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How to Perform Dhikr On Fingers Using Right Hand

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How to perform dhikr on finger after salah. Doing dhikr after each salah is strongly recommended. Prophet Muhammad Shalallahu alaihi wa sallam (pbuh) always used his right hand to count dhikr on fingers. That becomes sunnah for muslims to follow.

In a hadith narrated by Abu Dawud, it said that:
"I saw the Messenger of Allah (pbuh) counting the tasbeeh." Ibnu Qudaamah said, "With his right hand." (Sunan Abu Dawud).


Al-Allamah Al-Albani rahimahullah said,
من سبح باليسرى فقد عصى
Whoever is praying with his left hand, really he has immoral.
ومن سبح باليدين معاً ... فقد خلط عملاً صالحاً وآخر سيئا
Whoever makes tasbih with his two hands, really he has mixed good deeds and bad deeds.
ومن خصّه باليمنى فقد اهتدى وأصاب سنة المصطفى
Whoever performs tasbih with his right hand, truly he has received instructions and is following the Sunnah of Musthofa (Prophet sallallahu 'alaihi wa sallam).

Sahih al-Adab al-Mufrad 1/493

How to Perform Dhikr on Fingers Using Right Hand Only?

For daily dhikr I used to use each finger to count as 1. I needed to count each finger on both hands to make 10 and repeated them again three times until I reached 30. And then added 3 to make 33.

Unfortunately, using this technique was hard because I sometimes got blank and not sure how many I had counted.

Now,  after searching in Google, I use different method to reduce mistakes, and it really helps.

Here is how.

On each finger we have 3 joints, except the thumb that only has 2. Each joint has inner and outer parts and its point.

Each finger (except thumb) has 3 inner parts of joints, 3 outer parts of joints and 1 point at the tip. So, by counting them all we have 28.

Thumb has 2 inner and 2 outer parts of joints and 1 point at its tip. So, there are 5 spots we can count.

By adding them all: 28 + 5, we have 33.

Thirty-three for tasbih (subhanallah), 33 for tahmid (alhamdulillah) and 33 for takbir (Allahu akbar).


As it is not narrated in hadith which finger we should use first to start dhikr, so it doesn't matter whether you start with your thumb or your pinky to do dhikr as ibadah.

You can watch the video for the whole tutorial.

With this technique I really don't need to worry about miscounting.

What about you? Have you tried perform dhikr on fingers using right hand only? Or have you got another way to do zikir with right hand?
Diah Dwi Arti
Diah Dwi Arti
Muslimah | Madiun, Indonesia | Mom of three | email: diah.d.arti [at]

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