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Remembering Allahu tal

Question: It is declared in the 152nd yah (verse) of Baqara Sra, Make dhikr of Me, and I will make dhikr of you. What does Allahs making dhikr mean?
Dhikr means remembering. Making dhikr of Allahu tal means remembering Him. Islamic scholars explained the verse you have mentioned, the purport of which is, Remember Me, and I will remember you. Give thanks to Me; do not be ungrateful, as follows:
1. Remember Me by performing acts of worship, and I will remember you with compassion.
2. Remember Me by praying, and I will remember you by answering your prayer.
3. Remember Me in the world, and I will remember you in the Hereafter.
4. Remember Me in private, and I will remember you at a gathering.
5. Remember Me with ikhls, and I will remember you with salvation.

Once, a person asked our master the Prophet:
Which fasting person earns more rewards?
Our master the Prophet answered:
Those who remember Allah the most
That person asked the same question for namz, zakt, and. hajj. But he received the same answer for each. Thereupon, when Hadrat Ab Bakr said, Those who remember Allah have attained all goodness, our master Raslullah said, Yes, this is so (Tabarn).

Being with heedless and negligent people
When a person is in the company of those who are heedless and negligent of Allahu tal, it brings much more rewards to remember Him, to talk about His commandments and prohibitions, and to urge everyone to do good deeds. It is declared in ahdth:
(Angels and divine compassion encircle those who have gathered together to remember Allahu tal.) [Muslim]

(A crier from the heavens calls out as follows to those who gather together only for the sake of divine pleasure and remember Allahu tal, Allahu tal has changed your sins into thawb. Stand up from your places as having been forgiven.) [I.Ahmad]

(If, at a gathering, Allahu tals name is not made mention of and salawt is not said for His Prophet, they will feel a longing and remorse on the Day of Resurrection.) [Tirmudh]

(Attending the suhba of a pious person once will be atonement for the sins resulting from attending the suhba of evil ones many times.) [Daylam]

Dwud alaihis-salm would pray as follows:
(O my Allah! When I forsake the gathering of those who remember You and start out for the gathering of the heedless and negligent people, break my foot before I get there, for it would be grace and a favor for me.) [Imam-i Ghazl]

The heedless and negligent people are those who do not remember Allahu tal and who do not know of good deeds. We cannot get benefit from them. Instead, they cause us various sorts of harm.

We should see the suhba of the pious, that is, good people, as a golden opportunity. Good people always enjoin right conduct. They strive so that all people can have good moral qualities. If those whose hearts have become rusty with the stains of sins attend the suhba of the pious, the rust of their hearts will be wiped out.

We must be careful about the people we are making friends with, for a nightingale guides one to a rose while a crow guides one to a garbage dump.

To remember Allahu tal is to remember His commands and prohibitions, to carry out what He has ordered, and to avoid what He has prohibited. Besides these, it is to glorify and exalt Him through the tongue as well. We should do our best to keep on repeating such words as Subhnallah, Alhamdulillah, Allahu akbar, and L ilha ill-Allah.

The sign of remembering Allahu tal
What is the importance and sign of remembering Allah?
It is a great bliss to remember and make mention of Allah when one goes to and comes back from work, performs a task, and at every possible opportunity. It is an utter misfortune to forget Him and to be heedless and unmindful of His remembrance. People always remember their beloved ones. If they love much, they never forget. The basis of mn is to love Allahu tal. The symptom that indicates this love, in turn, is to remember Him frequently. That is, those who love Allahu tal remember Him much, and those who remember Him much love Him.

It was stated in a hadth-i sharf:
(The sign of loving Allahu tal much is to love remembering Him.) [Ibni Shhin]

The Holy Quran purports:
(To remember Allahu tal is greater than everything else.) [Srat-ul-Ankabt, 45]

(O Believers! Remember Allah much.) [Srat-ul-Ahzb, 41]

(Remember Allahs blessings, so that you can attain salvation.) [Srat-ul-Arf, 69]

(Know well that only in the remembrance of Allahu tal do hearts find satisfaction, rest.) [Srat-ur-Rad, 28]

(He who does not remember Me will experience woes, and He will be raised up blind on the Day of Resurrection.) [Srat-u Th, 124]

The symptom of whether the remembrance of Allahu tal has settled in a heart manifests itself through a persons having (Islamic manners called) adab and beautiful morals. The following ahdth declare:
(The difference between a person who remembers Allahu tal and who does not is like the difference between a living person and a dead one.) [Bukhr]

(Remember Allahu tal so much that you will be called a madman in the end.) [Hkim]

(Remember Allahu tal in such a way that hypocrites will call you pharisees.) [Bayhaq]

Haqq tal (Allahu tal) declared: (I will treat My slave the way My slave thinks of Me. Whenever he remembers Me and makes mention of Me, I will be with him. If My slave remembers Me at a gathering, I will remember Him at a gathering better than it.) [Bukhr]

(There is a varnish for everything. The varnish of the heart is the remembrance of Allahu tal.) [Bayhaq]

(The most virtuous dhikr [remembrance] is to say L ilha ill-Allah.) [Nas]

(He who remembers Allahu tal among negligent and heedless people is like a soldier who continues to fight while everyone is fleeing from the front.) [Tabarn]

(He who makes remembrance much will be safe from hypocrisy.) [Ibni Shhin]

(Remembering Allahu tal in the morning and in the evening is superior to fighting in the way of Allah.) [Daylam]

(He who cannot perform acts of worship at night, who cannot spend his property on charity, and who is afraid of fighting with the enemy [jihd] should remember Allahu tal much.) [Bazzr]

Haqq tal (Allahu tal) declared:
(I will take him out of Hell who has remembered Me for a day or who has feared Me once.) [Hkim]

Those who remember Allahu tal will reflect on His greatness, attributes, commandments and prohibitions. So they will develop a desire to do good deeds and to avoid evil ones. In this respect, it is highly effective to remember Allahu tal.

Hadrat Hasan-i Basr declared:
The remembrance of Allahu tal is of two kinds:
1. It is very thawb to remember Allahu tal through the heart.
2. What is better than the former is that when one intends to commit a harm, one remembers Allahu tal and quits it.

In order to attain peace and tranquility
What do dhikr and ghaflah mean? What should we do to attain peace and tranquility?
Remembering Allahu tal, that is, dhikr, means extricating yourself from ghaflah. Ghaflah means forgetting Allahu tal. Extricating yourself from ghaflah in any way will be dhikr. Then observing the commandments and prohibitions of Islam is a dhikr. Buying and selling which are done in accordance with Islam is a dhikr. The reason why these are considered a dhikr is that the Owner of commandments and prohibitions are remembered when these are performed, and so ghaflah dies out.

Also, when walking, sitting, and standing, saying the Basmala, repeating the kalima-i tawhd, salawt and the like will be remembrance, that is, dhikr, of Allahu tal. We should not be heedless and negligent. Allahu tal says:
(O Believers! Remember Allah much.) [Srat-ul-Ahzb, 41]

(Remember Me [with obedience and acts of worship], and I will remember you. Give thanks to Me; do not be ungrateful.) [Srat-ul-Baqara, 152]

(He who remembers Me is grateful to Me, but He who forgets Me is ungrateful to Me.) [Tabarn]

When some people gather together for any activity, they should not leave there without remembering Allahu tal. It is stated in ahdth:
(If people gather together at a place and stand up without remembering Allahu tal, they will be as if they stood up from a donkey carcass. And they will feel sorry for it on the Day of Resurrection.) [Hkim]

(If, at a gathering, Allahu tals name is not made mention of and salawt is not said for His Prophet, they
[those who are present at that gathering] will feel a longing and remorse on the Day of Resurrection.) [Tirmudh]

Muslims must correct their belief first. Then they must make an effort to pay humans and Allah their debts. Meanwhile, they should, whenever possible, try hard to remember Allahu tal in every action. They should recite the supplications and certain prayers they know. The following ahdth say:
(He who performs remembrance in private is like a person fighting against the disbelievers by himself.) [Shirz]

(He who possesses these things has been endowed with the goodness of both this world and the next: a heart that gives thanks, a tongue that performs remembrance, a suitable house, and a pious wife.) [Ibni Najjr]

(In order to attain the goodness of this world and the next, be together with those who remember Allahu tal. Remember Him at every opportunity. Like for the sake of Allah, and dislike for the sake of Allah.) [Ab Nuaym]

It is stated in a hadth-i quds:
(O Ms! If you want Me to be with you, be near the one who makes remembrance of Me. Whoever looks for Me wherever and whenever, he will find Me.) [Ibni Shhn]

The glorification of creatures
It is said that all creatures, living or lifeless, make tasbh (glorification; declaring to be far from defects and imperfections) of Allah. Is it true?
Yes, it is. Islamic scholars declare that all creatures on the earth and in the heavens, living or lifeless, including animals, glorify and make remembrance of Allah. The Noble Quran purports:
(The seven heavens, the earth, and those in them glorify Allah. There is not a single being that does not glorify Him with praise. But you cannot understand their glorification.) [Srat-ul-Isr, 44]

(Verily, those in the heavens, those on the earth, and birds that fly by flapping their wings constantly glorify Allah.)
[Srat-un-Nr, 41]

(All that is in the heavens and on earth glorifies Allahu tal.)
[Srat-ul-Hadd, 1]

Date of Update
20 Haziran 2024 Perembe
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