The Importance of Dhikr

16Aug09

Dhikr is one of the best good deeds. Allah azza wa jal says in the Qur’an,

يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا اذْكُرُوا اللَّهَ ذِكْرًا كَثِيرًا

“O you who have believed, remember Allāh with much remembrance.” [33:41]

Also, at the end of another ayah, Allah mentions those who remember Him a lot:

وَالذَّاكِرِينَ اللَّهَ كَثِيرًا وَالذَّاكِرَاتِ أَعَدَّ اللَّهُ لَهُم مَّغْفِرَةً وَأَجْرًا عَظِيمًا

“… and the men who remember Allāh often and the women who do so – for them Allāh has prepared forgiveness and a great reward.” [33:35]

In contrast, Allah tells about those who forget him,

وَلَا تَكُونُوا كَالَّذِينَ نَسُوا اللَّهَ فَأَنسَاهُمْ أَنفُسَهُمْ ۚ أُولَـٰئِكَ هُمُ الْفَاسِقُونَ

“And be not like those who forgot Allāh, so He made them forget themselves. Those are the defiantly disobedient.”

Also, we learn that it is only with dhikr that hearts find rest.

الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا وَتَطْمَئِنُّ قُلُوبُهُم بِذِكْرِ اللَّهِ ۗ أَلَا بِذِكْرِ اللَّهِ تَطْمَئِنُّ الْقُلُوبُ

“Those who have believed and whose hearts are assured by the remembrance of Allāh. Unquestionably, by the remembrance of Allāh hearts are assured.” [13:28]

The importance of dhikr is also mentioned in many ahadith.

The Prophet sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam said, “There is no hour (short period of time) that passes by you in which you don’t remember Allah except that you will regret it on the day of judgment.”

In Sahih Muslim he said, “Al-Mufaridun will be ahead of everyone else on the day of judgment.” Al-Mufaridun are the male and females who remember Allah a lot.

Bukhari narrated, “The example of the person who remembers Allah and the one who doesn’t is like the live person and the dead one.”

In another hadith, a man came to the Prophet (sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam) and said he was confused because there were so many things in this religion. The Prophet replied, “Always keep your tongue wet with the remembrance of Allah.”

The importance of dhikr is also shown through the fact that whenever we are ordered to do good deeds, we are ordered to follow these deeds with dhikr. After we finish praying, we are supposed to make adhkar. Before we break our fast, we are supposed to make a dua. When we are at hajj, we are supposed to be making dhikr. Even when it comes to worldly deeds, we are to make dhikr, before eating, before sleeping, and so on.



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