There are a lot of ways of remembering Allah. When we glorify Him by saying Subhanallah (How perfect is Allah), when we praise Him by saying Alhamdulillah (All praise is for Allah), when we magnify Him by saying Allahu Akbar (Allah is the Greatest), all this is dhikr. When we say Astaghfirullah (I seek Allah’s forgiveness), when we say La hawla wa la quwwata illa billah (There is no power nor might except with Allah), all this is dhikr. Why is dhikr so important for our life? Let’s see what the Prophet Mohammad (pbuh) and Quran said about remembrance of Allah.
The Prophet (pbuh) said:
“There is a polish for everything that takes away rust; and the polish for the heart is remembrance of Allah.” (Bukhari)
That’s why we should strive to take the name of Allah in all our actions and spend our time making tasbīḥ?
Also Prophet Mohammad (pbuh) said:
“Allah says: I am to my servant as he expects of Me, I am with him when he remembers Me. If he remembers Me in his heart, I remember him to Myself, and if he remembers me in an assembly, I mention him in an assembly better than his…” (Bukhari & Muslim)
Indeed what better thing would there be than to have your Lord remember you?
The Quran says about remembrance:
“And remember the name of your Lord and devote yourself to Him with complete devotion.” (Quran, 73:8)
“…and the men who remember Allah often and the women who do so – for them Allah has prepared forgiveness and a great reward.” (Quran, 33:35)
“Those who have believed and whose hearts are assured by the remembrance of Allah . Unquestionably, by the remembrance of Allah hearts are assured.” (Quran, 13:28)
So dhikr not only polishes our heart and cleanses it, but also serves our case in the court of Allah on the day when we will need it most. In addition, it helps our hearts find comfort which most of us try to seek daily through various means.
The Quran also warns us:
“And whoever is blinded from remembrance of the Most Merciful – We appoint for him a devil, and he is to him a companion.” (Quran, 43:36)
“O you who have believed, let not your wealth and your children divert you from remembrance of Allah. And whoever does that – then those are the losers” (Quran, 63:9)
“So We might test them therein. And whoever turns away from the remembrance of his Lord He will put into arduous punishment.” (Quran, 72:17)
“And keep yourself patient (by being) with those who call upon their Lord in the morning and the evening, seeking His countenance. And let not your eyes pass beyond them, desiring adornments of the worldly life, and do not obey one whose heart We have made heedless of Our remembrance and who follows his desire and whose affair is ever (in) neglect.” (Quran, 18:28)
Thus, we should try and spend as much time in Dhikr and make it a habit to remember Allah.