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Friday, 21 December 2012

Stories from the Quran:Nuh a.s - the first Messenger & when Idol-Worshipping Believed to Begin in this World

In the times of Prophet Nuh a.s, after those generations of pious people, certain matters took place whereby people turn to idol-worshipping. The reason for that is found in a Hadith of Bukhari transmitted by Ibn Jarij from ‘Ata from Ibn Abbas in his exegesis of the verse 23 of Surah Nuh.
Ibn Abbas r.a said, “These were the names of the pious and righteous people among the people of Nuh. When they died, Satan inspired the people to sculp out idols and place them where these pious people used to sit and to call them by their names. The people did so but did not worship these statues but when they died and the origin of the statues was forgotten, the (new) people began worshipping them.”

Ibn Abbas r.a. said, “ These idols then came to be worshipped by the Arabs.”
Ibn Jarir has stated in his Tafsir that Muhammad bin Qays said, “There were righteous people between Adam a.s and Nuh a.s , and they had devotees who followed in their footsteps. When these people died, their companions who had been their admirer said, “If we carved their statues, that will encourage us in our worship by reminding us of them,” So, they cast statues but when they too died, and others came over, Iblis, the cursed, prompted them, “Surely, they used to worship them and that brought them rain.” So, they worshipped the statues.

Ibn Abu Hatim has said that Wadd, Yaghuth, Ya’uq, Suwa’ and Nasr were children of Adam a.s. Wadd was the eldest and most pious. When he died, the people gathered around his grave in Babylon and mourned him. Iblis saw them mourning at his grave and appeared to them in the form of a human being and said to them,” I see you weeping over this man. So, shall I make you an image in your meeting place like this man, that you remember him?” They said, “Yes!” So he made them an image in their meeting place. Abu Ja’far continued, “when they had the image with them, they kept remembering him, Iblis asked them if they would each wish an image in their own houses and they affirmed that they would like to have that. Soon, they all had an image in their houses, and remembered their man with it. Their children followed suit but their grandchildren could not remember what it was about and worshipped the image as god. So, the first one to be worshipped besides Allah was Wadd, whom they name Wada."

The consequence is that after long ages had passed by, everyone started to make an idol for his family or group and worshipped it at the exclusion of Allah. Bukhari and Muslim have transmitted a Hadith. Umm Salamah r.a and Umm Habibah r.a, described to the Prophet s.a.w the cathedral in Habshah (Abyssinia) called Maria. They described its beauty and pictures in it. He said, “ they, when, their pious persons died, built a place of worship on their graves, and then drew the images there in. They were the worst of creatures in the sight of Allah.”

Allah swt sent Nuh a.s to curb the mischief that spread through the land in this way. As a messenger, it was his mission to put a stop to idol-worshipping, and invite people to worship Allah swt, the One Who has no partner. He was thus the first Messenger sent by Allah swt to the people of earth as is evident from the Hadith of Abu Hurairah r.a. in Bukhari and Muslim, known as the Hadith of Shifa’ah.

Ibn Kathir Ad- Damishqi (700-774H), Stories of the Prophets – Appendix including Life of Muhammad:The last of the Prophets, pg 61-64, ISBN:81-7101-558-1

Monday, 5 November 2012

What is Salawat/Durood?

What is As Salawat  ? As Salawat is the blessing. Is it not strange that Salah  is spelt exactly the same as Salawat? In order to understand Salawat we must look at Salah. We have already covered Salah in a separate article on this site. PLEASE READ IT FOR YOURSELF.

Having read the article on Salah we find that we are in fact writing the name AHMAD sawwith our body. So if we are writing the name AHMAD saw with our body first before we get to LILLAH then why is it wrong to say Salawat or Darood on Muhammad saw? In other words, we have to write the name AHMAD The Nabee (Prophet) saw is closer to the believers than their own self, so that is one form of nearness of Muhammad saw to us than our own selves. Then we finally come to rest in the position of Lillah in the Salah.

Therefore we have to attain first attain nearness to Muhammad saw before we can attain nearness to Allah.

There is one deviant sect of Muslims who call the Salah 'the Contact Prayer'. They do not believe in sending Salawat upon Muhammad saw . Can they explain who are they contacting ? Unless they have changed the body movements of the Salah and they are writing the word CONTACT with their bodies !

 Therefore the Arabic word Salawat is basically spelt Salat or Salah and both Salah and Salawat draw the seeker closer to Muhammad saw first and then to Allah. In other words we have to pass through AHMAD first before we rest in LILLAH. If Allah could be approached directly by everyone there was no need to send Messengers, Allah would have spoken to every person !

 In Urdu Salawat is called Darood. Why ? If we look at the word Darood it is spelt Why is it spelt  as it is ? If we split the word Darood into two words we get Dar and Wood .

Dar means 'Place' and Wood means 'Love' . Therefore Darood is the Place of Love. Whose place ? Muhammad's saw  ! Whose love ? Allah's love ! Hence the title given to Muhammad saw Habeeb Allah - the Beloved of Allah.
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Saturday, 8 September 2012

Zikrullah : Bismillahirrahmanirrahim

By reciting this zikr, you are safe from the punishment or torment from Angels Zabaniah who takes care of the gates of Hell (19 in total). If you notice, the khalimah contains 19 letters (huruf) that hold the keys to protect from these 19 Angels.

One day, the ruler of Rome, King Qaisar, a kafir, wrote a letter to Amirrul Mukminin, Khalifah Saidina Umar Ibn Khattab, complaining about how he often suffer from a severe headache, and never get to recover after all attempts at trying all the medicine he could possibly think of.

Upon hearing this, Saidina Umar took a fez cap and deliver it to the King to be worn by him. With Allah swt will, as soon as the King wore that fez cap, he recovers from his illness. What is strange after that, is when, as soon as he took off the cap, he experienced the headache back. "This is weird", said the King. Then, he ordered for the fez cap to be checked and found a piece of paper folded inside the cap. 

When he unfold it, he saw the khalimah, Bismilillahirahmanirrahim. He was moved by the wisdom of the khalimah that heals him from his illness, and amazed by Allah swt grace, that he, put both of his palm up (in gesture of making du'a) and say the Shahadah.Subhanallah! 

Tuesday, 28 August 2012

The Medicine for Sorrow, Grief, Anxiety and Depression

Narrated Abdullah ibn Mas’ood, that the Messenger of Allah [SAWS] said: There is no person who suffers any anxiety or grief, and he/she says: (refer to the image attached) except that Allah will take away his anxiety and grief, and replace his sorrow with joy.

It’s as if Rasool Allah [SAWS] is saying that if you’re depressed/sad/anxious/sorrowful, then the way to relieve this is to make your life revolve around the Quran! Because once you read the Quran, you will find:
  • peace and tranquility of the heart [Surah Ar-Rad,13:28]
  • physical and spiritual healing (shifaa), and mercy [Surah Al-Isra, 17:82]
  • guidance on how to live life, and good news [Surah Al-Baqarah, 2:97]
How is it possible for someone who is attached to the Quran to ever be depressed?

Why We Should Pray - Benefits of Prostrating position in Muslim's Prayers (frm a Christian's perspective)

"An important aspect of every religion is prayer.

A prayer is anaction or practice of communicating, commonly with a sequence of words,to a deity or spirit for the purpose of worshiping, requestingguidance, confessing sins, or to express one's thoughts and emotions.The great spiritual traditions offer a wide variety of devotionalacts. There are morning and evening prayers, graces said over meals,and reverent physical gestures.

Prayers exist in many different forms. Some Christians bowtheir heads and fold their hands. Native Americans dance. Some Sufiswhirl. Hindus chant. Orthodox Jews sway their bodies back and forth.Quakers keep silent. Almost every religion has it's own form andstructure.

What you didn't know
Prayers, apart from nourishing your soul, are also good for health! A Malaysian study suggests that prostration in praying is benefic for one's health. Salah (the Islamic prayer), is an exercise which is good for hearth and spine. It also enhances memory and concentration abilities.

The Islamic prayer consists of the following steps:
  1. standing with hands on top of each other at chest level
  2. bowing down with hands resting on knees
  3. standing up from bowing with hands by the side
  4. going in prostration (sajjda) once
  5. lifting face up from prostration but sitting on the ground
  6. doing a second prostration (Sajjda) and then getting up
These psysical movements that a Muslim does during prayer strenghtenthe joints and muscles and stimulate blood circulation. Consequently,they also prevent the stagnation of bloog in the veins of the legs(which may lead to coagulation and other problems).
Sajdah is a unique position or stance in the regular prayers, which a Muslim is supposed to offer at least five times a day.
Although the basic purpose of obligatory prayers isn't to provide anexercise for people, it is being increasingly recognized that it hasplenty of medical advantages.

Sajdah is a unique position as this is the onlyposition in which brain (or head) becomes lower than the heart andhence for the first time the blood gushes towards the brain with fullforce whereas in all other positions (even when lying) brain is abovethe heart when it has to work against gravity to send blood to thebrain.

In the position of Sajdah due to the increased blood supply thebrain receive more nourishment and it has good effect upon memory,vision, hearing, concentration, psyche and all other cognitiveabilities. People who offer their prayers regularly have more willpower and can cope with the difficulties of life in a much bettermanner. They have fewer incidences of headaches, psychological problemsand other defects of cognitive function.

Prostration in prayer
Not only the Muslim prayers have such benefic prayer movements. References to kneeling and prostration to express one's humblenessbefore the Almighty abound in the Bible and are practiced bysuch notables as Abraham, Moses and Aaron, Joshua, Elijah, Solomon andJesus.Prostration in prayer is still practiced by some members of the Russian Orthodox Church and some Catholics still maintain kneeling in prayer.In contrast, Baptists and other Christian denominations have abandonedkneeling, and the Jewish liturgy has eliminated it altogether. The onlyexception perhaps is the Samaritan Jew, whose prayer is similar to theMuslim's prayer, but for the language.

I'm Christian, and I haven't abandoned kneeling. Seems like a good thing.

While getting up from Sajdah the perennial musclesare one of those muscles which have to pull the trunk back to sittingposition and they contract actively. Similarly while standing up from Sajdah theperennial muscles are again actively mobilized and this gives muchstrength to the muscles important for manpower.
The unique position of Sajdah also has positive effects upon theback muscles as while going into Sajdah and getting up from it the backmuscle contract actively and they become stronger. Probably it isbecause of this reason that a person who is regular in prayers willuncommonly get backache.

Although prayer in religion is not meant to be an exercise, there are lots of medical advantages associated with it. Still, the best thing a prayer can offer is peace of mind.

I think I should be praying more..."


Learning from the Surah of Al-Quran: Surah ash-Shams (91: The Sun)

The first part of this surah explains that Allah has given everyone a conscience, or inner voice, to be able to know the difference between right and wrong. The person who learns to listen to the 'good voice' inside him will find that this voice becomes sharper and more clear; he will e successful in this life and the next. The one who does not listen to this conscience but follows his lower desires or the whisperings of Satan is the one who lets his conscience become corrupted; he will be a failure.

The second part of the surah tells some of the story of the ancient Arabian tribe of Thamud and their prophet Salih (PUH). It is said that there was not much water in the area where they lived, and that the rich and powerful tried to prevent the poor and weak from obtaining water for themselves and their cattle. As a test and punishment for their misbehaviour, Allah sent them a special camel as one of His signs. He instructed the Prophet Salih to tell the people of Thamud that they must allow this camel to grace at pasture freely and drink from the well without being disturbed for one whole day; they could graze and water their animals on the next day, and so on by turns. The people of Tahmud rebelled and disobeyed, crippling (or killing) the camel under the leadership of one especially evil man. Allah then destroyed them with an earthquake. They could have avoided this fate if they had learned to listen to the voices of their conscience.

- Surah Makki(16 verses)

Surah ash-Shams (91: The Sun)

In the name of Allah, the Kindest and Most Merciful One..

1. By the sun and its brightness
2. And the moon when it follows (the sun),
3. By the day when it snows (the sun's brightness),
4. And the nigt when it hides it,
5. By the sky and He Who built it,
6. And the earth and He Who spread it,
7. By the soul and He Who perfected it
8. And inspired it (with conscience) to know what is wrong for it and what is right for it:
9. Surely the one who purifies it will be successful, 
10. And surely the one who corrupts it will fail.
11. (The people of )Thamud denied (their prophet) through their rebelliousness.

ii) , go to Surah as-Shams
iii) The Meanings of the Noble Quran with explanatory notes(pg 1169) by Mufti Muhammad Taqi Usmani (Maktaba Ma'ariful Quran - Quranic Studies Publishers, Karachi, Pakistan)

Death becomes US .. one day!

It has been related that during the time of the Children of Israel (Bani Israaf1il), one of the Prophets passed by a graveyard. His companions said to him, “O' Prophet of Allah! We want Allah (SwT) to raise one of these dead people back to life so that we can ask him about how his life was taken and also to inform us of the questions asked by the two Angels - Nakir and Munkar.”

The Prophet of Allah rose his hands up in supplication and after his prayer, his entire body turned black (as if he had been burnt)! A person came out of the grave and in a clear and eloquent voice said, “O' people of this transient world! I died 90 years ago and still the bitterness of the experience of death has not left me!

Therefore you who are still alive, do not fall into a state of negligence and keep aware of the permissible and the impermissible; know the truth and the falsehood since at this point (when you are dead), having grief (over these things) will be of no benefit to you! Work day and night for your next life and prepare your supplies for the next life since no one will come after you to give these things to you. You should know that all of you shall taste the drink of death.”

The Prophet of Allah said to this man, “O' dead man! How were your actions while in this world?” 

The man replied, “O' Messenger of Allah! I was a person of the transient world (I worshipped this world), had love for the world and was voraciously busy in amassing wealth although I also heard that in the next life that there will be such and such punishments. Satan the accursed, took me away from the right path and made the material world beautiful in my eyes.

Whatever I managed to collect, I left for those who inherited from me and thus, I came into this next world with empty hands! The wealth which I had in the world, became a source of trouble now while today, my inheritors are enjoying the wealth and do not remembering me at all. Thus since today you still have the opportunity, you should not fall into a state of negligence, ask forgiveness for your sins and remove the love of station and rank of the transient world from your hearts, since when you reach to that life (the next life), the remorse and regret will be of no value.

The Angel of Death takes the life of those people who have a love for this transient world in such a way that it feels as if all of the veins of the body become disconnected from one another and this pain is felt in all parts of the body. At this point in time, the sinner will cry out from the depths of his soul and will say:

يَا حَسْرَتِي عَلى مَا فَرَّطْتُ فِي جَنْبِ اللٌّهِ!

“O woe to me! for what I fell short of my duty to Allah…”[85](Kuliyat-e-Jami al-Tamthil, pg. 222)

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Monday, 27 August 2012

Learning from the Surah of Al-Quran: Surah al-Layl (92: The Night)

This surah begins with a comparison between opposites in nature, night and day, male and female- as an introduction to its main theme, which is the difference between people who are generous and good and those who are greedy and badly behaved. It is true that people come in many degrees of goodness and badness; there is no person so bad that he has no good in him at all, and there is no person so good that he cannot improve himself. Still, humans can be divided into two general groups: just as the male is distinct from the female, and the night from the day, so are the good people clearly different from the bad.

Some people today believe that there is no true good or evil; they say that what is good for one person may be nad for someone else, or what was important yesterday may not be important tomorrow. 

People who think this way say that everything is 'relative' and everyone must decide what to do for themselves. For everything which people normally think of as bad, someone can come up with a reason or excuse as to why it really might be good. Such arguments come from not having learned how to think straight and hot having a criterion for Judgement- a clear means or way to decide about something.

Allah has revealed the Qurah as al-Furqan;  the main criterion of judging good and evil. It is a comprehensive book which teaches us not only what we should believe but also how we should behave, and its rules do not change with time. Everyone who accepts that there is ONE God and that Muhammad (PBUH) is His Last Messenger is responsible for trying to follow its guidance as best as he can. In addition, Allah sent the living example of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) as a mercy to humanity.

Whenever Allah sent a holy scripture to a group of people, He sent it through a prophet.Why did not Allah just send a book down on a mountain top, delivered by angels?Because there is always a chance that people will misunderstood a book, and it is much more difficult to learn from a book than from a teacher. People learn best from imitating and following other people; books help us to remember what we have learned. Even the Prophet (PBUH) learned the Quran and some other things from the Angel Jibra'il (PBUH), who often came to him in human form.

Therefore, Muslims should do their best to study the Quran and the traditions of the Prophet under the guidance of honest and reliable imams, shaykhs, and ulama ( religious scholars) who have studied the Arabic language, the biography of the Prophet, the lives of the Sahabah, and other religious knowledge in order to help others to better understand what Allah wants of us. A person who has not studied Islam in depth cannot be sure that he will arive at the correct conclusion simply by reading the Quran and Hadith, especially when using a translation rather than the original Arabic, or when dealing with a complicated question or problem.

If a person becomes aware of the right thing to do but continues to do what is wrong, then Allah will 'ease his way to hardship (ayat 10). On the other hand, a person who gets into the habit of doing good will find it harder and harder to do anything else; Allah will 'ease his way' to performing more good deeds, and to comfort in the next life.

There are some people who claim to be believers, but are not sincere; they pray in front of others, not our of fear and love of Allah, but in the hope that people will notice them. They may give a lot of money in charity so that people will say that they are generous. Such actions will not be accepted by Allah on the Last Day. The only good deeds which are truly clean and acceptable are those which are done 'without any thought of reward' (ayat 19) but only the great hope and desire to earn Allah's pleasure and live in His Presence in the Jannah (paradise).
- Surah Makki(21 verses)

Surah  al-Layl (92: The Night)

In the name of Allah, the Kindest and Most Merciful One..

1. By the night when it veils,
2. and the day when it shines brightly,
3. and He Who created the male and female,
4. surely your effort is directed to different goals.
5. As for the one who gives (in charity) and fears Allah,
6. and is truthful witness to goodness,
7. We will ease his way to comfort (in the next life).
8. But as for the greedy one who keeps everything for himself, thinking that he is self-sufficient,
9. and lies about goodness,
10. We will ease his way to hardship.
11. His wealth will not save him when he perishes (in the Fire).
12. Surely it is for Us to give guidance,
13. and surely to Us belongs the end and the beginning (of all things).
14. Therefore I warn you of a blazing Fire;
15. none but th miserable one will enter it-
16. the one who lies about the Truth and turns his back.
17. But the most righteous one will be taken far away from it-
18. he who gives away his wealth to purify himself,
19. and has no reward or favour in mind,
20. but only the desire to see the Face of his Lord Most High,
21 he will surely reach complete satisfaction.

ii) , go to Surah al-Layl
iii) The Meanings of the Noble Quran with explanatory notes(pg 1171) by Mufti Muhammad Taqi Usmani (Maktaba Ma'ariful Quran - Quranic Studies Publishers, Karachi, Pakistan)

Saturday, 18 August 2012

Learning from the Surah of Al-Quran: Surah ad-Dhuha (93: The Morning Light)

This surah was revealed in the early days of the Prophet's mission (PBUH) during a period when he was worried and the angel did not come with any new revelations for some time. The unbelievers of Makkah started to tease the Prophet s.a.w., saying that his 'devil' had abandoned him. So, the first section begins by assuring him that everythig would turn out well in the end.

The second section reminds the Prophet (PBUH) that Allah had helped him out of many toubles before. The beloved Messenger of Allah was burdened by the death of his father, mother and grandfather in his early childhood; Allah provided for him through the care of his uncle and later through his marriage to the wealthy widow Khadijah, his first wife. From a difficult beginning Allah raised him to a position of fame, at first because of his honesty and good character and later through his mission to humanity.

It often happens that people with humble beginnings become corrupted when they rise to high positions of power or fame. Many wealthy businessmen who began their careers as poor shoe-shiners on the street or newspaper boys forget their simple origins after they join up with the rich crowd. They begin to look down on people whom they think are 'lower' than themselves, and treat them badly. This attitude comes from their thinking that they have made their own success, not realizing that they could never achieved anything without the support and grace of Allah.

This surah was revealed before the Prophet's mission became successful, but Allah was instructing him and all of the believers in advance to be very careful of their treatment of those more unfortunate than themselves. The blessed Prophet (PBUH) was the best example of good treatment; even during the busiest period in Madinah he would always take time to personally attend to the needs of women and children, and the weak and poor. He remained humble even when he was the leader of all Arabia, and his own family often went without food so that others could eat.

All of us face problems from day to day, but we should never forget Allah's kindness to us. Rather than comparing our lives to those of other people who have more than we do, we should compare our lives to those millions of people who have less, and be grateful. Even if we live in a place, where we never see a really poor person or ever know an orphan, still there are always things we can do to help others less fortunate than ourselves.

- Surah Makki(11 verses)

Surah ad-Dhuha (93: The Morning Light)

In the name of Allah, the Kindest and Most Merciful One..

1. By the bright morning light,
2. and by the night  when all is still,
3. your Lord has not forgotten you, He is not displeased with you,
4. and the time to come will be better than the past!
5. Soon your Lord will give to you, and you will be satisfied.
6. Did He not find you as an orphan and gave you shelter?7. Did He not find you lost, and showed you the way?
8. did He not find you in need, and enriched you?
9. So, as for the orphan do not be harsh with him;
10.and the beggar, do not send him away (empty-handed);
11. and as for your Lord's beautiful gifts, speak of them (to others)

ii) , go to Surah ad-Dhuha
iii) The Meanings of the Noble Quran with explanatory notes(pg 1174) by Mufti Muhammad Taqi Usmani (Maktaba Ma'ariful Quran - Quranic Studies Publishers, Karachi, Pakistan)

Sunday, 12 August 2012

Learning from the Surah of Al-Quran: Surah al-Inshirah (94: The Expansion/ Peace of Heart)

This surah was revealed in the very early days of the Prophet's mission, soon or immediately after the previous surah, ad-Dhuha, and is very similar to it in style and topic. The Prophet s.a.w had been very troubled in his early years by the terrible things which went on in Makkan society: baby girls were buried alive because their parents did not want to pay to feed and clothe them, poor people were exploited or abused by the rich, families continued blood-feuds for generations, killing innocent people and continuing hatreds. In place of the simple and pure worship of One God which was originally established by their great forefather Ibrahim (PBUH) the Arabs worshipped whichever of the 360 idols that were standing around the Ka'bah that pleased them, either alone or as 'intermediaries' between themselves and Allah, the great God. All of these things were a great burden or weight upon the young Muhammad s.a.w, who instinctively felt how wrong everything was around him. When the Angel Jibra'il (PBUH) came to him with Allah's Word, it was a great source of comfort, an 'opening' of his heart and easing of his heart.

After reminding the Prophet (PBUH) of Allah's great favours to him, the surah goes on to say that Allah always sends some relief along with or after every difficulty. The final verses can be understood to mean that we should continue to strive to perform our worship even after Allah has eased our load with His Mercy, since many people are very active in praying when they are in trouble but forget Allah when everything is going well. It can also mean that we should make good use of our free time at the end of our work today. 

When our duties to others have been performed, we should spend time in the evening and night hours with our Lord, in worship.

- Surah Makki(8 verses)

Surah al-Inshirah (94: The Expansion/ Peace of Heart)

In the name of Allah, the Kindest and Most Merciful One..

1. Have We not expanded your breast (in comfort)?
2. and lifted off your burden
3. which had weighed down your back?
4. And (have We not) exalted your fame?5. So, surely, with every hardship comes relief,
6. Surely, with hardship comes relief,
7. So when you are free (from your duties), continue to work
8. and to your Lord turn all your attention.

ii) , go to Surah al-Inshirah
iii) The Meanings of the Noble Quran with explanatory notes(pg 1176) by Mufti Muhammad Taqi Usmani (Maktaba Ma'ariful Quran - Quranic Studies Publishers, Karachi, Pakistan)

Friday, 10 August 2012

Guide in Performing Solat Tasbeeh

A very great reward has been reported in Hadith for this solat and it fetches limitless reward. The Prophet s.a.w taught this solat to his uncle, Hazrat Abbas r.a. He observed: "By offering this solat, your former and latter, old and new, small and great, in brief, all of your sins will be forgiven."

He further observed: "If it is not possible, offer this solat once a week, once a month, once a year, offer this solat once during your whole life."

What makes Solat Tasbeeh distinctive compared to other sunat solat is the tasbih, tahmid and takbeer

Subhanallah Walhamdulillah wa La ilaha Illallah wa Allahu Akbar wa La hawla wala quwwata illa billahil aliyil adzimthat will be recited exactly 300x in total in 4 rakaats (75x in each rakaat).

Method of performing Solat Tasbeeh

1) Make intention (niyyat) to perform the 4-rakaats of Solat Tasbeeh. (Nawaitu sunnat tasbeeh... )

2) After reciting Al-Fatihah and any desired surah, recite Subhanallah Walhamdulillah wa La ilaha Illallah wa Allahu Akbar wa La hawla wala quwwata illa billahil aliyil adzim (Tasbeeh) 15x before going for Ruku'. 

3) Perform Ruku' and in Ruku' after you recite Subhana Rabbi al Adzimi wa bihamdih, recite Tasbeeh 10x 

4) Stand from Ruku', saying Sami Allahu li man Hamidah rabbana lakal hamdh, then recite Tasbeeh 10x 

5) Go for sujud (prostration) and recite Subhana Rabbi al a'La wa bihamdih, recite Tasbeeh 10x 

6) In between sujud, after reciting Rabbighfirli warhamni wajburni walfaqni walzuqni wahdini wa'afini waffu anni, recite Tasbeeh 10x 

7) Sujud (prostration) AGAIN and after reciting Subhana Rabbi al a'La wa bihamdih, recite Tasbeeh 10x 

8) Rise from the second sujud and in a sitting position, recite again Tasbeeh 10x  

9) Then, stand up for 2nd rakaat and recite tasbeeh as how you did for the 1st rakaat. In the 2nd rakaat when you sit for Qa'dah 'Ula (or Tahiyat Awal), recite Tasbeeh 10x first followed by at-Tahiyat. 

10) Repeat this for 3rd and 4th rakaat. 

11) At the end of the 4th rakaat, after reciting Tahiyat Akhir (at-Tahiyyat) At tahiyatul mubarakatussalawatut have now completed the Solat Tasbeeh.

Note: In all these 4 rakaat, you can recite any surah as there's no surah fixed for it. Du'a to be recited after Solat Tasbeeh (as attached) often practiced in Mazhab Shafie after performing Solat Tasbeeh.