Food for the Nafs (soul) : Dhikr of Allah

“Those who believe (in the Oneness of Allah – Islamic Monotheism), and whose hearts find rest in the remembrance of Allah, Verily, in the remembrance of Allah do hearts find rest.” [Surah Ar-Ra’ad, 13:28]

How many times a day do we find ourselves with “time to kill” on our way to work, on the bus to school, waiting in the elevator, what if you could turn this time into pure good deeds. What are the words which you can say that are most pleasing to Allah subhana wa ta’ala, and can instantly give you that iman boost to help keep you going throughout your day?

We need adhkar more than food and water. Proper remembrance of Allah is part of a healthy diet for every believer, but how many of us have taken the time to learn about its rules and etiquettes?

The Prophet said: “By Allah! I ask for forgiveness from Allah and turn to Him in repentance more than seventy times a day.” [Bukhari]

So if the one whose past and future sins had been forgiven asked Allah for forgiveness so many times a day, what are we waiting for?

“And He gave you of all that you asked for, and if you count the Blessings of Allah, never will you be able to count them. Verily! Man is indeed an extreme wrong-doer, – a disbeliever (an extreme ingrate, denies Allah’s Blessings by disbelief, and by worshiping others besides Allah, and by disobeying Allah and His Prophet Muhammad SAW).” [Surah Ibrahim, 14:34]

“Verily, the Muslims (those who submit to Allah in Islam) men and women, the believers men and women (who believe in Islamic Monotheism), the men and the women who are obedient (to Allah), the men and women who are truthful (in their speech and deeds), the men and the women who are patient (in performing all the duties which Allah has ordered and in abstaining from all that Allah has forbidden), the men and the women who are humble (before their Lord Allah), the men and the women who give Sadaqat (i.e. Zakat, and alms, etc.), the men and the women who observe Saum (fast) (the obligatory fasting during the month of Ramadan, and the optional Nawafil fasting), the men and the women who guard their chastity (from illegal sexual acts) and the men and the women who remember Allah much with their hearts and tongues (while sitting, standing, lying, etc. for more than 300 times extra over the remembrance of Allah during the five compulsory congregational prayers) or praying extra additional Nawafil prayers of night in the last part of night, etc.) Allah has prepared for them forgiveness and a great reward (i.e. Paradise).” [Surah Al-Ahzab, 33:35]

Let us not be of those who disobey Allah. Let us join those who remember Allah at all times. Brothers and sisters do lots of Dua’ and Dhikr this Ramadan, and renew your connection to Allah subhana wa ta’ala today!

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