In Islam, prayer is a mean of getting close to Allah Almighty and showing submission to His Greatness and Lordship. Muslims correctly offer prayers five times a day to make their bond with Allah Almighty strong and praise Him for all that He has bestowed upon them. Besides the prayers being an obligation for praising Allah, it is also a means of seeking forgiveness from Him and supplicating for needs.
In addition to the mandatory five prayers a day, Muslims also offer different other kinds of prayers as well to gain blessings, mercy and seek forgiveness from Allah Almighty. One of such prayers is the Salat-o-Tasbeeh, which is very popular among Muslims for various reasons. The lines below discuss the importance of Salat-o-Tasbeeh in the light of hadith of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and give step by step instructions for performing the prayer.
Hadith about Salat-o-Tasbeeh:
Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said to His Uncle:
“Oh uncle shall I not give you, Shall I not grant you, Shall I not award you, Shall I not do mercy on you, when you do 10things Allah will forgive your sins: of the future and of the past; new and old; those you have forgotten and those you did knowingly; big and small; hidden and revealed. Then He (Prophet PBUH) explained and taught the way to pray Salat-o-Tasbeeh and then said: “If you can pray this Salah once a day, if you cannot pray once a day then every Friday, and even if this is not possible then once a month and even if this is not possible then once a year and even if this is not possible then at least once in a lifetime.” (Tirmidhi)
From this hadith of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) the importance of Salat-oTasbeeh becomes clear. A Muslim must try offering it on daily bases in order to gain blessings and forgiveness, if he or she is not able to do so, then one should offer it at least once in week, if even that is not possible, then once in a month, if one does not get the chance of doing so, then one should offer it at least once every year, and even if that is not possible, then one should offer it at least once in a lifetime.
Therefore, every Muslim must try offering Salat-o-Tasbeeh prayer whenever the chance becomes available.
This prayer is offered in 4 Rakat form and can be offered at any time of the day except the forbidden times. All the protocols for the regular prayers like Wudu, clean place, clean dress and body and so on need to be adhered to for this prayer as well. The additional thing in this prayer is the Tasbeeh that needs to be recited. The Tasbeeh is:
“Subhaan Allahi Wal Hamdulillahi Wa Laa ilaha Illal Laahu Wallahu Akbar”
After making the Niyyah of 4 Rakat, a Muslim must follow the following steps while offering Salat-o-Tasbeeh:
In the first Rakat, after Saying “Allahu Akbar” and folding the hands together, after reciting ‘Sana’ part of prayer, you must recite the aforementioned Tasbeeh 15 times.
After the first set of Tasbeeh, the perform the regular ‘Tauz’ and ‘Tasmia’ section. After that recite the Surah which you would want to recite in the prayer and then recite the same Tasbeeh 10 times and go to the Rukoo posture.
In the Rukoo posture after reciting the regular tasbeeh for Rukoo, recite the aforementioned Tasbeeh 10 times and afterwards rise from Rukoo.
Once you have risen from Rukoo and recite the praise which one does after rising from Rukoo in regular prayer, you are to follow it with 10 times recitation of the Tasbeeh and go to Sujood posture.
Once you are in Sujood and have recited the regular tasbeeh, you need to follow it up with 10 recitations of the Tasbeeh and then go into the posture of ‘Jalsa’.
In the state of Jalsa, recite the Tasbeeh 10 times and then again go to the second Sujood posture.
In the second Sujood also repeat the same as in the first Sajda and recite the Tasbeeh 10 times.
After Sujood stand up for the second Rakat and this time without reciting Sana, go for reciting the Tasbeeh 15 times and then repeat the aforementioned steps and the perform the same number of Tasbeeh. These steps then need to be followed for the rest of the Rakats of the prayer until you conclude the prayer with Salam.
In a nutshell, the Salat-o-Tasbeeh is one of the renowned additional prayers which Muslims offer. This prayer is usually performed by Muslims when they seek special help from Allah Almighty or when they want to express their submission and gratitude to Him. Therefore, all the Muslims must try offering this prayer whenever they can to receive blessings and mercy.