Easy Dhikr for Extensive Reward!

What is light on the tongue but heavy on the Scale? Dhikr, the remembrance of Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He).

“O You who believe!  Remember Allah with much remembrance” [33:41].

During the hustle and bustle of our frantic lives, the day seems to go by so quickly that it is not until a rare quiet moment late at night that we may realize we have not remembered Allah throughout the day. Apart from the five daily prayers (which themselves are forever threatened to be rushed through or forgotten), did we take a single moment from our day amongst the creation to remember the Creator? A flimsy “Alhamdulillah” may slip from our tongues but little reflection may go with it. The lack of dhikr, or remembrance in Allah, can be blamed on mismanaging time or forgetfulness; but the truth is, we may not truly understand the weight on these short words or phases on our hearts and souls. And the rewards! The Messenger of Allah ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) describes the incentives to remembering Allah throughout or day. Basically, if you remember Allah in this life, He will remember you (and grant you wonderful things) in this life and the next.

The Prophet said,

“Allah says: ‘I am just as My slave thinks I am, (i.e. I am able to do for him what he thinks I can do for him) and I am with him if He remembers Me. If he remembers Me in himself, I too, remember him in Myself; and if he remembers Me in a group of people, I remember him in a group that is better than they; and if he comes one span nearer to Me, I go one cubit nearer to him; and if he comes one cubit nearer to Me, I go a distance of two outstretched arms nearer to him; and if he comes to Me walking, I go to him running” [Sahih Bukhari].

Below is a short list of some remembrances that you can incorporate in your day. The goal is to make these beautiful praises of the Creator come up from your heart and roll off of your tongue with ease.

1. Quran: Ultimately, the best dhikr is reading the Quran.

Reward:

You will be rewarded 10 rewards for every letter read.  This prize basically illustrates the weight of the Quran in terms of where it should be in your life.

2. SubhanAllah or SubhanAllah wa bihamdihi (“I praise Allah (or All praise if to Allah) above all attributes that do not suit His Majesty.”)

Reward: 

A tree will be planted for you in Paradise.  Nice!  Start growing your own forest right now! Another hadith relates that whoever says this 100 times a day, his/her sins will be forgiven even if they were as much as the foam of the sea [Bukhari].

3. Alhamdulillah (“All praise is for Allah.”)

Reward:

Your scales will be tipped on the Day of Judgment, full of rewards!

4. SubhanAllah wal hamdulillah, wa la ilahaillAllah wa Allahu akbar “I praise Allah (or All Praise if to Allah) above all attributes that do not suit His Majesty.  All praise is for Allah.  This is no deity worthy of worship besides Allah. Allah is Great.”

Reward:

This combination of dhikr is the one most beloved by Allah, subhana wa ta’ala.  When you say them, sins fall off of you like leaves off of trees.

5. La hawla wa la quwwata illa billah (“There is no power or might except (by) Allah.”)

Reward:

You will enter through a special door in Paradise for those who oft use this remembrance.

6. SubhanAllah (x33), Alhamdulillah (x33), Allahu akbar (x34). Can be recited after salat and before you go to bed/sleep. (“I praise Allah (or All praise if to Allah) above all attributes that do not suit His Majesty.  All praise is to Allah.  Allah is Great.”)

Reward:

We know that this dhikr is said after each salah, but when Fatima raḍyAllāhu 'anha (may Allāh be pleased with her) the daughter of the Prophet came to her father requesting a servant to help with the household, the Messenger of Allah ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) told her to repeat the dhikr before her sleep and the results would be better than having a servant.

7. Astaghfirullah (“I seek Allah’s forgiveness.”)

Reward:

You will get protection from Allah’s punishment.  In Surah Nuh, ayah 10-12, Allah relates the story of Prophet Nuh and how he instructed his people to seek Allah’s forgiveness.  If they would just say “astagfirullah,” Allah would sent them rain in abundance, and increase their wealth and children, and give them gardens and rivers in Paradise.

8. Ayahtul-Kursi  [2:255].

Reward:

When you recite this verse before you go to sleep, Allah sends a guardian to you and no shaytan will come to you until morning.  Those who read this after each salah shall enter Paradise.

About the Author:

Amira Murphy is an educator and aspiring writer who has been benefitting from Productive Muslim since the website was first launched.  She enjoys writing about forgotten and neglected practices from the Prophet’s Sunnah ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him), health and nutrition and green and sustainable living.


41 thoughts on “Easy Dhikr for Extensive Reward!

  1. Excellent article!! Also those of you who need more money, provisions, etc read Surah Waqiah.(56th chapter) daily and Surah Al Imran (3rd chapter) ayats 26-27 daily and it is said that Allah will send you the money to pay off debt, will provide for you and you will never be broke. It’s true!! I use them all time!

    1. Assalamualikum sis…i saw your comment….if you don’t mind sis I’ve a question sister…Is there any hadith regarding what you said about Surah waqiah,about increase in provision and all…..i mean v just have 2 hold on Qur’an and Sunnah,dat z why em asking you this?i hope you don’t mind and will reply me back soon,em waiting….wassalamualikumwRwB

      1. Assalamu alaikum to all. Some aleem told me also about same merit of reading surah waqiah but still looking for refetence aithentic hadeeth.

          1. Assalamualaikum. ..hope not too late for this reply

            The Prophet(SAW) said, ‘Whoever recites surah al Waqiah at night would never encounter poverty’ [Ibn Sunni 620]

  2. Useful article, Masha Allah. Following is another Dhikr:
    Juwayriyya bint al-Harith, one of the wives of the Prophet, reported that one day the Prophet left her apartment in the morning as she was busy observing her dawn prayer in her place of worship. He came back in the forenoon and she was still sitting there. The Prophet said to her: “You have been in the same place since I left you?” She said: “Yes.” Thereupon the Prophet said: “I recited four words three times after I left you and if these are to be weighed against what you have recited since morning these would outweigh them, and these words are:

    سبحان الله وبحمده عدد خلقه ورضى نفسه وزنه عرشه ومداد كلماته

    subhan Allahi wa bi hamdihi `adada khalqihi wa rida nafsihi wa zinata `arshihi wa midada kalimatihi

    “Glory to Allah and praise to Him to number of His creation and to the extent of His pleasure and to the extent of the weight of His Throne and to the extent of ink used in recording words for His Praise.” (Muslim and Abu Dawud)

    This dhikr is for (at least) three times in the morning and three times in the evening (after fajr and asr prayers). The reward is very great as is mentioned in this hadeeth. Insha Allah.

  3. Very refreshing,indeed. Our faith in Him is further strengthened by such valuable input. My the Almighty reward her, Amen

  4. SubhanAllah walhamdulillah walaa ilaaha illallaahu wallahu akbar wa laa hawla wala quwwata illa billa

  5. Assalamu alaykum Sister,this will help the new muslims memorize easily the dhikir. Cuold you please include the arabic for those trying their best to read the arabic .jazakallahu khairan!

    fatimah adeel

  6. JazakAllah khayran ukhti for such a wonderful article. SubhanAllah I have saved this link and come back to it everyday and although most of the dhikr here I already knew I wasn’t really using as daily dhikr but reading this article and the translation and comments of the worth of each remembrance really helped put things into perspective for me. May Allah increase you sister in this dunya and in the akhirah and protect you from the punishment of the Grave and the punishment of the Fire ameen. Thank you so much again

  7. Assalamualaikum, may I just ask where the translation is from because you have said that you receive ‘sons’ in paradise and there is no mention of daughters. I was just thinking of it as a bit sexist. So I looked at a couple of other translations and they have translated it as ‘children’. Could you please tell me the translation you are using. I want to check it out. Apologies for the long post.

  8. The links you have used for other quranic ayats lead me to Quran.com. That website has the translation. I am even more confused, enlighten me.

    Allah knows best.

  9. I have just realised that there are other translations within quran.com and some have translated it as ‘sons’. I am wondering if the other translators have put ‘children’ so the Quran doesn’t appear sexist because I have read on anti-Islam websites that some translation ‘clean up’ the Quran. Please prove me wrong.

    Allah knows best.

    1. Assalaamu alaikum Aadil,

      Thank you for reaching out to ask for an explanation about this. Please accept our sincere apologies for the delay in responding to you.

      There are several points I’d like to share with you:

      1. The verse is referring to children, not sons alone. I’ve corrected that in the article above.

      2. In the Arabic language, when the plural is used, it is in the masculine. In this case, when saying children, the word baneen is used. Baneen is also the plural for sons as well as used to collectively refer to boys and girls together.

      3. As Sh. Ahmed Deedat (may Allah have mercy on him) once mentioned in one of his talks, what we know as ‘translations’ of the Qur’an, it is more accurate to refer to them as interpretations because they can only attempt to interpret what the intended meaning is and state that in a language other than Arabic. As you may know, translations between any two languages – as precise and objective as one tries to be – still distort the original message — whether by detracting from it or adding to it. There are quite a lot of nuances involved.

      4. It is best to refer to classical Islamic scholars of the Qur’an and mufassireen (experts in writing the exegesis of the Qur’an) to understand the meanings of these verses as they not only explain them within the cultural, political, social, and economic contexts of that time, but they also have a deep understanding of the Arabic language in its purest form.

      5. Lastly, my personal advice would be to keep away from anti-Islamic websites, not because I discourage understanding Islam and what it truly is, but because that isn’t the correct way to go about it. In fact, it’s one of the most dangerous ways. (I say this from personal experience.)

      That said, I understand you may be trying to understand this so you can respond/explain to them. Again, as I was once advised, I share the advice with you – and that one needs to first be learned in Islam – have full faith and understanding of it – before getting involved in the anti-Islamic sources. To acquire knowledge on any subject, learn from the learned, from the origins of that knowledge.

      I hope this helps. :)

      JazakAllah khair.

      1. Assalamualikum.

        Jazakallah khair for your, (in my opinion) quick, reply. You have definitely strengthened my imaan and I hope you will be rewarded. As I am currently studying a few languages I completely understand these grammar issues and I hope Allah will forgive me for being so quick to assume. Thank you again for the reply and I will take your advice as you are very much correct in saying I should stay away from such websites as they unnecessarily weaken my faith when they are completely incorrect.

        Jazakallah!

  10. JazakAllah khair. I would like to ask if one is saying these dhikr must one perform ablution. please give me an answer.

    Rathia

    1. Rathia, thank you for your question. While it is good to be in the state of ablution, it is not necessary for you to be so in order to recite these adhkar.

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