It has been related by Juwayriyya that early one morning the Messenger (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) left her room while she was doing the dawn prayer. He returned later that morning and she was still sitting in the same place. “have you been sitting in the same place since I left you?” he asked. “Yes,” she replied. Whereupon the Prophet said, “I recited four phrases three times after I left you, and if these were to be weighed against what you have been reciting since dawn, they would still outweigh them. They are: ‘Glory be to Allah and Praise be to Him as much as the number of his creations, and His pleasure, and the weight of His Throne, and the ink of His words.’”
سبحان الله وبحمده عدد خلقه ورضى نفسه وزنه عرشه ومداد كلماته
SubhanAllah, sometimes we don’t really think about the quality of our athkar, but we think of the quantity. My hadith professor today was talking about how sometimes we got to be smart with our athkar. When we hear a hadith like this, where Juwariya sat from dawn to the break day making tasbeeh, which is obviously a great virtue, but at the same time the prophet told here these 4 phrases which couldn’t add up to what she had said.. why so?
a) Praising Allah by the number of His creations … UNCOUNTABLE
b) Praising Allah by the ink of His words
Say: ‘If the sea were the ink for the words of My Lord, truly the sea would be used up before the words of my Lord were completed, and even if We used the same again to assist. (Qur’an 18:109)
So be wise whilst you praise Allah subhanahu wa ta’laa. Look for what weighs the most, and make them part of your life.