حَدَّثَنَا عَلِيٌّ أَنَّ فَاطِمَةَ عَلَيْهَا السَّلَام شَكَتْ مَا تَلْقَى مِنْ أَثَرِ الرَّحَا فَأَتَى النَّبِيَّ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ سَبْيٌ فَانْطَلَقَتْ فَلَمْ تَجِدْهُ فَوَجَدَتْ عَائِشَةَ فَأَخْبَرَتْهَا فَلَمَّا جَاءَ النَّبِيُّ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ أَخْبَرَتْهُ عَائِشَةُ بِمَجِيءِ فَاطِمَةَ فَجَاءَ النَّبِيُّ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ إِلَيْنَا وَقَدْ أَخَذْنَا مَضَاجِعَنَا فَذَهَبْتُ لِأَقُومَ فَقَالَ عَلَى مَكَانِكُمَا فَقَعَدَ بَيْنَنَا حَتَّى وَجَدْتُ بَرْدَ قَدَمَيْهِ عَلَى صَدْرِي وَقَالَ أَلَا أُعَلِّمُكُمَا خَيْرًا مِمَّا سَأَلْتُمَانِي إِذَا أَخَذْتُمَا مَضَاجِعَكُمَا تُكَبِّرَا أَرْبَعًا وَثَلَاثِينَ وَتُسَبِّحَا ثَلَاثًا وَثَلَاثِينَ وَتَحْمَدَا ثَلَاثًا وَثَلَاثِينَ فَهُوَ خَيْرٌ لَكُمَا مِنْ خَادِمٍ

Narrated Ali: Fatima complained of the suffering caused to her by (working with) the hand mill. Some captives had then been brought to the Prophet (ﷺ); she sought him but did not find him at home. However, Aisha was present, to whom she told (of her desire for a servant). When the Prophet (ﷺ) came, Aisha informed him of Fatima’s visit. `Ali added “So the Prophet (ﷺ) came to us while we had gone to bed. I wanted to get up but the Prophet (ﷺ) said, “Remain at your place”. Then he sat down between us till I found the coolness of his feet on my chest. Then he said, “Shall I teach you a thing which is better than what you have asked me? When you go to bed, say, ‘Allahuakbar (Allah is the Greatest)’ thirty-four times, and ‘Subhanallah (Allah is free from imperfection)’ thirty-three times, and ‘Alhamdulillah (all praise is for Allah)’ thirty-three times, for that is better for you both than a servant.”

Narrated in Sahih Bukhari, no 3705
Grade: sahih (authentic)
Translation adapted from


  1. As humans, we often experience the need for help from others as in the case of Fatimah, who yearned for a servant to help her with her tasks/duties.
  2. Reciting the tasbih (subhanallah) 33 times, tahmid (alhamdulillah) 33 times, and takbir (Allahuakbar) 34 times before sleeping is better than having a servant.

Let us not forget to remember Allah with tasbih, tahmid, and takbir at bedtime.


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