The Importance and Power of Zikr Allah (Remembrance of Allah):
Bismillahi Rahmani Raheem:
Our way “Ottoman Naqshbandi Haqqani Tariqah” is the way of Zikr and Sohbet (remembrance of Allah and Spiritual guidance)
Unlike other ways, we begin with Zikr and then give sohbet/advise to the followers, normally a spiritul talk delivered by the Shaykh or his Deputy (Khalifa)
Other ways (Sufi/non Sufi) lack either Zikr or Sohbet, but it is clear from the traditions, Sunnah that the Sunnah assemblies are gathered both Zikr and Sohbet in it.
|“Only in the remembrance of Allah (swt) will your heart find peace”
Quran (Surah 13: Verse 28)”The rememebrence of Allah (swt) is the greatest (deed)”
Quran (Surah 29: Verse 45)
“Those men and women who engage much in Allah’s praise. for them Allah has prepared forgiveness and a Great Reward”
“They are the most wise who remember Allah, standing sitting and lying down”
“Their skins and their hearts soften to the remembrance of Allah”
“Remember Allah abundantly, in order that you become successful”
“Believers, do not let either your possessions or your children divert you from the Remembrance of Allah. Those who do that shall be the losers”.
“Satan has mastered them and caused them to forget the Remembrance of Allah. Those are satan’s party; and satan’s party shall assuredly be the losers”
Satan Friend of those who Turn away from Zikr:
“Whosoever blinds himself from the Remembrance of the Merciful, We shall assign for him a evil satan who will be his (ever misleading) companion”
“Whosoever turns away from My remembrance, his life will be made tight and narrow on the Day of Resurrection We shall raise him blind”
Book 35, Number 6505:
Abu Huraira(R.A) reported Allah’s Apostle (may peace be upon him) as saying Allah has mobile (squads) of angels, who have no other work (to attend to but) to follow the assemblies of Dhikr and when they find such assemblies in which there is Dhikr (of Allah) they sit in them and some of them surround the others with their wings till the space between them and the sky of the world is fully covered, and when they disperse (after the assembly of Dhikr is adjourned) they go upward to the heaven and Allah, the Exalted and Glorious, asks them although He is best informed about them: Where have you come from?
They say: We come from Thine servants upon the earth who had been glorifying Thee (reciting Subhan Allah), uttering Thine Greatness (saying Allah o-Akbar) and uttering Thine Oneness (La ilaha ill Allah) and praising Thee (uttering al-Hamdu Lillah) and begging of Thee.
Be would say: What do they beg of Me?
They would say: They beg of Thee the Paradise of Thine.
He (God) would say: Have they seen My Paradise?
They said: No, our Lord.
He would say: (What it would be then) if they were to see Mine Paradise?
They (the angels) said: They seek Thine protection. He (the Lord) would say: Against what do they seek protection of Mine?
They (the angels) would say: Our Lord, from the Hell-Fire.
He (the Lord) would say: Have they seen My Fire?
They would say: No.
He (the Lord) would say: What it would be if they were to see My Fire?
They would say: They beg of Thee forgiveness.
He would say: I grant pardon to them, and confer upon them what they ask for and grant them protection against which they seek protection.
They (the angels) would again say: Our Lord, there is one amongst them such and such simple servant who happened to pass by (that assembly) and sat there along with them (who had been participating in that assembly).
He (the Lord) would say: I also grant him pardon, for they are a people the seat-fellows of whom are in no way unfortunate.
Volume 1, Book 12, Number 802:
Narrated Abu Ma’bad(R.A):(the freed slave of Ibn ‘Abbas) Ibn ‘Abbas told me, “In the lifetime of the Prophet it was the custom to celebrate Allah’s praises aloud after the compulsory congregational prayers.” Ibn ‘Abbas further said, “When I heard the Dhikr, I would learn that the compulsory congregational prayer had ended.”
Book 4, Hadith Number 1211:Ibn ‘Abbas(R.A) reported: Dhikr (mentioning the name of Allah) in a loud voice after obligatory prayers was (a common practice) during the lifetime of the Apostle of Allah (may peace be upon him) ; and when I heard that I came to knew that they (the people) had finished the prayer.
Narrated Mu’adh ibn Jaba(R.A): The Apostle of Allah (peace_be_upon_him) said: (The reward of) prayer, fasting and remembrance of Allah is enhanced seven hundred times over (the reward of) spending in Allah‘s path. (Sunan Abu Dawud Book 14, Hadith 2492)
ZIKR AFTER OBLIGATORY SALAH (PRAYERS):
Salafis do not engage in loud Zikr or Zikr after Salah in their masjids. Because they claim they are salafis who follow Quran and Sunnah according to Salaf Saliheen, it is clear that their claim is false and a big lie against Salafs!
Salafs include Prophet(s.a.w) and his generations, generation after them and generations after them.
So the claim of salafis that they follow salafs but clearly they do not follow when we see this hadiths, so their claim is against Prophet (s.a.w) and sahaba (Companions).
See Sahih Bukhari Book 3 Hadith 106-110: (Read below):
And Prophet (s.a.w) said: “Narrated ‘Ali: The Prophet said, “Do not tell a lie against me for whoever tells a lie against me (intentionally) then he will surely enter the Hell-fire.”
Narrated ‘Abdullah bin Az-Zubair: I said to my father, ‘I do not hear from you any narration (Hadith) of Allah s Apostle as I hear (his narrations) from so and so?” Az-Zubair replied. l was always with him (the Prophet) and I heard him saying “Whoever tells a lie against me (intentionally) then (surely) let him occupy, his seat in Hell-fire.
Narrated Anas: The fact which stops me from narrating a great number of Hadiths to you is that the Prophet said: “Whoever tells a lie against me intentionally, then (surely) let him occupy his seat in Hell-fire.”
Narrated Salama: I heard the Prophet saying, “Whoever (intentionally) ascribes to me what I have not said then (surely) let him occupy his seat in Hell-fire.”
Narrated Abu Huraira: The Prophet said, “Name yourselves with my name (use my name) but do not name yourselves with my Kunya name (i.e. Abu-l Qasim). And whoever sees me in a dream then surely he has seen me for Satan cannot impersonate me. And whoever tells a lie against me (intentionally), then (surely) let him occupy his seat in Hell-fire.”
So why Salafis lying to the world that they follow Quran and Sunnah/they are ahlul hadith?, why they are lying they follow salaf?, think about, can lying people be guided ones?
Why they abandon sunnah?
In South India, if salafi pray in a shafi madhab following Masjid, they normally run away as soon as obligatory prayer finish!
Because they think ZIkr after salah is a great evil and bidah!
Loud Zikr: Narrated Abu Ma’bad: (the freed slave of Ibn ‘Abbas) Ibn ‘Abbas told me, “In the lifetime of the Prophet it was the custom to celebrate Allah’s praises aloud after the compulsory congregational prayers.” Ibn ‘Abbas further said, “When I heard the Dhikr, I would learn that the compulsory congregational prayer had ended.” (Sahih Bukhari,Book 12, Hadith 802)
Sunan Ibn Majah Vol 5 Darussalam Publications)
It was narrated from Abu Darda that the Prophet (alaihiswalathu wa salam) said: “Shall I not tell you of the best of your deeds, the most pleasing to your Sovereign (Allah Malik), those that raise you most in status, and that are better than giving gold and silver,or meeting your enemy (in battle) and you strike their necks and they strike your necks?”. They said: “What is that, O Messenger of Allah?
He said: “Remembering Allah (Dhikr) Hasan,Hadith Number 3790
It was narrated that Abu Hurairah and Abu Sa’eed both bore witness that the Prophet (alaihiswalathu wa salam) said: “No people sit in a gathering remembering Allah,. But the angles surround them, mercy covers them, tranquility descends upon them and Allah remembers them before those who are with Him” Sahih , Hadith Number 3791
It was narrated from Abu Hurairah (R.A) that the Prophet (alaihiswalathu wa salam) said: “Allah says: ‘I am with My Slave when he remembers Me, and his lips move saying My Name” (Sahih, Hadith Number 3792)
Zikr for those who have less knowledge in Shari’ah:
Some scholars claim you cannot follow the Tariqah unless you have sound knowledge of Shariah, some say Tariqah is after completeting shariah!
This is not true, they are trying to keep people away from ahlu Tariqah (people of Zikr)!
It was narrated from Abdullah bin Busr(R.A) that a Bedouin said to the Messenger of Allah (salla allahu alaihi wa sallam):
“The Laws of Islam are burdensome for me. Tell me of something that I will be able to adhere to. He said: ‘Always keep your tongue moist with the remembrance of Allah, the Mighty and Sublime” (Hassan, Hadith Number 3793)
The Best Zikr:
Jabir Ibn Abdullah (r.a) said: “I heard the Messenger of Allah (alaihiswalathu wa salam) say: “The best of remembrance is “La Ilaha illa Allah (none has the right to be worshiped but Allah), and the best supplication is “Al-Hamdu Lillah (Praise is to Allah)” Hasan, Hadith Number: 3800
Today, we can see that only Sufi Tariqah (Jama’ath) does Zikr of Allah in proper and uniform manner. No ZIkr circles under a spiritual guide, exists in misguided sects!
They have forgotten this sunnah and running to attack others!
They are trying to label the mark of beast on Muslims, the mark of beast is Kafir (kfra) written on Dajjal’s forehead, the people of Dajjal running around to label Muslims with same mark (Mushrik/Kafir)
BE IN THE ZIKR GROUP OF THOSE WHO ARE GUIDED:
The Golden Rule:
Quran 36:21 Follow those who do not ask you for any wage and who have received guidance.
One who really guided will not ask you any payment/wage in performing zikr prayer or religious service.
Quran miraculously distinguish between real group of Zikr and people who sell the religion (Zikr/Barakah/Knowledge of deen etc)!
So you do not get confused which group of people are the real people of Allah (Rijal Allah)
True guidedoes not make money from religion unless it is given as Sadaqa(charity) /Hadya (gift)
“The likeness of the one who Remembers his Lord and the one who does not Remember Him is like that between the living and the dead” (Sahih Bukhari).
ZIKR WITHOUT SHAYKH AND TARIQAH:
There is an Imam/Amir for every Assembly, Zikr without Imam is not Accepted!
Zikr Without A Shaykh is Not Accepted?
For the Question:
“Why I can’t do Zikr myself without a Shaykh and an Ijazah (Permission)?
The Answer is given in the Book: Khala’idul Jawahir:182
“من يذكر الله تعالي بلا شيخ لا الله حصل له ولا نبيه ولا شيخه “
“Whoever do Zikr without a Shaykh,as well as he has no Shaykh,he will not get Allah and he will not get Allah’s Beloved Rasool (alaihiswalathu wa salam)”Khala’idul Jawahir:182
The great venerable Shafi’e Fiqh Scholar from Malabar region of South India, “Shaykh Zainuddin Maqdum-1 (radiyallahu Anhu) who was a worldwide renowned scholar in Shafi Madhab is saying about the importance of having a Shaykh and Ijazah(permission) and the Adab (Discipline) of doing Zikr and Dua, in His Book “Adkiya”
ثم اشتغل بالورد لا تتكلمن مستقبلا ومراقبا ومهلّلا
بطريقة معهودة لمشائخ لتري به نارا ونورا حاصلا
فيضئ وجه القلب بالنور الجلي ويصيرمذموم الطبائع زائلا
“Then you turn towards Qibla and sit in the Meditation (Muraqaba) and recite “Tahleel” and hard work with the Zik (Wird-The Regular Zikr), you got from the Shaykhs of the well known tarikat, Do not talk,Then you will find the light(Noor) and warmthness (relief) in you and your heart will shine through the removal of dirty charecters and habits in you” (Adkiya).
Shaykh Zainuddin Maqdoom (radiyallahu anhu) teaching that your zikr Must be according to the Ways of the Shaykhs of the Tasawwuf.
Imam Swawi (Radiyallahu Anhu) says:
من هنا انّ الذاكر لا ينتفع بالذكر ولا ينور باطنه الا اذاكان الشيخ عارفا اذنه في ذالك و الذاكر مشتاقا -حاشية الصاوي”
“If anyone want to benefit from the Zikr he is doing and to purify the heart with light (Noor), then he must take the permission (ijazah) of a spiritual knower of Allah (Shaykh Arif billah) and should do Zikr with most sincere way”.SWAVI-1:224
“Those who do not have a Shaykh, their Shaykh is Satan”-Saying of Sulthanul Awliya Shaykh Abdul Qadir Al Jilani (Qaddasallahu Sirrahul Azeez)
So that, the Question “Is that not enough to Do Zikr without a Shaykh?” is not right!
Forgive me for poor English translation