Manners (adab) of dhikr

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
و الصلاة و السلام على أشرف المرسلين
و على اله و اصحابه أجمعين

Abu Mussa (radiAllahu ‘anhu) narrates the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ said: “He who remembers his Lord and he who does not remember his Lord are like the living and the dead.”
[sahih Bukhari].

Abu Darda (radiAllahu ‘anhu) narrates that the Holy Prophet ﷺ said : “Shall I not inform you about the best of your deeds and the purest in the sight of your Master, which provides you with the highest degrees; and which is better for you than spending gold and silver in charity, and is even better than confronting and fighting against your enemy, cutting one another’s necks?” The Companions answered: “What is it, then, Messenger of Allah?” He said: “It is remembering Allah!”.

Muadh ibn Jabal (radiAllahu ‘anhu) said: “There is nothing more effective to deliver you from the torment of Allah than remembrance of Allah.”
[Jami Sahih / Tirmidhi].

Abu saidd Khudri (radiAllahu ‘anhu) narrates that the Messenger of Allah ﷺ was asked: “who will be superior in the sight of Allah on the Day of Ressurection ?”. He said: “The men and the women who remember Allah greatly” the narrator states: “I submitted: “O Messenger of Allah, are they superior even to those who fight in the way of Allah ?”” He said: “Even if he wields his sword among infidels and polytheists until it breaks blood stained, the rememberers of Allah are superior to him in grade.”
[Musnad Ahmad ibn Hanbal].

The dhikr connects man to his Lord. It allows the soul to come back to its origin and to relive the primordial commitment (‘ahd) again, in accordance with the verse : “And [mention] when your Lord took from the children of Adam and their descendants and made them testify of themselves , [saying to them] : “Am I not your Lord ?” They said: “Yes , we have testified” [this] best you should say on the Day of Ressurection: “Indeed, we were of this unaware.”
[surah al A’raf / verse 172].

In order to be able to reach this objective and to reap the fruits of dhikr , the one who makes dhikr (Muddhakir) has to force himself to keep adab. There are more than 70 000 adab rules for dhikr but Shaykh Muhammad Fawzi al Karkari (qudissa sirruh) gathered it into 20 rules:

  • 5 rules before the dhikr
  • 12 rules during the dhikr
  • 3 rules after the dhikr

Before the dhikr

  • Honest repentance (tawbah)
  • Performe Ghusl and Wudu and use scent
  • Take a moment of silence and quietness
  • Get ready to do dhikr and to receive the spiritual help coming from the Shaykh who gives you Light and Visions.
  • Take into consideration that All fruits of dhikr comes from the Messenger of Allah ﷺ through our Shaykh.

During the dhikr

  • Sit in a purified room which is free from stain
  • Sit in the direction of qibla and hands on your thighs
  • scent the room
  • wear halal clothes
  • sit in a dark room
  • close your eyes
  • Put shaykh’s image in your heart and remember that the lights and visions come from him.
  • Be sincere during the dhikr
  • Al Ikhlass( great sincerity)
  • Empty your heart of everything except Allah ﷻ
  • Perform the dhikr as the shaykh asked you to do without any addition or withdrawal
  • Focus on the words of the dhikr and tell Shaykh all your visions (Mushahada)

After the dhikr

  • take a moment of quietness and focus on the wareed (fruits of dhikr)
  • blame your ego in 3 to 7 degrees to let the wareed understanding reaches your heart
  • do not drink cold water for it extinguishes the fire inside you.

Al Wird ul ‘Am

All mureed have to perform the wird twice a day: after salat ul Fajr and after salat ul maghreeb. Anyone who wants to remember His Lord and His Prophet (sallAllah Alaihi wa sallam) is authorized to practise this wird for Tabarruk. He who wants to access to the ma’rifa (Allah’s Knowledge), he who wants to access to Lights vision and its theophanies (tajaliyyat), he who wants to leave the darkness of ignorance and proceed to the Light of Allah’s Knowledge, He must meet the Shaykh.


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