SEVENTY THREE BENEFITS OF ZIKR – IMAM IBN QAYYIM (RA) – (2)

SEVENTY THREE BENEFITS OF ZIKR – IMAM IBN QAYYIM (RA) – (2)

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40) Zikr does not allow one’s heart to suffer from forgetfulness, which leads to ignoring one’s ultimate interest.

41) Zikr is just like a tree whose fruit is realization of Almighty Allah Ta’ala. More a person engages himself in the Zikr, stronger shall grow the root of this tree and more abundant will it bear the fruits.

42) Zikr of Almighty Allah Ta’ala promotes nearness to Him and thereby one earns His constant patronage. It is mentioned in the Quran.

إِنَّ اللَّهَ مَعَ الَّذِينَ اتَّقَوْا وَالَّذِينَ هُمْ مُحْسِنُونَ

“For Allah Ta’ala is with those who restrain themselves and those who do good” (16:128)

It is stated in one Hadith:

ان مع عبدي ما ذكرني

“I am with my slave who remembers Me”. (Bukhâri Sharief)

According to another Hadith, Allah Ta’ala says,

“Those who remember Me are My men, and I do not deprive them of My mercy. When they repent, I Am their friend, but when they do not repent. I Am their physician. I put them to worries to condone their sins.”

The nearness to Allah Ta’ala that is developed due to excessive Zikr has no parallel. No words and no writing can describe this nearness. Its taste is known only to those who are blessed with it. (May Almighty Allah Ta’ala also bless me with the same).

43) Zikr of Allah Ta’ala is as meritorious as it is to liberate slaves, to spend in charity, and to perform Jihâd in the path of Allah Ta’ala.

 (Many virtues of this kind have already been described and more will further be narrated in this book).

44) Zikr is the fundamental form of thanksgiving to Almighty Allah Ta’ala. One who does not perform Zikr cannot thank Him. It is stated in Hadith that Hadhrat Musa (AS) had asked Allah Ta’ala,

“O My Lord! You have done me countless favours, teach me the manner in which I should thank you befittingly.”

Allah Ta’ala says:

 ”The more you perform Zikr, the more thanks you offer.”

According to another Hadith, Hadhrat Musa u is reported to have said,

 ”O, Lord! how can I offer thanks worthy of Your greatness.”

Allah Ta’ala replied:

  ”Let your tongue be always engaged in Zikr.”

45) According to Allah Ta’ala, the best of the pious people are those who always remain busy in Zikr, because piety leads to paradise, and Zikr to the nearness to Allah Ta’ala.

46) There is a sort of hardness in the human heart which does not get softened by anything except Zikr.

47) In fact, Zikr is a remedy for all the ills of heart.

48) Zikr of Allah Ta’ala is the root of His love, and neglecting Zikr is the root of His enmity.

49) Nothing is more effective than Zikr in attracting Allah Ta’ala’s blessings and in warding off His chastisement.

50) Almighty Allah Ta’ala grants His grace to those who perform Zikr, and the angels pray for them.

51) One who wants to remain in the gardens of Paradise, even in this life, should sit in gathering of Zikr, because these are like the gardens of Paradise.

52) Gatherings of Zikr are also the gatherings of angels.

53) In the presence of angels, Almighty Allah Ta’ala praises those who perform Zikr.

54) One who is constant in performing Zikr will enter Paradise in high spirits.

55) All good deeds are attained because of Zikr.

56) A good deed becomes superior to others of its kind because of Zikr. Of the fasts, the one with more Zikr is the best; Of the Hajj, one with excessive Zikr is more virtuous. Similar is the case with other good deeds like Jihâd etc.

57) Zikr is a substitute of Nafl Salâh and other non-obligatory devotions. It is related in one Hadith that the poor people once complained to Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) of the higher reward available to the rich because of their wealth.

They said, “These rich men offer prayers and fast just as we do, but they excel us by performing Umrah and Hajj, and by taking part in Jihâd on account of their wealth.”

Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) replied: “Should I tell you something, so that none except one who practices it can excel you.” He then advised them to recite:

سبحان الله – الحمد لله – الله اكبر

 after every Salâh. (Bukhâri Sharief)

By this, Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) has indicated the importance of Zikr to be the substitute for various kinds of worship, like Umrah, Hajj, Jihâd etc.

58) Zikr is very helpful to all other forms of worship. Excessive Zikr creates love for various forms of worship and one starts taking delight in performing them and never feels bored or burdened.

59) Zikr is a solution to all the difficulties, and a good remedy for all kinds of misery. It lightens every burden, and relieves every affliction

60) Zikr dispels every fear of the heart It has a special hand in inducing peace of mind and for relieving the heart of its fear. To free the heart of its fears and mind of its perplexity is one of the specific qualities of Zikr. Therefore greater the amount of Zikr , greater is the freedom from fear.

61) By virtue of Zikr, one is blessed with the Divine help in all his doings. That is why sometimes a man achieves such distinctions which are beyond his capacity and he attains what evidently seems beyond his reach. Once Hadhrat Fatimah (RA) complained to Rasulullah’s (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) of excessive fatigue due to grinding of wheat and other domestic drudgery. She requested that a ‘domestic help’ may be arranged for her. Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) advised her to recite ‘Subhân Allah Ta’ala’ and ‘Alhamdu Lillah’ each thirty three times and ‘Allah Ta’alau Akbar’ thirty four times. The Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) further said to her: “The recitation of these Kalimas is better for you than a servant”. (Abu Dawood Sharief)

62) Those who are working for Hereafter are in a race, wherein the Zâkirs shall remain ahead of all on account of the Zikr. Umar Maula Ghufra (RA) says that ‘on the Day of Judgement when people will be rewarded for their good deeds many will repent why they neglected Zikr when it was the easiest of all the good deeds and highest in reward. In a Hadith, Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) is quoted to have said:

“The Mufarrideen have surpassed all”.

He was asked:

“Who were the Mufarrideen?”

The Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) replied:

“Those who toil hard for Zikr because it lightens their burdens”. (Muslim Sharief)

63) Those who perform Zikr are deemed truthful by Almighty Allah Ta’ala and those who are testified as such by Almighty Allah Ta’ala will not be raised with the liars on the Day of Judgement. It is quoted on the authority of the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) that when a man utters:

لا اله إلا الله و الله اكبر

Allah Ta’ala proclaims:

“My slave has spoken the truth, and nobody is worthy of Worship except 1, and I am the Greatest of all.”

64) While being engaged in Zikr the angels remain busy in constructing houses inParadise for the performers. When Zikr is stopped, the angels also stop construction of the houses. When asked why a particular construction was stopped by the angels, they reply, “The construction had to be stopped because funds for that were stopped. The fact is confirmed by a Hadith, which reads when a man recites seven times:

سبحان الله و بحمده سبحان الله العظيم

A tower is raised for him in the Paradise.

65) Zikr provides protection against the Hell fire. If, due to any misdeed a Zâkir deserves the Hell, his Zikr acts as defense against the Hell. The more his Zikr is, the stronger will be this defense.

66) The angels pray for the forgiveness of Zâkireen (those who are engaged in Zikr). It is related on the authority of Hadhrat Amr bin Aas (RA) that when a person says:

الحمد لله رب العالمين سبحان الله و بحمده

the angels pray to Almighty Allah Ta’ala for his forgiveness.

67) Any place whether a mountain or plain on which Zikr is recited, feels proud of it. According to a Hadith, one mountain asks another if any Zâkir has crossed over it during the day, if the reply is in the affirmative, it feels happy.

68) Zikr guarantees immunity from hypocrisy, for Almighty Allah Ta’ala has described the hypocrite as:

لا يذكرون الله إلا قليلا

They do not remember Allah Ta’ala except very rarely. It is also related on the authority of Ka’b Ahbâr (RA) that he who performs frequent Zikr of Allah Ta’ala is free from hypocrisy.

69) Compared with other good deeds, Zikr carries a special taste which is not found in any other action. Even if there were no other virtues of Zikr, this fine taste alone would have been a sufficient reward to justify it. Maalik bin Deenâr (RA) has said that nothing surpasses the taste of Zikr, which is the best and finest.

70) The faces of those who perform Zikr remain illume in this life, and will carry a special radiance in the Hereafter.

71) One who is frequently engaged in Zikr while sitting, standing, walking or in any other position, will find this earth testifying his act on the Day of Judgement. The day when the earth will throw out all that it knows. Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) asked his companions if they had any knowledge about what will that news. They expressed their ignorance. Then Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said, “Whatever deed is done good or bad, by any man or woman on the face of the earth, it (the earth) will narrate everything with date, time and place”. Hence, one who performs Zikr at whatever place he is will find number of witnesses in his favour.

72) As long as the tongue is busy in Zikr, it is saved from indulging in lies, backbiting or any other kind of evil talk. The tongue will engage itself in useless talk if it is not in Zikr. Same is the case with the heart; if it is devoid of the love for Almighty Allah Ta’ala, it will get filled with the love of worldly things.

73) The devils are outright enemies of man and always create trouble for him and keep him surrounded. The miserable condition of one who remains surrounded by enemies can well be imagined; especially when the enemies are vindictive and everyone of them wants to surpass the other in troubling him. Nothing except Zikr can protect him against these enemies. Many forms of Dua (prayer) are mentioned in the Ahâdith, so that, if any of these is recited by a person, then Satan dare not come near him. If the same is recited at the time of going to bed, one remains safe from Satan throughout the night.

Hafiz Ibn Qayyim (RA) has also mentioned many such Duas (prayers). In addition to these he has also mentioned in detail under six headings relative merits of Zikr as also some of the virtues, which are specific to Zikr alone. Then he has also given seventy five chapters of specific Duas (prayers), which are suited to specific times and occasions. For those blessed with determination to act, the virtues of Zikr detailed above are more than enough, and for those who are disinclined to act, thousands of such virtues would be of little avail.

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