Ruling on Reciting the Names of Allaah in certain combinations

 

Number of people tell me if you say
so-and-so X amount of times then you will get such and such reward e.g. reciting the 99
names of Allah in certain combnations and quantities will do certain things .

Praise be to Allaah.

This question was answered for us by Shaykh
‘Abd-Allaah ibn Munayyi’, who said:

“This is not permissible, and if he believes in it, it is
bid’ah.”

Every dhikr that involves reciting a certain number of times, or in a
certain place, or at a certain time, or in a certain manner, that is not prescribed in
sharee’ah, is bid’ah. With regard to the Most Beautiful Names of Allaah, the way
to use these in worship is to call upon Allaah by these Names, as He says (interpretation
of the meaning), “And (all) the Most Beautiful Names belong to Allaah, so call on
Him by them…” [al-A’raaf 7:180]. Merely reciting them in certain
combinations is not a prescribed form of worship. And Allaah knows best.

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