Dhikr – 4 ways to keep presence of Allah in your life
Allah is present in all aspects of our daily lives. Allah did not create the world as an experiment but He wants to see what we do. He is intimately involved. And we, as Muslims, are called upon to be aware of the presence of Allah through the teachings of the Qur’an and the Sunnah of Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him).
Know the balance
Allah created human with free will, and gave us the power to accept or reject His commands and prohibitions. If you do not obey the commands of Allah, it will lead to tragic consequences in this life and in the next.
The balance between free will and the ever presence and dominance of Allah’s power is one that has perplexed the scholars of theology for centuries. Different schools of thought formed different method and were in existence before the coming of Islam with the ancient Greeks.
Over time Muslims, as we are also called to do in the Qur’an, developed a middle path. We accept both the ultimate power of Allah’s will as well as humanity’s ability to shape our own destiny.
It will be the cause of success only if the free will can be managed in accordance with the command of Allah. But at the present time the tools of sin have become so readily available that it has become very difficult to manage the willpower in a good way.
The Qur’an urges us to follow the straight path and we have to practice to follow this straight path. And this practice is called dhikr or remembrance of Allah.
There are many types, shapes and forms of dhikr. This article will discuss just a few ways to remember Allah.
1. To recite the Quran
The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) called the word of Allah the best word. I can suggest that we should recite some part of the Qur’an everyday. This is an important habit. Even reciting the Qur’an in moments of excitement will help you become normal.
At least read Surah Ikhlas (Chapter 112), every day. Although there are 4 verses in it, reading it once will give you the reward equal to one-third of the recitation of the Qur’an.
This Surah discusses the essence of Tawheed (Unity of Allah), without which you cannot become a Muslim of full faith.
2. Learning, understanding and reciting the name of Allah
Of the ninety-nine names, all aspects of Allah’s power and influence are gone. Learn them, try to understand what they mean; Say these names regularly in your du’a (supplication) or merely when you have a quiet moment alone.
One of the more interesting aspects of these names, you will realize about these is their comprehensiveness. These names of Allah have such a wide meaning that if you understand them, it will increase your faith.
3. Equip yourself with the Sunnah of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him)
The life, words and deeds of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) serve as an important means of advancing the faith and remembering Allah.
Initially choose the famous book of 40 hadiths of Imam Nawabi; learn what the scholars have been saying about the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) for centuries.
Learn as much as you can about the life and circumstances of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) and apply them in your real life. Like all your daily worship, this can be an easy task for you.
4. Join the congregation of remembrance
Finally, establishing a relationship with Allah is never possible alone. Look for a community or group of friends that can help you focus on your faith.
Look for a congregation that, when gathered, remembers Allah and discusses His word. Join them. This will make it much easier for you to remember Allah and follow the path of religion.
Joining a congregation in your local mosque, having dinner with them, etc. can also be an occasion that will help you remember Allah.
In conclusion, the life we lead often goes out of balance. There are different materials almost everywhere for forgetting Allah. And we only focus on fulfilling our own personal desires.
Only by remembrance and endless remembrance of Allah this balance can be re-established. There is no specific way to accomplish this and the Qur’an and the Sunnah have given us many helpful things. Here are just a few ways to discuss it.
Each works for a different person at a different time. But at the end of the day all have one goal in mind: Helping you realize that it is not you that is the center of Creation but Allah.