[Prezi] Make Dhikr Your Friend!

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In the name of Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He), the Beneficent, the Merciful
By time, 
Indeed, mankind is in loss, 
Except for those who have believed, and done righteous deeds, and advised each other to truth, and advised each other to patience. [Qur’an: Chapter 103, Verses 1-3]

Time

Time is our most valuable asset. As Muslims, we are responsible and accountable for each and every second of our life. If our love towards Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) is true, it would be easy to handle time spiritually, by converting all our daily work, thoughts and deeds into the worship of Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He).

It is very important to start utilizing each and every second for the sake of Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He), as The Almighty has clearly mentioned in surah Al-Asr that “time” is a witness for all the acts of human life. As the servants of Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He), it is important for Muslims to use this time for the sake of our Creator.

Today’s era has made us a real slave to our surroundings in such a way that we find no time for ourselves.

We keep running cooking, cleaning, teaching, working, meetings etc., complaining that we have “no time”. Even after all this multitasking, we still have more work to finish.

Therefore, It is very important for one to work smarter and to use time more productively.

Dhikr

We all know different types of dhikr and the rewards promised by Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) for each. So why do we not incorporate this simple act, where specific effort is not required, in every moment of our lives? Time is making us its slave, but we are going to make it run as per our wish. Let us go through 3 simple steps to make dhikr our best friend so we can be closer to Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He).

ACTIVE PARTICIPATION = TONGUE + MIND + HEART

Step 1 – Dhikr with Tongue: Most of us keep humming different types of dhikr. But the reality is, our tongue is the active participant. Our mind is busy completing our task list or wandering somewhere else.

Result: This is the lowest level. Of course, one does get rewards for this. As they say, something is better than nothing. However, it is just like we love something, but not able to give ourselves to it.

Step 2 – Dhikr with Tongue and Heart: In this step, one’s heart joins with the tongue during recitation. For example, when we go through surah Al-Fatihah, reciting with our tongue and being mindful of every word with our heart, the list of tasks to do later will not rush into our thoughts. To achieve this level, it is always best to go with simple dhikr, knowing the meaning of each and every word you recite, starting with one dhikr a day, second day second dhikr and so on. Once you have started using that particular dhikr many times, then that dhikr becomes your friend. Even without any extra effort, it will start tuning in you.

Result: This acts like meditation, which gives you a sense of calm, peace and balance, benefiting both your emotional well-being and your overall health. When the meditation is done with constant dhikr, you will find your level of concentration, patience and the urge to do good deeds increase. Experience and feel it.

Step 3 – Dhikr with Heart: Here, you stand, sit, lay or do whatever you wish, as your heart keeps doing dhikr. Constantly remembering and being aware of Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He). Even if you try to stop, it will automatically keep playing like a beautiful song flowing through nature.

Result: This is a supreme level, where nothing comes as a barrier between you and your Creator.

Implementing

Now the question is, how do we make these our best friends so as to strengthen our bond with Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He)?

Let us start incorporating the 3 steps into our lives:

  • Step 1: Are you cooking? Are you cleaning? Are you washing the car? Let your soul also work with your body. You do not need your complete focus for these actions, unlike writing an assignment. Use just your tongue for the spiritual treat. Although we cannot concentrate on each and every meaning, remember that something is better than nothing.
  • Step 2: Standing in a long queue? Waiting for someone? Killing time during the morning commute? Come. Do not stop yourself. Who knows if you will be alive the next minute or not. Stop killing your precious time with expensive gadgets. Instead, go for Step 2. Since your mind is now available, use both your tongue and heart for dhikr. Concentrate and repeat it. Become a soldier and attack any intrusive thoughts hitting your mind.
  • Step 3: Now after incorporating the above two steps into your life, you will find Step 3 become second nature to you. You do not need to spend special effort for this. When you are ill or too tired for anything, you will find Step 3 healing you, because you have become friends with the first two steps.

Practical Tips

  • Make a list of adhkar you want to recite for 1 week. Start with a short dhikr so you can learn its meaning and pronunciation. Recite 1 or 2 each day. Gradually start learning more adhkar and use them on alternate days.
  • Decide how many times you want to recite each dhikr. Do not be overly ambitious and exhaust yourself. Instead go for a reasonable number and do it consistently. Aisha raḍyAllāhu 'anha (may Allāh be pleased with her) said Prophet Muhammad ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) said: “The deed liked most by Allah is one to which the doer adheres constantly even if it is small.” [Muslim]
  • Make a chart. You could prepare an Excel sheet and keep a record of your daily dhikr. An example of the titles you can use for the columns are: date, dhikr (e.g., Subhanallah), first step (e.g., while cooking/cleaning/commuting), second step (e.g., 150 x after Asr prayer), and third step (e.g., whenever it comes to mind naturally).
  • At the end of every week, go through the list and make sure you have met your target. If you fall short, go through your record sheet. Either you were exhausted reaching your goal or maybe you were a little lazy. When you get lazy, remember death in front of you.

 

Now that you have learnt some tips for increasing your remembrance of your Creator, start your daily dhikr ritual now!

 

About the Author: 

Jasmin Mohammed Saleem, a working woman and a mother of two, who finished her Master in English Language and Literature, is a continual seeker of Islamic knowledge. She is currently studying the seerah of Prophet Muhammed ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) and trying to know Qur’an through numerous translations and the speeches of great scholars. She is also trying to learn and implement simple ways in which Islam can be practiced effortlessly and with priority in this busy age. In sha Allah, she is also publishing simple methods to practice Islam easily in various aspects in one’s life, thus becoming dearest to Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He).

About the Prezi Designer: 

Mohammed Patel is a 17-year-old student in London currently studying Computer Science, Economics, Geography and Mathematics.


14 thoughts on “[Prezi] Make Dhikr Your Friend!

  1. Alhamdulillah, good job! a very effective article and you’ve visualize the article into a very nice presentation by using the tool. From the presentation, it is easier for me (a visual learner) to really understand about the dhikir..

  2. do you make zikar by countable numbers or
    weigh your zikar with the actions…….slipping toward khair,stucking before shur,grateful and patient before throuh thick and thin…..undoubtful of His power and hikma all are the check of your zikar that you are with your creator.

  3. Nice practical tips thanks for the reminder that we can manage our time better and never make the excuse we have no time.

  4. رب اغفرلي وتب علي انك انت التواب الرحيم
    which include
    1. isthigfar
    2. Thouba
    3. Prayer
    4. 3 Asmaul husna
    muhammad nabi used repent using this more than 100 times a day

  5. Thank you so much for this article.. it just came at the right time when i needed this the most. May Allah accept your efforts. Ameen.

  6. AsSalaam Alaikum.

    Wonderful tip that can be used in our practical life. Jazakallah khairan for the tip.

    I would like to give a comment about the animated person wearing the skull cap. Can you put dress in his body, like full sleeve shirt and trouser (above the ankle).

    The reason I am requesting is that the first time I saw your logo with an animated person holding a hot cap, it appeared to me that he is naked, wearing nothing except the cap, because the cap is the only one visible. I also saw your animated cartoon and I had the same feeling that the person is naked.

    I know you did not mean to have the person wearing nothing, but I think it is better to put some cloths in that person to avoid such doubts.

  7. jazakAllahu khair. very useful tip and something which i needed, i just needed a push with such mail. I remembering a man doing the 2nd step once in airport standing in a queue. His mouth was constantly engaged in dhikr, it inspired me so much and bought goosebumps. it motivated me so much to follow the same from that day, even while in plane most of us see the films on the screen or play games or sit simple for long, we could do the same during those times as well.
    And having a friend , asking them to partiicpate in it in case one of us lag behind the other would remind we should do this.
    JazakAllahu khairan.

  8. As-Salaam-Alakium wa rahmatuallah wa barakatahu , sister Jasmin Saleem, please be mindful from whom you take your deen from, everyone who ca
    Lams to be a scholar may not be upon the minhaj of the Salaf, so inshallallah seek this this and understanding of our deen from the Ullama, like Shaykh Muhammad ibn Saalih al-Uthaymeen, Shaykh Salih Al-Fawzan who is the senior scholar of the Ullama and the likes of Shaykh ‘Obaid bin ‘Abdullah bin Sulaiman al-Jabiri, shaykh Bin Baz , and Shaykh Albany.
    Dear sister there is a great book I would like you to read, ‘Explanation of the Creed ‘ author is al-Barbahaaree (d.329) rahimahullaah, translated by Abu Muhammad al-Hasan ibn’Alee ibn Khalf.
    Dear sister may Allaah bless you the Salaf have always said’be mindful from whom you take your deen from, investigate them and see if they are taking the path of the salaf us salli.Mas -Salaam. Muhammad.

  9. Jazak Allah for this really helpful article. I always think about starting dhikr whenever I have spare time, but laziness nearly always overtakes me. This has really been a wonderful reminder. Insha Allah I’ll be more active in the dhikr ritual now!

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