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“And keep reminding, because reminding benefits the believers.” (51:55)

Useless Zikr?!


“Shaitan also endeavours to deceive the Believer and divert him from constant Zikr by whispering into him that Zikr merely with the tongue, when the heart is engrossed in worldly affairs, is useless. Know that this is a trap of shaitaan to divert one from the remembrance of Allah Ta’ala. As long as one’s niyyat at the commencement of the Zikr was to obtain thawaab and the Pleasure of Allah, one will continue to acquire these benefits even if the heart does not accompany the tongue in the Zikr. However, during one’s free time, when making special Zikr, endeavour to control the attention of one’s heart so as to concentrate on the Zikr. Do not indulge in futility — useless activities — for this diverts the heart from the Zikr of Allah Ta’ala.”

[taken from “Hayaat al-Muslimeen” by Hakeemul Ummat Hadhrat Maulana Ashraf Ali Thanvi Rahimullah]

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6 Responses

  1. mujahid7ia says:

    Jazak Allahu khayr for this a post… this is a doubt I have entertained many times, May Allah reward Hakim ul-Ummah and you for posting this.

    However, I have also heard many speakers (some of them quite knowledgeable) seeming to reinforce this trick of Shaytan, of course they have a good intention and want us to concentrate on out dhikr, but still, it could discourage people from dhikr.

  2. Bilal Malik says:

    I agree with mujahid7ia in that I’ve heard some Ulema say that inatentive dhikr creates ghafla. But I would like to point out that I think they are saying this regarding the second part of the post i.e. :

    “However, during one’s free time, when making special Zikr, endeavour to control the attention of one’s heart so as to concentrate on the Zikr. Do not indulge in futility — useless activities — for this diverts the heart from the Zikr of Allah Ta’ala.”

    I think shaitan tricks us into believing that it concerns all dhikr. Whereas the Ulema are just talking about dhikr during one’s free time.

  3. Bilal Malik says:

    I remember reading a long time ago Ibn Ata illah al-Iskandari saying something along the lines of:

    “Do not give up inatentive dhikr, for it was Allah who gave you the tawfiq to remember Him at least at some level, for if you continue, maybe he will give you the tawfiq to remember Him with presence of heart.”

  4. True Life says:

    Jazak’Allah khairan for the comments.

    From what I have understood from the words of Hakeem ul-Ummah, is that when you are doing your daily portion of Zikr (Wazifah) you shouldn’t engage in futilities and should try your best to concentrate, but there’s no harm to keeping your tongue engaged in Zikr while you’re busy with other things, because Allah Ta’ala will still reward the intention.

  5. Mohd. Rashid says:

    you are absolutely right. It encourages to do the zikr.

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