In a few days we will be entering the Holy month of Ramadan, INSHALLAH. We look forward to a time spent in the remembrance of Allah (SWT), a month of devotion to the Almighty (SWT) and sending Durood to our Holy Prophet and his family. It is a time when we have to leave the worldly affairs aside briefly. Our thoughts and actions can be focused and resolutions made to spend Ramadan in the way that our Holy Prophet Mohammed (peace be upon him) guided and showed us.

Dhikr (also Zikr, meaning “remembrance”) is the name of a devotional act in Islam in which short phrases or prayers are repeatedly recited silently or aloud. Dhikr is a means of increasing our ibadah, especially in this holy month.

The first time I was introduced to Dhikr was in 2007. I was blessed then to perform Hajj with my husband and son and we were lodged in a Hotel in Medina. A group of Indonesian pilgrims were lodged in the same place. Every night after Ishaa and early morning after Fajr we heard the most melodious Dhikr. It felt as though Angels had descended on earth, and those sweet voices befitted the praises of Allah. In Turkey, I saw Dhikr in a completely different way, which was equally mesmerising. It was SUFI dhikr performed by the whirling ‘Dervesh’.These different conceptualizations of zikr led me to explore the various types of Dhikr and the benefits of making Dhikr a part of our daily lives. A few of the benefits of Dhikr are as follows:

• All of these Dhikr are so easy and light on the tongue but SO heavy on the scales!
Earn a thousand good deeds in Minutes Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) said: “Is anyone of you incapable of earning one thousand Hasanah (rewards) a day?” Someone from the gathering asked, “How can anyone of us earn a thousand Hasanah?” Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him)said: “Glorify Allah a hundred times by just saying “Subhanallah” and a Good deeds will be written for you, or a thousand sins will be wiped away.” (Muslim 4:2073)
• Hadhrat Abu Dharr [Ra] narrated that Rasulallah (peace be upon him) said: “Should I not tell you ofone treasure of the unlimited treasures of Paradise?” I replied spontaneously “Oh Rasulallah (Peace be upon him) that would be an honour indeed!” Rasulallah (Saw) said: “That rare treasure is LA HAWLA WA LA QUWWATA ILLA BILLAH.” (“The strength to do good and to refrain from evil comes from the grace and mercy of Allah!”) -(Ibn Majah)
• A Date Palm is planted in Paradise for the one who Recites this: Hadhrat Jaa’bir (may Allah be pleased with him) narrated that Rasulallah (Peace be upon him) said: “For the person who recites “Sbhan Allahhil Azeem Wa bi-ham’dihi” (Pure and perfect is Allah in his glory and praise), – A date palm will be planted for him in paradise (Tirmidhi).
• We Can Earn Over a BILLION Rewards in Just a Few Seconds!
Narrated ‘Ubaadah that the Messenger of Allah said, “Whoever seeks forgiveness for the believing men and believing women, Allah will write for him a good deed for each believing man and believing woman.” (Tabarrani).
• That Which Shall Have no Equal on the Day of Resurrection:
Narrated Abu Huraira:Allah’s Apostle said, ”Whoever says one hundred times in a day:
“Laa ilaaha illallaah wahdahuu laa shareeka lahu, lahu-l-mulk wa lahu-l-hamd wa huwa ‘alaa kulli shai’in qadeer,” (“None has the right to be worshipped but Allah, the Alone Who has no partners, to Him belongs Dominion and to Him belong all the Praises, and He has power over all”), will get the same reward as given for liberating ten slaves; and one hundred good deeds will be written in his accounts, and one hundred sins will be deducted from his accounts, and it will be a shield for him from Satan on that day till night, and nobody will be able to do a better deed except the one who does more than he.” (Bukhari).
• Four Phrases that are Heavier on the Scales than an Entire Morning of Dhikr of Allah:
The Mother of the Believers, Juwairiyah bint Al-Harith reported that the Prophet 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 said, “Are you still in the same position as I left you.” I replied in the affirmative. Thereupon the Prophet said, “I recited four phrases three times after I left you. If these are to be weighed against all you have recited since morning, these will be heavier. These are:
Subhan-Allah Wa bihamdihi, ‘adada khalqihi, wa rida-a 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 ink that may be used in recording the words for His Praise). (Muslim)
• A Phrase that comes with rewards in the MILLIONS:
On the authority of Abdullah ibn ‘Umar that the Prophet said: “Whoever enters a market and says:
Laa ilaaha ill Allah Wahdahu laa shareeka lah, lahul Mulku Wa lahul Hamdu yuhyi Wa yumeetu Wa huwa Hayyun laa yamoot, bi yadihil khayr, wahuwa ‘alaa kulli shay’ in qadeer’ (There is nothing worthy of worship but Allah, He is alone without partner, to Him belongs the dominion and the praise, he causes life and death and He is the living One and will never die. In His hand is all good, and He is over all things capable), Allah will write for him a million good deeds, erase a million of his bad deeds and build for him a house in Jannah.
• Reciting Tasbeeh, (Subhanballah), Tahmeed (Alhamdolillah) and Takbeer Allahu Akbar), and enjoining what is Good and forbidding what is evil, and praying Salaatul Duha :
It was narrated from Abu Dharr that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “For every bone of the son of Adam a charity must be given each day.
Every Tasbeehah (saying Subhaan Allah -Glory be to Allah) is a charity, every Tahmeedah (saying Al-hamdu Lillaah -praise be to Allah) is a charity, every tahleelah (saying Laa ilaaha ill-Allah -There is no god but Allah) is a charity, every takbeerah (saying Allaahu akbar -Allah is Most Great) is a charity, enjoining what is good is a charity, forbidding what is evil is a charity, and two Rak’ahs (Nafil) offered in the mid-morning (Duha) is sufficient.” (Muslim)
• The virtues of reciting Tasbih at-I-Fatima:
A well-known Tradition of the Prophet (Peace be upon him) has it that the Prophet’s beloved daughter (Hazrat Fatima- may Allah be pleased with her),used to perform all the domestic duties with her own hands. She had even to draw water from the well and to carry it home and to grind the corn in the millstone. One day she begged the holy Prophet (Peace be upon him) to provide her with a domestic servant upon which the Prophet (Peace be upon him) observed, “I will tell you of something that will serve you better than a domestic servant. Recite Subhaa-nallaah 33 times, Alhamdu lillaah 33 times, and Allahu Akbar 34 times after each Salaah and on retiring to bed. This will be of greater value to you than a servant.”
• How to erase several sins in 5 minutes!
Abd-Allaah ibn ‘Amr (may Allah be pleased with him) who said: “The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said: ‘There are two qualities, no Muslim man acquires them but he will enter Paradise, and they are simple and easy. He should glorify Allah (say
Subhaan Allah) ten times immediately after each prayer, and praise Him (say Al-hamdu Lillaah) ten times and magnify Him (say Allaahu Akbar) ten times.’
There are several other benefits of the dhikr. The ones in this article are summarized here so that we may benefit from them in the holy month of Ramadan when Allah SubhanaWa Ta’aala multiplies our good deeds through his mercy and bounty

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