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Allaah سبحانه و تعالى Said in the Magnificent Quran:
الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا وَتَطْمَئِنُّ قُلُوبُهُم بِذِكْرِ اللَّهِ ۗ أَلَا بِذِكْرِ اللَّهِ تَطْمَئِنُّ الْقُلُوبُ
Those who believed, and whose hearts find rest in the remembrance of Allaah: verily, in the remembrance of Allaah do hearts find rest . [Ar-Rad, 28]
Abu Muslim Al-Khawlani:
وكان أبو مسلم الخولاني كثير اللهج بالذكر لا بفتر لسانه فقال رجل لجلسائه : أمجنون صاحبكم ؟ وقال : أبو مسلم : يا ابن أخي ! لكن هذا دواء الجنون
Abu Muslim Al-Khawlani would frequently perform dhikr and his tongue would always move in the remembrance (of Allaah) and so a man inquired (from his companion): Is your friend mad? Abu Muslim replied, O son of my brother, rather this (dhikr) is the cure for madness!
All cure is with Allah سبحانه و تعالى and He has given us the means to attain His cure. Many of the adkhar that we know of are specific for certain times of the day and night and for certain purposes and needs (e.g. protection from evil eye, maintaining health etc etc). All of the Ayaat and ahadeeth mentioning the merits and virtue of dhikr, make it easy for us to understand why it has been given so much reward and made a fundamental means to gaining Allah’s Help and Pleasure. Dhikr in all its forms is a wholesome and complete characteristic of a Muslim; it is consoling, pleasant and an easy form of worship that one can be performed continuously at most times of the day, and with great ease. And this is how the encouragement of the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم can be actualised when he said:
لا يزال لسانك رطباً من ذكر الله
“Keep your tongue moist with the Dhikr of Allah.” [At-Tirmidhi, 2687 and Ibn Majah, 3075 – graded as saheeh by al-Albani in his checkings of both Sunan]
This is because dhikr, like all other types of worship share similar aims and purposes; that to remain connected to Allah. It is from the noblest deeds a Muslim can perform and from the best of means to draw closer to Allah and gain His Pleasure, as He سبحانه و تعالى Said: “…and the men and the women who remember Allah much with their hearts and tongues. Allah has prepared for them forgiveness and a great reward (i.e. Paradise).” [translation of Al-Ahzab, 35]
What this means is to remain conscious of Allah at all times, as this will keep us on our guard against His Prohibitions and cleanse the heart from vices and increases in love for the Creator of the Worlds. It allows us to come closer to Allah and more importantly by which He comes closer to us, and we see this in the Hadeeth Qudsi, where Allah سبحانه و تعالى Said: “I am with him when he makes mention of Me.” [Agreed upon]
Abu Hurayrah رضي الله عنه narrated that the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم said:
الدنيا ملعونة ملعون ما فيها إلا ذكر الله وما والاه وعالماً ومتعلماً
“The dunya is cursed except for the Dhikr of Allah and what resembles it (of worship and knowledge) and an Alim and the one who learns ‘ilm (of the Deen).” [Tirmidhi, 2322, who graded it as hasan]
These are from some of the reason why dhikr commands a lofty status and is a source of strength for the believers, and a means in attaining His constant Help. If we are stuck with any misfortune or type of illness, our closeness and connection with Allah will serve as the cure – as Allah سبحانه و تعالى Said: “Therefore remember Me. I will remember you…” [translation of Al-Baqarah, 152]
And if we remember Him سبحانه و تعالى during times of ease, He will remember us during times of difficulty. One can say that the whole corpora of Islam revolves around knowing Allah and trying to get close to Him as much as possible and ultimately seeking His Pleasure.
Allahumma salli ‘ala Muhammad.
If Allah makes you stand up you will never fall, and if he lets you fall and leaves you to yourself, you will always fall.
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