A true believer is never unmindful of Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala even for a moment and remembers Him at all times. Especially while fasting his heart is more inclined towards Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala and he draws closer to his Lord by consciously remembering Him in every position – whether standing, sitting or lying down, at rest or at work day or night. According to Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala they are the ‘intelligent ones.’
الَّذِينَ يَذْكُرُونَ اللَّهَ قِيَامًا وَقُعُودًا وَعَلَىٰ جُنُوبِهِمْ وَيَتَفَكَّرُونَ فِي خَلْقِ السَّمَاوَاتِ وَالْأَرْضِ رَبَّنَا مَا خَلَقْتَ هَٰذَا بَاطِلًا سُبْحَانَكَ فَقِنَا عَذَابَ النَّارِ
“Who remember Allah while standing or sitting or (lying) on their sides and give thought to the creation of the heavens and the earth (saying), ‘Our Lord, You did not create this aimlessly; exalted are You (above such a things); then protect us from the punishment of the Fire.” [Aal-Imran 3: 191]
The Prophet salAllahu ‘alayhi wa sallam used to remember Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala constantly and urged others to do so as well. ‘Abdullah ibn Basr radhiAllahu ‘anhu narrates: a person once said, “O Prophet of Allah, I know that the commandments of Islam upon me are many, but tell me the one that I may practice, diligently throughout my life.” The Prophet salAllahu ‘alayhi wa sallam replied, “Keep your tongue always moist (i.e. busy) with the remembrance (dhikr) of Allah.” [at-Tirmidhi: 3375]
Narrated Abu Huraira, the Prophet salAllahu ‘alayhi wa sallam said: Whoever said
La ilaha illAllahu wahdahu la sharika lahu, lahul mulku wa lahul hamdu, wa huwa ala kulli shai’in qadeer hundred times in one day, he will get the reward of freeing ten slaves and hundred good deeds will be written for him, hundred bad deeds will be forgiven and he will be saved from the tricks of Shaytan until the evening, and on the Day of Judgment no one will bring better deed than his apart from the one who recited this even more times.
And whoever said,
SubhanAllahi wa bihamdihi hundred times in a day, his sins will be forgiven even if they are equal to the froth of the sea.
Things to Do:
– Keep your tongue moist (i.e. busy) with the remembrance of Allah’s [thikr] at all times during Ramadan.
– Be regular with your morning and evening supplications. For details of these, you may refer to the book: Wa Iyyaka Nasta’een.
– Repeat the words of remembrance during household chores, especially when cooking and cleaning. Keep doing so while walking, driving, etc.
Thikr is a composite word which comprises of Tasbeeh, Tahmeed, and Tahleel.
لَا إِلَهَ إِلَّا اللهُ
None has the right to be worshipped but Allah Alone
سُبْحَانَ اللهِ وَبِحَمْدِهِ
Glory be to Allah, and Praise be to Him. [Muslim: 6846]
Glory be to Allah, and praise be to Allah, and none has the right to be worshipped,
but Allah Alone, and Allah is the greatest.
سبحان الله وبحمده عدد خلقه، ورضا نفسه، وزنة عرشه، ومداد كلماته
Glory be to Allah, and praise be to Him to the extent of the number of His creation and to the extent of His pleasure and to the extent of the weight of His Throne and to the extent of the ink of His words.
Blessings on the Prophet salAllahu ‘alayhi wa sallam
اللَّهُمَّ صَلِّ عَلَى مُحَمَّدٍ وَعَلَى آلِ مُحَمَّد
O Allah, bestow Your favor on Muhammad and on the family of Muhammad.
[Sunan an-Nasai: 1293]
لَّا إِلَٰهَ إِلَّا أَنتَ سُبْحَانَكَ إِنِّي كُنتُ مِنَ الظَّالِمِينَ
“None has the right to be worshipped but You (O Allah) Glorified (and Exalted) are You [above all that (evil) they associate with You]. Truly, I have been of the wrongdoers.” [Al-Anbiya 21: 87]