The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “When I say ‘Subhan Allah, wa’l-hamdu Lillah, wa la ilah ill-Allah, wa Allahu akbar (Glory be to Allah, praise be to Allah, there is no god except Allah, and Allah is Most Great)’, this is more beloved to me than all that the sun rises upon.” (Narrated by Muslim)
Shaykh Saleh al-Maghamsi mentions some points regarding the words
“subhanAllah, wal-hamdulillah, wa la ilah ill Allah, wa Allahu akbar. ” He (may Allah preserve him) says:
- If you say these words they bring you closer to Allah.
- They are the most beloved of words to Allah.
- Nothing will harm you if you start saying these words.
- Increasing in the rememberance of Allah is from the praised types of worship.
- In the Quran Allah says in surah al Kahf verse forty six
الْمَالُ وَالْبَنُونَ زِينَةُ الْحَيَاةِ الدُّنْيَا ۖ وَالْبَاقِيَاتُ الصَّالِحَاتُ خَيْرٌ عِندَ رَبِّكَ ثَوَابًا وَخَيْرٌ أَمَلًا
“Wealth and children are [but] adornment of the worldly life. But the enduring good deeds are better to your Lord for reward and better for [one’s] hope.”
What are the deeds that remain and are enduring? In the commentary of ‘al baqiyaat al salihaat (the deeds which remain)’ it says that this is the speech ” subhanAllah, wal-hamdulillah, wa la ilah ill Allah, wa Allahu akbar. “.