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Meaning of Thikr
( Remembrance of Allah )

Thikr literally means remembrance. As used in this booklet, it refers to the remembrance of Allah, (S.W.T.= Glory be to Him), The Qur'an refers to itself as thikr.


We have, without doubt, sent down the Message; and We will assuredly guard it (from corruption).

'In(na)naa nazzalnaa az zikr wa 'in(na)naa lahu la h.aafiz.uun

As the word of Allah ( S.W.T. ), it helps us remember Him in all our thoughts and deeds.

Thikr at all times:

Each human being pursues an ultimate and fundemantal goal in life. This goal constitutes one's ideal, the focal point of one's thoughts, aspirations, and activities. The loftier and nobler this goal is, the more sublime are the thoughts and deeds emanating from it.

The basic message of Islam is to elevate the soul, to purify and uplift it to the highest possible plain. This cannot be accomplished unless Allah (S.W.T.) is our Ultimate Goal and the focus of our life.

There is no wonder then that the Prophet (S.A.W. = May Allah's Peace And Blessings Be Upon Him) used to engage in thikr at all times.

Following the Prophet's example, thikr should be part of daily life. Thikr is not only limited to words; it includes also meditation, reflection, repentance, seeking lawful provisions and, generally, every lawful act during which the presence of Allah (S.W.T.) is felt.

Rewards of Thikr


O ye who believe! Celebrate the praises of Allah, and do this often;

Yaa 'ayyuhaa 'allaziina 'aamanu uzkuru 'allaah zikr(an) kather(an)


And glorify Him morning and evening.

Wa sabbih.uhu bukrah wa 'as.el(an)


He it is Who sends blessings on you, as do His angels, that He may bring you out from the depths of Darkness into Light: and He is Full of Mercy to the Believers.

Huwa 'allaze yus.alle alaykum wa malaa'ikahhu li yukhrijkum min az. Z.ulumaat 'illaa an nur wa kaana bi al mu'miniin rah.iim(an)


For Muslim men and women,- for believing men and women, for devout men and women, for true men and women, for men and women who are patient and constant, for men and women who humble themselves, for men and women who give in Charity, for men and wom

'Inna al muslimiin wa al muslimaat wa al mu'miniin wa al mu'minaat wa al qaanitiin wa al qaanitaat wa as. S.aadiqiin wa as. S.aadiqaat wa as. S.aabiriin wa as. S.aabiraat wa al khaashi iin wa al khaashi aat wa al mutas.addiqiin wa al mutas.addiqaat wa as. S.aa'imiin wa as. S.aa'imaat wa al h.aafiz.iin furujhum wa al h.aafiz.aat wa az zaakiriin 'allaah kather(an) wa az zaakiraat a adda 'allaah lahum maghfirah wa 'ajr(an) az.iim(an)

In a Qudsi Hadeeth, the Prophet ( S.A.W. ) reported that Allah ( S.W.T.) said: " I ( will ) respond according to ) what My servant thinks of Me, and I am with him when he remembers Me. So, if he remembers Me in secret, I will remember him in secret and if he remembers Me in a group, I will remember him in a better group." - Al Bukhari, Muslim.

Manners of Thikr

To bear fruit, the following points should be observed in thikr:

  • Humility, sobriety and reflection on the meaning of the dua.
  • Lowering one's voice and avoiding disruption of others.

  • 7:205

    And do thou (O reader!) Bring thy Lord to remembrance in thy (very) soul, with humility and in reverence, without loudness in words, in the mornings and evenings; and be not thou of those who are unheedful.

    Wa azkur rabbka fe nafska tad.arru (an) wa khefah wa duuna al jahr min al qawl bi al ghuduw wa al 'aas.aal wa laa takun min al ghaafiliin

  • Cleanliness and respectability of clothes and of the place of thikr.

    By observing these rules, the person will feel happiness in heart, light in soul and blessings of Allah. ( S.W.T. )

    Thikr in a group

    Thikr is permissible in groups. Indeed, it is encouraged in some ahadeeth. -ahadeeth : sayings of the Prophet (S.A.W.)

    The following is an example:

    The Prophet ( S.A.W. ) said: "If a group of people sit together remembering Allah ( i.e. engaging in thikr ), the angels will circle them, the mercy will shroud them, the peace will descend them and Allah will remember them among those with Him." -Muslim.

    Indeed thikr in a group may help teach those who do not know the desired dua and bring Muslims' hearts together and strengthen their noble ties.

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