EXCELLENCE OF TAHMIID
Jabir [R.A.] reported that the Prophet, peace be upon him, said, "Whoever says:
SUB-HAA-NALLAAHIL-AZIIM WA BIHAMDIHII (Glorified is Allah, the Great, and all praise is due to Him),
will have a palm tree planted for him in Paradise."
[ Reported by Imam At-Tirmidhi, who classifies it as a sound Hadith ]
On the authority of Abu Malik Al-Harith Ibn `Aasim Al-Ash`ari [R.A.] who said: The Messenger of Allah [S] said:
"Purity is half of faith. ALHAMDULILLAAH (Praise be to Allah) fills the scales, and SUBHAANALLAAH (Glory be to Allah) and ALHAMDULILLAAH fill that which is between heaven and earth.
Prayer is a light (NUUR); Charity is a proof; Patience is illumination; and the Qur'an is an argument for or against you. Everyone starts his day and is a vendor of his soul, either freeing it or bringing about its ruin."
[ Reported by Imam Muslim ]
Abu Sa'iid reported that the Prophet, peace be upon him, said "Perform the enduring goods deeds more frequently." The asked, "What are these enduring deeds?" The Prophet, peace be upon him, replied, At-Takbir, At-Tahlil, At-Tasbih, Al-Hamdu Lillaah, and La Hawla Wala Quu-wata Illa Billah.
[ This is reported by An-Nasa'i and Al-Hakim, who consider its chain of authorities sound.]
At-Takbiir is to say Allaahu Akbar i.e. Allah is the Greatest.
At-Tahliil is to say LA ILAAHA ILLALLAAH i.e. There is no god but Allah.
At-Tasbiih is to say SUB-HAA-NAL-LAAH i.e. Glory be to Allah.
ALHAMDU LILLAAH means All Praise is only for Allah.
LAA HAWLA WA LAA QUW-WATA ILLAA BILLAAH means There is no might and no strength except with the permission of Allah.
Abdullah reported that the Prophet, peace be upon him, said, "During the Night Journey (MI`RAAJ) I met Ibrahim who said to me, 'O Muhammad, convey my greetings to your ummah, and tell them that the Paradise is of pure land, its water is sweet, and its expanse is vast, spacious and even. And its plants are Subhaanallaah, Wal-hamdulillaah, Wala ilaha illallaah, Wallaahu akbar'."
[ Reported by Imam At-Tirmidhi and At-Tabaraani, whose version also contains WA LAA HAWLA WA LAA QUW-WATA ILLAA BILLAAH.]
Samura ibn Jundab reported that the Prophet, peace be upon him, said, "The dearest phrases to Allah are four: Subhan Allah, (Glorified is Allah), AL-HAMDU LILLAAH (ALL PRAISE IS FOR ALLAH), Wala ilaaha illallaah (There is no God but Allah), and Allaahu Akbar (Allah is the Greatest). There is no harm in beginning them in any order you choose while remembering Allah."
[ Reported by Imam Muslim ]
Abu Mas'uud reported that the Prophet, peace be upon him, asked, "Can anyone of you recite a third of the Qur'an during the night?" The Companions considered this rather difficult and they said, "Who among us can do so, O Prophet of Allah?" Thereupon the Prophet, peace be upon him, said,
"QUL HUWAL-LAAHU AHAD, ALLAAHUS- SAMAD, LAM YALID WA LAM YUULAD, WA LAM YAKUL LUHUU KUFUWAN AHAD"
"(Say:) He is Allah, the One and Only; Allah, the Eternal, Absolute; He begets not, nor is he begotten; and there is none like unto Him."
The reference here is to the recitation of Suratul Ikhlaas (Chapter 112 of the Holy Qur'an), which the Prophet [PBUH] described as equivalent to reciting one-third of the Holy Qur'an.
[ This hadith is reported by Imam Al-Bukhari, Muslim, and An-Nasaa-i.]