Special Prayer for Ramadan & Laylat-ul-Qadr


Although Ramadan is almost finished, there is still the possibility of Laylat-ul-Qadr on the eve of the 27th of Ramadan, for which is a little-known but powerful voluntary (not required) salat called Salat Tasbeeh, also less-commonly known as Salat Sobhanallah. A description of how to perform the “full version” plus references from the Sunnah is here (yes, this prayer has its own Wikipedia page! with a few spelling discrepancies), but a shorter version is below, one my family has done during Ramadan for years, especially during the final last days.

This “lighter” version consists of two rak’as done exactly like a normal two-rak’a salat, except that after finishing each part, one reads the tasbeeh, which is transliterated and translated “Sobhanallah (Exalted is Allah), walhamdu-lillehi (and Praise Be to Allah), wa-La-illaha-Illallahu (and there is no god but Allah), wa-la-howla wa-la-quwwata illa billahi (and there is neither ability nor power except with Allah).” This tasbeeh is slightly longer than the Wikipedia version and repeated ten times for each position. One can read it less than ten times each, for example 5 times, if the 10 times are too arduous. The “standard” version is 4 rak’at prayed like any 4-rak’at salat except adding the tasbeeh after each position.

First position (standing): first read Al-Fatiha, then another portion of Quran (for the first two rak’at), then the tasbeeh as per above (5-10 repetitions).

Second position (bowing): read subhanna rabi-al-‘Atheem as usual, followed by the tasbeeh.

3) Standing again; 4) Sujud prostration; 5) sitting; 6) prostration. For each position add the tasbeeh after the usual method. This makes a total of 60 tasbeeh’s for each rak’a. The standard version uses 15 repetitions for the first position, increasing the total to 65. To get 300 mentions, one would need 4 rak’at with 75 mentions per rak’a requiring the first position to mention 25 times, not 15 as per Wikipedia. But quality is more importantly than quantity, and the full version could take as long as one hour, whereas the “light” version takes 15-20 minutes. Thus it is not commonly prayed in the full-length version, and the shorter prayer is also powerful.

The tasbeeh is considered one of the most powerful and highly-recommended thikr or ways of invoking Allah, and about thikr Allah the Quran states “Indeed salat prohibits (prevents) immorality and wrongdoing, and thikr Allah is greater.” (Surat Al-Ankabut 29:45)

So imagine the value of praying this salat during the holiest night of the year. May Allah accept all of our prayers during this blessed month.

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