10 Amazing Tips: Tasbeeh Fatimah Zahra (a)

Bismillah Al-Rahman Al-Rahim, Assalamualaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh.

This beautiful act was gifted to Lady Fatimah, alayha assalam, by her beloved father, Prophet Muhammad, sallal-lahu alaihi wa alii wa sallam. It's a highly emphasized act of worship practiced by the Ahlul Bayt, alayhum assalam. Imam al-Sadiq, alayhi assalam, is narrated to have said, "Reciting tasbeeh of Lady Fatimah Al-Zahra, alayha assalam, every day after every salaat is liked by me more than reciting 1000 rakaat of Mustahab prayer."

Some of us perhaps, practice this tasbeeh without understanding its true significance or indeed the correct way of doing it, as it may have become a habitual practice.

First, the correct order of the tasbeeh, according to many established narrations, is 34 times Allahu Akbar, 33 times Al-Hamdulillah and 33 times Subhan Allah.

Two, sometimes due to haste, it is not recited properly. Some say, Allahu Akbar (repeating quickly) or Subah Allah (hissing) or just hear a hissing sound, the appropriate way is to stop after each zikar. Allahu Akbar. Allahu Akbar. Allahu Akbar. Al-Hamdulillah. Al-Hamdulillah Al-Hamdulillah. Subhan Allah. Subhan Allah. Subhan Allah and so on.

It is the first thing highly recommended and established to be done as soon as we finish salaat. Imam Al-Sadiq, alayhi assalam, is reported to have said, 'One who recites the tasbeeh of Lady Zahra, alayha assalam, before even moving their feet, Allah will forgive them.'

Number four, it is also very much recommended for this particular act of worship to be recited just before going to sleep as well. 'One who recites the tasbeeh of Lady Fatimah Al-Zahra, alayha assalam, at the time of going to bed, they will be accounted amongst those who have remembered Allah a lot', according to the narration.

Some of our Ullema suggest that reciting tasbeeh Fatimah Al-Zahra, alayha assalam, at night protects against nightmares as well.

Imam Ja'far Al-Sadiq, alayhi assalam, is reported to have said, 'We teach our children tasbeeh of Fatimah as much as we teach them how to pray.'

Let us lead by example and inspire our children and youth not to neglect this incredibly rewarding act of the remembrance of Allah. Encourage them to recite it after each salaat as well as before going to sleep.

Number six, it is actually so healing that this tasbeeh should be recited at times of difficulty - when we are encountering a challenge in life, for example, or when we need our wishes to be fulfilled at times of anxiety, sadness, or just to seek relief.

In a narration, Imam Ali, alayhi assalam, states that whoever recites it, Allah will protect them from the pains of this world as well as the hereafter.

Number seven, in a world of temptations and traps, we need as much help as we can. According to Imam Muhammad Al-Baqir, alayhi assalam, reciting tasbeeh drives away Shaytan and results in the satisfaction of Allah, Subhana Wa Ta'ala.

In Chapter 94 of the Holy Quran, Allah, Subhana Wa Ta'ala, states, "fa Idha faraghta fansab, wa ilay rabbika fafghab" , "When you are finished from Salaat, sit up and then turn to your Lord."(94: 7-8)

One of the applications of this ayaah is tasbeeh of Fatimah, alayha assalam. Imam Muhammad Al-Baqir, alayhi assalam, says, 'Allah is not worshipped by anything more rewarding than the tasbeeh of Fatimah Al-Zahra, alayha assalam. Had there been any worship superior to it, most surely the Holy Prophet would have granted it to Lady Fatimah, peace and blessings be upon them all.

Number nine, it will take us a few minutes, perhaps five minutes at max to recite this tasbeeh. But, we should try to be attentive as possible, and there should be continuity in the recitation of the tasbeeh without any interruptions. And finally, it is recommended to use a prayer bead, and especially that made from the soil of the grave of Imam Husayn, alayhi assalam. If not, we can use our hands. If we have doubt on how many we have recited, it's best to start again.

I pray to Allah Subhana Wa Ta'ala that he bestows upon us all the blessings of making this generous gift from Him of tasbeeh Fatimah, part and parcel of our daily lives, something that we practice all the time with reflection, with contemplation, and at the same time be able to reap the fruits of it in this world and the hereafter.