GLORIFYING GOD IN ART

Many Muslims display on their walls Subhan Allah art, in which ‘Subhan Allah’ (Glory be to Allah’) is written or painted or printed or carved out in a calligraphy font. A well-available new Islamic wall art item is wall sticker or decal, and therefore it should come as no surprise if people are looking for Subhan Allah wall stickers in order to buy them as spiritual reminders in their homes. Or as a visual expression of their belief.

We have listed below some Hadith that talk of the virtues of saying ‘Subhan Allah’.

Sa’d bin Abu Waqqas (RA) reported: We were with the Messenger of Allah (SAW) when he asked, “Is anyone of you unable to earn a thousand good deeds?” One of those present asked: “How can one earn thousand good deeds in a day?” He (peace be upon him) said, “By saying Subhan Allah a hundred times, then one thousand good deeds will be recorded for him or one thousand sins will be blotted out from his record.” (Muslim)

The Messenger of Allah (SAW) said, “Whoever says SubhanAllah wa biHamdihi (Glory be to Allah and Praise Him) a hundred times during the day, his sins are wiped away, even if they are like the foam of the sea.” (Bukhari)

Abu Dharr reported that the Messenger of Allah (SAW) said, “Shall I tell you the words that Allah loves the most?” I said: “Yes, tell me, O Messenger of Allah.” He (SAW) said: “The words dearest to Allah are: SubhanAllah wa bihamdihi (Glory be to Allah and Praise Him)”. (Muslim, Tirmidhi)

The Prophet (SAW) said, “A palm tree is planted for the reciter of SubhanAllahil adheem wa biHamdihi (Glory be to Allah, The Supreme, and Praise Him) in Paradise.” (Tirmidhi)

The Prophet (SAW) said: “Two words are light on the tongue, weigh heavily in the balance, they are loved by the Most Merciful One: SubhanAllahi wa biHamdihi, Subhan-Allahil adheem (Glory be to Allah, and Praise, Glory be to Allah, the Supreme).” (Bukhari, Muslim)

Abu Sa`id (RA) reported that the Messenger of Allah (SAW) said, “Perform the enduring goods deeds more frequently.” They asked, “What are these enduring good deeds?” The Messenger of Allah (SAW) replied: Takbir (Allahu Akbar), Tahlil (La ilaha illallah), Tasbih (Subhan Allah), Alhamdulillah, and La hawla wa la quwwata illa billah.”

 The Messenger of Allah (SAW) said: “For me to say SubhanAllah, walHamdulilah, wa La illaha ilAllahu, waAllahu Akbar (Glory be to Allah, All Praise is for Allah, There is No God but Allah, Allah is the Greatest) is dearer to me and all that the sun rises upon (ie the whole world).” (Muslim)

Abd Allah ibn Mas’ud reported that the Messenger of Allah (SAW) said: “During the Night Journey, I met Ibrahim (AS) who said to me: ‘O Muhammad, convey my greetings to your community, and tell them that the Paradise is of pure land, its water is sweet, and its expanse is vast, spacious and even. And its seedlings are SubhanAllah, walhamdulilah, wa la ilaha ilAllah, waAllahu Akbar.’” (Tirmidhi)

Why should it then be a wonder that many Muslims display on the walls of their homes Subhan Allah art, of which these Subhan Allah wall stickers are quite sought after.