Maʿānī al-ʾAkhbār > The meaning of «Glorified be Allah»
Hadith #1

حدثنا أبي - رحمه الله - قال: حدثنا علي بن إبراهيم بن هاشم عن محمد بن عيسى ابن عبيد، عن يونس بن عبد الرحمن، عن هشام بن عبد الملك قال: سألت أبا عبد الله عليه السلام عن معنى " سبحان الله " فقال: أنفة الله.

1. We were told by my father, may Allah grant him mercy, that he said: We were told by Ali bin Ibrahim bin Hashim, from Muhammed bin ‘Isa ibn Ubayd, from Yunus bin Abdul-Rahman, from Hisham bin Abdul-Malik, that he said: I asked Abu Abdillah, peace be upon him, about the meaning of «Glorified be Allah» [1], to which he said: An honoring of Allah.



Hadith #2

حدثنا محمد بن الحسن بن أحمد بن الوليد - رضي الله عنه - قال: حدثنا محمد بن الحسن الصفار، عن محمد بن الحسين بن أبي الخطاب، عن علي بن أسباط، عن سليم مولى طربال، عن هشام الجواليقي، قال: سألت أبا عبد الله عليه السلام عن قول الله عز وجل " سبحان الله " ما يعني به؟ قال: تنزيه.

2. We were told by Muhammed bin Hasan bin Ahmad bin Waleed, may Allah be pleased with him, that he said: We were told by Muhammed bin Hasan al-Saffar, from Muhammed bin Hussain bin Abi Talib, from Ali bin Asbat, from Sulaym, the servant of Tarbal, from Hisham al-Jawaleeqi, that he said: I asked Abu Abdillah, peace be upon him, of the saying of Allah, Exalted and Glorious is He: «Glorified be Allah» (23:91) What does He mean with it? He said: Extolment.



Hadith #3

حدثنا عبد الله بن محمد بن عبد الوهاب قال: أخبرنا أبو الحسن أحمد بن محمد بن عبد الله بن حمزة الشعراني العماري من ولد عمار بن ياسر، قال: حدثنا أبو محمد عبيد الله بن يحيى بن عبد الباقي الأذني بأذنة ، قال: حدثنا علي بن الحسن المعاني، قال: حدثنا عبد الله بن يزيد، عن يحيى بن عقبة بن أبي العيزار، قال حدثنا محمد بن حجار عن يزيد بن الأصم ، قال: سأل رجل عمر بن الخطاب فقال: يا أمير المؤمنين ما تفسير " سبحان الله "؟ قال: إن في هذا الحائط رجلا كان إذا سئل أنبأ، وإذا سكت ابتدء. فدخل الرجل فإذا هو علي بن أبي طالب عليه السلام فقال: يا أبا الحسن ما تفسير " سبحان الله "؟ قال: هو تعظيم جلال الله عز وجل وتنزيهه عما قال فيه كل مشرك، فإذا قاله العبد صلى عليه كل ملك.

3. We were told by Abdullah bin Muhammed bin Abdul-Wahab, that he said: We were informed by Abu’l-Hasan, Ahmad bin Muhammed bin Abdullah bin Hamza al-Sha’rani al-Ammari – from the offspring of Ammar bin Yasir – that he said: We were told by Abu Muhammed, Ubaydullah bin Yahya bin Abdul-Baqi al-Adhani – in Adhana – that he said: We were told by Ali bin Hasan al-Ma’ani, that he said: We were told by Abdullah bin Yazid, fromYahya bin ‘Aqaba bin Abi’l-‘Aizaz, that he said: We were told by Muhammed bin Hajjar, from Yazid bin Asam, that he said: A man asked Umar bin Khattab, so he said: O Commander of the Believers, what is the interpretation of «Glorified be Allah»? He said: Within this wall is a man whom if asked, he would inform, and if he is silent, he would take initiative (to talk). So the man entered, and it was Ali bin Abi Talib, peace be upon him, so he said: O father of Hasan, what is the interpretation of «Glorified be Allah»? He said: It is a magnification of the Glory and Extolment of Allah, Exalted and Glorious is He, above what every polytheist has said about Him. Hence, if a servant says it, every Angel will send blessings upon him.