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Tanbeehi'l Anaam is best recited in congregation. It starts with the verse of the Qur'an:

Surely, Allah and His angels shower blessings on the Prophet. O you who believe, send blessings on him and salute him with a worthy salutation (33:56).

Then follow the salawaat each of which can be said to be composed of two parts. The first part is:

Allahumma Salli wa Sallim 'alaa Sayyidina wa Mawlana Muhammad
Wa 'alaa aali Sayyidina Muhammad

O Allah! Bestow blessings and peace on our patron
Sayyidina Muhammad and on the family of Sayyidina Muhammad.

This is recited in congregation after which the one who leads the congregation completes the second part of the salaat. The second part of one of the salawaat is:

Alladhee man salla 'alaihi waahidatan
Sallallahu 'alaihi bihaa 'ashraa

Whoever sends blessings on him once,
Allah sends blessings on him ten times.

We learn of this in the following Hadith Shareef:

Hadhrat Anas Bin Malik Rady Allahu Anhu narrates that the Holy Prophet Sallallahu 'alaihi wa Sallam said: "If somebody hears my name, he should ask blessings upon me. When a person asks one blessing upon me, Allah Sub'hanahu wa Ta'ala sends ten blessings upon him, forgives his ten sins, and raises him ten degrees (in Paradise)." (Ahmad, An-Nasaai).

So, as the congregation recites Tanbeehi'l Anaam, it goes on learning about the sacred ahaadith (sayings) of the Holy Prophet Sallallahu 'alaihi wa Sallam as well as about Islam in general. Some majalis (spiritual gatherings) of Zikr specialise in the recitation and completion of Tanbeehi'l Anaam and some mashaaikh (spiritual masters) have memorised the whole of it; indeed all of its more than 10,000 salawaat. Allahu Akbar!

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