Is This Your Dhikr?

Bismillahi Rahmani Rahim

Salaam Alaikum wa Rahmatullah

We all know the benefits of making dhikr, remembrance of Allah.  It is the habit of many Muslims to say “alhamdulillah” (praise be to Allah), subhanAllah (glory be to Allah), and other phrases that come to us from the Qur’an and authentic Sunnah.  Making dhikr is a way of remembering Allah, thanking Him, asking forgiveness from Him, glorifying Him, and showing that we are submissive to His will.  It can be a beautiful spiritual practice.  But for some, it has devolved into a soulless, mindless repetition of arcane words.  
As with any act of worship in Islam, there are two parts.  We must have the proper niyyah, intention, and we must do the action in the correct way according to the Qur’an and Sunnah.  Even the informal dhikr has rules.  Shouldn’t do it in the bathroom, or while eating lunch, or while you’re supposed to be doing something else – like listening to the Jumuah khutbah.  We should also be mindful of what dhikr is.   It is a type of communicating with Allah, so it’s very important that when we do it, we give it our full attention.
Remember how your mom would always tell you not to mumble?  “I can’t understand what you’re saying.  Speak up and enunciate.”  If we want to truly benefit from the words we are saying, we should pronounce them so they are understood.  How many times have you done this, or heard someone near you doing this:
By the time you get to the last in your string of words, what comes out of your mouth has very little resemblance to the word “alhamdulillah”.  You end up sounding like this guy:

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So, let me advise you as I advise myself.  I’m a rushed and harried person, but I always strive to be aware  during my dhikr, to speak slowly and enunciate.  Even when you take the time to pronounce every syllable, it doesn’t take long to do.  And if you do it with an awareness of the One you are addressing, He will certainly reward you for your sincerity and concentration.  And Allah knows best.

  • rialive

    subhanAllah, indeed very true, sister.may Allah forgive us for everytime we worship him not from awareness..wasalam

  • rose water

    - And by the way, I enjoy reading your posts, Nancy Shehata! :)

  • rose water

    I agree with Nancy Shehata's comment.And may Allah (swt) forgive us!Thank you for this great post!!

  • Nancy Shehata

    @Aminah: Yes, I watch these cartoons waaay too often, and this little snippet came immediately to mind as I was writing. And you know, you can find most anything on the internet! I'm glad I was able to give you a good laugh even about a serious topic. Wa iyaaki :).

  • Aminah C

    This made me laugh so hard I have tears in my eyes. Such good advice!!! I will probably remember this very post next time I make dhikr. JazakiAllah khair for sharing this!

  • Nancy Shehata

    Smart Page, I think we all make this mistake at some time. We do things as a habit rather than consciously as 'ibaadah. We just have to make a HABIT, lol, of reminding ourselves that we should do everything with taqwa and make what our mouths are saying match what our heart is doing :). Thank you for the comment.


    Subhana Llah Allah forgive us.