What is the meaning of Sadaqallahul Azim?

The meaning of the phrase Sadaqallahul azim is “Allah Almighty speaks the truth” or “Allah has spoken the truth”.

This is commonly said by Muslim’s after their session of reading the Quran or after reciting a specific ayat or verse of the Quran in speech.

May see these common spellings:

  • sadaqallah ul azeem
  • sadaqallahul azim
  • sadaq allah ul azeem
  • sadak allah al azeem

sadaqallahul azim written in Arabic:

In arabic text sadaqallahul azim would be written as,

صدق الله العظيم

Sadaqallah ul Azeem pronunciation

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Should you recite this after reading the Quran?

This is often said by Muslims after reading the Quran. But note, there are some scholars which argue this is not the Sunnah of the Prophet Muhammad (saws). They claim this is bid’ah (innovation) as there is no authentic basis for saying this after reading the Qur’an.

The argument made here is fair. We know that the Qur’an is a book of Allah (swt) so it would be quite redundant to say, “God, has spoken the truth” at the end of your session reading the Qur’an. The believer knows it to the be the truth, why even make that claim. Is there doubt in the readers mind? Are they trying to affirm that which they do not believe?

Now, there is nothing harmful or sinful by saying “Allah speaks the truth” the issue comes from believing this is an obligatory act. This is by no means a necessary act after reading the Quran and teacher’s of the Quran should not tell their students after they finish reading the Quran they must say sadaqallahul azeem. This is a made up tradition with good intention but no authentic basis.

It is believed this tradition started based around Surah Imran verse 94-95 in which the ayat says,

“So whoever fabricates lies against Allah even after that, then those are they (who are) the unjust. Say [صدق الله], “Allah has told the truth. So follow the religion of Abraham, inclining toward truth; and he was not of the polytheists.”

This ayat makes no direct claim to say sadaqallahul azim.

If it were truly an encouraged act then the companions of the Prophet (ﷺ) would’ve mentioned it in the Hadith or the Quran would have explicitly stated, after reading Quran say sadaqallahul azim (Allah has spoken the truth) but there is no mention of this.

 

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