One of our core functions is to spread the deen of Islam to particularly the sub-economic areas where there is very little access to the deen. This is done mainly through dhikr, the building and maintaining of masjids, running of feeding schemes, teaching Islam, etc.
The dhikr aspect of our work comprises:
Congregational dhikrs taking place weekly throughout Southern Africa (pre-Covid19) [currently we are having a daily dhikr on Youtube, Facebook live and Mixlr];
- Monthly youth dhikrs (pre-Covid19);
Individual dhikrs in homes; and
Short dhikr programs with non-Muslims as part of a dawah program.
VIRTUES OF DHIKR
Allah Almighty states in the Holy Quran:
1. “Those who remember Allah while standing or sitting or lying on their side.” – 3:191
2. “And (verily) the remembrance of Allah is the greatest.” – 29:45
3. “So remember Me (and) I will remember you.” – 2:152
4. “Those who believe, and their hearts find satisfaction in the remembrance of Allah: By remembering Allah, truly satisfaction comes to the heart.” – 13:28
Our Holy Prophet Muhammad (may Allah Almighty send prayers and salutations upon him) is reported to have said:
1. “Shall I tell you about the best of deeds, the most pure in the sight of your Lord, about the one that is of the highest order and is far better for you than spending gold and silver, even better for you than meeting your enemies in the battlefield where you strike at their necks and they at yours?” The Companions replied, “Yes, O Messenger of Allah!” The Prophet (may Allah Almighty send prayers and salutations upon him) said, “Remembrance of Allah”.
2. “Everything has a polish, and the polish of the heart is dhikr. Nothing is more calculated to rescue from Allah’s punishment than dhikr. He (may Allah Almighty send prayers and salutations upon him) was asked whether this did not apply also to jihad in Allah’s path, and he (may Allah Almighty send prayers and salutations upon him) replied, ‘Not even if one should ply his sword until it breaks’.”
3. “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…”
4. “When you pass by the gardens of Paradise, avail yourselves of them.” The Companions asked, “What are the gardens of Paradise, O Messenger of Allah?” He (may Allah Almighty send prayers and salutations upon him) replied, “The circles of dhikr. There are roaming angels of Allah who go about looking for the circles of dhikr, and when they find them they surround them closely.”
5. “When any group of men remembers Allah, angels surround them and mercy covers them, tranquillity descends upon them, and Allah mentions them to those are with Him.”
6. “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 (dhikr).”
It is clearly evident that dhikr is:
- a Divine Command;
- part of the Sunnah of our Holy Prophet Muhammad (may Allah Almighty send prayers and salutations upon him);
- described in the Holy Quran as the greatest or most praiseworthy act;
- a means for us to be remembered by Allah (SWT);
- the polish of the heart; and
- a means for attaining Allah’s mercy, pleasure and forgiveness.
There are no limitations on the method, frequency or timing of dhikr. We can do it anytime, as much as we want to, and alone or in congregation.
We ask Almighty Allah (SWT) to make us of those who at all times will remember Him, so that He may remember us, Ameen.
For the Youth, by the Youth