the most Merciful! How much time does it take to say these Tasbeehs after every prayer? Not more than 2 minutes....try it yourself and take advantage of these seemingly 'small' opportunities!.