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Authenticity of the Hadith Regarding Counting Dhikr on the Fingers


Please verify the authenticity of this Hadith.

Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said:

قال لنا رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم عليكن بالتسبيح والتهليل والتقديس واعقدن بالأنامل فإنهن مسئولات مستنطقات

“Hold fast onto making tasbih [saying Subhanallah], tahlil [saying La ilaha illallah] and glorifying Allah, and count them on your fingers for they [your fingers] will be questioned and asked to speak.”



Imam Ibn Hibban (rahimahullah) has declared this Hadith authentic.

(Sahih Ibn Hibban; Al Ihsan, Hadith: 842)


‘Allamah Nawawi (rahimahullah) has also declared one chain sound (hasan). Hafiz Ibn Hajar (rahimahullah) has declared the Hadith sound (hasan).

(Al Adhkar, Hadith: 29, Nataijul Afkar, vol. 1 pg. 87. Also see: Footnotes of Shaykh Muhammad ‘Awwamah on Musannaf Ibn Abi Shaybah, Hadith: 7738)


Imam Tirmidhi and Imam Ibn Hibban (rahimahumallah) have recorded this narration on the authority of Sayyidah Yusayrah (radiyallahu ‘anha). Imam Abu Dawud (rahimahullah) has recorded it with slight variation in the wording.

(Sunan Tirmidhi, Hadith: 3583, Sahih Ibn Hibban; Al Ihsan, Hadith: 842 and Sunan Abi Dawud, Hadith: 1496)


And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.

Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar


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