Wednesday, July 10, 2013




Tuesday, 9 July 2013 (Evening Dars)

Notes written by AT6
Edited by AT6 & Abu Hafiza 4

- The Arabic word dhikr means to remember Allah.
- There are many Quranic Verse and Ahadith that mention the many virtues of dhikr
- In surah 33:41 we were commanded by Allah to remember Him abundantly.

O you who believe! Remember Allāh with much remembrance.

(Al-Ahzab 33:41)

 - Allah spoke about those who remember Allah in surah 3:190-191.

Verily! In the creation of the heavens and the earth, and in the alternation of night and day, there are indeed signs for men of understanding.

(Al Imran 3:190)

Those who remember Allāh (always, and in prayers) standing, sitting, and lying down on their sides, and think deeply about the creation of the heavens and the earth, (saying): "Our Lord! You have not created (all) this without purpose, glory to You! (Exalted be You above all that they associate with You as partners). Give us salvation from the torment of the Fire.

(Al Imran 3:191)

- In this ayah, Allah is speaking well of the people who make dhikr of Allah in various positions.

- There is a hadith that says do dhikr until the people think that you are majnoon.
- Majnoon means somebody who is crazy.

The Prophet said: udhkur Allaha hatta yaqulu majnun "Remember / mention Allah as much as you want, until people say that you are crazy and foolish"                                                                                                                                             
[Narrated by Ahmad in his Musnad, Ibn Hibban in his Sahih, and al-Hakim who declared it sahih]                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
أكثروا ذكر الله حتى يقولوا مجنون>> :وروى أبو سعيد عن النبيّ صلى الله عليه وسلّم
Translation: Abu Sa'eed al Khudri (ra) narrates from the Prophet (Peace be upon him) who said: Do Dhikr so much that people start calling you Majnoon (mad)
[Tafsir ul Qurtubi, Volume No. 14, Page No. 197]
[This hadith is narrated in Musnad Ahmed (3/67, 81). Ibn Hibban in his “SAHIHA” (#814). Imam al-Hakim in his Mustadrak ala Sahihayn (1/499)]
- The Prophet said to do Dhikr until the munafiqeen think you are showing off.                              
Narrated by Ibn Abbas (رضی اللہ عنھما) who said that the Prophet (صلی اللہ علیہ وآلہ وسلم) said: Remember Allah in abundance to the extent that Munafiqeen say that you are showing off
[Tafsir Ibn Kathir, Volume No. 6, Page No. 384]

- Why is it that the hypocrites will say you are showing off when you do dhikr?
- The reason is because Allah told you in the Quran that one of the characteristics of a munafiq is that he forgets Allah.

Allah spoke about it in Surah 9:67.

The hypocrites, men and women, are from one another, they enjoin (on the people) Al-Munkar (i.e. disbelief and polytheism of all kinds and all that Islām has forbidden), and forbid (people) from Al-Ma'rûf (i.e. Islamic Monotheism and all that Islām orders one to do), and they close their hands [from giving (spending in Allāh's Cause) alms, etc.]. They have forgotten Allāh, so He has forgotten them. Verily, the hypocrites are the Fāsiqûn (rebellious, disobedient to Allāh).

(At-Tawbah 9:67)

- They always dabble in haraam activities because they don't remember Allah.

- Allah ignores the munafiqeen the same way the munafiqeen ignore Allah.
- This is the tafseer of the ayah (9:67) because Allah doesn't forget.

- The hypocrites say: “look at him, he is showing off” because they envy you for your deen.
- Allah didn't give them the tawfeeq to remember Allah.
- Whenever people don't do dhikr they dabble in haraam activities.
- Even the shaitaan is embarrassed by the characters of these people

- Allah told you in surah 13:28 it is with the dhikr of Allah the hearts find tranquillity and peace.

Verily, in the remembrance of Allāh do hearts find rest.

(Ra'd 13:28)

- Heart attack is pandemic in the west.
- One of the signs of the last day is that people will die suddenly.
- The scholars say that this refers to heart attacks.
- The sahabas didn't suffer heart attacks.
- Heart attacks are a modern phenomenon.
- Expect heart attacks to be pandemic among the kuffaar because it is by the dhikr of Allah that the hearts find peace.

"But whosoever turns away from My Reminder (i.e. neither believes in this Qur'ān nor acts on its orders, etc.) verily, for him is a life of hardship, and We shall raise him up blind on the Day of Resurrection."

(Ta-Ha 20:124)

He will say:"O my Lord! Why have you raised me up blind, while I had sight (before)."

(Ta-Ha 20:125)

(Allah) will say: "Like this, Our Ayat (proofs, evidences, verses, lessons, signs, revelations, etc.) came unto you, but you disregarded them (i.e. you left them, did not think deeply in them, and you turned away from them), and so this Day, you will be neglected (in the Hell-fire, away from Allah's Mercy)."

(Ta-Ha 20:126)

- These people live their lives on Prozac, antidepressant tablets.
- These antidepressant tablets are nothing but a gimmick; they don't work.
- They make you suicidal instead

- What is the point of having 10 billion in your account if you need to take tablets to go to sleep?

- Why is it that it is kaafir countries that you see among the top 10 countries for suicide?


1. Lithuania
2. South Korea
3. Sri Lanka
4. Russia
5. Belarus
6. Guyana
7. kazakhstan
8. Hungary
9. Japan
10. Latvia

Aokigahara, Japan's Suicide Forest:

- The answer is because Allah said in surah 20:124 anyone who abstains from His dhikr, Allah will make sure they have a miserable life.

"But whosoever turns away from My Reminder (i.e. neither believes in this Qur'ān nor acts on its orders, etc.) verily, for him is a life of hardship, and We shall raise him up blind on the Day of Resurrection."

(Ta-Ha 20:124)

- Allah said they would have ma'eesha dankaa, which means a wretched and miserable life.
- They will live a life full of sorrow and mental depression.
- They need to take antidepressant tablets.
- These tablets don't work; they only make you suicidal.
- They don’t work because the only way the hearts find peace and tranquillity is through the remembrance of Allah.

Verily, in the remembrance of Allāh do hearts find rest.

(Ra'd 13:28)

- The Prophet said the rich man is the man with self-contentment.

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: "Being rich does not mean having a great amount of property, but [it] is being content [with what one has]."

[Sahih Al-Bukhari, Volume 4, Hadith 453]

- If you think that a pill can bring you comfort, you are delusional.
- Kaafirs say: "In pills we trust".
- Muslims say: "In Allah we trust".

- This is why when the hypocrites told the believers to fear the kuffaar because in the battle of Uhud a huge army gathered to fight the Muslims, Allah said he caused the believers to grow in iman.

Those (i.e. believers) unto whom the people (hypocrites) said, "Verily, the people (pagans) have gathered against you (a great army), therefore, fear them."
But it (only) increased them in Faith, and they said: "Allāh (Alone) is Sufficient for us, and He is the Best Disposer of affairs (for us)."

(Al Imran 3:173)

- Even though you put your trust in Allah you have to tie your camel like the Prophet instructed us in the following hadith.                                                                           

Anas ibn Malik reported that someone asked, “O Messenger of Allah, shall I tether it and trust in Allah or untie it and place trust in Allah”? He said, “Tie it and trust in Allah."

[Sunan Tirmidhi (4/668) No. 2517, Sahih Ibn Hibban (2/510) No. 731, Shu'ab al-Iman al-Bayhaqi (2/428) No. 1161]

 - If you don't do dhikr of Allah, Allah appoints for you a shaitaan to be your intimate companion.

And whosoever turns away (blinds himself) from the remembrance of the Most Beneficent (Allāh) (i.e. this Qur'ān and worship of Allāh), We appoint for him Shaitān (Satan ­ devil) to be a Qarīn (an intimate companion) to him.

(Az-Zukhruf 43:36)

- If that shaitaan likes wine, you are going to drink wine; if the shaitaan likes zina you are going to commit zina.
- You will do whatever that shaitaan likes.
- The shaitaan only has power over weak Muslims.
- When the shaitaan would see Umar walking, the shaitaan would walk on the opposite side of the road.

...Allah's Messenger (SAW) said: By Him in Whose Hand is my life, if Satan would encounter you (Umar) way he would certainly take a different way from that of yours.

[Sahih Muslim, Book 31, Hadith 5899]

- It is a western phenomenon to have packed madhouses because in the west the media encourages you to sin.
- The accumulation of these sins causes people to become mad.
- This is why the mad houses are packed to capacity.

- For you to have a jinn problem, this means you are a weak Muslim.
- Allah said the plot of the shaitaan is weak.

Ever feeble indeed is the plot of Shaitān (Satan).

(An-Nisa 4:76)

- To have a shaitaan as your companion means your situation is pitiful, appalling and pathetic because Allah told you who the good companions are in surah 4:69.

And whoso obeys Allāh and the Messenger (Muhammad SAW), then they will be in the company of those on whom Allāh has bestowed His Grace, of the Prophets, the Siddiqûn (those followers of the Prophets who were first and foremost to believe in them, like Abu Bakr As­Siddiq), the martyrs, and the righteous. And how excellent these companions are!

(An-Nisa 4:69)

- These are the companions you need to have, not a shaitaan.

- Allah said dhikr is the greatest ibadah in surah 29:45.

Recite (O Muhammad SAW) what has been revealed to you of the Book (the Qur'ān), and perform As-Salāt (Iqamāt­as­Salāt). Verily, As-Salāt (the prayer) prevents from Al-Fahshā' (i.e. great sins of every kind, unlawful sexual intercourse, etc.) and Al-Munkar (i.e. disbelief, polytheism, and every kind of evil wicked deed, etc.) and the remembering (praising, etc.) of (you by) Allāh (in front of the angels) is greater indeed [than your remembering (praising, etc.) Allāh in prayers, etc.]. And Allāh knows what you do.

(Al-'Ankabut 29:45)

 - and the remembering of Allāh  is greater means when Allah mentions your name in the gathering of the angels it is greater than you praying to Allah in the dunya.

- Allah said one of the characteristics of a real man is that he doesn't allow the pomp and glitter of the dunya to divert him away from the dhikr of Allah.

In houses (mosques), which Allāh has ordered to be raised (to be cleaned, and to be honoured), in them His Name is glorified in the mornings and in the afternoons or the evenings,

(An-Nur 24:36)

Men whom neither trade nor sale diverts them from the Remembrance of Allāh (with heart and tongue), nor from performing As ­Salāt (Iqāmat-as-Salāt), nor from giving the Zakāt. They fear a Day when hearts and eyes will be overturned (from the horror of the torment of the Day of Resurrection).

(An-Nur 24:37)

- Why did Allah mention dhikrullah (the remembrance of Allah) and tijaarah (business) in the same ayah?
- Many Muslims allow their shops and businesses to divert them from their salah.
- Some of them miss 50-salaatul jummah.
- If you miss 3-salaatul jummah consecutively, you have committed a crime in Islam.

Narrated by Al-Ja'd ad-Damri that the Prophet (saws) said:  “He who leaves the Friday prayer (continuously) for three Fridays on account of slackness, Allah will print a stamp on his heart.”

[Sunan of Abu-Dawood, Hadith 1047] 

- A black dot will form on your heart.

It was narrated from Abu Hurairah that the Messenger of Allah (SAWS) said:“When the believer commits sin, a black spot appears on his heart. If he repents and gives up that sin and seeks forgiveness, his heart will be polished. But if (the sin) increases, (the black spot) increases. That is the Ran that Allah mentions in His Book: “Nay! But on their hearts is the Ran (covering of sins and evil deeds) which they used to earn.” [83:14]

[Sunah Ibn Majah]

Nay! But on their hearts is the Rān (covering of sins and evil deeds) which they used to earn.

(Al-Mutaffifin 83:14)

- When your heart is completely covered with the Rān (covering of sins and evil deeds) you have lost your furqaan.
- You no longer see good as good nor evil as evil.
- This is why in darul harb, some Muslims participate in gay marriages.


- The person who remembers Allah is alive but the man who forgets Allah is spiritually dead.

Translation: Abu Musa (رضی اللہ عنہ) narrates that the Holy Prophet (صلی اللہ علیہ وآلہ وسلم) said,” He who remembers his Lord and he who does not are like the living and the dead.”

[Bukhari, as-Sahih (5:2353 #6044)]

- There are two types of dead: physically dead and spiritually dead.
- The spiritually dead will never embrace Islam.


- The Arabic word Jamaa'ah means a group of people who gather together to accomplish the same aim and objective.

- The scholars of Islam differ on whether Muslims are allowed to attend dhikr gatherings.
- The reason why some scholars are sensitive in regards to dhikr gatherings is because the Sufis go to extremes with these gatherings.

- The Sufis spread a white cloth on the floor and they say the Prophet Muhammad is sitting on the cloth and participating in the dhikr.
- The people who belong to the tijaniyya tariqa say their sheikh, Sheikh Ahmed Tijani, is sitting on the cloth.

- Many sheikhs are sensitive about these gatherings because of the shirk which is involved.
- They say these gatherings are bid'ah and haraam because the Sufis go to extremes with these gatherings.

- The correct opinion is that a group of Muslims are allowed to dhikr in jamaa'ah if they do not belong to a Sufi tareeqa and they do not have shirk in their aqeedah.

- We have evidences to prove the sahabas used to do dhikr in jamaa'ah.

- Even though the sahabas used to dhikr in jamaa'ah, some scholars are sensitive about it because of the extremes the Sufis go to.

Translation: Abu Saeed Khudri (رضی اللہ عنہ) narrates that Muawiyah (رضی اللہ عنہ) came to a group of people in the mosque and said, “… The Messenger of Allah (صلی اللہ علیہ وآلہ وسلم) came to a group of his Companions in the mosque and said, ‘Why are you sitting?’ They said, ‘We are sitting remembering Allah and paying our thanks to Him for His favour of guiding us to Islam.’ The Holy Prophet (صلی اللہ علیہ وآلہ وسلم) said, ‘Do you say that on oath that is what has made you sit here?’ They submitted, ‘By Allah we are sitting here only for this purpose.’ The Holy Prophet (صلی اللہ علیہ وآلہ وسلم) said, ‘I have not made you take oath for any doubt but the truth is that Gabriel came and told me that Allah is expressing His pride on you in front of angels.’”

[Muslim, as-Sahih (4:2075#2701) Tirmidhi, as-Sunan (5:460#3379) Nasai, as-Sunan (8:249#5426)Ahmad bin Hambal, al-Musnad (4:92)Ibn Hibban, as-Sahih (3:95#813)Ibn Abi Shaybah, al-Musannaf (6:59#29469)Tabarani, al-Mujam-ul-kabir (19:311#701)Mindhiri, at-Targhib wat-tarhib (2:259#2317)]

Translation: Abu Huraira (رضی اللہ عنہ) narrates that the Messenger of Allah (صلی اللہ علیہ وآلہ وسلم) said, “Allah has angels who roam about on roads looking for the love-sick remember of Allah. When they find such people, they call out other angels: ‘Come here to your coveted aspiration….’”

[Bukhari, as-Sahih (5:2353#6045) Bukhari, as-Sahih (5:2353#6045)Bayhaqi, Shuab-ul-iman (1:399#531)Ibn Rajab, Jami-ul-ulum wal-hikam (1:345)Mundhiri, at-Targhib wat-tarhib (2:258#2316)]

Translation: Abu Huraira (رضی اللہ عنہ) narrates that the Holy Prophet (صلی اللہ علیہ وآلہ وسلم) said,” Surely there are some angels of Allah (SWT) who conduct patrolling in search of remembrance assemblies. When they find such an assembly, they join and sit with them…”

[Muslim, as-Sahih (4:2069#2689) Ahmad bin Hambal, al-Musnad (2:25#7420) Ahmad bin Hambal, al-Musnad (2:382#8960) Mundhiri, at-Targhib wat-tarhib (2:259#2316) Mundhiri, at-Targhib wat-tarhib (4:244#5523)]

Translation: Abu Huraira (رضی اللہ عنہ) and Abu Saeed Khudri (رضی اللہ عنہ) narrate that they visited the Holy Prophet (صلی اللہ علیہ وآلہ وسلم) and he said, “Whenever people sit to remember Allah (SWT), angels cover them (spreading their wings over them) and divine mercy envelops them; inner peace descends on them and Allah (SWT) mentions them to those who are with Him.”

[Muslim, as-Sahih (4:2074#2700) Tirmidhi, al-Jami-us-sahih (5:459#3378) Ibn Majah, as-Sunan (2:1245#3791)  Ibn Abi Shaybah, al-Musannaf (6:60#29475)  Tabarani, al-Mujam-ul-awsat (2:137#1500) Ahmad bin Hambal, al-Musnad (3:92#11893)  Tayalisi, al-Musnad (1:296#2233) Tayalisi, al-Musnad (1:314#2386) Abu Yala, al-Musnad (2:444#1252) Abu Yala, al-Musnad (11:20#6159)]

Translation: According to Abu Huraira the Holy Prophet (صلی اللہ علیہ وآلہ وسلم) said, “There are many angels of Allah (SWT), besides those assigned with normal tasks, who travel around looking for remembrance sessions. When they find such a session where remembrance of Allah is in progress, they sit with them and some angels cover the others with their wings ascending one above another until the space between the earth and the lowest heaven gets filled….”

[Muslim, as-Sahih (4:2069#2689) Ahmad bin Hambal, al-Musnad (2:252#7420) Ahmad bin Hambal, al-Musnad (2:382#8960) Mundhiri, at-Targhib wat-tarhib (2:259#2316) Mundhiri, at-Targhib wat-tarhib (4:244#5523)]

Translation: Abu Huraira or Abu Saeed Khudri (رضی اللہ عنھما) narrates that the Messenger of Allah (صلی اللہ علیہ وآلہ وسلم) said, “There are many angels of Allah (SWT), other than the ones who record deeds, who wander around on earth. When they find some people performing remembrance of Allah (SWT), they call other angels, saying, ‘Come to what you are looking for.’ So they come and cover those people up to the lowest heaven. Then Allah (SWT) says, ‘What were My servants doing when you left them?’ The angels say, ‘O Lord, we left them praising You, magnifying You and remembering You.’ Allah (SWT) says, ‘Have they seen Me?’ They reply, ‘No.’” The Messenger of Allah (صلی اللہ علیہ وآلہ وسلم) said, “Allah (SWT) says, ‘What would have been their condition if they had seen Me?’ They say, ‘If they had seen You, they would have praised You, magnified You and remembered You far more.’ Allah (SWT) says, ‘What are they asking for?’ They reply, ‘They are asking You for Paradise.’

[Tirmidhi, al-Jami-us-sahih (5:579#3600)]

- The final verdict regarding the issue of dhikr in jamaa'ah is that it is permissible if the people who are doing dhikr do not belong to a Sufi aqeeda and they do not dabble in shirk
- If they belong to a Sufi aqeedah and they dabble in shirk, dhikr in jamaa'ah is haraam for them.

- We close the dars by saying the Prophet said everything in the world is cursed except 3 things: the remembrance of Allah, a scholar of Islam and a student of that scholar.

Abu Huraira (RA) reported that Allah's Messenger (SAW) said, “The world, with all that it contains, is accursed except for dhikr (the remembrance of Allah) that which pleases Allah; and the religious scholars and seekers of knowledge.''

[Sunan Tirmidhi (4/561) 2322 and Sunan Ibn Majah (5/231) 4112, (Abu Eesa al-Tirmidhi said: this hadeeth is hasan ghareeb)]

- Based upon the above-mentioned hadith, anyone who doesn't remember Allah is not a scholar of Islam neither is he a student of a scholar of Islam.
- This person is a cursed human being and we seek refuge in Allah from being among the cursed ones.