Dhikr or Zikr
Dhikr (or Zikr, "Remembrance [of God]", "pronouncement", "invocation") Arabic: ذکر ḏikr, plural أذكار ʾaḏkār; Arabic pronunciation: [ðɪkr, ʔæðˈkɑːr]), is an Islamic devotional act, typically involving the repetition(mostly refer to reciting or chanting) of the Names of God, supplications or formulas taken from hadith texts and verses of the Qur'an. Dhikr is usually done individually, but in some Sufi orders it is instituted as a ceremonial activity. At the same time, dhikr encompasses a broader meaning in the Islamic sources, including when God is the one who performs dhikr.
Importance and Auspiciousness of Zikr
“I wish to remember you”
In the Quran and hadith, everywhere, the importance and eminence of the remembrance of Allah, and the respect for this remembrance, thus mentioned, indicate your strong inclination to remembering Allah. It has been mentioned that to remember Allah is symbol of your belief. To be lazy or negligent in remembering Allah is the mark of an ungrateful person or a ‘Kaafir’ (Disbeliever)
. The sayings and the practical lives of the ‘Sahabae karam and Auliyae karam’(saint) are live examples of such a remembrance.
اَلَا بِذِکْرِ اللہِ تَطْمَئِنُّ الْقُلُوۡبُ ﴿ؕ۲۸﴾Translation: in the remembrance of Allah alone there is the satisfaction of hearts. (Surah raed 13- aayat 28)
لَااِلٰہَ اِلّااللّٰہُ مُحَمَّدُ رَّسُوْلُ اللّٰہ افضل الذکر
Focus a little on and asked yourself, “After all, who were those dead bodies that Sayyedna Gause Paak (Radi Allahu anhu) and other saints brought back to life?” If all these saints had truly and physically brought these dead bodies back to life, then this miracle can be a proof of saint’s trueness. But the dead will get no benefit, because they have moved ahead from the beliefs that Allah exists but can’t be seen; to believe in something after seeing it is one matter, but to first believe in that thing and then see it is another. The saints, themselves, are a sea of auspiciousness; those whom the saints make alive turn from mortals to immortals; who can kill them? This sort of miracle is called ‘Karamat-e-maanwiya’ ; and a miraculous re-birth bestowed by a saint is called ‘Wiladat-e-saaniya’. Every saint has the powers to make the miracles mentioned above. A man is identified as dead or alive by his breath, as the Prophet(Salla Allahu 'alayh wasalam) said,
اَلْاَنْفَاسُ مَعْدُوْدَاتٌ وَکُلُّ نَفْسٍ یَخْرُجُ بِغَیْرِ ذِکْرٍ اللّٰہِ فَھُوَمَیِّتٌTranslation:- Every man’s breaths are pre-counted; those breaths that come out of him without remembering Allah (لَااِلٰہَ اِلّااللّٰہُ مُحَمَّدُ رَّسُوْلُ اللّٰہ) are dead breaths.
In the context of remembering Allah, He says, “وَلَذِکْرُ اللہِ اَکْبَرُؕ ”
Translation: “And no doubt, the remembrance of Allah is the greatest. ”
In the context of remembering His beloved Prophet Mohammed, )(Salla Allahu 'alayh wasalam) He says وَ رَفَعْنَا لَکَ ذِکْرَکَ ؕ﴿۴﴾ Translation: And We have exalted for you your remembrance.The nobility of the remembrance of Allah and Prophet Mohammed Salla Allahu 'alayh wasalam) and the spiritual height of such a remembrance, when turned into a spiritual panacea, can together become a recipe for the most exalted holy remembrances.
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