The month of Dhul Hajj approaches and you can hear the topics of Qurbani (sacrifice), Hajj and Takbeer-e-Tashreeq being discussed in every Muslim household. While its easy to remember offering Qurbani and Hajj, Takbeer-e-Tashreeq often slips from the mind of many.

Lets go into the depth of it so next time you have a family discussion, you can be the first to jump in and add, “Don’t forget to recite Takbeer!”

Takbeer-e-Tashreeq:

The literal meaning of Takbeer is to ‘state the greatness of Allah’ which is why the saying, “Allahu Akbar” is usually defined as Takbeer.

The literal meaning of Tashreeq is ‘sunrise’ or ‘sunshine’. Tashreeq refers to the three days (11th, 12th and 13th) of Dhul Hajj. These days are termed as Ayyam ul Tashreeq (The Days of Tashreeq) mainly because it was the custom of the Arabs to lay out the meat they acquired from sacrifice under the sun during these days. This process of drying and preserving meat was also called ‘Tashreeq’.

Takbeer-e-Tashreeq is the recitation of the following Dua :

Takbeer e Tashreeq

اللَّهُ أَكْبَرُ اللَّهُ أَكْبَرُ لَا إلَهَ إلَّا اللَّهُ وَاَللَّهُ أَكْبَرُ اللَّهُ أَكْبَرُ وَلِلَّهِ الْحَمْد

Translation:

“Allah is The Greatest, Allah is the Greatest. There is no God other than Allah and Allah is The Greatest. Allah is The Greatest and to Him belongs all Praise.”

When to recite Takbeer-e-Tashreeq:

It is Wajib to recite the Takbeer after every Fardh Salah starting from the Fajr Salah of 9th Dhul Hajj till the Asr Salah of 13th Dhul Hajj. (Shami. Vol 1. Page 406)

The Takbeer is to be recited immediately after the completion of the Fardh Salah before speaking to anyone or engaging in any other activity. If a person moves or speaks then it is no longer Wajib.

It is also Sunnah to recite Takbeer as well as other Duas excessively during these days at all times.

Allah(SWT) says in the Quran in Surah Baqarah:

“And remember Allah during the appointed days.”

Significance:

Takbeer-e-Tashreeq was actually a conversation between Prophet Ibrahim (AS), Angel Jibrael (AS) and Prophet Ismail (AS). When Prophet Ibrahim (AS) laid down his son for sacrifice and placed the knife on his throat, the angels brought down a ram from Allah to be replaced for sacrifice and they said, اللَّهُ أَكْبَرُ اللَّهُ أَكْبَرُ (Allah is the Greatest, Allah is the Greatest).

Upon hearing their words, Prophet Ibrahim exclaimed, ” لَا إلَهَ إلَّا اللَّهُ وَاَللَّهُ أَكْبَرُ” (There is no god other than Allah and Allah is the Greatest). Prophet Ismail (AS) had by then understood of Allah’s favour and that He had removed him from this difficult test. He called out, “اللَّهُ أَكْبَرُ وَلِلَّهِ الْحَمْد” (Allah is the Greatest and to Allah belongs all Praise).

SubhanAllah! How beautiful is this history!

Easy Way To Remember Takbeer e Tashreeq:

Takbeer-e-Tashreeq is one of the hot topics during the Days of Hajj and while everyone is aware of the obligation of reading it after every Fardh Salah, it is very easy to slip out of ones mind.

Our family often had that problem and we never had a day in which someone didn’t used to cry out, “I forgot to recite the Takbeer after Salah!”

It was sad and frustrating until my mom found out a solution and it has helped us and everyone else we have told about ever since we started applying it.

Here’s What to Do.

Take a small piece of paper and write, ‘Takbeer-e-Tashreeq’ on it. Don’t write the whole Dua to avoid any disrespect to Allah’s name. Pin it on the small corner of the prayer mat that you pray on. If you have multiple prayer mats in use in your house then pin one paper on all of them.

This is how it would look like.

Now you don’t have to worry about forgetting to recite the Takbeer. Once its right in front of your eye, it will be on your tongue as well and you can enjoy the satisfaction of reciting it consistently after every Fardh Prayer.

If you have questions about the Takbeerat which are related to Fiqh, click on the link below.

https://www.askimam.org/public/question_detail/36794