Imaam al-Bukhaaree reported  [Book of the Adhaan: Chapter (155): The dhikr
after the Prayer] (no.843):
“Muhammad ibn Abee Bakr narrated to us, saying: Mu`tamir narrated to  us:
from `Ubaydillaah: from Sumayy: from Aboo Saalih: from Aboo Hurairahradiyallaahu `anhu- who said:
‘The poor people came to Allaah’s Messenger   and said: O Messenger of
Allaah! The  people of wealth are making off  with the highest levels, and
everlasting bliss: they pray as we pray; they fast as we fast; but they have extra
wealth with which they perform Hajj, and `Umrah, and they fight jihaad, and
they give in charity.’ So he said:
<< Shall I not inform you of something which, if you take hold of it, then
you can reach those who preceded you, and no one after you will be able to
reach you, and you will be the best of those amongst whom you live, unless
they do the same: that you say ‘subhaanallaah’, and ‘al-hamdu lillaah’, and
‘Allaahu akbar’ thirty three times after every Prayer>>.”
-And the narration of Imaam Muslim (no.595) contains the wording at the end:
‘So later the poor Muhaajireen went back to Allaah’s Messenger  and said:
‘Our brothers with wealth have heard of what we have been doing, and they
now do the same?!’ So Allaah’s Messenger  said:
<< That is Allaah’s Bounty which He gives to whomever He wishes.>>
* al-Haafiz Ibn Rajab al-Hanbalee  -rahimahullaah- said in  Fathul-Baaree
“And this indicates that dhikr is the most excellent of deeds, and that it is more
excellent than jihaad, charity, freeing slaves, and other than that.
And this meaning is reported clearly from a large group of  the Companions,
from them: Abud-Dardaa·, Mu`aadh, and  other than them; and it is related
through multiple chains in marfoo` form (traced back to the Prophet ) also.


And this is not contradicted by the hadeeth where someone asked the Prophet
 about what is equal to jihaad, so he said: <<Are you able, from when the
mujaahid goes out, to fast and not break your fast, and to stand in Prayer
such that you do not cease>>-the well known  hadeeth [reported by alBukhaareee (no. 2785)], because this questioner was asking about an action
that he could do during the period when the mujaahid fought jihaad, from when
he left his house until his arriving back. So nothing will equal that, other than
what he mentioned.



Whereas the Prophet   directed the poor people to an action that they could
adhere to  throughout the entire period of their lives, and it is abundant
remembrance  (dhikr)  of Allaah after the Prayers; and this will be more
excellent than jihaad which occurs only at certain times, wherein the person
spends his wealth. So therefore the people are divided into three categories:


[i] the people of  remembrance (dhikr), who are constant upon it until the
completion of their lifespan;


[ii] the people who fight jihaad, and who do not perform the like of that dhikr.
So the first ones are more excellent than them ;


[iii] A people who combine dhikr and jihaad, then they are the most excellent
of the people.


And therefore when the possessors of wealth, those who used to perform Hajj
and `Umrah, and who used to fight Jihaad and give in charity, came to hear of
that which the Prophet  taught the poor people, then they acted upon it also.
So they then became more excellent then the poor people; and therefore when
they asked the Prophet  about that, he said:
<<That is Allaah’s Bounty which He gives to whomever He wishes>>.

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