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1. Importance and Practice of Dhikr: – Quran emphasizes the importance of remembering God’s will. – Specific Surahs like al-Kahf, al-Ahzab, and ar-Rad highlight the […]

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1. Importance and Practice of Dhikr:
– Quran emphasizes the importance of remembering God’s will.
– Specific Surahs like al-Kahf, al-Ahzab, and ar-Rad highlight the significance of saying ‘God willing’ and frequent remembrance of Allah.
– Dhikr is viewed as a means to enter higher levels of Heaven and glorify God.
– Common types of Dhikr include phrases like ‘In the name of God’ and ‘There is no deity but God.’
– Sufi perspective on Dhikr focuses on spiritual enlightenment, self-annihilation, and detachment from worldly values.
– Dhikr can be performed individually or in groups and involves reciting names of God and supplications from Quran or hadith.

2. Forms and Ceremonies of Dhikr:
– Dhikr can be silent or vocal, with Sufis engaging in both forms.
– Different Sufi orders have specific practices for group dhikr ceremonies like hizb, wird, and durood.
– Group ceremonies involve recitation, singing, music, dance, and meditation.
– Sufi practices like silent dhikr and vocal dhikr aim to strengthen faith and deepen spiritual connection.
– Forms of litany such as specific words for body locations and various recitations are common in Sufi practices.

3. Tasbih, Prayer Beads, and Dhakir:
– Tasbih of Fatimah involves repetitions of specific phrases and is used for tracking dhikr count.
– Prayer beads like Misbaha help Muslims focus on prayers without distraction.
– Dhakirs play a role in reminding others of Allah and His Dhikr.
– Tasbih beads are used for therapeutic effects, even in US prisons, and have been a topic of legal debate.
– Dhakirs are involved in reciting Dhikr and putting others in a state of remembrance.

4. Spiritual Rewards and Significance of Dhikr:
– Reciting specific Surahs like al-Ikhlas, al-Kafirun, and an-Nasr has significant spiritual rewards.
– Remembrance of Allah is considered the best of deeds and a way to acknowledge God’s message.
– The Quran emphasizes responding to God’s reminder and acknowledging the truth of tawhid.
– Dhikr involves both inner mindfulness and outer expression, reflecting a two-way communication between Divine and human.
– The world is considered cursed except for the remembrance of Allah, and keeping the tongue moist with Allah’s remembrance is advised.

5. Revelations, Prophetic Messages, and Cultural Impact:
– The Quran refers to prophetic knowledge as remembrance and reminder.
– Prophets remind people of their innate knowledge of God, justifying the sending of prophets due to human forgetfulness.
– Dhikr signifies a reciprocal interaction between divine and human, reflecting a two-way communication.
– Dhikr ceremonies have cultural impacts, with different Sufi orders having specific liturgies and practices for group dhikr.
– Sufism has influenced cultural practices related to dhikr, including music, dance, and recitation ceremonies.

Remembrance (Wikipedia)

Remembrance is the act of remembering, the ability to remember, or a memorial.

Remembrance or Remembrances may also refer to:

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