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Section : How Much zhikr is Required?.Allah, the Exalted, ordered that He should be remembered a lot. Describing the wise men and women who ponder His signs, the Qur'an mentions, "those who remember Allah standing, sitting and on their sides,''  Qur'an 3.191 and "those men and women who engage much in Allah's praise. For them … Continue reading Fiqh-us-Sunnah Volume 4, Funerals and Dhikr, Fiqh 4.100.

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Section : Zhikr as an Integral Part of Worship.Sa' id b. Jubair said, "Anyone engaged in obeying Allah is in fact engaged in the remembrance of Allah." Some of the earlier scholars tied it to some more specified form. 'Ata said, "The gatherings of zhikr are the gatherings where the lawful and the prohibited things … Continue reading Fiqh-us-Sunnah Volume 4, Funerals and Dhikr, Fiqh 4.101.

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Section : Etiquette of Zhikr.The purpose of zhikr is to purify hearts and souls and awaken the human conscience. The Qur'an says, "And establish regular prayer, for prayer restrains from shameful and unjust deeds, and remembrance of Allah is the greatest thing in life, without doubt.'' Qur'an 29.45 In other words, the remembrance of Allah … Continue reading Fiqh-us-Sunnah Volume 4, Funerals and Dhikr, Fiqh 4.101A.

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Section : Excellence of Assemblies of Zhikr.Joining the assemblies or circles of zhikr is a commendable practice as shown by the following hadith: Ibn 'Umar reported, "The Prophet, peace be upon him, said, 'When you pass by a garden of Paradise, avail yourselves of it.' The Companions asked, 'What are the gardens of Paradise, O … Continue reading Fiqh-us-Sunnah Volume 4, Funerals and Dhikr, Fiqh 4.102.

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Section : Excellence of Pronouncing La llaha illa-Allah Sincerely.Abu Hurairah reported that the Prophet, peace be upon him, said, "When a servant of Allah utters the words la ilaha illa'Allah (there is none worthy of worship except Allah) sincerely, the doors of heaven open up for these words until they reach the Throne of Allah, … Continue reading Fiqh-us-Sunnah Volume 4, Funerals and Dhikr, Fiqh 4.102A.

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Section : Excellence of Tasbih, Tahmid, Tahlil, Takbir and Other Supplications.Abu Hurairah reported that the Prophet, peace be upon him, said, "There are two phrases that are light on the tongue but heavy on the scale of rewards and are dear to (Allah) the Gracious One. These are, subhanallah wa bi-hamdihi (All Glory is to … Continue reading Fiqh-us-Sunnah Volume 4, Funerals and Dhikr, Fiqh 4.103.

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Section : Excellence of Istighfar.Anas reported that he heard the Prophet, peace be upon him, saying that Allah says, "O son of Adam, whatever you asked Me and expect from Me I forgave - respecting that which you owed to Me - and I don't care [how great this was]. O Son of Adam, even … Continue reading Fiqh-us-Sunnah Volume 4, Funerals and Dhikr, Fiqh 4.105.

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Section : Some Comprehensive Forms of Zhikr.Juwairiyah (One of the wives of the Prophet, peace be upon him) reported that one day the Prophet, peace be upon him, 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 … Continue reading Fiqh-us-Sunnah Volume 4, Funerals and Dhikr, Fiqh 4.105A.

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Section : Counting on One's Fingers is Better than Counting Beads.Yusairah reported that the Prophet, peace be upon him, commanded them (the emigrant women) to be regular in remembering Allah by saying, "Allah is the most great," "Glory be to Allah, the Holy," and "There is no God but Allah," and never to be forgetful … Continue reading Fiqh-us-Sunnah Volume 4, Funerals and Dhikr, Fiqh 4.106.

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Section : Warning Against Sitting in Company Where Allah is Not Mentioned and Blessings on His Prophet are Not Invoked.Abu Hurairah reported that the Prophet, peace be upon him, said, "If people sit in an assembly in which they do not remember Allah nor invoke a blessing on the Prophet, it will be a cause … Continue reading Fiqh-us-Sunnah Volume 4, Funerals and Dhikr, Fiqh 4.107.

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Section : Atonement for Sitting in an Assembly.Abu Hurairah reported that the Prophet, peace be upon him, said, "If anyone sits in an assembly where there is much clamour and says before getting up to leave, Subhanaka Allahumma wa bihamdika, ashadu an-la illaha illa-anta, astaghfiruka wa atubu ilayka (Glory be to You, O Allah, and … Continue reading Fiqh-us-Sunnah Volume 4, Funerals and Dhikr, Fiqh 4.107A.

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Section : Atonement for Backbiting.It is related that the Prophet, peace be upon him, said, "The atonement for backbiting [and slander] is to pray for forgiveness of the person who was slandered and to say, 'O Allah, forgive us and him'."The preferable course in this regard is to pray for forgiveness of the person who … Continue reading Fiqh-us-Sunnah Volume 4, Funerals and Dhikr, Fiqh 4.107B.