Points to note regarding thikr of Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala:
1.Thikr is the foundation of the worship of Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala
It is the link of the worshiper with his Creator, in all times and conditions. On the authority of ‘A’ishah radhiAllahu ‘anha who said: The Messenger of Allah salAllahu ‘alayhi wa sallam remembered Allah at all times.
This connection with Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala is life, resorting to Him is salvation, nearness to Him is success and pleasure and being far from Him is misguidance and loss.
2. Thikr distinguishes a believer from a hypocrite
Thikr distinguishes a believer from a hypocrite, as one of the characteristics of the hypocrites is that they do not remember except a little.
3. Shaytan does not triumph over the people unless they are heedless of the thikr of Allah
The thikr of Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala is an impregnable shield. A person can take sanctuary in it from the plots of Shaytan. Shaytan loves for a person to forget the remembrance of Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala.
4. Thikr is a means to happiness:
5. Remember Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala continuously
The people of Paradise will not regret anything except an hour that passed them in the world in which they did not remember Allah, the Great and the Almighty. Remembering Allah continuously, results in a continuous connection with Him.
In this regard, Imam an-Nawawi said: The scholars are unanimous on the permissibility of thikr with the heart and on the tongue for the ritually impure, menstruating women and during postnatal bleeding, by saying Tasbeeh, Tahmeed, Takbeer, Tahleel, as well as Salah (Durood) on the Messenger salAllahu ‘alayhi wa sallam and other supplications. There is a difference of opinion about reciting the Qur’an.
6. Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala remembers the one who remembers Him
Whoever remembers his Lord, the Great and Almighty, He will remember him:
A person would be extremely happy if it was conveyed to him that the ruler of land mentioned him in his gathering and praised him. So, how would he feel if Allah, the Most High, Lord of the Worlds, mentioned him in a gathering, better than this?
7. What is not meant by the remembrance of Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala
What is not meant by the remembrance of Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala is muttering a word or words while the heart is neglectful of what is being said and unmindful of Allah’s exaltation and His obedience.
So, remembrance with the tongue is undoubtedly associated with reflection and influence from the meanings of words.
It is necessary that the person who is remembering Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala should understand what he is saying – he should combine the remembrance of the heart with that of the tongue so that he is attached to his Lord both outwardly and inwardly.