A dua that is better than hours of worship
One day the Prophet (SAW) went out of the house of his wife Zuayriyah bint Haris (R) to perform the Fajr prayer. At that time, Zuairiya (R) was sitting in a certain place and was engaged in dua and dhikr.
Several hours later, at the time of Ishraq prayers, the Prophet (SAW) returned home and saw that the Zuayriyah (R) was still sitting in the same place as before, engrossed in dua and dhikr. The Prophet (SAW) saw this and asked, “Have you been sitting here meditating since I left you?” Zuayriyah (R) replied in the affirmative.
Then the Prophet (SAW) said to him, “After I left you, I have recited 4 statements 3 times. If all the remembrance you have done so far is put on one scale and the verses I have read are put on another scale, then my scale will be heavier. Those statements are-
“Subhanallahi wa Bihamdihi ‘Adada Khalaqihi, Wa Rida Nafsihi, Wa Jhinata ‘Arshihi, Wa Midada Kalimatihi.” (Muslim)
These are the blessed statements, which can be recited only 3 times and can be rewarded more than hours of continuous worship.
We will briefly analyze the whole dua to fully realize how powerful these statements are.
Subhanallah means Allah is pure, all glory is for Him.
Abdullah bin Abbas (R) said, “The word Subhanallah means – Allah is pure, that is, Allah is completely free from all evils and all kinds of faults.”
Omar (R) once asked Ali (R), “We know the meaning and significance of ‘La Ilaha Illallah’. But what is the meaning of Subhanallah? ” Then Ali (R) replied, “Allah has chosen this word for Himself.” He was satisfied with this word. The remembrance of this word is very pleasing to Allah. ”
Then the Prophet (SAW) said, ‘Wa Bihamdihi’. It means, “O Allah, You alone deserve all the praise.”
Through this praise, we are acknowledging the monotheism, uniqueness, strength, power, His most beautiful name, and all kinds of praise of Allah!
So through this word, we are expressing our positive attitude towards Allah. And when the servant praises Allah, then Allah is most pleased and fulfills the desire of the servant.
Meaning: the amount of the number of his creation!
Can you imagine what a large number this means?
This number includes every man, every jinn, every angel, every animal, every grain of the desert, every drop of water in the sea, every star, and every plant! Every creation, what we know about and what we don’t know about! Everything is included! Allahu Akbar!
Wa Rida Nafsihi
Meaning: the amount of his satisfaction!
Satisfaction with Allah is the main goal of every servant. And the amount that Allah will be pleased with is included in this dua! Allahu Akbar!
Wa Jhinata ‘Arshihi
Meaning: The weight of his throne!
Narrated Jabir bin Abdullah (R), the Prophet (SAW) said, “I have been allowed to speak about the angels who hold the throne of Allah. They are so large that they have a 700-year-old distance speeding horse between their eardrums and the middle of their necks. ” (Abu Dawood)
If one of the angels carrying the throne is so huge, then imagine how big the throne of Allah is! And the equivalent of the weight of this throne is included in this dua! Allahu Akbar!
Wa Midada Kalimatihi
Meaning: and the equivalent of the ink and pen needed to write his words
All the knowledge of Allah is contained in His words. And there is no limit to the knowledge of Allah, which is understandable to all. And the equivalent of the ink and pen needed to write his words are included in this dua! Allahu Akbar!
Allah says: “If all the trees of the world were pens and the waters of the sea were ink and seven more seas were added to it, then the words of Allah could not be exhausted. Indeed, Allah is Almighty, Most Wise.” (31:27)
From this description, we understand, albeit a little, how great these statements are. Thus, these 4 statements have been said better than hours of continuous worship.
The more you contemplate on these four statements the more you would appreciate the power of this dua and the more blessings you’d receive from Allah. Remember to repeat this supplication three times every morning and remind others too.