( Dhikr benefits / What is the best Dhikr )
Has the time not yet come for those who believe that their hearts should be humble for the remembrance of Allah and for the truth that has descended (through revelation)? They must not be like those to whom the Book was given before, but a long period passed on them (in which they did not repent), therefore their hearts became hard, and (thus) many of them are sinners. (Surah Al Hadid, Verse 16)
Good or difficult days are an altering factor in a person’s life. While facing it on a day-to-day bases, one notices how certain days turn out to be a total disaster while others are merrier than ever. Though life tends to balance itself in this manner, keeping a positive attitude in the face of a difficult day brings unexpected outcomes. Bending a difficult day to bring out the positivity in it can help a person save their day and make the most of it.
From what I have experienced in the past few years of my life, ‘dhikr’ is a powerful tool which can help strengthen a day, even if it is a difficult one. When a person indulges himself / herself in the act of constantly remembering Allah (swt), he / she is wirelessly connected to the best of all guides. He / she is calling out to ‘Al-Haadi’ (The Guide). With Allah (swt) by a person’s side to save their day, what can possibly go wrong. If a person refrains from disbelief, and any major or minor sins, Allah’s guidance is close at hand for those who seek it.
Some people are in a habit of only calling out to Allah (swt) during the prescribed obligatory prayers and when they make a supplication to Him. It is important to understand that Allah’s help doesn’t come to those who keep Him at a distance and then expect help when calamity strikes. Allah’s help is readily available for those who are in constant remembrance of him.
“Those who remember Allāh (always, and in prayers) standing, sitting, and lying down on their sides, and think deeply about the creation of the heavens and the earth, (saying): “Our Lord! You have not created (all) this without purpose, glory to You! (Exalted be You above all that they associate with You as partners). Give us salvation from the torment of the Fire.” (Surah Al Imran, Verse 191)
As liabilities start directing our lives, one gets caught up in a tedious routine and Allah’s role gets reduced to being a saviour, remembered only if something goes wrong. Prayer becomes a chore and any form of worship becomes a means to convince oneself that their place in ‘jannah’ is reserved. Hence, people refrain from concentrating on the benefits of ‘dhikr’ and deprive themselves of getting their supplications answered.
To change this attitude one needs to remember Allah (swt) in the following manner:
- Morning, evening and night – With the start of a new day comes new challenges and one needs to be strong to counter those hardships. What better way to do so other than depending on Allah (swt) and constantly remembering Him to get through them. Have the morning and evening ‘dhikr’ recorded in your phone and listen to them, traveling back and forth from work. At night, dedicate 15 minutes to remembrance of Allah (swt) just before going to sleep. These ‘dhikrs’ can change the course of your day and make it more rewardable.
- Home chores – While cooking, cleaning and taking care of children one gets overwhelmed and worn out. Couple these activities with praises of Allah (swt) and all worry, fatigue leaves. Play any chapter of the Quran on your phone and the chore you are involved in gets done faster and effectively. Children too get into a habit of turning to ‘dhikr’ during difficult times, if this is practised on regular bases. ‘Dhikr’ changes the mood of the entire household. A sister once shared her experience of practising ‘dhikr’ while cooking and stated that the food turned more delicious than usual on that particular day.
- Work environment – If a person is trying to enhance their work ability in a certain task and grow their capabilities, then ‘dhikr’ is essential. It helps to perfect a task, brings out the best result and keeps you positive even if the environment is toxic. It also aids in perfecting the result of whatever a person is trying to achieve. For example, an important meeting is to take place and the result has to be positive, then the only way to get it is through ‘dhikr’. If a person has put in the necessary kind of effort, and the result is upto Allah (swt) then ‘dhikr’ is the key to unlock that closed door.
“Verily, in the remembrance of Allah do hearts find rest.” (Surah Ra’d, Verse 28)
- Other times – Whether it be a family outing, visit to the grocery store, or relaxing with friends, Allah’s mercy is necessary for all to go well. Reciting ‘dhikr’ in an undertone will enhance the goodness in that activity. Allah (swt) will keep adding more and more ‘barakah’ in whatever activity one is involved in. ‘Dhikr’ also helps keep shaitan away.
- If calamity strikes – For those who are in constant remembrance of Allah (swt), help is always nearby. It is like seeking help from a friend. If a person is constantly in touch with a friend, asking for help during need is easy. But if they are not in touch with this friend, it will definitely be a little uncomfortable to turn to them. Though, Allah (swt) is always available for all his slaves, the fastest way to get supplications answered is to stay connected, always. When a person stays connected to Allah (swt) in all times, they will witness miracles happening around them.
اللَّهُمَّ أَعِنِّي عَلَى ذِكْرِكَ، وَشُكْرِكَ، وَحُسْنِ عِبَادَتِكَ
“O Allah, help me remember You, to be grateful to You, and to worship You in an excellent manner”