Third kalimah describes the glory of ALLAH. When a believer is reciting third kalimah, he/she testifies the greatness of Allah, all praised unto Him, and no other being worthy of worship except Him. Third kalmiah, also referred as Tamjeed is such a beautiful supplication that fills the heart of a believer with peace and contentment. It is a testified way of remembrance of ALLAH. The kalmia in Arabic is shared below:
سُبْحَان اللهِ وَالْحَمْدُلِلّهِ وَلا إِلهَ إِلّااللّهُ وَاللّهُ أكْبَرُ وَلا حَوْلَ وَلاَ قُوَّةَ إِلَّا بِاللّهِ الْعَلِيِّ الْعَظِيْم
“Glory be to Allah and all praise be to Allah, there is none worthy of worship except Allah, and Allah is the Greatest. There is no might or power except from Allah, the Exalted, the Great One. “
It is a magnificent word of glory attributed and belonging to Allah Almighty alone. It was narrated in Sunan An-Nasa’i 924 that Ibn Abi Awfa said: “A man came to the Prophet (ﷺ) and said: I cannot learn anything of the Quran; teach me something that I can say instead of reciting the Quran.’ He said: ‘Say: SubhanAllah, wal-hamdulilah, wa la illaha ill-Allah, wa Allahu Akbar, wa la hawla wa la quwwata illa Billahil-aliy al-azim (Glory be to Allah, praise be to Allah, there is none worthy of worship except Allah, Allah is Most Great, and there is no power and no strength except with Allah the Exalted and Magnificent ).’”
There is a Hadith that says 3rd kalima is such a great medicine that it cures every disease and the most minor disease it cures is Sorrow. The virtues received by reciting third kalimah before going to sleep are tantamount to performing a Hajj. As it is narrated that on one glorious night, Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) summoned his successor, Hazrat Ali (R.A), and asked him: “Ya Ali! Do these five things before going to bed at night.”
Give 4000 Dinars in Sadqa and then sleep
Read one complete Quran and then sleep
Pay the price for Jannah (heaven) and then sleep
Make two people happy with each other when they are upset and then sleep
Do one hajj and then sleep
Hazrat Ali (R.A) replied, “Ya Rasulallah! This looks impossible. How will I be able to do it?” Upon which, Prophet (PBUH) explained that when you recite Surah Fatiha four times, it will be equivalent to giving 4,000 Dinars as Sadqa, when you recite Surah Ikhlas three times, you complete one Quran, when you read Durood Shareef three times, it will be similar to the price of Jannah. When you say Astagfirullah 10 times, you make two unhappy people content with each other. And, your recitations come to an end with four times third Kalima, which is equal to one hajj.
The third kalima is one of the perfect ways to exalt Allah and remember Him. Remembrance of ALLAH is one of the fundamental and mandatory act to be performed by all the Muslims. In Surah Baqarah, ayat 152-153, ALLAH Almighty said: “So remember Me; I will remember you. And be grateful to Me and do not deny Me. O you who have believed, seek help through patience and prayer. Indeed, Allah is with the patient.” Therefore, in order to receive the blessings of ALLAH through His remembrance, we should make third kalimah a part of daily azkaar.