أَبِى هُرَيْرَةَ أَنَّ رَسُولَ اللَّهِ -صلى الله عليه وسلم- مَرَّ بِهِ وَهُوَ يَغْرِسُ غَرْسًا فَقَالَ « يَا أَبَا هُرَيْرَةَ مَا الَّذِى تَغْرِسُ ». قُلْتُ غِرَاسًا لِى. قَالَ « أَلاَ أَدُلُّكَ
Abu Hurayrah radiallahu an narrated:
The Messenger of Allah Sallallahu alayhi wa sallam passed by him while he was planting a plant. The Messenger of Allah Sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said, “O Abu Hurayrah what are you planting?” I said: A plant for me.” He said: Would you like me to tell of a plant better than this?” I said: Of course, O Messenger of Allah.” He Sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said, “Say: Subhan-Allah, Wal-hamdu-lillah, wa la ilaha illallah, wa Alllahu Akbar (Glory is to Allah, praise is to Allah, non has the right to be worshipped but Allah, and Allah is the Greatest) for each one a tree will be planted for you in Paradise.”
Collected by Ibn Majah 3807. Al-Albani graded this hadeeth as being saheeh in his checking of Ibn Majah.
Benefits for this subject:
1. These four words are a tree in Jannah
2. This hadeeth show the superiority of these four words.
3. The Prophet Sallallahu alayhi wa sallam mentioned Hamd after Tasbih to establish the rank of saying “Subhan-Allah.” It has been authentically reported that Al-Hamdulilah fills the scale. Therefore it’s heavier than Subhan-Allah. Included in Al-Hamdulilah is the affirmation of Allah’s complete attributes. And Subhan-Allah frees Allah above any deficiencies in His names. Affirmation is more complete than negation. [ Faydul Qadeer 2871]
4. Allah says, “But the good righteous deeds that last are better with your Lord for rewards and better in respect of hope.” [Al-Kahf 46]. The scholars of Tafsir include these four words in the above hadeeth as an explanation for this verse.
(Tafsir Surahtul Kahf by our Shaykh Muhammad ibn Salih Al-Uthaymeen rahimahullah ta’ala