Allahu Akbar kabira Walhamdulillah kathira is among the invocations for the beginning of Salah (prayer). The opening du‘aa’ is Sunnah according to the majority of scholars.
Before you begin to pray, you should start the prayer with some of the duas which are narrated from the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him).
Allahu Akbar Kabira Walhamdulillah Kathira Meaning in English
Allahu Akbar kabira Walhamdulillah kathira wa subhan Allahi bukratan wa asila means Allah is the Greatest, Most Great. Allah is the Greatest, Most Great. Allah is the Greatest, Most Great. Praise is to Allah, abundantly. Praise is to Allah, abundantly. Praise is to Allah, abundantly. Glory is to Allah, at the break of day and at its end. I seek refuge in Allah from Satan. From his breath and from his voice and from his whisper.
Allahu Akbar Kabira Walhamdulillahi Kathira In Arabic Text
Allaahu Akbar Kabira Walhamdulillah Kathira is written in Arabic as:
اللَّهُ أَكْبَرُ كَبِيرَاً، اللَّهُ أَكْبَرُ كَبِيراً، اللَّهُ أَكْبَرُ كَبِيراً، وَالْحَمْدُ لِلَّهِ كَثيراً، وَالْحَمْدُ لِلَّهِ كَثيراً، وَالْحَمْدُ لِلَّهِ كَثيراً، وَسُبْحَانَ اللَّهِ بُكْرَةً وَأَصِيلاً. أَعُوذُ بِاللَّهِ مِنَ الشَّيْطَانِ: مِنْ نَفْخِهِ، وَنَفْثِهِ، وَهَمْزِهِ
The zikr is transliterated as Allaahu ‘Akbar Kabeera, Allaahu ‘Akbar Kabeera, Allaahu ‘Akbar Kabeera, walhamdu lillaahi katheera, walhamdu lillaahi katheera, walhamdu lillaahi katheera, wa Subhaanallaahi bukratan wa’aseela. A ‘oothu billaahi minash-Shaytaan: min nafkhihi, wa nafthihi, wa hamzihi.
Reference: Abu Dawud 1/203, Ibn Majah 1/265 Ahmad 4/85.
Muslim recorded a similar Hadith 601, the Hadith is as follows:
Ibn ‘Umar reported: While we said prayer with the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ), one among the people said:
Allah is truly Great, praise be to Allah in abundance. Glory be to Allah in the morning and the evening. The Messenger of Allah (may peace be upon, him) said: Who uttered such and such a word? A person among the people said: It is I, Messenger of Allah (who have recited these words). He (the Holy Prophet) said: It (its utterance) surprised me, for the doors of heaven were opened for It. Ibn ‘Umar said: I have not abandoned them (these words) since I heard the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) saying this.
Explanation of the Hadeeth
All of this entails remembrance (Dhikr) of Allah and praise (Thana) of Him, the One Free from All Imperfections, by means of these magnificent words: Allahu Akbar Kabeera(n), wal-Hamdu lillahi Katheera(n), wa SubhanAllahi Bukratan was Aseela(n)
([I declare that] Allah is the Greatest, Most Great; and that the Praise belongs to Allah, in abundance; and that He is Free from All Imperfections [a declaration made] in the early part of the day and in the latter part of it.’)
All of it is Tak-beer (declaring Allah’s Greatness), Tah-meed (declaring His Praise) and Tas-beeh (declaring Him to be Free from All Imperfections). Hence, the one who says this is Mukh-lis (sincerely, singling out Allah) in his praise of Him, the Mighty and Majestic.
Excerpt taken from ‘Explanation of Supplications & Words of Remembrance in the Prayer of the Prophet (ﷺ)’ which is Taken from ‘Fiqh al-Ad’iyah wal-Adhkār’ Shaykh Abdur-Razzaq ibn Abdul-Muhsin al-Badr
SubhanAllah means to exalt Allah beyond any flaw or shortcoming, implying that Allah is free from all defects.
Allah is the Most Glorified, Who has no companion or rival, Who is faultless in every way, and Whose actions are pure and free of evil.
Negating all flaws and weaknesses, implying that Allah is free from all shortcomings. Affirming all of Allah’s attributes of perfection and majesty.
Alhamdullilah is Muslim term that includes both appreciation (for what Allah has given us) and praise (Allah is worthy of every possible praise on account of His very existence, as well as for His Mercy, Generosity and all of His other Noble Attributes and Names).
He is praised because He praises Himself and by virtue of His servants’ praise for Him. Their praise for Him stems from their love and reverence for Him. While saying Alhamdulillah, one should reflect on the blessings of Allah and His Perfect Names.
Allahu Akbar translates as ‘Allah is Greater Than…’ By not specifying what He is Greater than, it is implied that He is Greater than everything.
Allah is Greater than anything we can imagine, and His Greatness includes everything: He is Great in His Essence, Names, Attributes, and Actions.
Allah is Supreme and Transcendent, transcending all limitations and deficiencies inherent in created beings.
Our limited minds are incapable of comprehending Allah’s Greatness. However, one can try to appreciate His Greatness by contemplating His creation.
When a person contemplates the vastness of Allah’s creation, such as the heavens, the earth, His Kurs, and His Majestic Throne, and then realizes his own inability to comprehend them due to their greatness, he comes to the most crucial realization: how Great must their Creator be!