Definition of ”Dhikr”

Dhikr (Zikr), is a profound act of obedience in the Islamic context, this is the literary meaning. It is the remembrance of Allah and calling him. Dhikr is the deviational act in our religion in which short prayers and words are recited to remember and praise Allah (SWT). Dhikr is the easiest and simplest way to worship Allah almighty, yet it carries countless benefits and virtues. Ibn Taymiyyah (R.A.) said: “The remembrance of Allah (dhikr) for the heart is like water for the fish. What will be the state of the fish if it is taken out of water?”   

Sometimes life can feel like a roller coaster, from going to work, to home and family responsibilities. We keep worrying about our careers and the fast-paced life that we have been living. We tend to forget ourselves in the middle of this material life. Yes, they are valuable actions and we are going to get rewards out of doing them; however, sometimes we can end up neglecting our spiritual side in the daily pursuit of life and Dunya. As we are Muslims, we have to seek to achieve the balance between religion and life. They fell into a hard yet easy equation if only we covered it by following the right path of Islam instructions.

 Narrated Abu Musa:

The Prophet (ﷺ) said, “The example of the one who celebrates the Praises of his Lord (Allah) in comparison to the one who does not celebrate the Praises of his Lord, is that of a living creature compared to a dead one.”

قَالَ النَّبِيُّ صلى الله عليه وسلم ‏ “‏ مَثَلُ الَّذِي يَذْكُرُ رَبَّهُ وَالَّذِي لاَ يَذْكُرُ مَثَلُ الْحَىِّ وَالْمَيِّتِ ‏”‏‏

As a result, Allah has made the way so easy and reachable to achieve that balance in this hectic life. Dhikr, the remembrance of Allah, has to be a vital part of our daily activities to detach ourselves from the stressful life. Dhikr is powerful and effortless. Allah (SWT) has made Islam so easy for the Muslims, that even reciting the shortest verses and phrases can receive the greatest reward.

Also in Ramadan ”the month of accepted prayers” we get rewarded each second, only if we are smart enough. Believe in you can’t pray to Allah and be left unanswered. Impossible! It is known to every Muslim that the reward increases and is multiplied in Ramadan than all other times in all acts of worship, and among those acts of worship is the worship of Dhikr

For example, the reward of reciting ‘Alhamdulillah’  الحمدالله is that it will fill the scales on the Day of Judgment with good deeds. This is a form of worship that we should seek to increase in our daily lives because you gain nothing but rewards and blessings.

Allah Almighty says in Holy Quran

“O you who believe! Remember Allah with much remembrance”

Al-Ahzab: 41

يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا اذْكُرُوا اللَّهَ ذِكْرًا كَثِيرًا

الأحزاب: 41]

In general, we have two kinds of Dhikr

The first one is restricted Dhikr which is limited to certain times, acts, and places. For instance, Dhikr after prayer or when we hear the call of prayer (Azan), etc. In other words, we can say, it is the Dhikr, remembrance of Allah, narrated from the prophet peace be upon him, in specific time and place.

The second one is the absolute Dhikr, which is the dhikr that a Muslim is permitted to do throughout the day without restriction. i.e., without being restricted to a condition, place, or time, it differs from the restricted Dhikr to this characteristic.

For example;

from Abu Hurairah that the Messenger of Allah (SAW) said, “Whoever says La illaha illa- Allah لا اله الا الله, wahdahu la sharika lah وحده لا شريك له, lahu’l mulku wa lahu’l hamd له الملك و له الحمد, wa huwa ala kulli shay’in Qadir و هو على كل شىء قدير one hundred times a day, it is the same for him as freeing ten slaves. One hundred good actions are written for him and one hundred wrong actions are erased from him, and it is a protection from Shaytan for that day until the night. No-one does anything more excellent than what he does except someone who does more than that.”

Examples of important Dhikr (Kalimah or tahleel)

La illaha ill Allah Muhamadu-Rasul Allah’ لا اله الا الله محمد رسول الله (There is no God but Allah, Muhammad is the messenger of Allah) is an essential dhikr, as it is the declaration of faith.

Subhan Allah wa bihamdihi, Subhan Allah Azeem’ سبحان الله و بحمده سبحان الله العظيم (Glory be to Allah and Praise, Glory be to Allah, the Greatest). *Abu Huraira (r.a.) reported that the Prophet (SAW) said about these words: “There are two statements that are light on the tongue to remember, heavy upon the scales and dearest to the Merciful.”

La hawla wala quwwata illa billah’ لا حول ولا قوة الا بالله means there is no power nor might without Allah. This dhikr is a treasure from amongst the treasures of Paradise.

‘Astaghfirullah’ أستغفر الله means I seek Allah’s forgiveness. This is another dhikr that can be recited abundantly to wipe away our sins. The Prophet (SAW) is reported to have done this more than seventy times a day.

Benefits of Dhikr
  • The remembrance of Allah drives out the devil (shaytan) by keeping his bad whisperings away from you.
  • Dhikr keeps us closer to Allah and we can seek almighty satisfaction.
  • Dhikr assures constant protection of Allah “Whosoever remembers Me in his heart. I remember him in My heart”. [Bukhari & Muslim]
  • When we perform Dhikr, all the things around us hear and record our actions and sayings, and on the day of judgment they will speak in our favor for forgiveness.
  • Reciting Dhikr removes and wipes your doubts and worries.
  • Dhikr is the Best Protection from Punishment. The Messenger of Allah ﷺ said: “There is nothing better a person can do to save himself from Allah’s punishment than to remember Him.”
Conclusion

In short, Dhikr is truly one of the easiest acts of worship that simultaneously has an insurmountable amount of rewards and benefits in this world and the next, it brings inner peace and tranquility to your soul and body, knowing that Allah is here always beside you and can hear you in every single second.

Allah almighty said in the Holy Qur’an:

" الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا وَتَطْمَئِنُّ قُلُوبُهُمْ بِذِكْرِ اللَّهِ ۗ أَلَا بِذِكْرِ اللَّهِ تَطْمَئِنُّ الْقُلُوبُ "
Those who believe, and whose hearts find satisfaction in the remembrance of Allah: for without doubt in the remembrance of Allah do hearts find satisfaction.

Keep your tongue moist with the remembrance of Allah. whatever you are doing, keep your tongue busy by doing the Dhikr of Allah. May Allah gives us the strength to do Dhikr regularly and can get Allah Almighty blessings. Ameen!

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