What do you say in a Tasbih?

Answered by Randy McIntyre

In a tasbih, the main phrase that is repeated is “Subhan Allah” which translates to “Glory be to Allah” in English. The purpose of tasbih is to glorify and praise Allah. It is a form of dhikr, which is the remembrance of Allah through various forms of worship.

When engaging in tasbih, Muslims often use either their fingers or a misbaha, which is a string of beads, to help keep count of the number of times they say “Subhan Allah.” The right hand is typically used for counting, as it is considered more pure and virtuous in Islamic tradition.

The act of saying “Subhan Allah” repeatedly is a way to express gratitude, humility, and devotion to Allah. It serves as a reminder of His greatness, and by constantly repeating this phrase, Muslims aim to strengthen their connection with Him.

It is worth noting that tasbih can be performed in various ways and for different purposes. Some individuals may choose to recite other phrases, such as “Alhamdulillah” (All praise be to Allah) or “Allahu Akbar” (Allah is the greatest), alongside “Subhan Allah” during their tasbih. This allows for a more diverse expression of praise and remembrance.

There are no specific rules regarding the number of times tasbih should be recited. However, it is common for Muslims to aim for a specific count, such as 100 or 1000 repetitions. This repetition helps to focus the mind and enhances the spiritual experience.

Engaging in tasbih can be a deeply personal and reflective practice. It allows individuals to detach from worldly distractions and focus their attention solely on Allah. Many Muslims find comfort and solace in the act of tasbih, as it provides a means of seeking tranquility and strengthening their faith.

Personally, I have experienced the calming and centering effects of tasbih. The rhythmic repetition of “Subhan Allah” has helped me find peace in moments of stress or anxiety. It serves as a reminder of Allah’s presence and His ability to alleviate any burdens I may be carrying.