Adhkaar with Great Rewards
DHIKR – ITS EFFECTS ON THE HEART
اذكروا الله ذكرا كثيرا
Remember Allah with much remembrance. (Al-Ahzaab:41)
Ali ibn Abi Talhah reported that Ibn Abbas (Allah be pleased with them both) stated regarding this statement of Allah The Most High.
Verily, Allah did not obligate an obligation upon his servants except that he legislated a fixed limit for it (e.g. obligatory prayers are a fixed with set number of raka’aat, obligatory fasts of Ramadhan are one month every calendar year), and then excused its performers when they are in a situation when they are excused (traveller, sick etc), except in the case of dhikr (remembrance of Allah) for indeed Allah did not legislate a limit for it and nor is a person excused for abandoning it, except when compelled. Allah said,
فَٱذۡڪُرُواْ ٱللَّهَ قِيَـٰمً۬ا وَقُعُودً۬ا وَعَلَىٰ جُنُوبِڪُمۡ
Remember Allah standing, sitting down, and (lying down) on your sides (An-Nisaa:103)
night and day, at land or sea, whilst travelling or resident, when wealthy and in times of poverty, in sickness and in health, in private and public and in all circumstances, He, The Mighty and Majestic said,
و سبحوه بكرة و أصيلا
And glorify His Praises morning and afternoon [the early morning (Fajr) and ‘Asr prayers]. (Al-Ahzaab:42)
Every moment that a person does not spend in the dhikr (remembrance) of Allaah will not be of any benefit to him. Rather, the harm entailed in being neglectful of the dhikr of Allaah is far greater than any benefits that can be gained.
Al-Bayhaqee relates from ‘Aaishah radiallaahu ‘anhaa that the Prophet ﷺ said: “There is no time in which the son of Aadam does not remember AIIaah in it, except that it will be a source of regret for him on the Day of Judgement” [Hasan: It was authenticated by Shaykh al-Albaanee in Saheehul-Jaami’ (no.5720)]
Mu’aadh ibn jabal radiallaahu ‘anhu relates that the Prophet ﷺ said: “The people of Paradise will not have any regrets except for those moments in which they were not engaged in the dhikr (remembrance) of Allaah.” [Saheeh: Related by lbnus-Sunnee in ‘Aml al-Yawma wal-Laylah (no.3). Refer to Saheehul-Jaami’ (no.5446)].
POLISHING THE HEART
AlIaah’s Messenger ﷺ said: “For everything there is a polish, and the polish for the hearts is the dhikr (remembrance) of Allaah. There is nothing more potent in saving a person from the punishment of Allaah than the dhikr of Allaah.” It was said: Not even Ji haad in the path of Allaah. So he ﷺ replied: “Not even if you were to continue striking with your sword until it breaks.” [Ahmad, authenticated by al-Albaani]
There is no doubt that hearts becomes rusty just as copper and silver coins become rusty. The polish for [this rust] is the dhikr of AIlaah. This is because [dhikr] is like a polish [which polishes the heart] like a shiny mirror. When dhikr is left, the rust returns. But when dhikr resumes, then the heart is [again] polished. And hearts become rusty due to two things:-
The polish for these two things is:
SOME BENEFITS OF DHIKR
1. Dhikr brings joy, happiness and relaxation in the heart of a person.
It makes the heart calm and tranquil, just as Allaah [The Most High] said:
”Those who believe (in the Oneness of Allah – Islamic Monotheism), and whose hearts find rest in the remembrance of Allah, Verily, in the remembrance of Allah do hearts find rest.” [Surah Ar-Ra’d. Aayah 28].
2. Protects from Shaytaan.
Indeed, Dhikr [remembrance of Allaah] protects a person from shaytaan. Whoever leaves Dhikr, shaytaan will accompany him in that manner in which a person is accompanied by his shadow. Allaah said:
“And whosoever turns away (blinds himself) from the remembrance of the Most Beneficent (Allah) (i.e. this Qur’an and worship of Allah), We appoint for him Shaitan (Satan – devil) to be a Qarin (an intimate companion) to him”. [Surah Az-Zukhruf. Aayah 36]
A person is not able to protect himself from shaytaan except through remembrance of Allaah and this one of the magnificent benefits of Dhikr.
3. When a person remembers Allaah, Allaah remembers him.
[Therefore remember Me [through acts of obedience], I will remember you [by forgiving you].[Surah Al-Baqarah. Aayah 152]
The Prophet ﷺ said that Allaah says,
“Whoever remembers Me in himself, I too, remember him in Myself; and if he remembers Me in a group of people, I remember him in a group that is better than them.” [Al-Bukhaari 7405]
4. It prevents one from committing sins, wipes away sins and saves a person from Allaah’s punishment.
Mu’aadh Ibn Jabal [radiyallaahu-anhu] said that Allaah’s Messenger ﷺ said,
“The son of Aadam never performs an act that brings grants him safety from Allaah’s punishment more than the remembrance of Allaah [The Exalted].” [Saheeh Al-Jaami. Number 5633]
5. It earns a person Allaah’s favour
The Messenger of Allah ﷺ said: “The Mufarridoon have gone ahead.” He was asked, “Who are the Mufarridoon?” He ﷺ replied, “Those men and women who remember Allaah much.“ (Sahih Muslim).
Rewards like freeing number of slaves, one hundred good deeds added, hundred bad deeds wiped out, sins being forgiven even if they are as much as the foam of the sea, increase in the number of trees in Jannah and many more are amongst the great rewards from simple adhkaar.
6. A person earns Allaah’s blessings, forgiveness, praise and benevolence] and the angels [supplicate for him and ask Allaah to forgive him].
Whoever receives this from Allaah and the angels, then indeed he will be successful. Allaah said:
“O you who believe! Remember Allaah with much remembrance. And glorify His Praises morning and afternoon [the early morning (Fajr) and ‘Asr prayers]. He it is Who sends [blessings, forgiveness, praise and benevolence] on you, and His angels too [supplicate for you and ask Allaah to forgive you], that He may bring you out from darkness [of disbelief and polytheism] into light [of Belief and Islamic Monotheism]. And He is Ever Most Merciful to the believers”. [Surah Al-Ahzaab. Aayaat 41-43]
THE BEST DHIKR
The best form of Dhikr (Remembrance of Allah) is reciting the Qur’an, because it is the words of Allaah. Allah (Exalted be He) orders us to recite it, contemplate it, and act according to it.
Whoever would like to be among those who remember Allah, should be among those who recite the Book of Allah as it should be recited, reciting it in the mosque, reciting it in his house, reciting it in his workplace, never neglecting the Qur’an; he should not recite it only in the month of Ramadan.
The Messenger of Allah ﷺ said: “Whoever recites a harf of the Book of Allah will have one hasanah for it, and each hasanah brings a tenfold reward. I do not say that Alif-Laam-Meem is a harf; rather alif is a harf, laam is a harf and meem is a harf.” (At-Tirmidhi, classed as saheeh by Sheikh al-Albaani)
Approximately 321,180 letters x10 rewards = 3,211,800 (or more, as Allah wills)
THE TOP FOUR
The best dhikr is the Qur’aan. After that the best speech and the most excellent remembrance after that are four statements. They have an exceptional value, they consist of a great matter and have a high status in the Deen of Allaah, and they are: SubhaanAllaah (Tasbeeh), al hamdulillaah (Tahmeed), laa illaaha illAllaah (Tahleel), Allaahu Akbar (Takbir) which are also from the Qur’aan.
All of Allaah’s Names are included in these four phrases:
The Prophet ﷺ said,
Act of Charity
The Prophet ﷺ said, “In the morning, charity is due on every joint bone of the body of everyone of you. Every utterance of Allah’s Glorification (i.e., saying Subhan Allah) is an act of charity, and every utterance of His Praise (i.e., saying Al-hamdu lillah) is an act of charity and every utterance of declaration of His Greatness (i.e., saying La ilaha illAllah) is an act of charity; and enjoining M’aruf (good) is an act of charity, and forbidding Munkar (evil) is an act of charity, and two Rak’ah Duha prayers which one performs in the forenoon is equal to all this (in reward).” [Muslim].
Reward of reciting them After Salah
Also the Prophet ﷺ said, “There are two qualities, no Muslim man acquires them but he will enter Paradise, and they are simple and easy. He should glorify Allaah (say Subhaan Allaah) ten times immediately after each prayer, and praise Him (say Al-hamdu Lillaah) ten times and magnify Him (say Allaahu akbar) ten times. I saw the Messenger of Allaah ﷺ counting this on his fingers. He said: That makes one hundred and fifty on the tongue, and one thousand five hundred (hasanaat) in the scales.”
Note: each of three phrases repeated ten times makes thirty; multiplied by the number of daily prayers, which is five, makes one hundred and fifty. Each of these good deeds of the tongue will be rewarded with ten hasanaat which will be added to the total of good deeds to be weighed in the balance or scales on the Day of Judgement.
Fills the scales with great rewards
The Prophet ﷺ said,
Plant trees in Paradise
The Prophet ﷺ said, ‘I met the Prophet Ibrahim on the night when I was taken on the night journey, and Ibrahim said:
O Muhammad convey my Salam to your Ummah, and inform them that Paradise has very fine soil, sweet water. That it has lowland and its plants are:
‘Subhana Allaahi, wal hamdu lillaahi, wa la illaah ila Allaah, wa Allaahu akbar’’ (Tirmidhi)
Sins are forgiven
The Prophet ﷺ said,
“Umm Sulaim came to the Prophet ﷺ and said: ‘O Messenger of Allah ﷺ, teach me some words that I may supplicate with during my prayer.’ He ﷺ said: ‘Glorify Allah (by saying SubhanAllah) ten times, and praise Him (by saying Alhamdulilah) ten times, and magnify Him (by saying Allahu Akbar) ten times, then ask Him for what you need; He will say: ‘Yes, yes.’ (An Nisa’ai)
The Fifth – Al Hawqalah
Laa hawla wa laa quwwata illa billaah
The Four Phrases (SubhaanAllaah, alhamdulillaah, laa illaaha illAllaah, Allaahu akbar) and the hawqalah (la hawla wa laa quwwata illa billaah) together encompass tawheed (worshipping Allaah alone) and qadr (PreDecree).
Ibn Abee Awfaa said, a man came to the Prophet ﷺ and said, “I cannot learn the Qur’aan, so teach me something that will suffice me. He said, “SubhaanAllaah, wal hamdulillaah, wa laa illaaha illAllaah, wAllaahu akbar, wa la hawla wa laa quwwata illa billaah...” (Aboo Daawood 832; Nisaa’ee 2/143; Daarqutnee 1/313-314).
Also the Prophet ﷺ said, ‘Be frequent in saying: “There is no might or power except by Allah, (Lā ḥawla wa lā quwwata illā billāh).” For verily, it is a treasure from the treasures of Paradise.’” (Tirmidhi)
لا إله إلا الله
La ilaha ilIa-Allah
None has the right to be worshiped but Allah
Heavier than the heavens & the earth
The Prophet ﷺ said: “When death visited Allah’s Prophet Nūh (alaihissalam), he said to his son: “I shall narrate to you the will. I command you with two things and I forbid you from two things: I command with Lā ilāha illa Allāh. Surely if the seven heavens and the seven earths were placed on a pan of a scale, and Lā ilāha illa Allāh was placed on the other pan of the scale, they would give in to Lā ilāha illa Allāh…” (al-Bukhaaree in al-Adab al-Mufrad, Aḥmad, al-Bayhaqī and also aṭ-Ṭabarānī).
Heavy on the scale
The Messenger of Allah ﷺ said: “Allah will bring forth a man belonging to my ummah before all creatures and will spread ninety-nine scrolls [containing the record of his bad deeds] for him, each scroll extending as far as the eye can see. Then He will say, ‘Do you object to anything in this? Have my scribes who keep note wronged you?’ He will say, ‘No, my Lord.’ He will ask him, ‘Do you have any excuse?’ He will say, ‘No my Lord.’ Allah will say, ‘On the contrary, you have with Us a good deed, and you will not be wronged this Day.’ A slip of paper will then be brought out, on which are the words ‘Ashhadu an laa ilaaha ill-Allah wa ashhadu anna Muhammadan ‘abduhu wa rasooluhu (I bear witness that there is no god but Allah, and I bear witness that Muhammad is His slave and His Messenger).’ Allah will say, ‘Bring your balance.’ The man will say, ‘O Lord, what is this slip of paper in comparison to these scrolls?’ And He will reply, ‘You will not be wronged.’ The scrolls will then be put in one side of the Balance and the slip of paper in the other, and the scrolls will become light and the slip of paper heavy, for nothing could compare in weight to the name of Allah.” (Ahmad & at-Tirmidhi; classed as saheeh by Shaykh al-Albaani).
The Messenger of Allaahﷺ said, “Indeed the best du’aa is alhamdulillaah and the best dhikr is laa ilaaha illAllaah.” (Tirmidhee 3383; Saheeh al Jaami’ 1104).
Uttering before death gets Paradise
The Messenger of Allaah ﷺ said: “If a person’s last words are Laa ilaaha ill-Allaah, Paradise will be guaranteed for him.” (Ahmad & Abu Dawood; classed as saheeh)
ADHKAAR FOR MORNING & EVENING
“O you who believe! Remember Allah with much remembrance And glorify Him morning and evening.” [Surat Al-Ahzab: 41-42]
The Prophet ﷺ said, “That I sit with people remembering Almighty Allah from the morning (Fajr) prayer until sunrise is more beloved to me than freeing four slaves from among the Children of Isma’il. That I sit with people remembering Allah from the afternoon (‘Asr) prayer until the sun sets is more beloved to me than freeing four slaves from among the Children of Isma’il.” (Abu Dawood, classed as Hasan by Sheikh Al-Albani).
Ibn al-Qayyim said, “The morning and evening adhkar play the role of a shield; the thicker it is the more its owner will not be affected. Rather, its strength can reach to such an extent that the arrow shot at it will bounce back to affect the one who shot it.”
A Few Benefits of Reciting the Monring & Evening Adhkaar
SOME ADHKAAR WITH GREAT REWARDS
Adhkaar pronouncing your Faith
لا إلهَ إلاّ اللّهُ وحْـدَهُ لا شَـريكَ لهُ، لهُ المُـلْكُ ولهُ الحَمْـد، وهُوَ على كُلّ شَيءٍ قَدير .
Laa ilaaha illAllaah wahdahu la shareeka lah, lahul mulk wa lahul hamd wa huwa ‘ala kulli shay’in qadeer
‘None has the right to be worshipped except Allah, alone, without partner, to Him belongs all sovereignty and praise, and He is over all things omnipotent.’
The Prophet ﷺ said: “The best invocation is that of the Day of Arafat, and the best that anyone can say is what I and the Prophets before me have said: (the above)” (Tirmidhi)
Reward of reciting it in the morning and evenings
The Prophet ﷺ said,
رَضيـتُ بِاللهِ رَبَّـاً وَبِالإسْلامِ ديـناً وَبِمُحَـمَّدٍ نَبِيّـاً
Radheetu billaahi Rabban, wa bil-‘Islaami deenan, wa bi-Muhammadin (ﷺ) Nabiyyan.
I am pleased with Allah as my Lord, with Islam as my religion and with Muhammad ﷺ as my Prophet.
The Prophet ﷺ said,
ADHKAAR WITH PRAISE OF ALLAH
سُبْحـانَ اللهِ وَبِحَمْـدِهِ عَدَدَ خَلْـقِه ، وَرِضـا نَفْسِـه ، وَزِنَـةَ عَـرْشِـه ، وَمِـدادَ كَلِمـاتِـه
Subhan-Allahi wa bihamdihi, `adada khalqihi, wa rida nafsihi, wa zinatah `arshihi, wa midada kalimatihi
[Allah is free from imperfection and I begin with His praise, as many times as the number of His creatures, in accordance with His Good Pleasure, equal to the weight of His Throne and equal to the ink that may be used in recording the words (for His Praise)].”
Juwairiyah bint Al-Harith (May Allah be pleased with her), the Mother of the Believers, reported:
The Prophet ﷺ came out from my apartment in the morning as I was busy in performing the dawn prayer. He came back in the forenoon and found me sitting there. The Prophet ﷺ said, “Are you still in the same position as I left you.” I replied in the affirmative. Thereupon the Prophet ﷺ said, “I recited four words three times after I had left you. If these are to be weighed against all you have recited since morning, these will be heavier”. These are (the above).” [Muslim].
Easy on the tongue
The Prophet ﷺ said, “There are two expressions which are very easy for the tongue to say, but they are very heavy in the balance and are very dear to The Beneficent (Allah), and they are, ‘Subhan Allah Al- `Azim and ‘Subhan Allah wa bihamdihi.‘” (Bukhari)
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