Sadaq alah 2


In the name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Assalaamu `alaykum waRahmatullahi Wabarakatuh

The words Sadaqallahul Azeemmean “Allah The Great has spoken the truth”.In essence this is an affirmation to the verses of the Qur’an which has been recited. It is also recited as etiquette and to make the listeners aware that the recitation has now terminated.

It may not be expressly mentioned in the Ahadeeth that it was the habit of the prophet (sallalahu alaihi wasallam) or the Sahabah (radiyallahu anhum) to read Saadqallahul Azeem after reciting Qur’an, but it had been the practice of many pious predecessors to use such words after quoting a verse of the Qur’an. None of them has condemned this or termed it as a Bida’h.


وقال ابن عباس:إذا عسر على المرأة ولدها تكتب هاتين الآيتين والكلمتين في صحيفة ثم تغسل وتسقى منها، وهي: بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم لا إله إلا الله العظيم الحليم الكريم، سبحان الله رب السموات ورب الأرض ورب العرش العظيم{كأنهم يوم يرونها لم يلبثوا إلا عشية أو ضحاها} [النازعات: 46].{كأنهم يوم يرون ما يوعدون لم يلبثوا إلا ساعة من نهار بلاغ فهل يهلك إلا القوم الفاسقون}صدق الله العظيم.

(الجامع لاحكام القراَن ج16 ص215 دار الحديث)

وقال الحسن البصري: صدق الله العظيم.لا يعاقب بمثل فعله إلا الكفور

( تفسير القرآن العظيم ج3 ص496)

And Allah Ta’ala Knows Best

Wassalamu Alaykum

Ml. Rayhaan Docrat

Student Darul Iftaa

Checked and Approved by:

Mufti Ebrahim Desai

Darul Iftaa, Madrassah In’aamiyyah

Fatwa #17776


As-Salamu `alaykum! Is saying “Sadaqa Allahu Al-`Azeem” after finishing a recitation in prayer bid`ah?


Wa `alaykum As-Salamu wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh.

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.

All praise and thanks are due to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger.


Dear questioner


, we would like to thank you for showing keenness on knowing the teachings of Islam, and we appreciate the great confidence you have in us. May Almighty Allah help our efforts meet your expectations!


As for your question, Muslim scholars say that sayingSadaqa Allahu Al-`Azeemafter reciting the Qur’an or when listening to it is not a blameworthy bid`ah(innovation in religion).


In this regard, Sheikh `Atiyyah Saqr, former head of Al-Azhar Fatwa Committee, states:



Saying “Sadaqa Allahu Al-`Azeemafter reciting the Qur’an or when listening to it is not a blameworthy bid`ahdue to the following reasons:


1. No evidence has been reported to forbid it.


2. It is a form of dhikr(remembrance of Allah),


which is recommended at any time.

3.Some scholars have spoken of the virtue of uttering this expression and considered it one of the ethics of recitation. They even maintain that saying it in the salah does not break it.


4. These words or the like have been mentioned in the Qur’an: “Say: Allah has spoken the truth

(Sadaqa Allahu), therefore follow the religion of Ibrahim, the upright one; and he was not one of the polytheists.”


(Al `Imran: 95)


And when the believers saw the allies, they said:


This is what Allah and His Messenger promised us, and Allah and His Messenger spoke the truth (wa sadaqa Allahu wa rasulluh); and it only increased them in faith and submission.”



(Al-Ahzab: 22)


Al-Qurtubiprefaced his Tafsir by quoting Al-Hakim At-Tirmidhi as saying that among the ethics of reciting the Qur’an is for one to say, upon finishing the recitation, “True are the words of Almighty Allah” or a similar expression of the same meanings, testifying to the truth of all what Allah says (in the Qur’an), and bearing witness that the Messenger (peace and blessings be upon him) has conveyed this message to mankind. An example of this is to say,


Almighty Allah has spoken the truth and His honorable Messenger has conveyed it.”


And then to confirm it by saying,

You have spoken the truth, O our Lord; You sent it (i.e., the message) to Your Messengers, and we testify that this is true.


O Allah, make us of those who testify to the truth, and then the reciter is supposed to makedu`a’with whatever he (or she) wishes.


In Fiqh Al-Madhahib Al-Arba`ah, the Egyptian Awqaf edition, it is stated:


If one says in prayer words like Sadaqa Allahu Al-`Azeem’ when the reciter finishes his reading, this does not break the salahif one intends to just glorify Allah, the Almighty, or make mention of Him.


The Shafi`is maintain that salah is not invalidated at all by saying these words.”



Having said this, I wonder how some people dare considerSadaqa Allahu Al-`Azeem’after reciting the Qur’an as bid `ah.We should be very careful when giving any Islamic rulings, as Allah says in the Qur’an:


And, for what your tongues describe, do not utter the lie, (saying) this is lawful and this is unlawful, in order to forge a lie against Allah; surely those who forge the lie against Allah shall not prosper.

(An-Nahl: 116)”

fi amanillah

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