What are the virtues of saying the glorification / supplication “La ilaha illallahu wahdahu la sharika lah, lahul mulku wa lahul hamdu wa huwa ala kulli shay'in qadir” every morning and evening?

The Answer

Dear Brother / Sister,

Amr Ibnu Shuayb narrates from his father and grandfather: "The Prophet (pbuh) said,

"The most virtuous prayer (dua) is the one said on the day of Arafah. The most virtuous supplication I and the prophets before me said is La ilaha illallahu wahdahu la sharika lah. Lahul mulku wa lahul hamdu wa huwa ala kulli shay'in qadir. (There is no god but Allah, having no partner with Him, to Him belongs sovereignty and to Him is praise due, and He is Potent over everything)." [Muwatta, Qur'an 32, (1, 214, 215); Tirmidhi, Da'awat 133, (3579)]

Abu Hurayra narrates: The Messenger of Allah (pbuh) said,

"If a person says the supplication, "La ilaha illallahu wahdahu la sharika lah. Lahul mulku wa lahul hamdu wa huwa ala kulli shay'in qadir" one hundred times a day, he will be given thawabs as if he has freed ten slaves; in addition, one hundred thawabs are given to him and one hundred sins of him are deleted. This also protects him against Satan three days until the evening. No one except who reads more than it can do a deed better than his. If a person says "Subhanallahi wa bihamdihi"( Allah is free from imperfection and all praise is due to Him) one hundred times a day, his sins will be eliminated even if they are as abundant as the foams of the sea." [Bukhari, Daawat 54, Bad'ul-Khalq 11; Muslim, Dhikr 28, (2691); Muwatta, Qur'an 20, (1, 209); Tirmidhi, Daawat 61, (3464)]

EXPLANATION:

1. This supplication includes the phrase يُحْيِى وَيُمِيتُ  (gives life and death) in a narration and the phrase بِيَدِهِ اْلخَيْرُ  (the good deeds are in His hand) in another narration.

2. When to read this supplication varies from narration to narration. In a narration, a general phrase like "a day" is used but specific times are mentioned in two other narrations: one being "in the morning" and the other "ten times after the morning prayer before speaking".

Abu Sa'id narrates: "The Messenger of Allah (pbuh) said,

"If a person says 'La ilaha illallahu wahdahu la sharika lah. Lahul mulku wa lahul hamdu bi yadihil khayr wa huwa ala kulli shay'in qadir' (There is no god but Allah, having no partner with Him, to Him belongs sovereignty and to Him is praise due, the good deeds are in His hand and He is Potent over everything) after the morning prayer, he will be given thawabs as if he has freed a slave from Sons of Ismail."

(Prof. Dr. İbrahim Canan, Kütüb-i Sitte)

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