Five Authentic Modes of Dhikr After the Salaah
Allaah’s Messenger (salallaahu alaihi wassallam) would make tasbeeh (glorify Allaah), tahmeed (praise Him) and takbeer (extol His greatness) after the obligatory prayers. The following is what is authentically reported from him:
1. Subhaanallaah 33 times, al-hamdulillaah 33 times, Allaahu-akbar 33 times and finishing with a single Laa ilaaha illallaah wahdahu laa shareekalahu, lahul mulk walahul hamd wa huwa ‘alaa kulli shayin qadeer. (Muslim, 597).
2. Subhaanallaah 33 times, al-hamdulillaah 33 times, Allaahu-akbar 34 times. (Muslim, 596).
3. Subhaanallaah 33 times, al-hamdulillaah 33 times, and Allaahu-akbar 33 times. (Bukhaaree, 843, Muslim, 595).
4. Subhaanallaah 10 times, al-hamdulillaah 10 times, and Allaahu-akbar 10 times. (Bukhaaree, 6329).
5. Subhaanallaah 25 times, al-hamdulillaah 25 times, Allaahu-akbar 25 times, and Laa ilaaha illallaah 25 times. (An-Nasaa’ee 1351 authenticated by al-Albaanee)
Abdullaah bin ‘Amr said: I saw Allaah’s Messenger (salallaahu alaihi wassallam) counting them on [the fingers of] his right hand. (Abu Dawood, 5065, at-Tirmidhee, 3410). One should alternate between the various modes. It is not allowed to use threaded beads, counters or stones to count dhikr as they all are wicked innovations – and the best guidance is that of the Prophet.
We ask Allaah, the Most High, to grant us success.