Zikr Allah (Remembrance of Allah)

Allah ordains every soul in the Quran to Perform Zikr. This not only means reciting the Quran and Tasbeeh but also Zikr. Zikr infuses a realization of constant Divine Presence and a seeker feels great improvement in the level of sincerity and love towards Allah and the holy Prophet-saws. Such levels of sincerity, love and feelings of Divine Presence can never be obtained without Zikr. It would be a mistake to believe that Zikr may be a requirement only for the very pious and virtuous people. Zikr provides the Prophetic blessings which are in effect the life line of every human soul. It transforms even the most corrupted humans into virtuous souls. The fact is that Zikr is the only way to achieve true contentment and satisfaction in life. The holy Quran has pointed to this eternal fact that it is only through Zikr Allah that hearts can find satisfaction. Such satisfaction and peace are the ultimate requirements of every person, regardless of religion, race and ethnicity. Practising Zikr regularly removes all traces of anxiety and restlessness, and guides the human soul to eternal bliss and peace.

Superiority of Zikr-e-Khafi Qalbi in Quran/Hadith

1. "And do you (O Muhammad) remember your Rabb within yourself, with humility and awe, below your breath, at morn and evening. And do not be of the neglectful". (7:205). "We confine ourselves strictly to the meaning of this verse. It pertains to Zikr and not to Salat, though the latter is also a form of Zikr. It implies Zikr-e-Qalbi whereas Salat is Zikr-e-Lisani. That is why the condition of humility and awe has been added here, both being acts of the human subtle heart". (p135) Remember "within yourself" is Khafi; "humility and awe" being the states of the Qalb is Qalbi; hence the terminology Zikr-e-Khafi Qalbi. 2."They are the (true) believers whose subtle hearts feel awe when Allah is mentioned". (8:2). Abu Sa'eed Khudri-RAU, a renowned Companion reports that he heard the Holy Prophet-SAW saying: "The best Zikr is Zikr-e-Khafi".(At-Targhib, Vol. 4, p160) This has been corroborated by another companion Sa'd bin Abi Waqqus-RA. (At-Targhib, vol. 2, p537) Though absolute Zikr is enjoined, yet we have drawn only on the one in vogue, inherited from the veteran Sufi saints, whose superiority is amply expounded by the Quran and Hadith. Fully conscious of the order of precedence, we consider all Obligations (towards Him or His creation enjoined by Him) as the capital, all supererogatory acts as the dividend, and Zikr-e-Khafi as superior to all types of Zikr. It enlivens all acts of worship. It is in conformity with the teachings of the Book and the Sunnah. And the purification of the heart, which guarantees success, is obtained through it.

The Holy Prophet-SAW"s Constant Zikr:

Reports Ayeshah-RA, “He occupied himself in Zikr kul-e ahyanehi (all the time)”. (Sahih Muslim) Note that the expression ahyan, preceded by kul, means continuous Zikr without a break. The Quran speaks of many engagements of the Holy Prophet-SAW: “Surely, you have by day a chain of business.” (73:7) And there are some occasions where Zikr-e-Lisani is not possible (such as during meals, sleep or conversation), while in some it is prohibited (such as during coitus or while using wash rooms etc...). Obviously, such occasions are only covered by Zikr-e-Qalbi.

Zikr is Superior to all Forms of Worship

1.Abu Sa'eed Khudri-RA records his question to the Holy Prophet-SAW: “What worship will be held in the highest esteem on the Day of Judgment”. He replied: 'Those who constantly remember Allah will be honored the most.' I sought to clarify whether they would surpass the one who strives in the way of Allah. He said: 'If the said striver wields his sword against infidels till it breaks down and is himself besmeared with blood, even then those who remember Allah much would surpass him.'” (Kitab az Zikr, p19) 2.Abu Dardah-RAU quotes the Holy Prophet-SAW: “Should I not inform you of the best deed, far superior and rewarding, a winner of Allah's Pleasure, is better than spending gold and silver in His Cause and is also preferable to waging war against the infidels...” The Companions said that they would be honored to know it. “Zikr is by far the best deed,” he said. (ibid, p20) Zikr is the believers fortress. The Holy Prophet-SAW once addressed his Companions: “I command you to constantly remember Allah. It will provide you protection like a fortress to a fugitive pursued by the fast moving enemy. And it is the only effective refuge against the onslaughts of the devil”.

Some of the Rewards of Zikr

1.“Therefore, remember Me, and I will remember you...” (2:152). 2.“Those who believe and whose subtle hearts find comfort in the remembrance of Allah. Lo! In the remembrance of Allah do subtle hearts find comfort”. (13:28). Mark that there is no peace of mind outside the pale of Islam. 3.“much remembering men and women-for them Allah has got ready forgiveness and a mighty reward” (33:35).

Some of the Punishments

1.“And he who loses sight of or neglects Zikr, We assign to him a devil who becomes his companion” (43:36). 2.“The devil has engrossed them to forget Zikr. They are the devil's party”. (58:19) Both these verses establish that neglecting Zikr amounts to cultivating friendship with the devil. Obviously, the negligent person leaves Allah's Party and enters that of the devil's.

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The quotations from the Quran are given in parenthesis. The first figure signifies the Surah and the subsequent identifies the verses.

Method of Zikr e Qalbi

Zikr Khafi Qalbi is practiced in the Naqshbandiah Owaisiah Order, as per below method. In Zikr-e-Khafi-Qalbi, using the Pas Anfas method, three powers (in the order of priority listed) are used, namely 1) Concentration Power 2)Breathing Power and 3)Body Power. The Zikr exercise must be carried out attentively and vigorously to achieve quick results. The method is very simple. Sit down facing the Qiblah, fully attentive toward Allah and close your eyes. Recite, with the word of mouth, the third Kalimah, Tauz and Tasmiah. Now when you breathe in, concentrate on letting the word Allah penetrate down to your subtle heart and when you breathe out, the pronoun Allah, namely "Hu" strikes over it. Same practice should be repeated for each lateefa. This breathing must be a deliberate & perpetual.

Besides the five vital organs of the Ruh, Zikr is also performed on Nafs, also subtle and as such accepted as 6th lateefa. This is located in the forehead and functions to influence the human soul towards higher status leading to perfection as discussed in Lesson No.1. Then we shift onto Sultan al Azkar (also taken as 7th lateefa) for it serves to absorb the baraka of Allah into the entire body so that Allah's Zikr emanates from every cell. When all seven lataif have been covered, revert to Qalb again. After few more strikes, start the meditation. The body should now be relaxed and the mind set at ease, while breathing should be natural. Then in a similar process, the word "Allah" is drawn into the Qalb and the pronoun "Hu" strike over it.

Remember this process will not activate without the spiritual attention of the Shaykh because the baraka leading to enlightenment is transmitted through him. The Companions attained this from the Holy Prophet-SAW directly and transmitted it to the Taba'in, who in turn passed it to the Ta'aba, Taba'in. The Aulia or friends of Allah or saints acquired this baraka from them and it has been transferred through the generations from one person to another. Allah willing, this process will continue forever, and every believer, whether male or female, scholar or uneducated, rich or poor can acquire this Baraka through this process. The only prerequisites are sound beliefs, sincerity of purpose and a conscious devotion towards the Shaykh, failing which, it is invariably lost.

No matter how great the efforts are in religious propagation verbally or through literature, no positive change in life can be realized without this baraka. Zikr invokes baraka and this in turn transforms the heart and initiates the journey from vice to virtue.