A Prophetic [Practice] that has been Abandoned, for Supplications to Be Answered – Shaykh Fawāz al-Madkhalī, may Allāh protect him, said:
A Point of Benefit : A Prophetic [Practice] That Has Been Abandoned, [One] for Supplications to Be Answered
From Anas ibn Mālik, may Allāh be pleased with him, [who] said:
Um Sulaym came to the Prophet ﷺ and said, “O Messenger of Allāh, teach me some words I can ask [Allāh] with.”
Proclaim Allāh’s great distance, Mighty is He and Majestic, from any kind of imperfection [by saying “subhānallāh”] ten times; glorify Him with praise [by saying “al-hamdulillāh”] ten times; and extol His greatness above all things [by saying “Allāhu akbar”] ten times.
Then after that, ask for what you need, for He [will] certainly then say: “Indeed, I have done it; indeed, I have done it.”
Ahmad, Al-Tirmidhī, and Al-Nasā’ī reported it with their chains of narration, and Al-Albānī graded it hasan [a good, acceptable narration].
Translated by Mikail ibn Mahboob Ariff