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Al-Tasbihat al-Arba'a

Al-Tasbīhāt al-Arba'a (Arabic: التَسْبیحات الأرْبَعَة) consists of four dhikrs recited in daily prayers with three or four rak'as as well as certain other dhikrs. The four dhikrs are: "Subḥān Allāh, wa l-ḥamd li-llāh, wa lā ilāh-a illā Allāh, wa Allāh Akbar" (Exalted is Allah, and praise is for Allah, and there is no god except Allah, and God is the greatest).

In daily prayers, al-Tasbihat al-Arba'a is recited in rak'as three and four instead of Sura al-Hamd (Qur'an 1) and another Sura.[1] According to the Fatwas of some Shiite marja's, al-Tasbihat al-Arba'a should be recited three times in rak'as three and four of the prayer, but according to others, it suffices to recite it only one time.[2]

In addition to the daily prayers, al-Tasbihat al-Arba'a should be recited in Ja'far al-Tayyar Prayer after the recitation of the Sura (three hundred times),[3] in the common prayers of the nights of the month of Ramadan (seven times),[4] and in the practices of Jumada II after the common prayer (seventy times).

In the volume ninety of his Bihar al-anwar, al-Allama al-Majlisi has devoted a chapter to the meaning and the virtues of al-Tasbihat al-Arba'a.[5] the recitation of al-Tasbihat al-Arba'a is recommended for closeness to God, preventing catastrophes in this world[6], and the prayers being responded by God[7][8]


  1. Fāḍilī, Irfān-i Namāz, p. 85.
  2. Banī Hashimī, Tawḍīḥ al-masāʾil-i marājiʿ, vol. 1, p. 552.
  3. Qummi, Dastūr al-ʿamal, p. 267.
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