Dhikr – Easy on the Tongue, Heavy on the Scale


Dhikr – Your Easy Path to Paradise

O you who believe! Remember Allah with much remembrance. [Qur’an 33:41]

The People of Paradise will not regret except one thing alone: the hour that passed them by and in which they made no remembrance of Allah. [Al-Bayhaqi]

Dhikr, or the Remembrance of Allah, is a very important aspect of our Deen. It encapsulates the essence of worship and should form a key part of all of our actions. But not only this, the rewards for Dhikr are so immense and lofty that it provides us with an easy way to multiply our rewards in our ‘bank accounts’ in Heaven.

Dhikr provides for us a means with which our path to paradise can be simpler and easier, provided that we are fulfilling our obligations (Fara-id). A few examples of Adhkar that are simple on the tongue but heavy on the scales are noted below.

The Messenger of Allah (may Allah bless him and grant him peace) said: 

“Anyone who says, ‘There is no god but Allah alone with no partner. His is the kingdom and His is the praise, and He has power over everything’ (La ilaha illallah, wah-dahu la sharika lah, Lahul-mulku wa lahul hamdu, wa huwa ‘ala Kul-li shay’in Qadeer) a hundred times a day, has the same reward as if he had freed ten slaves, and a hundred good deeds are written for him and a hundred bad deeds are effaced from him and he has protection from Shaytan on that day until evening. No one will do anything better than he does except a man who does it more than he did.” He said, “Anyone who says, ‘Glory be to Allah and by His praise’ (Subhan Allahi wa biHamdihi) a hundred times a day will have his sins fall away, even if they are like the froth of the sea.”

[Riyadh As Salihin]

The Messenger of Allah (may Allah bless him and grant him peace) said:

“Two words are light on the tongue, weigh heavily in the balance, and they are loved by the Most Merciful One: Glory be to Allah, and Praise, Glory be to Allah, the Supreme (SubhanAllahi wa biHamdihi, Subhan-Allahi ‘l-`adheem)

[Sahih Bukhari, Sahih Muslim]

Juwairiyah bint Al-Harith (May Allah be pleased with her), the Mother of the Believers, reported:

The Messenger of Allah (may Allah bless him and grant him peace) came out from my apartment in the morning as I was busy in performing the dawn prayer. He came back in the forenoon and found me sitting there. The Messenger of Allah (may Allah bless him and grant him peace) said, “Are you still in the same position as I left you.” I replied in the affirmative. Thereupon the Prophet said, “I recited four words three times after I had left you. If these are to be weighed against all you have recited since morning, these will be heavier. These are: Allah is free from imperfection and I begin with His praise, as many times as the number of His creatures, in accordance with His Good Pleasure, equal to the weight of His Throne and equal to the ink that may be used in recording the words [for His Praise] (Subhan-Allahi wa bihamdihi, `adada khalqihi, wa rida nafsihi, wa zinatah `arshihi, wa midada kalimatihi)”

[Muslim]

The Messenger of Allah (may Allah bless him and grant him peace) said: 

“Whoever says Glory be to Allah, The Supreme, and Praise Him (SubhanAllahi ‘l-`adheem wa biHamdihi), a palm tree will be planted for him in Paradise.”

[al-Tirmidhi]

There are many others Du’a and Adhkar that are easy on the tongue but heavy on the scales. Please consult a good Du’a / Dhikr book for these daily Adhkar and other Dhikrs and Du’as.

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‘Find a Dhikr that is easy on your tongue and recite it constantly.’ – Advice paraphrased from Shaykh Ahmad Sa’ad at the Whitechapel Halaqa.

All Praises are due to Allah and may His peace and benedictions be upon our Master Muhammad, his Family, his Companions and those who follow them until the Last Hour.

Was Salam

Abu Zaynah

Dhul Hijjah 1436

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