(Zikr Allah) Dhikr (Prayer Of Allah) (Remembrance of Allah
Dhikr ( remembrance of Allah)
is the greatest thing in our life and a well
tried excellent method for purification of our heart. It eradicates all diseases
from heart, produces in it the love of Allah
and creates the consciousness of His
Greatness; it brings us divine peace and satisfaction. Allah
the Almighty Himself
asked us to remember Him as much as possible. Says the Holy Quran:
" O ye who believes remember Allah very often and glorify Him morning
and evening." (33:41-2)
Another verse says Quran says
And when Salaat is finished then ye may disperse through the land and
seek of the Bounty of Allah
and celebrate the Praises of Allah much and
often; they ye may prosper ( here as well as in the next world.) (62-10)
another verse the Holy Quran says the Dhikr imparts tranquility and peace to
mind and the soul.
Behold in the Remembrance of Allah
do hearts find satisfaction." (13-28)
a verse, men of Faith have specifically been warned not to forget Dhikr by
getting absorbed in the wealth and the family
ye who believe let not your riches or your children divert you from the
Remembrance of Allah
if any act thus, the loss is their own." (63:9)
Allah the Almighty shows His kindness to those who remember Him. He said:
Then do ye remember Me I will remember you." (2-152)
Holy Prophet (Sallallahu
says when anyone remembers Me and his lips move in Dhikr I am
a verse of the Holy Quran mentioning the qualities of pious servants and their
Men whom neither traffic nor merchandise can divert from
Remembrance of Allah nor from regular Salaat, nor from regular practice
quote a few Hadith about Dhikr, the Holy Prophet ( Sallallahu Alaihi
There is a polish for everything, for the hearts it is Dhikr of Allah."
has also said:
Those who remember
Allah and those who
do not are like those who are
alive and those who are dead." (i.e. who remember Allah and celebrate,
praises are alive and those who do not are dead.)
Holy Prophet (Sallallahu
was once asked who would be
most exalted among the servants of Allah on the Last Day, He (Sallallahu
Those who remember
Allah, be they men
Holy Prophet (
Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam)
once advised one of his
Keep your tongue always employed in repeating the name of Allah."
Negligence towards Dhikr causes more and more retrogression. Those who
close their hearts and tongues to Allah are deprived of all divine virtues,
hearts get hardened and they - become close associates of the devils. Look what
Holy Quran says:
He who turns away from the remembrance of His Lord He will cause him
undergo a severe Penalty." (72-17)
another verse it has been sad:
If anyone withdraws himself from the Remembrance of Allah
Most Gracious, He will appoint for him an evil one to be intimate
companion to him" ( 43-36)
another verse it has been said:
Woe to those whose hearts are hardened against remembering of Allah,
they are manifestly wandering" (39-22)
save us all form wandering
highest and the required degree of Dhikr is to acquire such a solemn state of
mind and heart in which we remain continuously full of remembrance of Allah
and be never without His thought. The state of permanent and all pervading God's
consciousness is achieved only through continuously engaging the tongue and
heart in Dhikr and devout servant of Allah
no doubt, achieve this state. The daily
five Salaats are no doubt the remembrance of Allah
but Dhikr has got a wider
sense. It includes all sorts of the praises, be they with tongue of heart i.e.
Salaats, the recitation of Holy Quran, the other prayers, the repetition His
names and devoted contemplation on the signs of Allah and the like come under
are surrounded by evil forces that are trying to deviate us from the right path.
save ourselves from their grips we must remember Allah in every possible
way. The more we remember Him the more benefited we are. The real Dhiker is
that in whatever profession, state or cirumstances a Muslim may be, he should
his best to observe the commands of Allah that are intended for such a
" O ye who believe ! Let not your wealth and your children distract you from
rembracne of Allah. (63:9)
Thus whoever observes the commandments of Allah applicable to any given time
under all circumstances and observe his responsibilities toward his family and
other worldly affairs like buying and selling, carries out the Dhikr of Allah
while engages in them.
The Methods of Dhikr, Remembrance of Allah
There are a number of hadiths which are directly relevent to the methods
dhikr used by various Sufi turuq. I have grouped them below, under
is Irrelevent to Dhikr,"
"Dhikr in Assembly and in a
"Dhikr Saying `La ilaha illa Allah,'" "Dhikr by saying `Allah,'"
and "No Limits to doing Dhikr."
Posture is Irrelevent to Dhikr
Qur'an says in meaning:
In the creation of the Heavens and the earth and in the night and day
tokens (of His sovereignty) for men of understanding, such as
in standing, sitting, and reclining. [Qur'an 3:190-191]
What this part of the Qur'an establishes is that posture is not important in
performing dhikr - standing, sitting, or reclining. Presumably other
postures are also okay, so criticisms about posture during dhikr is
`Umar reported, "The
Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam,
peace be upon him, said, `When you pass by a garden of paradise, avail
yourselves of it.' The Companions
asked, `What are the gardens of
Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam,
peace be upon him, replied, `The assemblies of dhikr. There are some angels of
Allah who go about looking for such assemblies of dhikr, and when they find them
they surround them.'"
[Quoted from Fiqh us-Sunnah compiled by As-Sayyid Sabiq, vol. 4, ch.
There is also this important hadith about dhikr in general, and dhikr in an
the authority of Abu Hurayrah (may Allah
be pleased with him), who
said that the
Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam
(may the blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) said: Allah the Almighty
am as My servant thinks I am. I am with him when he makes mention of
If he makes mention of Me to himself, I make mention of him to
Myself; and if he makes mention of Me in an assembly, I make mention
him in an assembly better than it. And if he draws near to Me a hand's
span, I draw near to him an arm's length; and if he draws near to Me an
arm's length, I draw near to him a fathom's length. And if he comes to
walking, I go to him at speed.
was related by al-Bukhari, and also by Muslim, at-Tirmidhi and Ibn
Majah. From "Forty Hadith Qudsi," selected and translated by Ezzeddin
Ibrahim and Denys Johnson-Davies (Dar Al-Koran Al-Kareem,
1980), hadith no. 15.]
Doing Dhikr by saying "La ilaha illa Allah"
of the ways of doing dhikr is by saying "La
ilaha illa Allah."
some hadiths which mention this....
Hazrat Jabir relates that he heard the Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam
"The best remembrance of Allah is `La ilaha illa Allah.'"
[From Tirmidhi, also related in the
Another hadith about saying `La ilaha illa Allah'
for dhikr is this....
Hurairah reported that the Prophet, peace be upon him, said,
"Renew your faith." "How can we renew our faith?" they asked. The
Prophet, peace be upon him, said, "Say always, `La
ilaha illa Allah'."
[From Ahmad, with a sound isnad. Quoted in Fiqh us-Sunnah compiled
as-Sayyid Sabiq, vol. 4, ch. 6.]
Doing Dhikr by saying "Allah"
Regarding using the names of Allah in dhikr, the hadith I am aware of at
present regarding this topic is the following....
Prophet said, "The Hour will not arise before `Allah,
longer said on earth."
No Limits to doing Dhikr
Now, some criticize those on the Sufi path for doing too much dhikr.
However, Ibn Abbas (r.a.) is related as having said there is no limit to
following quote I took from the book "Fiqh us-Sunnah" by as-Sayyid
Sabiq. The saying of Ibn Abbas goes....
b. Abi Talha relates that Ibn Abbas said, "All obligations imposed
upon man by Allah are clearly marked and one is exempted from them in
presence of a genuine cause. The only exception is the obligatin of
has set no specific limits for it, and under no circumstances
one allowed to be negligent of it. We are commanded to `remember
Allah standing, sitting, and reclining on your sides,' [Qur'an 3:191] in the
morning, during the day, at sea or on land, on journey or at home, in
poverty and in prosperity, in sickness or in health, openly and secretly,
and, in fact, at all times throughout one's life and in all circumstances."
Dhikr is a very blessed practice, praised in the Qur'an and hadiths.
Allah help bring us satisfaction in
our hearts through remembrance
Say: "Truly Allah
leaves to stray whom He will, but He guides to Himself
those who turn to Him in penitence -- Those who believe, and whose
hearts find satisfaction in the remebrance of Allah,
for without doubt in
the remembrance of Allah
do hearts find satisfaction.
Dhikr is a form of
worship that comes after the ritual Prayer (salah) and reading
Qur’an in importance. While salah has to be performed at certain times and
under certain conditions of purity, dhikr can be made any time, any
place. It can
done by repeating certain formulas to extol and praise Allah,
or it can be just
thoughts of Allah
in one’s heart.
Islam does not require anyone to torture himself in order to reach a high stage
spirituality. Nor does he have to shun everything of this world. Rather, one
be close to Allah (God) by frequently remembering Him with his lips and
heart, even as he is busy with his daily tasks.
Dhikr can also take
a more distinct form such as tasbeeh, which is extolling
Allah. This is
usually done by counting on the fingers or on prayer beads (called
repeating phrases such as “Subhan
is Sublime), “Al-
(all praise to Allah) and “Allahu
Akbar” (Allah is
times each. Then the Muslim says, “Laa ilaha illa Allah.
Shirika lahu. Lahu al-mulk, wa
lahu al-hamd, wa hua ‘ala kulli shay’in qadeer.”
(There is no god but
Allah. He is One. He
has no partner. To Him is the
dominion and all praise, and He has power over all things.)
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