How are the numbers of dhikrs determined?
Our Lady Fatima, the daughter of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), once asked for his help and stated that she needed a helper. The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) advised her to recite "Subhanallah" (Glory be to Allah) 33 times, "Alhamdulillah" (Praise be to Allah) 33 times, and "Allahu Akbar" (Allah is the Greatest) 33 times after every prayer. He said that there is no better helper than reciting these phrases. This shows us that each of the noble names and attributes of Allah can serve different functions when recited in their specific counts. The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) also recommended different remembrances for different purposes and at different counts to his companions, including Ali, Abu Bakr, Umar, and Uthman. The counts of these remembrances, including the Asma ul Husna that we have shared with you, are based on the practices of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) and the opinions of the scholars who came after him.
Updated on: 11/04/2023