BENEFITS OF DHIKR - Part II Continued
34) Due to incessant Dhikr one is able not to forget one's soul. Forgetting one's soul leads to failure in both the worlds, because forgetting the remembrance of Allah leads to neglecting one's soul and all its best interest. Almighty Allah says in the Qur'an:
"And do not be as those who forgot Allah and therefore He caused them to forget their themselves. Such are the evil-doers".
Thus, when one forgets one's soul he becomes careless and forgets his real interests which leads to his ruination just as a garden or field is invariably ruined when its owner fails to look after it.
Protection against this ruination can only be provided by keeping one's tongue always busy in Dhikr, so that Dhikr should become as indispensable as water is at the extreme thirst, or food at the time of hunger, or house and clothes for protection against extreme of heat and cold.
As a matter of fact, one should be more mindful of Dhikr than of these material necessities, which at the most can result in physical death, which is a small loss as compared with the spiritual death.
35) Dhikr is the source of one's (spiritual) elevation whether done in bed or at work, whether in good health or in sickness, or even when one is making most of the pleasures of life. Nothing but Dhikr can take a man to such spiritual heights, whereby his heart is so illuminated with the light of Dhikr that even asleep he is more wakeful than the neglectful person who wakes all through the night.
36) The Nur (radiance) of Dhikr remains with a person in his life as well as in his grave. It will go in front of him on the 'Pulsirat' (the bridge over hell-fire) in the Hereafter. Almighty Allah says in the Quran:
"Can he who was dead and whom we gave life, and a light whereby he can walk among men, be like him who is in utter darkness whence he cannot emerge".
The one mentioned first is the faithful, who believes in Allah and shines with the light of His love, Dhikr and cognizance, while the second one is devoid of all these virtues.
In reality this radiance (Nur) is a great blessing and leads to perfect success. That is why Rasuullullaah (Sallallaahu `Alayhi Wa Sallam) prayed that Almighty Allah may bless his flesh, bones, muscles, hair, skin, eyes and ears with Nur, and that he may be surrounded with Nur on all sides; he even prayed that he may be blessed with Nur from top to bottom, and that his whole person may be made into Nur.
One's deeds will shine according to the Nur in oneself, so much so that the good deeds of some people (while going up to heaven) will shine like the Sun. Similar Nur will be found in their faces on the Day of Judgement.
37) Dhikr is the basic principle of Tasawwuf. A person who gets conversant with Dhikr enters the gateway to Almighty Allah, and one who enters this gateway is sure to reach Almighty Allah, from whom he will get whatever he wants, for Allah's treasures are unlimited.
38) There is a corner in the heart of a man, which can not be filled but with Dhikr. When Dhikr controls the heart, not only does it fill up this corner, but also it leads the Dhakir to contentment which wealth would fail to produce, and to respect among people, which the family or party would fail to bring about, and to such control over people as a sovereign would never dream of. On the other hand, the indolent comes to disgrace, in spite of all his wealth and riches, party, strength and powers.
39) Dhikr transform dispersion into concentration, and concentration into dispersion; and remoteness into nearness and nearness into remoteness. This means that one is relieved of one's troubles, worries and fears, and is blessed with peace of mind. His mistakes and sins are forgiven; the devils who are after him are dispersed away. It makes him to remember that the Hereafter is not far away, and the worldly life has little attraction for him.
40) Dhikr does not allow one's heart to suffer from forgetfulness, which leads to ignore one's ultimate interest.
41) Dhikr is just like a tree, the fruit of which is realization of Almighty Allah. The more Dhikr is done, the stronger shall grow the root of this tree; and stronger the root of this tree, the more abundant the fruit it will bear.
42) Dhikr of Almighty Allah promotes nearness to Him and thereby earns His constant patronage. It is stated in the Qur'an:
"No doubt Allah is with those who fear Him".
It is stated in one Hadith:
"I am with my slave who remembers Me".
According to another Hadith, Allah says, "Those who remember Me are My men, and I do not deprive them of My Mercy. When they repent, I am their friend, but when they do not repent, I am their physician. I put them to worries to condone their sins."
Nearness to Almighty Allah resulting from Dhikr has no parallel. No words and no writing can describe this nearness. Its taste is known only to those who are blessed with it. (May Almighty Allah bless us all with the same).
43) Dhikr of Allah is as meritorious as liberating of slaves, and spending in charity, and Jihad in the path of Allah.
44) Dhikr is the fundamental form of thanksgiving to Almighty Allah. One who does not do Dhikr cannot thank him. It is stated in hadith that Sayyidina Musa (Alayhis Salaam) had asked Almighty Allah:
'O My Lord! You have done me countless favors, teach me the manner in which I should thank you befittingly."
Almighty Allah said,
"The more Dhikr you do, the more thanks you offer".
According to another hadith, Musa (Alayhis Salaam) is reported to have said, "O, Lord! how can I offer thanks worthy of Your greatness".
Almighty Allah replied,
"Let your tongue always remain engaged in Dhikr".
45) According to Almighty Allah, the best of the pious people are those who always remain busy in Dhikr, because piety leads to paradise, and Dhikr to the nearness to Allah.
46) There is a sort of hardness in the human heart, and the heart is softened by Dhikr.
47) In fact, Dhikr is a remedy for all ills of the heart.
48) Dhikr of Allah is the root of His love, and neglecting Dhikr is the root of His enmity.
49) Nothing is more effective than Dhikr in attracting Allah's blessings and in warding off His chastisement.
50) Almighty Allah grants His grace to those who do Dhikr, and the Angels pray for them.
إِنَّ الذكر يوجب صلاة الله عز و جل و ملائكته على
الذاكر ، و من صلى الله تعالى عليه و ملائكته فقد أفلح
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