HADITH NO 9: Allah Taala takes pride in the groups of Muslim engaged in Remembrance of Him
Once Rasulullah (Sallallaho alaihe wasallam) went to a group of Sahaba, (Radhiallaho anhum) and said to them, "What for are you sitting her?" they replied, "We are engaged in the Zikr of Almighty Allah, and are glorifying Him for His extreme kindness to us in that he has blessed us with the wealth of ISLAM"

Rasulullah (Sallallaho alaihe wasallam) said, "By Allah, Are you here only for this reason? " "By Allah! Replied the Sahaba, (Radiallaho anhom) ; "We are sitting her only for this reason." Rasulullah (Sallallaho alaihe wasallam) then said, "I asked you to swear not out of any misunderstanding, but because Jibrail (Alayhis salam) came to me and informed me just now that Almighty Allah was speaking high about youbefore angels."

Note: Inquiry of oath by the Prophet (Sallallaho alaihe wasallam) was simply to ascertain whether there was any other special thing, besides Zikr, which might be the cause of Allah's pride. It became definite that it was only because of the zikr of Almgihty Allah that He was proud of them. How lucky were those people whose worship was accepted, and the news of Allah's recognition of the Zikr on their part was revealed to them in this very earthly life through Rasulullah (Sallallaho alaihe wasallam).

HADITH NO 10 The angels' announcement of reward for those gathered together for Zikr of Allah
Anas (Radhiallaho anho) reported that Rasulullah (Sallallaho alaihe wasallam) had said, "When some people assemble for the Zikr of Allah with the sole purpose of earning His pleasure, an angel proclaims from the sky, "You people have been forgiven, your sins have been replaced by virtues."

Hadith No 13
Rasulullah (Sallallaho alaihe wasallam) said. "When you pass the gardens of Paradise. graze to your heart's content." Someone asked. "O Rasulullah! (Sallallaho alaihe wasallam). what is meant by the gardens of Paradise?" He replied. "Gatherings for performing zikr. "

What is meant is that if somebody is lucky enough to get access to such gatherings. he should take full advantage of this. as these are the gardens of Paradise on this Earth.

Hadith No. 18
Rasulullah (Sallallaho alaihe wasallam) was in his house when the verse, Keep yourself bound to the company of those who invoke their Lord. morning and evening was revealed to him. On this revelation he went out in search of such people; he found a group of men who were engaged in zikr. Some of them were with dishevelled hair. parched skins. and clad in a single cloth i.e. except for the loin cloth. the whole body was naked. On seeing them. Rasulullah (Sallallaho alaihe wasallam) sat down by them and said. "All praise is for Allah who has created in my ummah such people that I have been ordered to sit in their company."

Allah's pleasure and His angels surround the zaakir and Allah Taala praises them to His angels Hazrat Abu Hurairah (Radiallaho anho) and Hazrat Abu Saeed (Radiallaho anho) both bore testimony to having heard from Rasulullah (Sallallaho alaihe wasallam), that the gathering engaged in Zikr of Almighty Allah is surrounded by the angels on all sides, the grace of Allah and 'Sakina' (peace and tranquility) descend upon them, and Almighty Allah speaks about them, by way of appreciation, to His angels."

Hadith No. 12
Rasulullah (Sallallaho alaihe wasallam) had said, "Almighty Allah will, on the Day of Resurrection, resurrect certain groups of people in such a state that their faces will be radiant with light, they will be sitting on pulpits of pearls and others will envy their lot. They will neither be from among the Prophets nor from among the martyrs." Somebody asked the Prophet (Sallallaho alaihe wasallam) to let him have more details about these people, so that he may be able to recognize them. Rasulullah (Sallallaho alaihe wasallam) replied, "They will be the people who belong to different families and different places, but assemble at one place for the love of Almighty Allah and are engaged in His zikr."

It is said in another hadith, "In paradise there will be pillars of emerald supporting balconied houses made of rubies and with open doors on all the four sides. These will shine like brilliant stars, and will be occupied by those people who love each other-for the sake of Allah, and who assemble at a place and meet each other only for His pleasure.

Nowadays, the religious devotees are criticized and ridiculed by everybody. The people may reproach them today as much as they like, but the reality will dawn on them in the Hereafter. when they will realize how these humble persons have been able to earn high fortunes and occupy such grand pulpits and such flats. whereas those who criticized and ridiculed them had earned nothing but misery and despair.

Extracted from Faza'il Zikr by Hazrat Sheikh Zakariyya Rahmatullah alayi

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