Home General Strive to Bring Alive Thousands in Seconds

What is "Strive to Bring Alive"

The purpose of this column is to motivate and encourage everyone to make an attempt to bring alive the very simple actions that will be presented every two weeks. Insha-Allah by making these very easy actions part of our daily lives, we will benefit from the blessings of practising on these a’amaal and they will also become a stepping stone towards doing greater actions.
As a means of encouragement to others, and also to spur us ahead, a vote counter has been attached. The idea is that for two weeks every person reading this column should make an effort to practice on the ‘amal (action) presented. At the end of the two weeks, those who have practiced upon it for at least one week or more should vote “YES.” This will Insha-Allah encourage others also to do the same.

Thousands in Seconds


Once, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) left for Fajr Salaah from the home of his respected wife, Sayyidah Juwairiyyah (radhiyallahu ‘anha). As he left the home, he noticed her seated in her place of salaah, engaged in the zikr of Allah Ta‘ala. Thereafter, when it was midmorning, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) returned to her home and found that Juwairiyyah (radhiyallahu ‘anha) was still seated in her place of salaah. Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) thus asked her, “Did you remain in the same condition (engaged in the zikr of Allah Ta‘ala) as you were when I left you?” When she replied that she had indeed remained engaged in zikr for the entire time, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said, “After I left, I recited four phrases three times. These phrases are such that if they have to be weighed against all the zikr that you made today, these phrases will outweigh your zikr.” Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) then taught her the following words:

سُبْحَانَ اللهِ وَبِحَمْدِهِ عَدَدَ خَلْقِهِ وَرِضَا نَفْسِهِ وَزِنَةَ عَرْشِهِ وَمِدَادَ كَلِمَاتِهِ

I proclaim that Allah Ta‘ala is free of any imperfection together with praising Him, equal to the number of His creation, equal to the amount that will please Him, equal to the weight of His throne and equal to His words. (Saheeh Muslim #6913)

Similarly, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) once entered the home of another of his respected wives, Sayyidah Safiyyah (radhiyallahu ‘anha) and found her seated with four thousand date seeds before her. Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) asked her, “O daughter of Huyayy! What are you doing?” She replied, “I am reciting tasbeeh on these seeds.” Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) responded, “I have recited more tasbeeh than that since I entered and stood next to you.” Safiyyah (radhiyallahu ‘anha) was eager to learn how she could also gain the reward of such abundant tasbeeh in so little time and thus beseeched Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), “Teach me, O Rasul of Allah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam)!” Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) replied, “Recite the following:

سُبْحَانَ اللهِ عَدَدَ مَا خَلَقَ مِنْ شَيْءٍ

I proclaim that Allah Ta‘ala is free of any imperfection equal to the number of Allah Ta‘ala’s creation. (Mustadrak Haakim #2008)  

(Also see: Sunan Tirmizi #3554 and Nataa-ijul Afkaar vol. 1, pg. 81)