How many times should Tasbeeh be done in Ruku and Sajdah?

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Fatwa ID: 03543

Answered by: Alimah Sumeyye Sofu



Assalamu Alaikum. How many times should we recite ‘Subhana rabbi al atheem’ and ‘Subhana rabbi al a’ala’ in salah? Is it three times or seven times? Is there any sunnah? Which is better?


بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمنِ الرَّحِيْم

In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful



It can be recited three, five or seven times. There are many ahadith that indicate that the Prophet (s.a.w) recited different amounts of tasbeeh in his prayers. Three times is the least amount of tasbeeh.[1] Seven times is the most complete.[2]

It is narrated from Abdullah ibn Masud that the Prophet (s.a.w) had said;” If one of you go into ruku', he should recite “Subhana Rabbiy al Atheem” three times and that is the least. And if he does sajda, he should recite “Subhana rabbiy al a’ala” three times and that is the least amount.[3]


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Written by Alimah Sumeyye Sofu

Checked and approved by Mufti Mohammed Tosir Miah

Darul Ifta Birmingham


[1] Al Hidaya p.197 v.1 Maktabatul Bushra

[2] Quduri p.97 found in Hashiya, Maktabatul Bushra

[3] Abu Dawud no 886 Darus salam


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