TASBIIH "Glory be to Allah, the Holy," and
TAHLIIL "There is no God but Allah,"
And never to be forgetful of Allah and His Mercy, and to count them on their fingers, for the fingers will be questioned ( on the Day of Judgement ) and will speak.
[Reported in the SUNAN and by Al-Haakim with a sound chain of authorities.]
Abdullah Ibn `Amr Ibn Al-`Aas [R.A.] reported,
"I saw the Messenger of Allah, peace be upon him, counting the glorifications of Allah on the fingers of his right hand."
[Reported by ASHAABUS SUNAN]
You may also use the Tasbiih beads to help in counting and facilitate concentration on the Dhikr you are doing.
SOME USEFUL GUIDELINES FOR DOING DHIKR
QUALITY IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN QUANTITY.
MAKE SURE THE QUALITY OF YOUR DHIKR IS THE BEST YOU CAN DO.
CONCENTRATE ON YOUR DHIKR.
FOCUS ALL YOUR CONCENTRATION / THOUGHTS ON YOUR DHIKR ACTIVITY.
TRY TO LIBERATE YOUR MIND FROM ANY OTHER THOUGHTS.
UNDERSTAND THE MEANING OF THE DHIKR YOU ARE REPEATING.
4. COUNTING METHOD
USE YOUR HAND TO COUNT.
[ A TASBEEH BEAD (ROSARY BEAD) CAN ALSO BE USED.]
BEGIN WITH YOUR RIGHT INDEX FINGER.
FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS OF THE LEADER OF YOUR GROUP.
EXCELLENCE OF TAHLIIL: LAA ILAAHA ILLALLAAH
Abu Hurayrah [R.A.] reported that the Prophet, peace be upon him, said, "When a servant of Allah utters the words LAA ILAAHA ILLALLAAH (there is none worthy of worship except Allah) sincerely, the doors of heaven open up for these words until they reach the Throne of Allah, so long as its utterer keeps away from the major sins."
[ Reported by At-Tirmidhi, who says it is a Hasan Gharib Hadith.]
Abu Hurayrah also reported that the Prophet, peace be upon him, said, "Renew your faith." "How can we renew our faith?" they asked. The Prophet, peace be upon him, replied, "Say always, 'LAA ILAAHA ILLALLAAH'."
[ Reported by Imam Ahmad, with a sound chain of authorities.]
Jabir [R.A.] reported that the Prophet, peace be upon him, said, "The best remembrance of Allah is to repeat LAA ILAAHA ILLALLAAH (There is no god but Allah) and the best prayer is ALHAMDU LILLAAH (All Praise is due to Allah)."
[ Reported by An-Nasaa-i, Ibn Majah, and Al-Haakim, who considers its chain of narrators sound. ]