O you who believe! Remember Allâh with much remembrance. (Holy Qur'an 33:41)
And glorify His Praises morning and afternoon [the early morning (Fajr) and 'Asr prayers]. (Holy Qur'an 33:42)
Allah (SWT) has commanded us to remember him always. He says:
Thus it is very important for us as Muslims to carry out dhikr, (the remembranceof Allah).
The purpose of dhikr is to purify our hearts and souls and uplift our spirits. All words of praises and glorifications to Allah (SWT), whether spoken out loud, or silently in one's heart, are both forms of dhikr. When people do dhikr, their hearts turn to the highest ideals and are free from the temptations of sin. Obviously this is true only if the words come from the heart and not just from the tongue.
The Qur'an says:
In other words, dhikr has an even greater impact in protecting us from shameful and unjust deeds than regular prayers do. This is because when a person opens his heart to Allah (SWT) and utters words in His praise, Allah (SWT) fills him with strength and inner peace, comforting his minds and his heart. The Prophet (PBUH) once said, "When any group of men remember Allah, the angels surround them and mercy covers them, tranquillity descends upon them, and Allah mentions them to those who are with Him." (Reported by Abu Hurairiah)
The Prophet (PBUH) has described many forms of dhikr and their importance. Among them is what is described in this hadith: ""And whoever says Subhaa nallah wa bihamd dihi (Glorified is Allah with all praise due to Him) a hundred times during a day, will have all sins wiped off even if they were as numerous as the foam on the surface of the sea." (Narrated by Abu Hurairiah) The Prophet (PBUH) has also said, "When a servant of Allah utters the words la ilaha illa'Allah (there is none worthy of worship except Allah (SWT)) sincerely, the gates of heaven will open for these words until they reach the Throne of Allah, so long as it utterer keeps away from the major sins." (Reported by Abu Hurairiah) It is better to count the phrases on the fingers than counting beads because the fingers will be questioned and will speak on your behalf on the Day of Judgment.
Dhikr has been given much importance in Islam, and thus it is better to follow a certain etiquette of dhikr. One should face the Ka'bah (this is not compulsory, however if you do so it will be of much greater benefit for you in this life and the next) when doing dhikr. For the best assemblies are those that are facing the qiblah. There is a verse in the Qur'an which implies that it is preferable to do dhikr in silence rather than out loud; the verse says:
The Prophet (PBUH) once found a group of Muslims doing dhikr out loud. He then said, "Give yourselves a respite, you are not calling upon someone who is deaf or absent. Surely He Whom you are calling upon is near you and He listens to all." This hadith also emphasizes the love and closeness to Allah (SWT) that a person should feel when doing dhikr.
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narrated that "The Prophet, peace be upon him, said, 'When you pass by a
In conclusion, to feel the importance and see the benefits of dhikr, this hadith has been provided: The Prophet narrated: "Allah (SWT) 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, and if he draws nearer to Me a hand's span, I draw nearer to him an arm's length, I draw nearer to him a fathom length, and if he comes to me walking I rush to him at [great] speed."