When to say Tasbeeh during sitting for Tashahhud in Tasbeeh prayer
Fatwa No: 189987

  • Fatwa Date:10-11-2012 - Thul-Hijjah 26, 1433
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Question

Assalam alaykum.i'm very happy to receive the answer to my question on salaatustasbeeh.but dear sheikh,one part of my question has not been answered that is during first and second sittings do i recite the tasbehaat before tashahud or after it?

Answer

All perfect praise be to Allaah, The Lord of the Worlds. I testify that there is none worthy of worship except Allaah, and that Muhammad, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, is His slave and Messenger.

According to the jurists  may  Allaah  have  mercy  upon  them the Tasaabeeh (plural of Tasbeehah, i.e. saying Subhaanallaah wal Hamdulillaah wa Laa Ilaaha Illaa Allaah) in the Tasbeeh prayer are said before the Tashahhud and not after.

The commentary of As-Saawi  may  Allaah  have  mercy  upon  him on Ash-Sharh As-Sagheer, which is one of the Maaliki books, reads: “And one should say the ten last (Tasaabeeh) while in his sitting position before Tashahhud.

From the Hadeeth mentioned about the description of the Tasbeeh prayer, it appears that the four Rak’ahs should be performed successively without Tasleem (saying Salaam to conclude the prayer after the second Rak’ah). Also, it appears from the narration by At-Tabaraani  may  Allaah  have  mercy  upon  him that there is no Tashahhud except in the last Rak’ah as the Hadeeth reads: “…When you finish, you should say after Tashahhud and before Tasleem: O Allaah! I ask You the success which you granted to the people of guidance, and ask You the acts of the people of certainty

However, some scholars  may  Allaah  have  mercy  upon  them are of the view that if it (the Tasbeeh prayer) is performed at night, it is better to end the prayer by Tasleem after each two Raka’hs. Based on this, there would be two Tashahhuds.

In case one prays this prayer during the day, he may pray the Four Rak’ahs successively without saying Tasleem after the second Rak’ah, and he may also pray them with Tasleem after the second Rak’ah.

The author of ‘Awn Al-Ma’bood  may  Allaah  have  mercy  upon  him said: “At-Tirmithi  may  Allaah  have  mercy  upon  him reported from Ibn Al-Mubaarak, that he said: “In case one prays it at night, I prefer that he says Salaam after each two Rak’ahs, and if one prays them during the day, then if he wishes, he may say Salaam after two Rak’ahs, and if he wishes he may leave Tasleem after two Rak’ahs (i.e. he may pray the four Rak’ahs successively with one Tasleem.

Nonetheless, the Maaliki School of jurisprudence is of the view that there is no difference between praying it at night and praying it during the day, and their view is that it should be performed by saying Salaam after each two Rak’ahs at both times. For more benefit, please refer to Fatwa 83600.

Allaah Knows best.

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