BENEFITS OF DHIKR - Part III
Al-Imam Al-Hafiz Ibn-Al-Qayyim, the well-known `Aalim and Muhaddith, wrote a book 'Al-Waabil As-Sayyib' , on the benefits of Dhikr. He stated that the benefits of Dhikr are more than one hundred and he has listed seventy three of these. Some of these include multiple benefits, and for this reason their actual number is more than one hundred. This is the third part:-
51) One who wants to remain in the Gardens of Paradise, even in this life, should sit in the gatherings of Dhikr, because these are likened to the gardens of Paradise.
52) Gatherings of Dhikr are also the gatherings of Angels.
53) In the presence of the Angels, Almighty Allah praises those who do Dhikr.
54) One who is constant in doing Dhikr will enter Paradise in high spirits.
55) All good deeds have been ordained because of Dhikr.
56) A good deed becomes superior to others of its kind because of Dhikr. Of the fasts, the one with more Dhikr is the best; Of the Hajj, one with excessive Dhikr is more virtuous. Similar is the case with other good deeds like Jihad, etc;
57) Dhikr is a substitute of Nafl Salaat and other non-obligatory devotions. It is related in one Hadith that the poor people once complained to Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) of the higher rewards available to the rich because of their wealth. They said, "These rich men offer prayers and observe Fast, just as we do, but they excel us by performing Umra and Hajj, and taking part in Jihad on account of their wealth." Rasulullah (Sallallaho alaihe wasallam) replied, "Should I tell you something, so that none except one who practises it can excel you." He then advised them to recite after every Salaat:
SUBHAANALLAH سُبْحَانَ الله
ALHAMDU LILLAH اَلْحَمْدُ لِله
ALLAHU AKBAR اَللهُ أَكْبَر
By this Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi Wasallam) had indicated the importance of Dhikr, to be the substitute for those who could not perform other kinds of worship because of a lack of wealth.
58) Dhikr is very helpful to all other forms of worship. Excessive Dhikr creates love for various forms of worship, so that one starts taking delight in their performance and never feels bored or burdened while offering them.
59) Dhikr is a solution to all difficulties, and remedy for all handicaps. It lightens every burden, and relieves every affliction.
60) Dhikr dispels every fear of the heart. It has a special hand in inducing peace of mind and for relieving the heart of its fear. To free the heart of its fears and mind of its perplexity is one of the specific qualities of Dhikr. The greater, therefore, the amount of Dhikr, the greater freedom from fear.
61) By Dhikr one is blessed with divine help that associates in all one's doings. That is why some time man's achievements surpass his powers, and he attains what was seemingly beyond his reach. This is perhaps the reason why Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi Wasallam) advised his beloved daughter Fatimah, (Radiyallahu Anha) to recite thirty three times each "SUBHAANALLAH and ALHAMDU LILLAH" and thirty four times "ALLAHU AKBAR" before going to bed at night, when she approached him for a helper, saying that she was over-worked by the labour of grinding wheat and doing other house-hold jobs. The Prophet (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) further said, "The recitation of these phrases is better for you than a servant."
62) Those who are doing good for the life Hereafter are in a race, wherein the Dhakirs shall remain ahead of all on account of their Dhikr. On the day of Judgement when people will be rewarded for their good deeds, many shall regret why they neglected Dhikr when it was easiest of all good deeds and the highest in reward.
In a Hadith, Rasulullah (Sallallaho alaihe wasallam) is quoted as saying, "The 'Mufrid' people have surpassed all." He was asked, who are the `Mufrid' people, and he replied, "Those who would toil hard for Dhikr because it lightens their burdens."
63) Those who do Dhikr are held truthful by Almighty Allah, and those who are testified as such by Almighty Allah cannot be raised among those who reject the Day of Judgement. The Prophet (Sallallahu alayhi Wasallam) is reported to have said that when a man utters:
"LA ILAAHA ILLALLAAHU WALLAAHU AKBAR"
Allah proclaims, "My slave has spoken the truth, and nobody is worthy of worship except I, and I am Greatest of all".
64) Dhikr causes houses to be built in Paradise by angels. When Dhikr is stopped, the angels also stop construction of houses. When asked why a particular construction was stopped by the angels, they reply, "The construction had to be stopped because funds for that were stopped. The fact is confirmed by a hadith, which says when a man recites:
"SUBHAANALLAAHI WA BIHAMDIHI,
seven times, a tower is raised for him in Paradise.
65) Dhikr provides protection against the Hell. If, due to any misdeed a Dhakir deserves Hell, his Dhikr acts as a defence between him and the Hell. The more his Dhikr, the stronger will be this defence.
66) The Angels pray for the forgiveness of those who do Dhikr. It is related on the authority of `Amr Ibn Al-Aas (Radiyallahu Anhu) that when a man says:
"SUBHAANALLAHI WA BIHAMDIHI" or
"ALHAMDU LILLAAHI RABBIL `AALAMEEN"
the Angels pray to Almighty Allah for his forgiveness.
67) The mountain or plain on which Dhikr is recited feels proud of it. According to a hadith, one mountain asks another if any Dhakir has crossed over it during the day. If the reply is in the affirmative, it feels happy.
68) Dhikr guarantees immunity from hypocrisy, for Almighty Allah has described the hypocrite as : "they do not remember Allah except very rarely". It is also related on the authority of Kaab Ahbar that Allah's frequent Dhikr frees one from hypocrisy.
69) Compared with other good deeds, Dhikr carries a special taste, which is not to be found in any other action. Even if there were no other virtue to Dhikr, this fine taste alone would have been a sufficient reward to justify it. Malik bin Dinar (Rahmatullahi Alayhi) has said that nothing surpasses the taste of Dhikr, which is the best and finest.
70) The faces of those who do Dhikr remain bright in this life, and will carry a special radiance in the hereafter.
71) One who is frequently engaged in Dhikr, whether he is in or out of his house, whether he is stationary or travelling, he will find, on the Day of Judgement, a large number of witnesses in his favour. Almighty Allah has described the Day of Judgement as: "the day when the Earth will tell all that it knows". Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) asked his companions if they knew what those news would be. They expressed their ignorance. Then Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) said, "Whatever deed is done, good or bad, by any man or woman on the face of the Earth, the Earth will describe it all, with date, time and place." Hence, one who does Dhikr at many places will find many witnesses in his favour.
72) As long as the tongue is busy in Dhikr, it cannot indulge in lies, backbiting or any other kind of evil talk. The tongue will engage itself in useless talk if it is not in Dhikr, because it cannot remain quiet. So is the case with the heart; if it is devoid of love for Almighty Allah it will be filled with the love of worldly things.
73) The devils are outright enemies of man and always create trouble for him and keep him surrounded. The miserable condition of one who remains surrounded by the enemies can well be imagined, especially when the enemies are vindictive and everyone of them wants to surpass the other in troubling him. Nothing except Dhikr can protect him against these enemies. Many forms of Du`aa are mentioned in the hadiths, so that, if any of these is recited by a person, then Satan dare not come near him. If the same is recited at the time of going to bed, one remains safe from Satan throughout the night.