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  • Talbiyah

    The Talbiyah (Arabic: تلبية) is a devotional prayer uttered by pilgrims during Hajj or Umrah after entering into the state of Ihram. It is recited frequently throughout the pilgrimage.

    Method of Recital

    The Sunnah method of reciting Talbiyah is to briefly pause at four places, indicated by the dashes. The words are as follows:

    لَبَّيْكَ اللهُمَّ لَبَّيْكَ – لَبَّيْكَ لَا شَرِيْكَ لَكَ لَبَّيْكَ – إِنَّ الْحَمْدَ وَالنِّعْمَةَ لَكَ وَالْمُلْكَ – لَا شَرِيْكَ لَكَ –

    Labbayk Allahumma Labbayk. Labbayka La Shareeka Laka Labbayk. Innal Hamda wan-Ni’mata Laka wal-Mulk. La Shareeka Lak.

    At Your service, Allah, at Your service. At Your service, You have no partner, at Your service. Truly all praise, favour and sovereignty is Yours; You have no partner.

    Men should recite the Talbiyah audibly, whereas women should recite it softly.


    When to Recite

    Talbiyah should be recited as much as possible throughout Hajj and Umrah.

    It is Sunnah to recite Talbiyah in the following instances:
    When boarding or disembarking a vehicle.
    When ascending or descending.
    When encountering a group of pilgrims.
    After Salah.
    In the early parts of dawn.


    حَدَّثَنَا هَنَّادٌ، حَدَّثَنَا إِسْمَاعِيلُ بْنُ عَيَّاشٍ، عَنْ عُمَارَةَ بْنِ غَزِيَّةَ، عَنْ أَبِي حَازِمٍ، عَنْ سَهْلِ بْنِ سَعْدٍ، قَالَ قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم ‏ “‏ مَا مِنْ مُسْلِمٍ يُلَبِّي إِلاَّ لَبَّى مَنْ عَنْ يَمِينِهِ أَوْ عَنْ شِمَالِهِ مِنْ حَجَرٍ أَوْ شَجَرٍ أَوْ مَدَرٍ حَتَّى تَنْقَطِعَ الأَرْضُ مِنْ هَا هُنَا وَهَا هُنَا ‏”‏ ‏.‏

    Sahl bin Sa’d narrated that the Messenger of Allah ﷺ said: “There is no Muslim who says the Talbiyah except that – on his right and left, until the end of the land, from here to there – the rocks, or trees, or mud say the Talbiyah.
    [Narrated in Sunan al-Tirmidhi]

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