I hope and pray that everyone is being productive in this blessed month so far, and in sha Allah if you are a little low in energy and a little behind in your Ramadan goals, then don’t you worry, in sha Allah you will be there, you know it. Just buckle up! 😉
Today’s ayah is from Surah Al Araf.
And remember your Lord by your tongue and within yourself, humbly and with fear without loudness in words in the mornings, and in the afternoons and be not of those who are neglectful.
(Al Araf 7:205)
This Ayah is a command, which reminds us of our purpose in this world, worshiping Allah swt. We have been told to remember Allah swt by our tongue, glorifying and praising Him with the best of names and praises. With our tongues in a humble low voice, and within ourselves but not in a loud arrogant tone. Allah swt asks us to remember Him in the mornings and in the afternoons. These account for the daily adkhar, you can recite after every Fajr and Asr prayer. And any other time in the day. the more the better.
Know that Allah swt is not in need of your praise and remembrance. He swt is above all such needs! But remember that this is for your own benefit. Therefore be humble, before Him, while you praise Him swt know that He swt is deserving of all the praises. Be mindful of what you are saying. Have your heart, mind and soul in the words that you are saying and mean them. When you say Alhamdulillah, visualize all the things Allah has blessed you with, and mean it. When you say Astagfirullah, bring into your mind the countless mistakes and sins you have fallen into, and mean it. Humble yourself before Allah swt and be fearful of Him. He knows everything that you do and you have done. There is no secret between you and Him swt.
The Prophet (pbuh) said, “The example of the one who celebrates the Praises of his Lord (Allah) in comparison to the one who does not celebrate the Praises of his Lord, is that of a living creature compared to a dead one.” (Bukhari; 8:416)
What are you? Are you a living dead, or do you remember your Lord? If you neglect Dhikr Allah and continue with your life in mistakes, errors and sins, which are but natural, because let’s face it, we, humans have been created to err, we are bound to get sick. Our heart and our soul will get sick in no time. An umnindful heart is hardened and a soul, deprived of the remembrance of Allah, is destined to doom. A sick heart, a sick soul is home for sadness and depression.
Have you ever noticed how in times of grief, when we turn to Allah swt, pour our heart out to Him, how relieved we are. We can actually feel the burden lighten off our chests. Ever wondered why? Because it is the mercy of Allah swt on us. He says in the Quran in Surah Taubah (13:28), Verily in the remembrance of Allah do hearts find rest! Your heart has been fashioned like that, it has been programmed this way. Your soul belongs to Allah swt and to Him shall it return. You can deprive it, from its rememberance and face the brunt of it in your own life – worry, anxiety, sadness; but you cannot stop it from returning to Allah. Can you? It will always yearn for Him swt and will find rest only with Him. Now it is upto you whether or not you are helping it, which directly means whether or not you are helping yourself!
There are so many Dhikr mentioned in the Quran and Sunnah, which are lighter on the tongue but heavy on the scales. This Ramadan, start with small dhikr and build up on them. When we hear that some dhikr is meant to be read 100 times, we leave it just at that! We think 100 is too big a number. But it is not. If you cant make it on one sitting, break it up.Do it, however is easy and convenient for you. But DO IT 🙂
For eg, Saying Subhan Allahi wa bihamdihi (Glory is to Allah and all praise is to Him) 100 times a day, will have you all your sins forgiven, even if they are as much as the foam of the sea. Subhan Allah! And we can’t make it once in a day. May Allah swt forgive us for our laziness and shortcomings. If you cannot do it in one sitting, which will at the most take like 2 minutes, then you can break it up throughout your day. Make it 20 times after very prayer, that way you are set for the day.
Another, simple yet rewarding Dhikr is;
Laa ‘ilaaha ‘illallaahu wahdahu laa shareeka lahu, lahul-mulku wa lahul-hamdu, wa Huwa ‘alaa kulli shay’in Qadeer.
None has the right to be worshipped but Allah alone, Who has no partner. His is the dominion and His is the praise and He is Able to do all things.
Allah will write ten Hasanaat (rewards) for whoever recites this ten times in the morning, and forgive him ten misdeeds and give him the reward of freeing ten slaves and protect him from Satan. Whoever recites this ten times in the evening will get this same reward.
There are many such beautiful adkhaar that we can include in our daily routines. The Fortress of Muslim, in my personal favorite. It has all these authentic adhkar. You can just download an app on your phone, there are so many available. Technology is meant to make life better, so use it. Have it on your phone and on the go, and whenever you can spare a minute or two, open and read from it.
May Allah swt makes us among those who remember Him in the morning and evenings, May He swt make us among those whose hearts find rest only in His rememberance and His words. May Allah swt beautify the Deen for us, make it easy for us and Protect us from falling into mindlessness and heedlessness. May Allah swt accept our days of fasting from us. May He swt in His infinte mercy and love, accept our deeds and our worship, however imperfect it is. And may He swt help us perfect it.