It’s amazing how much benefit and reward a person can get from just simple actions. For example, the following hadith (narrated in Muslim) tells of four simple words that – if recited three times – are more valuable than hours and hours of thikr.
Juwairiyah bint Al-Harith (May Allah be pleased with her) reported, the Mother of the Believers: The Prophet (PBUH) came out from my apartment in the morning as I was busy in performing the dawn prayer. He came back in the forenoon and found me sitting there. The Prophet (PBUH) said, “Are you still in the same position as I left you.” I replied in the affirmative. Thereupon the Prophet said, “I recited four words three times after I had left you. If these are to be weighed against all you have recited since morning, these will be heavier. These are:
- Subhan-Allahi wa bihamdihi, `adada khalqihi,
- wa rida nafsihi,
- wa zinatah `arshihi,
- wa midada kalimatihi
- Allah is free from imperfection and I begin with His praise,
as many times as the number of His creatures,
- in accordance with His Good Pleasure,
- equal to the weight of His Throne
- and equal to the ink that may be used in recording
the words (for His Praise)].’
For a talk explaining more on this, listen to: “Levels of Submission” (19 minutes : Stream/Download) by Shaykh Hussain Abdul Sattar (Chicago).
For a downloadable version of this hadith – along with the Arabic and individual words, click here: Fourwords.doc.
Memorising and repeating little things like this – on a consistent basis – will, insha-Allah, be of immense, immense benefit to us not only in this life, but most importantly on the Day of Judgement.
Remember: the most beloved deed by Allah is the one that is consistent – even if it be small.
And please feel free to share this with others – so that you can benefit from having taught it to others.