Virtue of Zikr majlis
What is Zikr in Islam?
“Zikr” (also spelled “Dhikr”) refers to the act of remembrance or invocation of Allah (God). It is a fundamental practice in Islam that involves the recitation or repetition of specific phrases, prayers, or verses to maintain a conscious connection with the Divine.
The concept of Zikr is deeply rooted in the Quran and the teachings of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). The Quran emphasizes the importance of remembering Allah and maintaining a constant awareness of His presence. Several verses highlight the significance of Zikr:
- Quran, Surah Al-Baqarah, 152: “So remember Me; I will remember you…”
- Quran, Surah Al-A’raf, 205: “And remember your Lord within yourself in humility and in fear without being apparent in speech, in the mornings and the evenings. And do not be among the heedless.”
- Quran, Surah Al-Jumu’ah, 10: “And when the prayer has been concluded, disperse within the land and seek from the bounty of Allah, and remember Allah often that you may succeed.”
Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) also emphasized the practice of Zikr and provided guidance on various forms of remembrance. He said:
“Shall I not inform you of the best of your actions, the purest of them with your Master, the one that raises you to the highest ranks, that is better for you than giving gold and silver, and better for you than meeting your enemies and striking their necks and they strike your necks?” They said, “Yes, O Messenger of Allah!” He said, “Zikr of Allah.” (Jami` at-Tirmidhi)
Zikr can take many forms, including the recitation of phrases such as “SubhanAllah” (Glory be to Allah), “Alhamdulillah” (Praise be to Allah), “La ilaha illallah” (There is no god but Allah), and “Allahu Akbar” (Allah is the Greatest). Additionally, the repetition of Quranic verses and prayers, such as the “dua” (supplications) taught by the Prophet, are also forms of Zikr.
What are the virtues and benefits of zikr?
The practice of Zikr serves multiple purposes in Islam:
- Spiritual Connection: Zikr helps believers maintain a strong spiritual connection with Allah, fostering a sense of closeness and devotion.
- Mindfulness: Zikr encourages mindfulness and consciousness of Allah’s presence in every aspect of life.
- Purification: Engaging in Zikr is believed to purify the heart and soul from negative traits and sins.
- Reward: Zikr is a virtuous act that brings immense reward and blessings from Allah.
- Strengthening Faith: Regular Zikr strengthens faith and reinforces one’s commitment to Islamic principles.
Hadith on Virtue of Zikr Majlis
Prophet Muhammad Sallalahu alaihe wa sallam said, “Allah has some angels who look for those who celebrate the Praises of Allah on the roads and paths. And when they find some people celebrating the Praises of Allah, they call each other, saying, “Come to the object of your pursuit.’
” He added, “Then the angels encircle them with their wings up to the sky of the world.” He added. “(after those people celebrated the Praises of Allah, and the angels go back), their Lord, asks them (those angels)—-though He knows better than them—-‘What do My slaves say?’ The angels reply, ‘They say: Subhan Allah, Allahu Akbar, and Alham-du-li l-lah,
Allah then says ‘Did they see Me?’ The angels reply, ‘No! By Allah, they didn’t see You.’ Allah says, How it would have been if they saw Me?’ The angels reply, ‘If they saw You, they would worship You more devoutly and celebrate Your Glory more deeply, and declare Your freedom from any resemblance to anything more often.’
Allah says (to the angels), ‘What do they ask Me for?’ The angels reply, ‘They ask You for Paradise.‘
Allah says (to the angels), ‘Did they see it?’ The angels say, ‘No! By Allah, O Lord! They did not see it.’
Allah says, How it would have been if they saw it?’ The angels say, ‘If they saw it, they would have greater covetousness for it and would seek It with greater zeal and would have greater desire for it.’
Allah says, ‘From what do they seek refuge?’ The angels reply, ‘They seek refuge from the (Hell) Fire.’ Allah says, ‘Did they see it?’ The angels say, ‘No By Allah, O Lord! They did not see it.’
Allah says, How it would have been if they saw it?’ The angels say, ‘If they saw it they would flee from it with the extreme fleeing and would have extreme fear from it.’
Then Allah says, ‘I make you witnesses that I have forgiven them.”‘ Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) added, “One of the angels would say, ‘There was so-and-so amongst them, and he was not one of them, but he had just come for some need.’
Allah would say, ‘These are those people whose companions will not be reduced to misery.’ “
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