SubhanAllahi Wa Bihamdihi, SubhanAllahil Azeem
The above-mentioned words are from Hadees, and the English translation/meaning of these words is;
“Glory be to Allah and all praise is due to him, glory is to Allah the great.”
Numerous times in the Holy Qur’an, Allah has reminded us to remember him.
“Remember Me, and I shall remember you.” – Qur’an 2:152
But how should we remember Him? Qur’an answers this question too.
“And glorify Him in the morning and in the evening (day and night).” – Al Ahzab # 42
So, the best way to remember Allah is by glorifying/praising Him.
There are multiple ways of remembering (doing zikr) Allah. One can remember Allah in heart; or by praising/glorifying Him in words.
However, one of the lightest and the best ways to remember Allah in words is what our Prophet (PBUH) has told us. We remember Him as well as glorify/praise him in those (mentioned) words.
Moreover, Ahadees have reported tremendous benefits of that specific zikr.
Benefits/Significance of the Zikr in the Light of Hadees
Hazrat Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) has reported that the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said,
There are two statements that are light for the tongue to remember, heavy in the Scales and are dear to the Merciful: ‘Subhan-Allahi wa bihamdihi, Subhan-Allahil-Azim’ – Sahih al-Bukhari # 6682
As mentioned, the words are light on the tongue but their benefits are significant.
Similarly, Narrated Abu Huraira: that Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) said,
“Whoever says, ‘SubhanAllahi wa bihamdihi,’ one hundred times a day; he will be forgiven all his sins even if they were as much as the foam of the sea.” – Sahih al-Bukhari # 6405
So, the benefits of the zikr as reported in the Hadees are;
- Fulfillment of Allah’s command to remember and glorify Him.
- Words are light in weight but heavy in rewards.
- A source of forgiveness no matter how many sins one has committed.
- For how many times should we do this zikr at minimum in a day?
As mentioned in the hadees above, one should do it at least 100 times a day. However, the more we remember and praise Allah, the better it would be for us.