Importance of Dhikr (Remembrance of Allah Almighty) in Islam

In today’s blog, I will discuss a very important topic in Islam: Dhikr (remembrance of Allah). Many of us have some ambiguity regarding this matter. I will try to clear up this ambiguity and provide a clear understanding of Dhikr. I will also highlight its identification and significance in Islam. Though I am not an expert on this topic; I am still learning. From this learning perspective, I will try to present this topic to you as beautifully as possible.

I want to make it clear that in my writing, you will mostly find verses from the Quran and Hadith. The reason for this is that I firmly believe that the words of Allah and His Messenger (peace be upon him) carry more benefits and blessings for you than my own words. Sometimes, my writing may become a bit too informative. This is because I personally enjoy reading detailed and informative content, and I believe many of you do as well. Nonetheless, you are welcome to share your valuable opinions on any matter. I am always ready to learn something good and correct my mistakes. You can connect with me through this email address: welcome@spreadingwisdom.com.

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Identification of Dhikr (Remembrance of Allah Almighty)

Dhikr (ذكر), an Arabic term meaning “remembrance” or “mention,”

Definition of Dhikr

“It refers to the practice of remembering Allah Almighty through various forms of devotional acts. This can include spoken words, silent contemplation, or actions that reflect the presence of Allah in one’s life. Dhikr (remembrance of Allah Almighty) is a fundamental practice in Islam, aimed at fostering a deep connection with Allah and enhancing spiritual awareness”.

 The second meaning of the word Dhikr is to give advice and receive education.

Allah Subhanahu wa Ta’Ala says in the Holy Quran,

Additionally, the term “Dhikr” has several meanings, including Quran, obedience, honor, dignity, etc. All these meanings have been used in the Qur’anic context.

Types of Dhikr (Remembrance of Allah Almighty)

At the beginning of this blog, I mentioned that there is a common misconception about Dhikr (remembrance of Allah Almighty). Many of us think that Dhikr only means verbally remembering Allah Almighty by saying phrases like SubhanAllah (سبحان الله), Alhamdulillah (الحمد لله), La ilaha illallah (لا اله الا الله), etc. However, the concept of Dhikr extends beyond just verbal remembrance. It also encompasses other acts of devotion that remind us of Allah’s presence.

In Islam, Dhikr (remembrance of Allah Almighty) refers to the remembrance of Allah through all aspects of Islamic practices. This means that any act of following Islamic guidelines is a form of Dhikr. For instance, when we perform Salah (prayer), we are engaging in Dhikr, as Allah Almighty Himself mentions in the Holy Quran.

Another example is abstaining from prohibited acts. Allah has made many things forbidden for us in Islam. When we refrain from these forbidden acts out of fear of Allah, it is also considered Dhikr. Thus, staying away from haram (forbidden) activities like consuming alcohol, committing murder, or engaging in other prohibited behaviors is a form of Dhikr (remembrance of Allah Almighty).

Furthermore, the idea that all Islamic guidelines, including Prayer, Fasting, making supplication, etc., constitute Dhikr is not just my personal opinion. This view is supported by many of the Sahabah (companions of the Prophet) and Tabi’een (followers of the Sahabah). Below are some of their statements on this matter.

Allah Subhanahu wa Ta’Ala says in the Holy Quran,

In the explanation of this verse, the Sahabah (companions of the Prophet) and the Tabi’un (followers of the Sahabah) have stated that Dhikr here refers to all forms of worship and acts of obedience to Allah. Obeying Allah is considered Dhikr from the servant’s side, and Allah’s reward, mercy, peace, and blessings are considered Dhikr from Allah’s side to the servant.

 

Imam Tabari commented on this, saying, “O believers, by obeying the commands I have given you and avoiding what I have forbidden, you are remembering Me through your obedience. In return, I will remember you by granting you My mercy, compassion, and forgiveness.” [⁴]

 

Here’s another commentary regarding this matter,

 

“Abdullah ibn Rabi’ah reported that Ibn Abbas (may Allah be pleased with him) said that remembering Allah encompasses His Tasbih (saying SubhanAllah), Tahleel (saying La ilaha illallah), praising Him, reciting the Quran, and refraining from what He has prohibited, all of which are forms of Dhikr. Ibn Abbas (may Allah be pleased with him) also said that Salah (prayer), Sawm (fasting), and other acts of worship are all forms of Dhikr of Allah.” [⁵]

 

“The renowned woman companion of the Prophet Muhammad (Peace And Blessings Be Upon Him), Umm Darda, said that when you perform Salah, it is Dhikr of Allah; when you fast, it is Dhikr of Allah; any good deed you do is Dhikr of Allah; and any evil deed you avoid is also Dhikr of Allah. However, among all these, the best form of Dhikr is saying SubhanAllah (سبحان الله) (Glory be to Allah).” [⁶]

I think now you have understood the concept of Dhikr (remembrance of Allah Almighty) in Islam. Now, moving back to the types of Dhikr in Islam. There are mainly three types of Dhikr in Islam:

Significance of Dhikr (Remembrance of Allah Almighty) in Islam

The importance of Dhikr in Islam is tremendous. If you look at the verses of the Quran and the hadiths of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him), you can understand the importance of Dhikr in Islam. Firstly, I will present several verses from the Qur’an that highlight the importance of Dhikr. Then, I will present Hadiths from the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). In doing so, I will try to emphasize the Qur’anic verses and Hadiths more than my own words, Insha’Allah. Allah Almighty says in the Holy Quran,

I think I already gave you lots of verses from the Holy Quran about the importance of Dhikr. There are also lots of verses you can find in the Holy Quran about this matter. Now let’s check out some of the Hadith in this regard.

Praising Allah itself is a form of Dhikr (remembrance of Allah Almighty).

I assure you that you will find lots of Hadith other than these in the various books of Hadith where Dhikr is emphasized very significantly. So please do your own research if you want to know more about Dhikr.

I am concluding today’s blog here. I hope that through this blog, you have been able to benefit at least a little. I have tried my best to ensure that this blog is useful for both you and me. I don’t know how successful I have been. However, if you gain even the slightest benefit from my blog, please pray for me to Almighty Allah. If there are any mistakes in my writing, I hope you will view them with a forgiving eye.

For any errors, please email me at this address: welcome@spreadingwisdom.com

May Allah grant endless blessings to both you and me in this world and the hereafter. Ameen.

footnote

  1. Surah Adh-Dhariyat, 51:55
  2. Surah Ta Ha 20:14
  3. Surah Al-Baqarah 2:152
  4. Tabari, Commentary of Tabari, 2/37
  5. Tabari, Commentary of Tabari, 20/165
  6. Tabari, Commentary of Tabari, 20/157
  7. Surah Ankabut, 29:42
  8. Surah Juma’h, 62:10
  9. Surah Ah’jab, 33:41-42
  10. Surah Al-Insan 76:25
  11. Surah Al-A’la 87:15
  12. Surah Al-Baqarah 2:203
  13. Surah Ar-Ra’d 13:28
  14. Surah An-Nisa’ 4:103
  15. Surah Aal-e-Imran 3:41
  16. Surah Aal-e-Imran 3:191
  17. Sahih Sahih al-Bukhari, 6407 In-Book Reference: Book 80, Hadith 102 USC-MSA web (English) reference: Vol. 8, Book 75, Hadith 416 (deprecated numbering scheme) 
  18. Sahih Sahih al-Bukhari, 6406 In-Book Reference: Book 80, Hadith 101 USC-MSA web (English) reference: Vol. 8, Book 75, Hadith 415 (deprecated numbering scheme) 
  19. Sahih Sahih al-Bukhari, 6405 In-Book Reference: Book 80, Hadith 100 USC-MSA web (English) reference: Vol. 8, Book 75, Hadith 414 (deprecated numbering scheme) 
  20. Sahih Sahih al-Bukhari, 7405 In-Book Reference: Book 97, Hadith 34 USC-MSA web (English) reference: Vol. 9, Book 93, Hadith 502 (deprecated numbering scheme) 
  21. Sahih Sahih Muslim, 2676 In-Book Reference: Book 48, Hadith 4 USC-MSA web (English) reference: Book 35, Hadith 6474 (deprecated numbering scheme)
  22. Hasan (Darussalam)  Jami` at-Tirmidhi, 3377 In-Book Reference: Book 48, Hadith 8 English Reference: Vol. 6, Book 45, Hadith 3377 
  23. Hasan (Darussalam) Sunan Ibn Majah, 3793 In-Book Reference: Book 33, Hadith 137 English Reference: Vol. 5, Book 33, Hadith 3793 
  24. Sahih Sahih Muslim, 2700 a, b In-Book Reference: Book 48, Hadith 50 USC-MSA web (English) reference: Book 35, Hadith 6520 (deprecated numbering scheme)
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