Subhana Rabbiyal Azeem Meaning, in Arabic & When to say

Subhana Rabbiyal Azeem is an Arabic phrase that is considered a Tasbeeh that Muslims recite when a bow position (in Ruku) from a standing position in Salah and it is a Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ).


The following video we have made will help you learn the proper Subhana Rabbiy al-Azeem pronunciation of the Tasbeeh word by word:

Subhana Rabbiyal Azeem in Arabic

The full phrase consists of 3 words which are written in Arabic with the Diacritical as:

سُبْحَانَ رَبِّيَ الْعَظِيمِ

and Without the Diacritical:

سبحان ربي العظيم


Subhana Rabbiyal Azeem

and can be divided as the following table:

Subhana سُبْحَانَ Glory is to
Rabbiyرَبِّيَ my Lord
alAzeemالْعَظِيمِthe Most Great

Subhana Rabbiyal Azeem Meaning

The General meaning of the dua is “Glory is to my Lord, the Most Great”.

When to say it

Subhana Rabbiyal Azeem Meaning, in Arabic & When to say

The proper form for Ruku (bowing) is shown in the image as well as the common mistakes you should avoid.
The back should be parallel to the ground, the gaze should be directed toward your feet. From here you would recite Subhana Rabbiy al-Azeem
It is a beautiful time to praise Allah, bowing down before him and referring to him by one of his ninety names Al Azeem 

Phrase Origin

It was narrated that Hudhaifah said: “I prayed with the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ), and he bowed and said when bowing: ‘Subhana Rabbial-azim .’ And when prostrating: ‘Subhana Rabbial-‘Ala .”

Sunan an-Nasa’i 1046

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