النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم قال: ما من أيام أعظم عند الله ولا أحب إليه العمل فيهن من هذه الأيام العشر، فأكثروا فيهن من التهليل والتكبير والتحميد
Prophet SAW said, “there are no days more honorable in Allah’s sight and no acts more beloved therein than those in these ten days. So say tahlil, takbir and tahmid. Another hadith encourages tasbeeh. [Ahmad & others]
- La Ilaha Illa Allah (the Kalima)— there is no Ilaah (anything worshipped) except Allah. The Kalima is missing the words bi Haqin — deserving. There are many false Ilaahs in existence (e.g. idols). Only Allah deserves worship and thus is the true Ilaah.
- Allahu Akbar. Akbar is ism tafdeel— comparative noun. The meaning is: Allah is greater! Greater than _____? We fill this every time. If we have a problem, Allah can guide us; He is Akbar.
- Al-Hamdu Lillah — All praise and thanks are exclusively for Allah (opposite of SubhnAllah).
- SubhnAllah — Perfect is Allah. Tasbeeh is related to the word for swimming. What does swimming have to do with Tasbeeh? The goal of swimming is to float and maintain a certain level. When doing tasbeeh, we affirm that Allah is perfect and nothing should be said that brings down this level (e.g. Allah has a son).