Dhikr is the most beneficial thing one can do in this world.

Even though many have translated dhikr as ‘the remembrance of Allah’ this is in fact an inadequate definition.


1.  Dhikr increases brain capacity in the direction of the meaning of the word that is repeated.

2.  Dhikr enables radial energy emanating from the brain to be uploaded to the spirit, a holographic radial body, thus strengthening the spirit body to be used after death.

3.  On continual practice, dhikr develops the comprehension capacity of the brain in relation to the meaning of the words that are repeated.

4.  Dhikr enables reaching a state of certainty (yakeen).

5.  Dhikr allows the actualization of divine meanings.

Due to these reasons and more, the Quran states dhikr is a much praised practice and warns those who fail to recognize its importance:


And whoever is blinded (with external things) from the remembrance of Rahman (remembering that his essential reality is composed of the Names of Allah and thus from living the requirements of this), We appoint for him a Satan (a delusion; the idea that he is only the physical body and that life should be lived in pursuit of bodily pleasures) and this (belief) will become his (new) identity! And indeed, these will avert them from the way (of the reality) while they think they are on the right path!”[1]

Satan (corporeality; the idea of being just the physical body) has overcome them and made them forget the remembrance of Allah (their own reality of which they have been reminded, and that they will abandon their bodies and live eternally as ‘consciousness’ comprised of Allah’s Names!) Those (who are receptive to satanic impulses and think of themselves as only the physical body) are the acquaintances of Satan. Take heed, most assuredly, the partisans of Satan are the very losers!”[2]

O believers! Remember Allah much!”[3]

And he who turns away from My dhikr (the Absolute Reality of which I have reminded him), indeed, he will have a restricted life (limited by the conditions of his body and mind), and We will resurrect him as blind in the period of Doomsday.”[4]

So remember (dhikr) Me (contemplate); so that I will remember you…”[5]

So, if My servants ask you of ME, undoubtedly I am Qarib (as close as the limits of one’s understanding; remember the verse ‘I am closer to you than your jugular vein’!) I respond to those who turn to Me (in prayer). So, let them respond to Me and believe in Me so that they experience their maturation.”[6]

Indeed, the dhikr (remembrance) of Allah is Akbar (enables one to experience Akbariyyah – Absolute Magnificence)!”[7]

When the Rasul of Allah (saw) is asked, “What is the most pleasing practice in the sight of Allah?” He explains the importance of dhikr with his words, “Dying while your tongue is engaged in dhikr!”[8]

Abu al-Darda’ narrates: The Rasul of Allah (saw) once asked his companions: “Shall I tell you about the best of all deeds, the best act of piety in the eyes of Allah, which will elevate your status in the Hereafter, and carries more virtue than the spending of gold and silver in the service of Allah or taking part in jihad and slaying or being slain in the path of Allah? The dhikr of Allah.”[9]

“Nothing is more supreme in saving one from the wrath of Allah than His dhikr.”[10]

Abu Sa’id narrates: The Rasul of Allah (saw) was asked, “Which of the servants of Allah is best in rank before Allah on the Day of Resurrection?” He said: “The ones who remember him much.” I said, “O Messenger of Allah, what about the fighter in the way of Allah?” He answered, “Even if he strikes the unbelievers and dualists with his sword until it broke, and becomes red with their blood, truly those who do dhikr are better than him in rank.”[11]

“… A servant may ONLY be protected from Satan with the dhikr of Allah!”

“The best of your possessions is a tongue that engages in the dhikr of Allah, a heart that is thankful, and a spouse who supports you in faith.”[12]

Abu Musa reported, “The likeness of the one who engages in the dhikr of Allah and the one who does not is like that of a living to a dead person.”[13]

“Remember (dhikr) Allah as much as you want, until people call you crazy and foolish.”[14]

“Engage in the dhikr of Allah so much so that the hypocrites claim you are doing it for show.”[15]

The Rasul of Allah (saw) said, “The mufarridun have taken precedence.” They asked, “Who are the mufarridun, O Rasul of Allah?” He said, “Those who remember Allah often and whose burdens dhikr removes from them so that on the Day of Resurrection they come light-weighted.”[16]

“The Satan has placed his mouth in the heart of the son of Adam. As he engages in dhikr, the Satan moves away. As soon as he becomes heedless and stops doing dhikr, Satan swallows his heart!”

This hadith symbolically designates that, as one engages in dhikr, the jinn will stay away from him and not incite and blur his thoughts. But when the person stops doing dhikr, the jinn begin to manipulate the person’s brain as they like.

“The greatest good Allah gives a servant is the inspiration to do His dhikr.”

“No charity is a greater virtue than engaging in the dhikr of Allah.”

“The people of Paradise are not grieved by anything more than the time they spend in the world not doing dhikr.”[17]

“He who does not engage in the dhikr of Allah will drift away from faith.”

“Man will feel great remorse for every moment he spent not remembering Allah.”[18]

“If any group of people gather and depart without remembering Allah, this gathering will cause regret for them on the Day of Resurrection!”[19]

“He who remembers Allah much will be far from hypocrisy!”

These hadith of the Rasul of Allah (saw) and many more are a great warning to us.

[1] Quran 43:36-37.

[2] Quran 58:19.

[3] Quran 33:41.

[4] Quran 20:124.

[5] Quran 2:152.

[6] Quran 2:186.

[7] Quran 29:45.

[8] Ibn Hibban, al-Tabarani.

[9] Al-Tirmidhi, Ibn Majah, Malik’s Muwatta’, the Musnad of Ahmad and the Mustadrak of Hakim. Al-Bayhaqi, Hakim and others declared it sahih.

[10] Ibn Majah.

[11]Ahmad, al-Tirmidhi, al-Bayhaqi.

[12] Al-Tirmidhi.

[13] Sahih al-Bukhari, Sahih al-Muslim.

[14] Ahmad ibn Hanbal. Al-Musnad.

[15] Ahmad ibn Hanbal. Kitab al-Zuhd.

[16] Al-Tirmidhi.

[17] Al-Tabarani, al-Bayhaqi.

[18] Al-Bayhaqi.

[19] Abu Dawud.

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