Monday, 20 June 2011

He who loves something mentions it much

"Woe to those whose hearts have hardened against the Remembrance of Allah! Those are in clear error".
Quran (Surah 39: Verse

Zikr involves Muraqaba (deep meditation), through which one reaches the stage of "Ihsan", wherein a person worships Almighty Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) as if he is actually seeing Him.  It helps realization of Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) so that by and by a stage is reached when he comes to regard Almighty Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) as his sole Cherisher, Guardian and Master, and he turns unto Him, in all afflictions.

It is the key to nearness to Almighty Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD); the greater the Zikr, the greater the nearness to Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD), and greater the indifference to Zikr, the greater the distance from Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD).

Zikr keeps away the Satan and weakens his strength and It is the cause of Almighty Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD‘s pleasure.
It relieves the mind of anxieties and worries and It produces joy and happiness in the heart.

It saves the tongue from indulging in backbiting, loose talk, lies and abuses. It is a common experience that a man whose tongue remains engaged in Zikr does not commit these absurdities. On the other hand the tongue that is not used in Zikr falls an easy prey to all kinds of useless talk.
 The gatherings of Zikr are gathering of angels, and gatherings without Zikr are gatherings of Satan. A person is free to have a choice between the two, and verily man, by instinct is drawn towards what is akin to his temperament.

"And remember your Rubb by your tongue and within yourself, humbly and with fear and without loudness in words in the mornings, and in the afternoons and be not of those who are neglectful.'' (7:205)

Ilm or "Sacred Knowledge" is not sufficient in itself, but also entails Amaal or "applying what one knows"--"unity of Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) " demanded by the Sharia, which entails total sincerity to Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) in all one's actions. Traditional ullama have long acknowledged that ilm or "Sacred Knowledge" is not sufficient in itself, but also entails Amaal or "applying what one knows"--as well as the resultant haal or "praiseworthy spiritual state"

Those who perform Zikr are Wise and are promised Success, Peace, Happiness, Mercy, Forgiveness and Great Rewards in this life and the next. All of which are valued as being positive important factors in one's religious and worldly life.
Zikr of Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) strengthens the body, mind and It brightens the face and heart.
 It attracts one's subsistence.

Whilst those who do not engage in Zikr are classed as being heard hearted losers who are clearly in the error and in the group of Satan... and as such, they will be made to live a tight and narrow life, full of misery and woe, punished in this life as well as being risen blind in the next and who will be remorseful of all the time not spent in the Remembrance of Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD).

So exactly how important is Zikr? Basically put, for a Muslim, Zikr is a matter of life and death:

"The likeness of the one who Remembers his Lord and the one who does not Remember Him is like that between the living and the dead" (Bukhari).

Tawhid or "unity of Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD)” demanded by the Sharia, which entails total sincerity to Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) in all one's actions.

“True enrichment does not come through possessing a lot of wealth, but true enrichment is the enrichment of the soul.” (Saheeh Al-Bukhari)

Allah Most High says: ". . . . My slave approaches Me with nothing more beloved to Me than what I have made obligatory upon him, and My slave keeps drawing nearer to Me with voluntary works until I love him. And when I love him, I am his hearing with which he hears, his sight with which he sees, his hand with which he seizes, and his foot with which he walks. If he asks me, I will surely give to him, and if he seeks refuge in Me, I will surely protect him (Sahih al-Bukhari. 9

Hadith Qudsi, "Those that remember me in their heart, I remember them in my heart; and those that remember me in a gathering (i.e. that make mention of me), I remember them (i.e. make mention of them) in a gathering better than theirs."

Zikr in a gathering can only be done aloud and in unison. The above hadith thus constitutes proof that dhikr done out loud in a gathering is an exalted kind of dhikr which is mentioned at the Highest Assembly (al-mala' al-a`la.)

 Jabber (RadiAllahu anhu) reported that Muhammad sallallaahu-alaihi-wasallam), said: "The best remembrance of Allah is to repeat la ilaha illallaah and the best prayer (du’aa) is al-hamdu lillah (all praise belongs to Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD)”.
In Bukhari and Muslim Muhammad sallallaahu-alaihi-wasallam:) said that Allah Ta’aala has angels roaming the roads to find the people of dhikr, i.e. those who say La Ilaha Illallaah and similar expressions, and when they find a group of people (qawm) reciting Zikr, they call each other and encompass them in layers until the first heaven -- the location of which is in Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD)’s knowledge. (This is to say, an unlimited number of angels are going to be over that group).

This is further indicated by the hadith Qudsi which runs: "Allah says: I am to my servant as he expects of Me, I am with him when he remembers me. If he remembers me in his heart, I remember him to myself, and if he remembers me in an assembly, I mention him in an assembly better than his..." (Bukhari and Muslim)

Thus, silent Zikr is differentiated from Zikr said out loud by His saying: "Remembers Me within himself," meaning: "silently," and "in an assembly," meaning "aloud."

Muhammad sallallaahu-alaihi-wasallam said: hatta yaqulu majnun "Remember Allah Ta’aala as much as you want, until people say that you are crazy and foolish"

Ibn `Umar (RadiAllahu Anhu) reported that Muhammad sallallaahu-alaihi-wasallam) said: "When you pass by the gardens of Paradise, avail yourselves of them." The Companions asked: "What are the gardens of Paradise, O Messenger of Allah?" He replied: "The circles of Zikr. There are roaming angels of Allah who go about looking for the circles of Zikr, and when they find them they surround them closely." (This includes Quran and Durood Shareef, Khatam).

Abu Sa’id Al-Khudri and Abu Huraira (RadiAllahu anhu)reported that the Prophet (Peace be upon him) said, "When any group of men remember Allah, angels surround them and mercy covers them, tranquility descends upon them, and Allah mentions them to those who are with Him." Narrated by Muslim,

    Muawiyah (RadiAllahu anhu) Said: that Muhammad sallallaahu-alaihi-wasallam) went out to a circle of his Companions and asked: "What made you sit here?" They said: "We are sitting here in order to remember / Allah (nadh’kuru’llaha) and to glorify Him (WA nahma’ udhuhu) because He guided us to the path of Islam and he conferred favors upon us." Thereupon he adjured them by Allah and asked if that was the only purpose of their sitting there. They said: "By Allah, we are sitting here for this purpose only." At this Muhammad sallallaahu-alaihi-wasallam) said: "I am not asking you to take an oath because of any misapprehension against you, but only because Jibraeel ('alaihi salaam) came to me and informed me that Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD), the Exalted and Glorious, was telling the angels that He is proud of you!" Note that the hadith stated jalasna -- we sat -- in the plural, not singular. It referred to an association of people in a group, not one person.

Muhammad sallallaahu-alaihi-wasallam, would often tell his Companions, "Shall I tell you about the best of deeds, the most pure in the sight of your Lord, about the one that is of the highest order and is far better for you than spending gold and silver, even better for you than meeting your enemies in the battlefield where you strike at their necks and they at yours?" The Companions replied, "Yes, O Messenger of Allah!” Muhammad sallallaahu-alaihi-wasallam, said:, "Remembrance of Allah."

Muhammad sallallaahu-alaihi-wasallam) said: "He who loves something mentions it much".

Allah says in Surat al-Ala, for example, "He has succeeded who purifies himself" (Qur'an 87:14).

The heart of a neglectful person is tormented by a feeling of remoteness from Allah, and nothing other than Zikr can rid the heart of this feeling.

 The Sunna of Muhammad sallallaahu-alaihi-wasallam) were not only words and actions, but also states of being: that a Muslim must not only say certain things and do certain things, but must also be something. The Sharia commands one, for example, in many Quranic verses and prophetic hadiths, to fear Allah, to have sincerity toward Him, to be so certain in ones knowledge of Allah that one worships Him as if one sees Him, to love Muhammad sallallaahu-alaihi-wasallam) more than any other human being, to show love and respect to all fellow Muslims, to show mercy, and to have many other states of the heart. It likewise forbids us such inward states as envy, malice, pride, arrogance, love of this world, anger for the sake of one's ego, and so on

"Only in the remembrance of Allah (swt) will your heart find peace"
Quran (Surah 13: Verse 28)

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