Dhikr-e-Dawam (Perpetual remembrance of Allah)  
 
* Abu Musa reported, "The likeness of the one who remembers his Lord and the one who does not remember Him is like that of a living to a dead person." (Sahih Bukhari)

* A'isha said that the Prophet remembered Allah at all times of the day and night (Sahih Muslim)

* The Prophet said: "The best dhikr is La ilaha illallah." (Tirmidhi and Ibn Majah from Ibn Jubayr)

* It is related from Sa`d that the Prophet said: "The best dhikr is the hidden dhikr, and the best money is what suffices." (Ahmad narrates it in his Musnad, Ibn Hibban in his Sahih, and Bayhaqi in Shu`ab al-iman)

* On the authority of `A'isha: "The dhikr not heard by the Recording Angels equals seventy times the one they hear." (Bayhaqi)

* "Whoever prays Fajr in congregation, then sits remembering Allah until the sun has risen, then he prays two Rak'ah, then for him is the reward like that of a Hajj and Umrah." He said: "The Messenger of Allah said: 'Complete, complete, complete.' (Tirmidhi)

* Narrated Anas ibn Malik: The ProphetSAS said: That I sit in the company of the people who remember Allah the Exalted from morning prayer till the sun rises is dearer to me than that I emancipate four slaves from the children of Isra'il, and that I sit with the people who remember Allah from afternoon prayer till the sun sets is dearer to me than that I emancipate four slaves. (Sunan Abu-Dawud, Book 25: Knowledge (Kitab Al-Ilm), Number 3659)

* Jabir bin Samurrah narrated: "When the ProphetSAS prayed Fajr he would remain seated where he had prayed (Musallah) until the Sun had risen". (Tirmizi; Abu Eisa said: This Hadith is Hasan Sahih)

*The practice of the Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) and his Companions, after praying Fajr, was to remain sitting in the place where they had prayed, engaged in the remembrance of Allah (subhana wa ta’ala), until the sun rose. When the sun rose they would get up, talk about things, and laugh and smile. [Sahih Muslim]

*God is nearest to His servant in the last phase of the night. If possible, be one of those who remember God during this period. (Tirmidhi On The Authority Of 'amr Ibn 'Abasah).

*Abu Dharr al-Ghifari, who went to the Prophet for advice, was given this counsel: 'Fear God, for He is the one Who sets right all that concerns you. Read the Qur'an and keep remembering God. For then you will be remembered in the heavens. And that will be a light for you on the earth.' (Musnad Ahmad)

*Mu'adh (bin Jabal) (May Allah be pleased with him) reported:
Messenger of Allah (swt) held my hand and said, "O Mu'adh, By Allah, I love you and advise you not to miss supplicating after every Salat (prayer) saying: 'Allahumma a'inni 'ala dhikrika wa shukrika, wa husni 'ibadatika,' (O Allah, help me remember You, expressing gratitude to You and worship You in the best manner)".
[Abu Dawud and An- Nasa'i].

* Abu Huraira RZ narrated that the Messenger SAS of Allah quotes Allah Ta'ala in a Hadith Qudsi: "O! Son of Adam when you Remember Me you're grateful to Me, and when you forget Me you're disbeliever in Me." (Tafsir Dur Manshoor for Ayah 2:152 referring Tabarani and Abu Nu'aim)

* Abu Huryara reported that the Messenger of Allah said, "Allah Almighty says, 'I am in My slave's opinion of Me and I am with Him when He remembers Me. When he remembers Me in himself, I mention him in Myself. If he mentions Me in an assembly, I mention him in a better assembly than them.' If he comes near Me by a handspan, I come near him a cubit. If he comes near Me by a cubit, I come near a fathom. When he comes to walking, I come to him running." (Muslim and al-Bukhari, Ahmad has at the end of it, Qatada said, "Allah is quicker to forgive.")

* Abu Sa`id Al-Khudri and Abu Huraira reported that the Prophet, peace by upon him, said, "When any group of men remember Allah, angels surround them and mercy covers them, tranquility descends upon them, and Allah mentions them to those who are with Him." (Narrated by Muslim, Tirmidhi, Ahmad, Ibn Majah, and Bayhaqi)

* The Prophet, peace be upon him, said, "The single-hearted (al-mufarridun) have surpassed all." They asked, "Who are these single-hearted people, O Prophet of Allah?" He replied, "Those men and women who remember Allah unceasingly." (Sahih Muslim)
(Imam an-Nawawi in his commentary on Sahih Muslim while explaining this hadith cites another narration explaining that the Mufarridoon are “those who experience ecstasy while engaged in Dhikr.”)

* When a man complained, "The laws of Islam are too heavy for me, so tell me something that I can easily follow," the Prophet told him, "Let your tongue be always busy with the remembrance of Allah." (Narrated by Ahmad with two sound chains, also Tirmidhi and Ibn Majah through other chains, and Ibn Hibban who declared it sahih as well as al-Hakim)

* Mu'adh reported, "The Prophet, peace be upon him, said, 'No other act of man is a more effective means for his deliverance from the chastisement of Allah than the remembrance of Allah." (Narrated by Ahmad)

* Narrated on the authority of `A'isha: "Allah favors dhikr above dhikr seventyfold (meaning, silent dhikr over loud dhikr). On the Day of Resurrection, Allah will bring back human beings to His account, and the Recording Angels will bring what they have recorded and written, and Allah Almighty will say: See if something that belongs to my servant was left out? The angels will say: We left nothing out concerning what we have learnt and recorded, except that we have assessed it and written it. Allah will say: O my servant, I have something good of yours for which I alone will reward you, it is your hidden remembrance of Me." (Bayhaqi)

* Abu Hurayra also reported that the Prophet, peace be upon him, said, "Renew your faith." "How can we renew our faith?" they asked. The Prophet replied: "Say always: la ilaha illallah." (Narrated by Ahmad with a fair chain of authorities)

* Jabir reported that the Prophet, peace be upon him, said: "The best remembrance of Allah is to repeat la ilaha illallah and the best prayer (du'a) is al-hamdu lillah (all praise belongs to Allah)." (Narrated by Nasa'i, Ibn Majah, and Hakim who declared its chain sound)

* The Prophet said, "Remember Allah as much as you want, until people say that you are crazy and foolish" (Narrated by Ahmad in his Musnad, Ibn Hibban in his Sahih, and al-Hakim who declared it sahih)

* During the night of Isra' and Mi`raj, the Prophet was taken up to a point where he heard the screeching of the Pens (writing the divine Decree). He saw a man who had disappeared into the light of the Throne. He said: "Who is this? Is this an angel?" It was said to him, no. He said: "Is it a Prophet?" Again the answer was no. He said: "Who is it then?" The answer was: "This is a man whose tongue was moist with Allah's remembrance in the world, and his heart was attached to the mosques, and he never incurred the curse of his father and mother." (Shaykh Muhammad `Alawi al-Malaki cited it in his collated text of the sound narrations on that topic entitled al-Anwar al-bahiyya min isra' wa mi`raj khayr al-bariyya)

* `Abd Allah ibn `Umar said that the Prophet used to say: "Everything has a polish, and the polish of hearts is dhikr of Allah. Nothing is more calculated to rescue from Allah's punishment than dhikr of Allah." He was asked whether this did not apply also to jihad in Allah's path, and he replied: "Not even if one should ply his sword until it breaks." (Bayhaqi narrated it in Kitab al-da`awat al-kabir as well as in his Shu`ab al-iman (1:396 #522), also al-Mundhiri in al-Targhib (2:396) and Tibrizi mentions it in Mishkat al-masabih, at the end of the book of Supplications)

* Abu Sa`id narrates: The Prophet 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 mushrikin with his sword until it broke, and becomes red with their blood, truly those who do dhikr are better than him in rank." (Related in Ahmad, Tirmidhi, and Bayhaqi)

* Abu al-Darda' narrates: The Prophet once asked his companions: "Shall I tell you about the best of all deeds, the best act of piety in the eyes of your Lord, 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." (Related in the Malik's Muwatta', the Musnad of Ahmad, the Sunan of Tirmidhi, Ibn Majah, and the Mustadrak of Hakim. Al-Bayhaqi, Hakim and others declared it sahih)

* Abu Hurayra said that the Prophet said, Peace be upon him: "The earth and everything in it is cursed, except for dhikr and what attends dhikr, and a teacher (of dhikr) and a student (of dhikr)." (Narrated by Tirmidhi who said it is hasan, Ibn Majah who said the same, Bayhaqi, and others. Suyuti cites it in al-Jami` al-saghir from al-Bazzar's similar narration from Ibn Mas`ud and he declared it sahih. Tabarani also narrated it in al-Awsat from Abu al-Darda')

* Mu`adh ibn Jabal said that the Prophet also said: "The People of Paradise will not regret except one thing alone: the hour that passed them by and in which they made no remembrance of Allah." [Narrated by Bayhaqi in Shu`ab al-iman (1:392 #512-513) and by Tabarani. Haythami in Majma` al-zawa'id (10:74) said that its narrators are all trustworthy (thiqat), while Suyuti declared it hasan in his Jami` al-saghir (#7701)]

* The Prophet said: "If your hearts were always in the state that they are in during dhikr, the angels would come to see you to the point that they would greet you in the middle of the road." (Sahih Muslim)

* The Prophet said Allah will give shade to seven (types of people) under His Shade (on the Day of Resurrection). (one of them will be) a person who remembers Allah in seclusion and his eyes are then flooded with tears.(Narrated Abu Huraira, Sahih Bukhari Volume 8, Book 76, Number 486)

* The Prophet (saws) said: “ Those people who leave a gathering in which they have not remembered Allah, will conclude it as if it has foul odour similar to that of a rotten carcass of a donkey. And it will be a cause of grief to them.” (Narrated by Abu Hurairah (RZ) Hadith from Riyah-us-Saliheen.The book of the Etiquette . Hadith number 835 Abu Dawud)

* Abu Musa reported that the Messenger of Allah said, "If one man has some dirhams in his possession which he divides and another remembers Allah, the one who remembers Allah is better." One variant has, "There is no sadaqa better than remembrance of Allah." (at-Tabarani)

* Umm Anas reported that she said, "Messenger of Allah, command me." He said, "Avoid acts of disobedience: that is the best jihad. Do a lot of invoking Allah. You do not bring Allah anything he loves more than a lot of remembrance." (at-Tabarani. In one variant, "Remember Allah a lot. It is the action which Allah loves most to reveive." At-Tabarani notes that Umm Anas is not the mother of Anas ibn Malik.)

*The Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “Everything about a person is a load for him and profitless, except that he urges good, forbids wrong or invokes the remembrance of Allah (subhana wa ta’ala).” [Tirmidhi]

*The Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “One engaged in the Zikr of Allah among the heedless is like a living tree in the midst of dry trees.” [Ihya Ulum Id Deen]

*The Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “If anybody wishes to enter the Garden of Paradise, let him remember Allah much.” [Ihya Ulum Id-Deen]

 
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