Zikr

The following rules should be observed when making Thikrullah: 
  1. The place where the Thaakir wishes to engage in Thikr needs to be free of things which will distract his attention.

  2. The Thaakir should be sincere and humble when making Thikr.

  3. He should clean his mouth thoroughly before making Thikr.

  4. The place which he chooses to sit in should be clean and Taahir.

  5. Thikr should be made while facing the Qiblah.

  6. He should be imbued with the qualities of khushoo and khudoo (peace and composure).

  7. He should be aware of the meaning of the words which he utters during Thikrullah.

  8. He should not be hasty when making Thikr.

    Read more: The Etiquette of Thikrullah

A collection of letters between three leading ulama detailing the need and importance of establishing gatherings of dhikr in madrasahs

Consisting of letters between the Grand Mufti of Pakistan Mufti Muhammad Shafi, Shaykh al-Hadith Mawlana Muhammad Zakariyya Kandhlawi and Muhaddith al-Asr Mawlana Sayyid Muhammad Yusuf Binnori (may Allah enlighten their graves).

Translated by Ismaeel Nakhuda

Introduction
By Mawlana Muhammad Talhah Kandhlawi

The role that Islamic madrasahs have played in reviving Islam in the Indian sub-continent and in bringing about a religious awakening in the general masses is as evident as the light of day, so much so that even the existence of the madrasahs makes the enemies of Islam anxious. Hence, on the one side, madrasahs are viewed suspiciously, while on the other, within Muslim ranks, individuals are being used to sever the general masses from the madrasahs, end their confidence in the noble ulama and make them rebel against them.

Read more: Gatherings of Dhikr in Madrasahs

By Shaykh al-Hadith Mawlana Zakariyya Kandhalawi
Translated by Ismaeel Nakhuda

Question

To my sayyid, my mawla (may Allah increase your piety),

Al-Salam ‘alaykum wa rahmat Allah wa barakatuh,

Your dear letter arrived on 15 Dhu ‘l-Hijjah. I am regretful for not being able to present myself in the service of Maulwi ‘Abd al-Rahman. What are the detailed circumstances of the destitute that I may convey to you? The road to here, however, is very dangerous. Do not, at all, take the trouble [to visit]. This would be very difficult on this lowly one.

There is something I wanted to tell. However, I feel I should write it. What I want to say is that Mawlana Karim Baksh, the professor from Lahore, says that the al-ithbat al-mujarrad[1] as done in the Chishti tariqah — and that is the two-worded beat (darb) ‘Allahu Allah’ — has no basis in Shari’ah. Rather, it is against Shari’ah. Hence, [he says] ‘Allamah Suyuti has opposed this in Al-Itqan fi ‘Ulum al-Qur’an and Radi has also written against it in terms of Arabic Nahw. He also says that he was in the service of Hakim al-Ummah Mawlana Ashraf ‘Ali Thanwi and that Maulwi As’ad Allah was also there. According to him, Hakim al-Ummah said one should not do it. This lowly one was left deeply surprised by this and is seeking verification. Please clarify. Ask respected Maulwi As’ad Allah what his shaykh had said.

Read more: The Dhikr of the Name of Allah

Zikr:

1.A person who possesses the following 4 things is blessed,from the worldly & spiritual point of view:

a)A tongue ever absorbed in the zikr of Allah.

b)A heart filled with the gratitude of Allah.

c)A body capable of undergoing hardships.

d)A wife who does not betray her husbands trust in respect of her chastity & his (the husband's) wealth.

2.Nabi(S.A.W) has said the contrast between a person who glorifies Allah & one who forgets him like that between the living & the dead.

3.Nabi (S.A.W) said,No  other action except zikr can save a person  from the punishment of the grave.

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