Ramadan Gems: Day #2

 

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“اللهم إن رأيتني ابتعد عنك ، فردني إليك رداً جميلاً. Oh Allah, if you see me getting farther away from you, return me to you in a beautiful way.”

Sometimes we go about our day so consumed by our responsbilities, that we forget why we’re really here. We do what we do, and the hours pass by faster and faster. Before we know it, it’s the middle of the night and we’re lying on our beds anticipating the next day. Yet, what was missing? How productive was our day if we weren’t remembering Allah ﷻ? There are so many ways to continuously make dhikr and increase our chances of gaining rewards. More importantly, dhikr is the best way to  remember Allah Azwajjal and is something that can be done throughout the day, at any time and any place. This can include while walking to your car/bus stop, making food, cleaning your house, or even on your way to your local grocery store. The purpose of dhikr is to gain Sadaqa Jariya (ceaseless charity), and this will be earned every time you mention/remember Allah ﷻ. As well, it is the perfect way to always remind ourselves of Allah ﷻ Majesty and Greatness.

There are several  ways an individual can engage in dhikr. I’ve simplified and taken some easy to recite dua’s that can be implemented into your daily activities. Most of these we already know, but what is the context behind reciting them? In other words, what are the rewards we can gain? One way is through recitation of the Quran, as for every letter an individual reads, they will gain ten rewards. Yes, I said letter, not word. Which means if a word has 5 letters, you’ve easily gained 50 good deeds or حسنة (hasanats). Even more beautiful is that all good deeds are multiplied by 70 during the month of Ramadan. So not only are you gaining way more rewards for reciting and remembering the words of Allah ﷻ , but you’ll be stacking good deeds at the same time.

A simple dua that we can reflect upon is الحَمْد لله (All praise and thanks is due to Allah ﷻ). Many of us already say this naturally in conversations, or when we hear good/bad news. It’s been stated that an individual who says this, will have increased rewards put on their scale on the Day of judgement. Even saying سبحان الله و بحمده (Glory be to Allah ﷻ and all praise is due to Him) is considered the dearest words to Allah ﷻ and is most loved by Him. Imagine. Knowing that He loves these words and recognizing that whoever says سبحان الله و بحمده 100 times throughout the day, his sins will be removed as though they were like the foam of the sea. It’s also been mentioned that a palm tree is planted in Jannah for the one who recites this form of dhikr. So how can we ever deny the mercy of Allah ﷻ ?

Some other dua’s include saying سُبْحَانَ اللّهِ ، والْحَمْدُللّهِ ، وَ لا اِلهَ اِلَّا اللّهُ ، وَ اللّهُ اَكْبَرُ. Utilizing the combination of these words when recited consistently, will make the sins of an individual fall like the leaves that fall off a tree. Simply saying  لا اِلهَ اِلَّا اللّهُ (There is no one worthy of worship besides Allah ﷻ) , and believing it with sincere, full conviction, will grant a person entry to jannah. Is it not clear how easy Islam was made for us? Simply reciting a few words, everyday and allowing our tongues to mention His name could protect us from so much. I’m always in awe at how straightforward Allah ﷻ has made this religion for us. Don’t forget that there are more rewards you will reap for engaging in Dhikr throughout Ramadan. So don’t miss out on this chance!

 

Here are the benefits of Dhikr as summarized by al-Wabil as-Sayyib by Ibn al-Qayyim (pp. 38-88):

 

  • Drives Shaytan away and suppresses him.
  • Pleases the All Merciful.
  • Removes affliction and sadness from the heart.
  • Causes joy, pleasure and happiness in the hearts.
  • Strengthens the heart and body.
  • Enlightens the face and heart.
  • Brings sustenance.
  • Provides one with dignity, beauty and brightness.
  • Grants the believer love which is the spirit and core of Islam and the essence of happiness and salvation; which can only be removed by seeking forgiveness from Allah and dhikr.
  • Obliterates sins.
  • It’s one of the most virtuous deeds and it’s agreed upon that virtuous deeds obliterates evil deeds.
  • It removes the alienation between the believer and his Lord.
  • Guarantees the divine Help to man/woman in times of adversity.
  • Makes Allah remember a person in times of hardship since man remembers Him in times of prosperity.
  • Protects a person against the torture of the Hell.
  • Those who engage in the Remembrance of Allah find unparalleled joys.
  • Calmness descends upon him, mercy covers him and the angels surround him.
  • It prevents one from backbiting, gossiping, lying, obscene speech, falsehood and nonsense.
  • The assemblies of dhikr are surrounded by angels while the assemblies for nonsense are surrounded by devils.
  • Protects one against sorrow on the Day of Judgment.
  • Allah will give shade to the one who habitually remembers Him in seclusion and his eyes then flood with tears on the Day when there will be no shade but His.
  • Dhikr is one of the most simple yet virtuous deeds.
  • It results in unique and great rewards and recompense.
  • It prevents the negligence of Allah which is the cause of miserliness in this world and the world to come.
  • It’s an easy act of worship.
  • It will be a light for man in this life, in the grave and in the Hereafter when the light of believing men and women runs before them and by their right hands.
  • He will be guided to the way of Allah.
  • Only the remembrance of Allah can prevent loneliness of the heart.
  • It brings together the heart, the will and interests, while banishing sins and devils.
  • It awakens the heart, bringing what is far from one’s heart [the hereafter] to be close to it and turning away what is close [desires of the dunya] from one’s heart far from it.
  • It’s like a fruit tree bearing fruits of tawhid and belief.
  • Allah will be with a person when he is in remembrance of Him.
  • It’s equal to the freeing of slaves, charity and Jihad with one’s riches and self in the way of Allah.
  • It’s at pinnacle of thanking Allah since the one who doesn’t maintain the remembrance of Allah, will never thank Him.
  • The most honorable of believers in the sight of Allah is the one whose tongue is always wet with the remembrance of Allah.
  • It removes the hardness of the heart.
  • It’s the remedy of the heart while negligence is its illness.
  • It’s the essence of taking Allah as the helper, whereas negligence is the essence of enmity with Allah.
  • The one who stays in remembrance of Allah, deserves His bounties and keeps himself away from Allah’s wrath.
  • Allah and the angels bless the one who mentions Allah.
  • The most virtuous man is one who mentions Allah most.
  • It substitutes all other voluntary righteous deeds whether physical, financial or both physical and financial ones like voluntary.
  • It helps a person to obey Allah.
  • Whoever wishes to dwell in the gardens of Paradise should observe the gatherings of dhikr.
  • The gatherings of dhikr are the gatherings of the angels.
  • Allah shows pride in those who mention Him to His angels.
  • Those who are obsessed with the Remembrance of Allah will enter Paradise laughing.
  • All actions, in fact, are legalized to serve the rite of dhikr.
  • It makes obedience lovable, easy and interesting.
  • Obedience, therefore, will be the delight of his eyes and the pleasure of his self.
  • Unlike the disobedient, the obedient man will find no hardship nor difficulty in obeying Allah.
  • Dhikr turns any difficulty into ease.
  • It removes all anxieties from the heart.
  • Those who seek the Hereafter are competing with each other (to attain the pleasure of Allah), and those who make mention of Allaah are in front of them.
  • It provides man with power to the extent that one can fulfill tremendous tasks which he cannot fulfill without dhikr.
  • It characterizes man with truthfulness.
  • It’s the cause of building palaces for the person in Paradise.
  • When man doesn’t make dhikr, the angels stop building.
  • Dhikr is a barrier between man and Hell.
  • Angels ask Allah to forgive those who remember Him as they ask such for the repentant.
  • Mountains and deserts celebrate and welcome the existence of one who mentions Allah on them.
  • It protects man against hypocrisy. It gives brightness to faces in this world and light in the world to come.
  • Dhikr in various places [i.e., roads, house, cities], will multiply one’s witnesses on the Day of Judgment.
  • Dhikr consists of praising Allah, while du’a consists of asking for a need.
  • Consequently, dhikr is more virtuous than du’a. Reciting the Qur’an is more virtuous than dhikr and dhikr is more virtuous than du’a.
  • In some cases, however, dhikr may be more virtuous than reciting the Qur’an, [i.e dhikr is recommended in sujood and rukoo while reciting the Qur’an is abhorred or forbidden in these positions].

 

With that, I pray that this post is brought to you in the best of health and faith. I hope this benefited you as it has benefited me. I pray that Allah ﷻ  protects us and removes hatred from our hearts. I pray that He, Azwajjal, gives us the chance to beautify our charachters and makes our souls assured and obediant towards Him. I pray that Allah ﷻ  gives us contempt and rested hearts that seek Him and Him only. May He protect us from sadness and worry. May He give us happiness and grant us a place in Paradise. May Allah ﷻ continue to keep us steadfast and make this Ramadan  a productive one for us all. Have a happy Thursday!

 

 

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