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I hate to find a lazy, empty man, who neither works for his worldly living nor for the Hereafter.
He whose prayer did not command him to do right and did not forbid him from doing wrong. It will not be of any use to him; it will only increase the distance between him and Allaah.
—  Imam Ibn al Qayyim| Al Fawa'id, Pg.247

anonymous asked:

What do you think of the possibility that the Macbeths might have considered killing Duncan before the events of the play?

It can be played either way, but I think it possible that Macbeth has considered murder before based on two things:

When the weird sisters tell Macbeth that he shall ‘be King hereafter’ (1.3.50), Banquo says to Macbeth: ‘Good sir, why do you start, and seem to fear / Things that do sound so fair?’ (1.3.51-2). Nothing in what the sisters tell him suggests that he will be gaining the position through murder, and the reaction is so instantaneous it’s unlikely that Macbeth quickly thinks through the way he might achieve the outcome. The suggestion is that what the weird sisters have said strikes a chord in his mind, something that he has already contemplated at some point. It’s pretty clear that Macbeth is still horrified rather than attracted to the act, but it’s still true that he makes the jump from ‘being King’ to ‘murder’ pretty quickly, and when he does, his imagination is vivid, like it’s something he’s already thought deeply about:

…why do I yield to that suggestion
Whose horrid image doth unfix my hair
And make my seated heart knock at my ribs
Against the use of nature? Present fears
Are less than horrible imaginings:
My thought, whose murder yet is but fantastical,
Shakes so my single state of man, that function
Is smothered in surmise, and nothing is,
But what is not. (1.3.135-143)

This is the first place that murder is mentioned in the play. 

The other thing is what Lady Macbeth says when she gets Macbeth’s letter:

… yet do I fear thy nature
It is too full of the milk of human kindness
To catch the nearest way. Thou wouldst be great
Art not without ambition, but without
The illness should attend it (1.5.15-19)

This suggests that the Macbeths have had a talk about his possibilities of a promotion. She knows him well: she knows that he’s ambitious and that he knows the fastest way of achieving that ambition, but that he’s too humane, and lacks the badness that normally comes with ambition. It’s telling that when Macbeth comes home a few lines later, all Lady Macbeth has to say is that Duncan will not be leaving the day after, and that Macbeth need only look innocent and leave the rest to her – no outright mention of murder – and Macbeth understands her perfectly, answering just: ‘We will speak further’ (1.5.69).

This is part of the reason I’m not all that fond of readings of Macbeth that blame the events of the play on the weird sisters, because their words wouldn’t have had the effect it does if Macbeth didn’t already have it in him to become what he becomes. But of course one can imagine things that one has no intention of carrying out, so if the sisters are to blame for anything, then it’s that they act as a sort of catalyst for what is already a possibility.

“…I saw a young black boy…”

‘Abdullaah Ibnul-Mubaarak رحمه الله said:

“I came to Makkah while it had been stricken by drought and the people were praying Istisqaa (prayer for rain) in Masjid Al-Haraam. I was by the gate of Banee Shaybah, when I saw a young black boy who was wearing two pieces of burlap (a thick cloth usually used to make sacks), one piece wrapped around his waist and the other tossed over his shoulder. He stood at a secluded place next to me and I heard him say, “My Lord, the faces are worn due to their sins and the evil of their deeds, and you have prevented us from rain to discipline the creation, I ask you O patient and forbearing One, You who His slaves know nothing of Him except that which is beautiful, give them rain, in this moment, in this moment.””

Ibnul-Mubaarak said, “He continued to say, “In this moment” until the sky became filled with clouds, and the rain descended from every direction, and he sat in his place making tasbeeh, and I began to cry.

When he left I followed him to find out where he lives. After that, I went to Fudhayl Ibn 'Iyaadh who said to me, “Why do you look so depressed?”

I said to him, “Someone beat us to Allaah, and so He took him as an intimate companion other than us.”

He said, “How so?”

So I told him the story, and he cried out “Woe be to you, O Ibnul-Mubaarak! Take me to him!”

I said, “There’s no time at the moment, I’ll find out more about him.”

So the next morning I prayed Fajr and I went to his residence and there was an old man sitting at the door. When he saw me he recognized me and said, “Welcome, O Aboo 'Abdir-Rahmaan. What do you need?”

I said, “I am in need of a black boy.”

He said, “I have many”, and so he cried out “Boy!” and a strong young man emerged, and he said, “You’ll have a good result with this one. He would be good for you.”

I said, “I have no need for him”.

So he continued to bring out boy after boy, until I saw the boy that I recognized, so when I saw him my eyes teared. He said, “Is this the one?”

I said, “Yes”.

He said, “There’s no way I can sell him.”

I asked, “Why not?”

He said, “Because I see his presence in this house as a blessing, and he does not cost me anything!”

I asked, “Where does he eat from?”

He said, “He earns from some food that he sells and that is his sustenance, and if he does not sell, he eats it and that is sufficient. The other boys tell me that he does not sleep these long nights, and he does not mix with them, but is busy with himself, and my heart has loved him.”

I said, “Do I go back to Fudhayl Ibn 'Iyaadh and Sufyaan Ath-Thawree without having fulfilled their need?”

He said, “Your coming to me is a great occasion for me, you may have him for whatever price you wish.”

So I purchased him and took him towards Fudhayl. We walked for a moment before he said, “O my master.”

I replied, “At your service.”

He said, “Please don’t say ‘At your service’ to me, for the slave is the one who should be at the service of his master.”

I said, “What do you need, my beloved?”

He said, “I am physically weak, and don’t have the strength to serve, and you had options other than me. Others were brought out who were stronger than me.”

I said, “May Allaah never see you serving me, rather I will purchase for you a house and marry you off, and I will serve you myself.”

He cried in that moment, so I asked him, “What makes you cry?”

He said, “You didn’t do that except that you saw one of my communications with Allaah, otherwise why would you choose me over the others?”

I said, “Don’t worry about it.”

But he insisted, “I ask you by Allaah to tell me.”

I said, “The response to your supplication.”

He said, “I estimate that you are إن شاء الله a righteous man. Allaah has a chosen group amongst his creation, He does not expose their status except to whom He loves from amongst his slaves.” Then he said, “Is it alright if we stop for a moment? I have some rak’at (units of prayer) that I owe from yesterday.”

I said, “The house of Fudhayl is near.”

He said, “No, here is more beloved to me. The commands of Allaah should not be delayed.” He entered the masjid from the door of the merchants so he continued to pray and when he finished he looked towards me and said, “O Aboo 'Abdir-Rahmaan, do you need anything?”

I asked, “Why?”

He said, “Because I want to journey on.”

I asked, “To where?”

He said, “The hereafter.”

I said, “Let me enjoy your company!”

He said, “Life was only sweetened when my interaction was only with Allaah. Now if you have been exposed to it, others will as well, and I have no need for that.”

He then collapsed onto his face and said, “O my Lord, take me to You in this moment, in this moment.”

I came near to him and found that he had passed away.

By Allaah, I never remembered him except that a long sadness would envelope me and that the dunya would become insignificant in my eyes.

—  المنتظم 8/223-225
وَمَن يَبْتَغِ غَيْرَ الْإِسْلَامِ دِينًا فَلَن يُقْبَلَ مِنْهُ وَهُوَ فِي الْآخِرَةِ مِنَ الْخَاسِرِينَ
—  And whoever desires other than Islām as religion - never will it be accepted from him, and he, in the Hereafter, will be among the losers. (3:85)

Surah ad-Duhaa [The Morning Hours]

By the morning hours, and by the night when it is stillest, your Rabb has neither forsaken you, O Muhammad, nor is He displeased. And verily, the Hereafter will be better for you than the present. And, indeed, in time will your Sustainer grant you [what your heart desires], and you shall be well-pleased. Did He not find you an orphan and give you shelter? And He found you lost and guided you. Did He not find you poor and made you self-sufficient? Therefore, do not treat the orphan with harshness, and do not drive away the beggar, and rehearse the bounty of your Rabb.

Imagine yourself — alone — with nothing surrounding you except silence and the word of Allah subhana wa ta’ala. Imagine yourself — being the only soul awake to speak to your Lord — while the rest of the world sleeps. 

It is just you and Him. 
He wants to hear you.
He wants to hear your dua’as.
He wants you to call on Him.
He wants you to cry to Him. 

Allah subhana wa ta’ala has mentioned two actions in the Qur’an that His righteous slaves do early in the morning: glorifying and praising Allah (tasbeeh) and seeking forgiveness for sins (istighfar):

فَاصْبِرْ عَلَى مَا يَقُولُونَ وَسَبِّحْ بِحَمْدِ رَبِّكَ قَبْلَ طُلُوعِ الشَّمْسِ وَقَبْلَ الْغُرُوبِ

“…And celebrate the praises of your Lord, before the rising of the sun and before (its) setting.” [50:39]

وَبِالْأَسْحَارِ هُمْ يَسْتَغْفِرُونَ

“And in the hour of early dawn, they (were found) praying for forgiveness;” [51:18]

This is a habit I would like to make soon, and in’shaa’Allah, you all will do the same!

We Need To Talk About Bearskin: A Brief Meta on Kylo Ren and Fairy Tales

“The Force Awakens” shows many signs of being a classic fairy tale set in space. Rey, our heroine, longs for her family and finds herself on an epic adventure that includes receiving gifts that will help her in her quest (Han’s blaster and the Skywalker lightsaber), receiving advice from a Wise Old Woman, and running down the stairs of a castle into a forest. With the callbacks to classic fairy tales in mind, we need to talk about a different character, one who is an important part in several classic heroine’s journeys within fairy tales. Bearskin is a character in two “Grimm’s Fairy Tales” stories with a striking resemblance to a one Mr. Kylo Ren.

In the first story, entitled “Bearskin”, a young soldier makes a deal with the devil in which he is not allowed to shave or clean himself and must wear a coat the devil gives to him for seven years. If, at the end of seven years, he is not dead the devil himself must clean and shave him and he will be rich hereafter. The story states, “During the first year his appearance was passable, but during the second he began to look like a monster.” He enters a dark forest and, since “he had a compassionate heart”, he helps an old pauper who lives in the forest with his daughters. In repayment the old man promises one of his daughters will wed Bearskin. His youngest daughter volunteers. Bearskin “took a ring from his finger, broke it in two, and gave her one half, the other he kept for himself. He wrote his name, however, on her half, and hers on his, and begged her to keep her piece carefully, and then he took his leave.” At the end of Bearskin’s seven years the devil shaves and cleans him. He returns to the youngest daughter, and utters this notable line, “I am thy betrothed bridegroom, whom thou sawest as Bearskin, but through God’s grace I have again received my human form, and have once more become clean.”

In the second and perhaps more widely recognized story, “Snow White and Rose Red”, two sisters who “often ran about the forest alone”, encounter a “bear who stretched his broad, black head within the door” when expecting the knock at their door to be a weary traveler. The girls befriend the bear, who later leaves. They then have a run-in with a crotchety dwarf. When the three encounter the bear, the dwarf advises the bear to eat the girls instead of himself. Instead, the bear kills the dwarf, then reveals that this dwarf cursed him. After this “…his bearskin fell off, and he stood there, a handsome man, clothed all in gold.” He turns out to be a prince, and Snow White marries him while Rose Red marries his brother.

Certain elements stand out in these tales. A young man makes a deal with the devil or is cursed by an evil creature, just as Ben Solo is beholden to Snoke and the Dark Side. Thus, he appears in the guise of a “monster” or “creature” both of which the masked Kylo Ren is referred to as in the movie. He turns out to be a handsome young man, the blood of royalty; Kylo Ren unmasks for Rey revealing the face of Ben Solo, the son of Princess Leia. He meets a young woman in a forest, with whom he forms a connection and returns to marry. Kylo Ren abducts Rey from the forest and, through the Force, forges a mental connection with her during her interrogation. In both instances, while the Bearskin character is a prince or rich, the young woman is poor, just as Rey is a scavenger.

Understanding that “The Force Awakens” is presented as a space fairy tale allows us to compare what we already know of Ben Solo/Kylo Ren to classic tales and provides an indication of where the Sequel Trilogy is headed in terms of narrative structure. Based on the Bearskin tales, Kylo Ren is likely to serve a penance for his crimes, defeat the creature that has him “under a curse”, return to the Light as Ben Solo, and become romantically involved with (if not outright marry) the heroine with whom he has forged a connection.

and enoch walked with god

fandom: fire emblem: awakening
pairings: chrom/grima, past chrom/robin
warnings: violent imagery, death, blood, semi-explicit sex, consent issues due to power imbalance, religious overtones

and he was not; for god took him.

In the version of things where Chrom bleeds out, Grima shows some form of pity towards the end. Chrom appreciates having company for the end of the world.

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You know what scares me the most? Time. Not having enough of it. Not having done enough for my hereafter, for my meeting with My Lord. We may not even live to see the next minute yet, we act as if death will never come to us. Every second is precious man. Every second. 😔

Abu Abdir-Rahmaan Al-Umari (rahimahullaah) said:

”If a slave is one who keeps away from the doubtful matters due fear of falling into the forbidden and ruining one’s hereafter, he will abandon what does not concern him and will concern himself with what concerns him.”

[Jaami-ul Uloom Wal-Hikam: page:117]

Fudayl Ibn Iyaad (rahimahullaah) said:

”The people claim that the affair of keeping away from the doubtful matters out of fear of falling into the forbidden and ruining one’s hereafter is very difficult; but I do not come across two affairs, except that I select the affair that is more difficult for me (to abandon); so leave what makes you doubtful for what is not doubtful.”

[Jaami-ul Uloom Wal-Hikam: page:117]

Hassaan Bin Abee Sinaan (rahimahullaah) said:

”There is not anything easier than the affair of keeping away from the doubtful matters due to fear of falling into the forbidden and ruining one’s hereafter; so when you are doubt about something, leave it.”

[Jaami-ul Uloom Wal-Hikam: page:117]

Some of the people of knowledge and understanding said:

”When you speak, remember that Allaah hears you; and when you keep quiet, then remember that He sees you.”

[Jaami-ul Uloom Wal-Hikam: page:122]

Umar Bin Abdul Azeez (rahimahullaah) said:

”Whoever makes his speech reckon with his actions, then his speech in that which does not concern him will be little.”

[Jaami-ul Uloom Wal-Hikam: page: 122]

the omgcp characters as @dril tweets

bitty: what if all the locker room heteros want to kiss the gay player & it messes up their performance on the court? can we truly afford this #NBA

jack: sometimes i love to be able to want to be the man who is able to want to need to have his wants and needs able to be fulfilled sometimes

shitty: “This Whole Thing Smacks Of Gender,” i holler as i overturn my uncle’s barbeque grill and turn the 4th of July into the 4th of Shit

lardo: if a terrorist tried to get me. i’d just say like, “gods fake dude” then punch the gun out of his hand while hes contemplating the hereafter

ransom: mmy masters in agricultural science was just deemed invalid after footage arose of me dying

holster: please tell me I wasnt the only one screaming at the tv last night, begging for one of the VP candidates to recognize budweiser’s sacrifices

dex: always looking for exicting new up and comers in the realm of breathtaking digital online content to block

nursey: the last indie twitter acocunt. ..yeah thats me

chowder: “Why should there be only one good friday. Let’s try our best to make all the Fridays good. Thank you” -a quote i invented which made me cry

parse: I.m taking a break from people who think it is good to make a fool of me for drama purposes. Basically dont look at my page until im not mad

anonymous asked:

fics where draco is a smoker? i hate smoking but for some reason draco smoking sounds sexy lol

Smoker!Draco. Enjoy!

  • You’ll never know - strawberrykait, M, oneshot - Hermione and Draco have a post-coital argument over The Beatles, of all things.
  • who needs friends - camnz, M, 47 chapters - Friends prove difficult as Hermione and Blaise start dating, especially his friends. Malfoy is particularly offended by Hermione’s presence on the scene.
  • when tomorrow comes - provocative envy, M, oneshot - ONE-SHOT: I’d wanted the rest of the world to know, the same way I did—elementally, with every last scrap of blood and plasma and grey matter that called my brain its home—that she was mine, that I’d managed to dislodge my head from my arse long enough to recognize that perfection personified had a name, and it was Hermione. HG/DM.
  • the time is right - musyc, T, oneshot -  Draco is ready to be public about their relationship. Hermione must decide if the time is right. Tonight, at the celebration ball, is her last chance.
  • when strange things happen - jen3227, M, 2 chapters - Draco’s only really known Granger for a year. Then strange things happen, and he’s at a complete loss. So he does what he does best, and meddles into things he shouldn’t.
  • the sweet hereafter - eucalyptus, pg-13, 3 chapters - Sometimes pain and tragedy happen without reason. Hermione breaks away from the emptiness of a senseless war fifteen years in her past.
  • the rings of uncertainty - inadaze22, T, oneshot - The day Hermione left Ron, Malfoy just wanted to hear her talk. Now, she just wished he’d listen.
  • the revenant - atalanta84, MA, 10 chapters - Sometimes fate brings us far from home, and sometimes it brings us back again. When a friend’s mysterious death causes Draco Malfoy to return to Britain, he is finally forced to face his past, and the love he left behind. A story about second chances.
  • the pub quiz - tygermine, M, oneshot - Hermione and Draco get drunk and shag.
  • the distance between enemies and lovers - zomgshaylex, M, oneshot - “Harry said you volunteered to watch over Malfoy. Was that a serious offer?” Sigh. “If the Order needs me to, I will.” “Well, we’re moving him to the fourth floor so he can be unsociable out of our way.” “I’ll move to the third. Do I need to keep a record?” “If you feel it’s necessary. We won’t read it.” -8 Months, 19 Days- He ranted at me today about toasters. Said they were “evil blasted things” and walked away.
  • the devil’s secretary - frostykitten, T, 7 chapters - Malfoy ran his eyes over her from foot to hair. “I told her big breasts,” he muttered irritably before putting his head back down on the desk, looking entirely uninterested and hungover. Hermione added sexual harassment to the growing list against him.
  • the deadline - lena phoria, M, 39 chapters - It takes the unexpected engagement of their children to get Draco and Hermione in a room together, but only the selfish acts of their estranged spouses and a 300 Galleon bottle of firewhiskey will get them in a bedroom. What starts out as a one time mistake soon becomes a full-blown affair with a deadline; the day their children say ‘I do’. But things rarely go according to plan.
  • the best cure - musyc, M, oneshot - Hermione rolled over with a groan, buried her head beneath her pillows, and started plotting the slow, painful, and elaborate death of Dean Thomas. A Muggle night out, he said. No magic allowed, he said. No wands, no charms, no spells, he said.No Sobering potions, he failed to say.
  • speak easy - sectumsempsarah, GA, oneshot - AU. After making a name for himself in past Muggle America of the 1920s by running an illegal establishment, Draco Malfoy enjoys life away from Death Eater convictions and the watchful eye of the wizarding community. Hermione, on mission from the Ministry, has a set mind to bring him back to the 1990s.
  • room service - pir8fancier, M, oneshot - Post Hogwarts. Kids still at war. Angsty, angry, and men and women doing it in hotel rooms. This is obviously an AU by now.
  • puddle jumping - rzzmg, M, oneshot - Flatmates, but not lovers. Draco wants to change that fact, but he’s a man with too many vices, and not enough bravery to jump the puddles of his miserable life to get the girl he wants. How is it that “April showers” can possibly bring “May flowers” in his and Hermione’s case, given the black marks against him and the fact she’s got some ‘mystery man’ she’s pining for anyway?
  • princesses, frogs, and snakes - lovebugoc, K, 2 chapters - [She was never a princess and so, realistically, it was silly of her to expect a handsome prince to sweep her off her feet. Perhaps she was never supposed to find a prince. Perhaps it was always about the frog – or in this particular case, the snake.] Eventual Dramione. Two-parter.
  • magic and mayhem on baker street - cassinea, GA, oneshot - HAVING RETURNED TO LONDON in 1880 with my nerves shattered and left leg nearly crippled by a stray Jezail bullet, I found myself abruptly reacquainted with Mr Draco Malfoy while in urgent need of lodgings.
  • little, fragile toys - bex-chan, M, oneshot - ”That incident, their first kiss, always reminded her of a car crash; people often described how they could recall every moment before and every moment after, but the impact itself was lost or hazy, like when you find a new bruise and can’t remember where it came from. And Hermione could genuinely remember every detail that followed the impact. Every detail.” Dramione. One-shot.
  • liberation - evenstar101, M, 15 chapters - Five years after the Final Battle, Hermione is kidnapped for a ransom that only Draco Malfoy can provide. What is that ransom and will Draco be willing to pay the price for his former childhood enemy? DM/HG, EWE, warning of abuse in first few chapters
  • leap year - basicaquatics, pg-13, oneshot - “Nobody needs anybody, Granger. They just want to the point of pain.”
  • late night conversation over a rothmans - yenesi, pg-13, oneshot - As she manages with being left behind at the Order’s safe house, Hermione is caught off guard with the arrival of an unexpected guest. Will he help her out with an even bigger problem she is trying to deal with?
  • isle of her - godrevypoint, PG, oneshot - When Hermione and Ron discover that Harry’s been hiding Draco Malfoy in their home, Draco expects an uproar. However, Hermione seems to be taking the news quite well. Almost too well…
  • how we imagined light - horcuxnumber8, M, oneshot - The war is over, and while the rest of the Wizarding World drowns their sorrows in champagne and celebratory balls, Hermione finds comfort in an unconventional way…and with the most unexpected person. D/Hr, EWE.
  • hermione’s source -  daphne_minor, NC-17, oneshot - Hermione must meet with Draco in order to secure information for the Order blah blah I hate summaries.
  • drei lange monate - ixexa, MA, 18 chapters - Harry argues for Draco’s release at his parole hearing, two years after he was incarcerated. When Draco is released into his care, Ron Weasley promptly arrives at the house to ‘protect’ Harry, and Hermione arrives to try and keep Ron on the straight and narrow. A story of difficult and changing relationships.
  • decisions that made my bed - griffindorj, smutty_claus, M, oneshot - no summary
  • cruel and beautiful world - lena phoria, M, 50 chapters - After years of captivity, Hermione Granger fights her way onto the streets of Voldemort’s London with only the knife in her pocket and the blood on her hands. There’s a checkpoint on every corner, a curfew enforced by Voldemort’s most trusted followers, and the only way back to the Boy Who Lived is through the Death Eater who let her be captured in the first place. DM/HG. COMPLETE
  • crimson with a silver lining - lady cailan, M, 77 chapters - It is six years since the fall of the Ministry to Voldemort. Those other than purebloods are deemed less than human. When Ginny’s daughter ends up in grave danger, Hermione sells herself to the Death Eaters to save her life. Draco/Hermione. Not fluffy.
  • a change of heart - annem. oliver, m, 33 chapters - Draco Malfoy was tired of dating the same type of girl. Knowing he could get anyone he wanted, one day he saw Hermione Granger walking down the corridor of his office and he decided something… he decided he wanted her. He was up for the challenge and it would appear that so was she. All he had to do was buy her a book and all she had to do was change his heart.
  • a pale and pointed mirror - musyc, ma, 10 chapters- Someone is killing Death Eaters, and Draco Malfoy is at risk. Hermione investigates the murders and becomes enmeshed in lies and intrigue.
  • almost - yesterday4, ga, oneshot - Draco and Hermione share a moment on Christmas. Sometimes all that exists is the hint of more. During the war, post HBP.
  • anathema - lucilla darkate, M, oneshot - In the heat of battle, Hermione is faced with a choice and makes an irreversible decision. What happens when your soul mate is not who you thought he would be?
  • and so the journey of the night descends - sadiekate, pg-13, oneshot - What do two people do on the longest night of the year? Banter, mostly.
  • atrophy - applecede, pg-13, oneshot - Hermione finds her own personal library in Draco Malfoy.

-kelly

Edit: Thanks, river-in-egypt

  • Dirt Nap Dispatches by Scumblackentropy - Rated MA, WIP -  “Relax, Granger. I wanted a smoke. Then I wanted another. What better place to light up than in Hermione Granger’s non-smoking stairwell? There’s a bit of poetic justice to that, isn’t there?”

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Daily Tafsir of Ibn Kathir

The Parable of the Believers and the Disbelievers


Then, Allah, the Exalted, makes a parable of the disbelievers and the believers. He says,

(The likeness of the two parties) This refers to those disbelievers whom Allah first described as wretched, and then those believers whom He described with delightfulness. The first group is like one who is blind and deaf, while the second group is like he who sees and hears. Thus, the disbeliever is blind from the truth in this life and in the Hereafter. He is not guided to goodness, nor does he recognize it. He is deaf from hearing the proofs, thus he does not hear that which would benefit him. As Allah says,

(Had Allah known of any good in them, He would indeed have made them listen.)﴿8:23﴾ The believer is smart, bright and clever. He sees the truth and distinguishes between the truth and falsehood. Thus, he follows the good and abandons the evil. He hears and distinguishes between the proof and scepticism. Therefore, falsehood does not overcome him. Are these two types of people alike

(Will you not then take heed) This statement means, “Will you not consider, so that you may distinguish between these two categories of people.” This is as Allah mentions in another verse,

(Not equal are the dwellers of the Fire and the dwellers of the Paradise. It is the dwellers of Paradise that will be successful.)﴿59:20﴾ Allah also says,

(Not alike are the blind and the seeing. Nor are (alike) darkness and light. Nor are (alike) the shade and the sun’s heat. Nor are (alike) the living and the dead. Verily, Allah makes whom He wills to hear, but you cannot make hear those who are in graves. You are only a warner. Verily, We have sent you with the truth, a bearer of glad tidings and a warner. And there never was a nation but a warner had passed among them.)﴿35:19-24﴾

(25. And indeed We sent Nuh to his people (and he said): “I have come to you as a plain warner.”) (26. “That you worship none but Allah; surely, I fear for you the torment of a painful Day.”) (27. The chiefs who disbelieved among his people said: “We see you but a man like ourselves, nor do we see any follow you but the meanest among us and they (too) followed you without thinking. And we do not see in you any merit above us, in fact we think you are liars.”)

The Qur'an is the companion of the mujahid.

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Extra commentary I wanted to add.

Before you read the words of the shaykh I just want to add a few words of my own, just a personal observation of the relationship between the shuhada and the Qur'aan.

Subhan Allah you see such a correlation between the chosen slaves of Allaah and their relationship with the book. Each one of them has a unique way they are attached to it, but the centrepiece has always been the book itself.

Some brothers you see even though they haven’t memorised much of the book, sit with it, reciting, pausing at a verse, showing it to others, looking at it in awe, repeating the same verse for days.
Almost like a child with a new toy, he cherishes it, recites it wherever he is, you can hear his voice humming it wherever he goes, as he stands in ribaat through the night, as he sprints into the frontline to bury the enemies of Allah, it sticks with him subhan Allah this is one type of attachment you see often.

Another is those brothers who have memorised a large portion whilst Allah has blessed them with a flute in their throats like that of Dawud alayhi salaam. By Allah, before hijrah when you would come across a masjid where the imaam was the possessor of a melodious voice or a recitation maybe online which was pleasing to the ear, one would really become attach to it.
However the difference now when you’re led in salaah by a mujaahid brother holding a beautiful voice, by Allah it’s not the same.
Again by Allah it is not in any way the same experience, the overwhelming connection you feel now coming across the verses of The creator, whilst you are no longer under the servitude of the kuffaar and have submitted every last ounce of your nafs to Him.
They hit you like bricks, one after the other, subhan Allah you can feel the one leading you in the salaah breaking down as the ayaat leave his lips they sit like mountains on your chest, a verse you would have read all your life in daar al kufr without thinking twice about now makes your knees begin to fail you in the prayer. Such are the ahl al Qur'aan in shaam, by Allah they hold onto it as if it’s the only thing they possess, when they’re caught up with dunya work you notice the anxiety in their character as they long to be alone in the darkest depths of the night stood before their lord, reciting his words. Their love for their lord soars beyond conceivability and their faith drives them to His worship, until Allaah chooses for them the time to leave from the limited parameters of the dunya, into His everlasting bliss.

So cherish the book, hold fast to it and fear the day that goes by and you haven’t sat with it.

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So to proceed with the original text:

Ash Shaykh Al Mujahid, Abdullah Azzam rahimullahu ta’ala.

The Qur’an:

“So, it is upon you to tend to the Qur’an - the pillar of the heart, the light of the chest, the remover of sadness. And this time period is the period of
memorization of the Qur’an.

I started in and benefited greatly from the days of training in 1969 (when fighting in Palestine). I benefited greatly from the memorization of the Qur’an, and it was the period of golden purity of the heart and spirit. So, it is easy for you to memorize here; very easy…yes. I had a large-print Mushaf, and during the time in which I would stand guard at night, I would repeat what I had memorized during the day.

So, if I mispronounced a word, I opened it, and I would read it using the light of the Moon. As for now, I cannot even see using the light of the Sun, so, we ask Allah to strengthen our eyesight…
So, try to memorize five verses of the Qur’an everyday, and start with ‘al-Anfal.’ Everyday, after the morning prayer, make for yourself a sitting with the Noble Qur’an. Memorize five verses of ‘al-Anfal,’ and review the five verses from the previous day.

You can memorize it in fifteen days: seventy-five verses, five verses each day…this should be very easy on you…

Our brother, Khalid Qablan - who was martyred two days ago in Khost, Abu al-Walid, from Riyad - was martyred on Friday, at 2:30 p.m. I visited his brothers after his martyrdom, not knowing that he had been martyred, and everyone who was around him said that everything about him indicated that he was preparing for the Hereafter. They said that he would choose to stand guard from midnight to 1:00 a.m., then he would stay up in prayer until the Fajr. He would make the adhan for Fajr, then pray.

After that, he would begin his adhkar. He would fast every Monday and Thursday - continuously - and the White Days (13th, 14th, 15th day of each month), and the six days of Shawwal. They also said that on the night before Friday - and it was the final night of his life - he stood guard from midnight to 1:00 a.m., stayed up in prayer until the Fajr, made the adhan for Fajr, prayed, made his morning adhkar, then we moved to the location of the battle for that day. On the way there, he recited ‘al-Kahf,’ and increased in his invoking of peace and blessings upon the Prophet.

When we arrived - his companion from Yemen narrates - “I asked him if he had finished his recitation of ‘al-Kahf,’ and he said: “Yes.” Then, we started firing the mortar rounds, and the nineteenth shell exploded inside the mortar, and many pieces of shrapnel entered his body. He gasped only twice, then he submitted his soul to the Lord of the Worlds.”“

[‘Fi at-Tarbiyah al-Jihadiyyah wal-Bina”; 2/40-42]

[mother earth will swallow you :: lay your body down]

“Killian,” she weeps. “I’m so sorry. I’m so sorry.”

The Dark Ones stand face to face on the shore of the lake, as the avatars of all their forebearers scream and swoop around them, as the wind rages, as the sky weeps, as the stars fall. As Emma Swan holds Excalibur in her hands, and Killian Jones stands in front of her, arms spread, baring his heart to her.

(He has. He always has.)

“Now, Emma,” he manages, barely above a whisper. “Bloody hell, love, do it. Kill me. Destroy the darkness. You’ll be free. You’ll have a future.”

“No,” she sobs. “Not without you.”

“Do it!” Something of the demon shows in the black flash of his eyes, even as they glisten with the tears of mortal heartbreak, the impossible task, as he knows what he is asking of her. Tried to bait Rumplestiltskin into killing him, to spare her this, and yet it failed. It had to come to this. It always did.

“Do it,” he repeats, voice barely steady. “I trust you, Emma. You’ll do whatever you have to. There isn’t much time. You have to. You always did.”

Emma’s hands are shaking like a leaf as she lifts the engraved blade, as she can barely stand to point it at his chest, almost blacks out at the idea of driving it into him. The magic hisses and snarls, the Dark Ones past dive and dart at the Dark Ones present, as the shield grows weaker and weaker. In another moment, they will break through, and all will be too late.

“I love you,” she cries. “Killian, I love you.”

“I know.” He manages one frail, final smile for her, does his best to look brave. “I’ll see you again one day.”

Emma is drowning, clutching for herself, feeling as if the dagger itself is ripping through her. As she swings her arm back, and drives Excalibur home.

He staggers. Goes to his knees. She gasps, retching, as she throws the crumbling-to-ash-blade away and crawls to him, gathers him into her arms. “Look at me,” she sobs. “Look at me.”

He does. She can see the light of him, of her pirate, of the man who gave up everything and more for her, the warm, warm blue, shining up at her. As the darkness comes screaming out of her, of them, as she can feel it scour through her, as she feels as if she’s come up from a deep, deep dive, as she breathes, as she clutches him to her chest and weeps as if she cannot stop.

She breathes.

He does not.

A star falls from the sky, and its reflection splashes in brilliant, blinding circles into the water, as the darkness pulls him from her arms, as his body goes under. As she falls flat, almost incoherent with grief, clawing toward the edge of the lake, unable to take her eyes off him for a moment. As the darkened streetlamps come on again, as the world starts turning again, but stops in its tracks for her. As she shakes, and shakes, and screams.

“DAMN YOU!”

“DAMN YOU!”

“DAMN –

“YOU!!!!!”

———–

Killian Jones is falling, falling, falling, falling, through nothing. Through space and time, through dimensions, through life and death itself, the burning wound still in his breast, Icarus flown too close to the sun. He is content to fall, for in this transcendence he is nothing, and he is at rest, and it is good.

He is only barely aware of sensation again, but a strange, fogged, impossible sort – twisted and yet clearer, not the demonic magic, not even life itself. He has gone beyond that. Something rocking beneath him. The sound of water. At one with the sea, forever here to soothe his soul – yet he is a fool to hope so. He is a sinner, he is the dark made flesh, he is destined for no easy surcease, no peaceful hereafter. He will wear the chains he forged in life, and now for all eternity. He will burn.

“Killian?”

It’s Emma, he thinks, with a leap of terror. She’s followed him down here. He hasn’t saved her after all. The darkness still has her, he failed, he –

But no. It’s a different voice. Deeper.

One he hasn’t heard in centuries.

“Killian!”

His eyes fly open.

He looks up, and stares.

He remembers, now. Dying in Emma’s arms.

He had never expected to wake in Liam’s.

73 Benefits of Zikr- Imam Ibn Qayyim (RH)

Ibn Qayyim (RH), a well-known Muhadith (A scholar of traditions), has written an authentic book, ‘Al-Waabilus Sayyib’, on the virtues of Zikr, which are more than one hundred and he has listed seventy nine of these, which are briefly given below in the same order. Some of these include multiple benefits, in that case their actual number exceeds more than one hundred:

1) Zikr keeps away the Shaitân and weakens his strength.

2) It is the cause of Almighty Allah Ta’ala’s pleasure.

3) It relieves the mind from anxieties and worries.

4) It produces joy and happiness in the heart.

5) It strengthens the body and mind.

6) It brightens the face and heart.

7) It attracts one’s sustenance.

8) It invests the Zâkirs with awe and sweetness so that the beholder is filled with awe and pleasure at his sight.

9) It induces love for Allah Ta’ala, which in fact is the spirit of Islam and the pivot of Deen (religion), and the source of success and salvation in the Hereafter. He who seeks access to the love of Almighty Allah Ta’ala should do Zikr profusely. Just as reading and repetition is the door of knowledge, so Zikr of Allah Ta’ala is the gateway of His love.

10) Zikr involves Muraqabah (transcendental meditation) through which one reaches the stage of Ihsân, wherein a person worships Almighty Allah Ta’ala as if he is actually seeing Him. (The attainment of this stage of Ihsân is the ultimate objective of the Sufis).

11) It helps in realization of Allah Ta’ala so that by and by a stage is reached when he comes to regard Almighty Allah Ta’ala as his sole Cherisher, Guardian and Master, and he turns unto Him, in all afflictions.

12) It is the key to the nearness of Almighty Allah Ta’ala. More abundant the Zikr, more one will get nearer to Allah Ta’ala, and greater the indifference to Zikr, greater will be the distance from Him.

13) It opens the doors of realization (Ma’arifat) of Allah Ta’ala.

14) It makes one to realize the greatness and grandeur of Almighty Allah Ta’ala, and strengthens the consciousness of His omni-presence.

15) Zikr of Allah Ta’ala causes one’s mention in the court of Allah Ta’ala, as is mentioned in the Holy Book (Al-Qur’ân):

فَاذْكُرُونِي أَذْكُرْكُمْ وَاشْكُرُوا لِي وَلَا تَكْفُرُونِ

“ Remember me, and I will remember you.” (2:152)

And as stated in the Hadith:

“Whosoever remembers Me in his heart. I remember him in My heart”. (Bukhâri & Muslim Sharief)

It has already been explained under other verses and Ahâdith that, even if there were no other good points in Zikr, except those mentioned above, this alone would have established its superiority over others. Nevertheless, there are many more virtues and benefits of Zikr.

16) It gives life to the heart. Hafiz Ibn Taimiyah (RA) says that Zikr is so much necessary for the heart as water for the fish. Imagine the condition of a fish out of water.

17) It is food for the heart and soul; to deprive them of Zikr is like depriving the body of its food.

18) It cleanses the heart of its rust. It has been mentioned in the Hadith; everything rusts according to its nature; and the heart rusts with worldly desires and indifference; to purify it, Zikr is necessary.

19) It safeguards against pitfalls and lapses.

20) The heart of neglectful person is tormented by a feeling of remoteness from Allah Ta’ala, and nothing other than Zikr can rid off the heart from this feeling.

21) The words of Zikr keep circulating round the Arsh of Almighty, as stated in a Hadith.

22) If one remembers Allah Ta’ala in happiness, Almighty Allah Ta’ala remembers him in his afflictions.

23) It is a means of deliverance from Allah Ta’ala’s punishment.

24) It causes Allah Ta’ala’s peace and mercy to descend, while angels surround the person engaged in Zikr.

25) It saves one’s tongue from indulging in backbiting, loose talk, lies, and abuses. It is a common experience that a man whose tongue remains engaged in Zikr does not commit these absurdities. On the other hand, a tongue that is not busy in Zikr, falls an easy prey to all kinds of useless talk.

26) The gatherings of Zikr are the gatherings of angels, and gatherings without Zikr are gatherings of Satan. A person is free to have a choice between the two, and verily a man, by instinct, is drawn towards what suits to his temperament.

27) By virtue of Zikr, the Zâkir is blessed and also the person sitting by him. Similarly, the indolent person is accursed for his indolence and also the person sitting by him.

28) Zikr will save one from despair on the Day of Judgement. This is confirmed by one of the Ahâdith which says that the gathering devoid of Allah Ta’ala’s Zikr will cause sorrow and losses on that Day.

29) If Zikr is accompanied by tears and loneliness, the Zâkir will be blessed under the shadow of Allah Ta’ala’s Throne on the Day of Judgement when hearts will jump to lips due to agony of intolerable heat of that Day.

30) Those who remain busy in Zikr are better rewarded by Allah Ta’ala than those who remain busy in Dua (prayer) and supplication. According to one Hadith, Almighty Allah Ta’ala says that "I will reward one better who is engrossed in Zikr than the one who is busy in making Dua”.

31) In spite of the fact that Zikr is the easiest form of worship (the movement of the tongue being easier than the movement of any other part of the body), All the same it is the most virtuous form.

32) Allah Ta’ala’s Zikr helps the plants of Paradise to grow.

33) Of all the actions, the reward and forgiveness promised for Zikr is the highest. According to a Hadith, if on any day a person repeats the following words one hundred times:

لا اله إلا وحده لا شريك له له الملك و له الحمد و هو على كل شىء قدير

"There is none worthy of worship except Allah Ta’ala, the One. There is no partner with Him; His is the kingdom, and for Him is all praise, and He is All-powerful to do everything.”

He is rewarded as much as for freeing ten slaves, and in addition one hundred virtues are written in his account and one hundred sins are forgiven. He remains protected against the devil throughout the day, and none is considered as having acted better than him except one who has recited the same words more often than he did. Similarly, there are many other Ahâdith proclaiming the superiority of Zikr over all other good deeds.

34) Due to incessant Zikr one does not forget his own soul. Forgetting one’s soul leads to failure in both the worlds, because forgetting the remembrance of Allah Ta’ala leads to neglecting one’s own soul and all its best interests. Allah Ta’ala says in His book:

وَلَا تَكُونُوا كَالَّذِينَ نَسُوا اللَّهَ فَأَنْسَاهُمْ أَنْفُسَهُمْ أُولَئِكَ هُمُ الْفَاسِقُونَ

“And be not ye as those who forgot Allah Ta’ala and therefore He caused them to forget their souls. Such are the evil-doers”.(59:19)

Thus, when one forgets his own soul, he becomes careless and forgets his real interests, which leads to his ruin in the same way as a garden or field is invariably ruined when its owner fails to look after it. To remain protected from this ruin, one should keep his tongue always busy in Zikr to such an extent that it (zikr) becomes indispensable for him in such a way as water is for thirsty, food for hungry or a house and clothes for the needy. As a matter of fact, one should be more mindful towards Zikr than any of these material necessities which are a small loss if lost as compared with the spiritual death.

35) Zikr is the source of one’s spiritual elevation whether one is engaged in it while in bed or in the market, in good health or in sickness, or even when one is enjoying most of the pleasures of life. Nothing but Zikr can take a man to such spiritual heights whereby his heart is so illuminated with the radiance of Zikr that even while asleep he is more wakeful than a neglectful person who is awake all the night.

36) The Noor (radiance) of Zikr remains with a person in his life as well as in his grave. It will guide him on the Sirât in the Hereafter. Almighty Allah Ta’ala says in the Quran:

أَوَمَنْ كَانَ مَيْتًا فَأَحْيَيْنَاهُ وَجَعَلْنَا لَهُ نُورًا يَمْشِي بِهِ فِي النَّاسِ كَمَنْ مَثَلُهُ فِي الظُّلُمَاتِ لَيْسَ بِخَارِجٍ مِنْهَا كَذَلِكَ زُيِّنَ لِلْكَافِرِينَ مَا كَانُوا يَعْمَلُونَ

“Can he who was dead and whom We gave life, and a light whereby he can walk among men, be like him who is in utter darkness whence he cannot emerge?” (6:122)

The one mentioned first is the faithful, who believes in Allah Ta’ala and shines with the light of His love, Zikr, and cognizance, while the second one is devoid of all these virtues. In reality this radiance is a great blessing and leads to perfect success. That is why Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) used to beg in prolonged prayers for it to circulate in every part of his body. As mentioned in Ahâdith, Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) prayed that Almighty Allah Ta’ala may bless his flesh, bones, muscles, hair skin, eyes and ears with Noor, and that he may be surrounded with Noor on all sides; he even prayed that he may be blessed with Noor from top to bottom, and that his whole person may be transmitted into Noor. One’s deeds will shine according to the Noor in oneself so much that the good deeds of some people (while going to heaven) will shine like the Sun. Similar Noor will be found in their faces on the Day of Judgement.

37) Zikr is the basic principle of Tasawuf (Sufism) and is invoked in all the schools of Sufism. A person who gets conversant with Zikr enters the gateway of Almighty Allah Ta’ala, from Whom he will get whatever he wishes, for Allah Ta’ala’s treasures are unlimited.

38) There is not a single corner in the heart of a man which cannot be filled but with Zikr. When Zikr controls the heart, not only does it fill up this corner but also leads the Zâkir to that kind of contentment which any amount of wealth would fail to produce. Such a person gets respect among people, which his family or party fails to bring about. He earns such a control over people that a sovereign would never dream of. On the other hand, disgrace descends over an indolent in spite of all his wealth and riches, party, strength and powers.

39) Zikr transforms distraction into concentration, remoteness into nearness. This means that one gets relieved of troubles, worries and fears, and is blessed with peace of mind. His mistakes and sins are forgiven, and the devils who are after him are dispersed away. It makes him to remember that the Hereafter is not far away, and the worldly life has little attraction for him.

40) Zikr does not allow one’s heart to suffer from forgetfulness, which leads to ignoring one’s ultimate interest.

41) Zikr is just like a tree whose fruit is realization of Almighty Allah Ta’ala. More a person engages himself in the Zikr, stronger shall grow the root of this tree and more abundant will it bear the fruits.

42) Zikr of Almighty Allah Ta’ala promotes nearness to Him and thereby one earns His constant patronage. It is mentioned in the Quran.

إِنَّ اللَّهَ مَعَ الَّذِينَ اتَّقَوْا وَالَّذِينَ هُمْ مُحْسِنُونَ

“For Allah Ta’ala is with those who restrain themselves and those who do good” (16:128)

It is stated in one Hadith:

ان مع عبدي ما ذكرني

“I am with my slave who remembers Me”. (Bukhâri Sharief)

According to another Hadith, Allah Ta’ala says,

“Those who remember Me are My men, and I do not deprive them of My mercy. When they repent, I Am their friend, but when they do not repent. I Am their physician. I put them to worries to condone their sins.“

The nearness to Allah Ta’ala that is developed due to excessive Zikr has no parallel. No words and no writing can describe this nearness. Its taste is known only to those who are blessed with it. (May Almighty Allah Ta’ala also bless me with the same).

43) Zikr of Allah Ta’ala is as meritorious as it is to liberate slaves, to spend in charity, and to perform Jihâd in the path of Allah Ta’ala.

(Many virtues of this kind have already been described and more will further be narrated in this book).

44) Zikr is the fundamental form of thanksgiving to Almighty Allah Ta’ala. One who does not perform Zikr cannot thank Him. It is stated in Hadith that Hadhrat Musa (AS) had asked Allah Ta’ala,

"O My Lord! You have done me countless favours, teach me the manner in which I should thank you befittingly.”

Allah Ta’ala says:

“The more you perform Zikr, the more thanks you offer.”

According to another Hadith, Hadhrat Musa u is reported to have said,

“O, Lord! how can I offer thanks worthy of Your greatness.”

Allah Ta’ala replied:

“Let your tongue be always engaged in Zikr.”

45) According to Allah Ta’ala, the best of the pious people are those who always remain busy in Zikr, because piety leads to paradise, and Zikr to the nearness to Allah Ta’ala.

46) There is a sort of hardness in the human heart which does not get softened by anything except Zikr.

47) In fact, Zikr is a remedy for all the ills of heart.

48) Zikr of Allah Ta’ala is the root of His love, and neglecting Zikr is the root of His enmity.

49) Nothing is more effective than Zikr in attracting Allah Ta’ala’s blessings and in warding off His chastisement.

50) Almighty Allah Ta’ala grants His grace to those who perform Zikr, and the angels pray for them.

51) One who wants to remain in the gardens of Paradise, even in this life, should sit in gathering of Zikr, because these are like the gardens of Paradise.

52) Gatherings of Zikr are also the gatherings of angels.

53) In the presence of angels, Almighty Allah Ta’ala praises those who perform Zikr.

54) One who is constant in performing Zikr will enter Paradise in high spirits.

55) All good deeds are attained because of Zikr.

56) A good deed becomes superior to others of its kind because of Zikr. Of the fasts, the one with more Zikr is the best; Of the Hajj, one with excessive Zikr is more virtuous. Similar is the case with other good deeds like Jihâd etc.

57) Zikr is a substitute of Nafl Salâh and other non-obligatory devotions. It is related in one Hadith that the poor people once complained to Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) of the higher reward available to the rich because of their wealth.

They said, “These rich men offer prayers and fast just as we do, but they excel us by performing Umrah and Hajj, and by taking part in Jihâd on account of their wealth.“

Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) replied: “Should I tell you something, so that none except one who practices it can excel you.” He then advised them to recite:

سبحان الله - الحمد لله - الله اكبر

after every Salâh. (Bukhâri Sharief)

By this, Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) has indicated the importance of Zikr to be the substitute for various kinds of worship, like Umrah, Hajj, Jihâd etc.

58) Zikr is very helpful to all other forms of worship. Excessive Zikr creates love for various forms of worship and one starts taking delight in performing them and never feels bored or burdened.

59) Zikr is a solution to all the difficulties, and a good remedy for all kinds of misery. It lightens every burden, and relieves every affliction

60) Zikr dispels every fear of the heart It has a special hand in inducing peace of mind and for relieving the heart of its fear. To free the heart of its fears and mind of its perplexity is one of the specific qualities of Zikr. Therefore greater the amount of Zikr , greater is the freedom from fear.

61) By virtue of Zikr, one is blessed with the Divine help in all his doings. That is why sometimes a man achieves such distinctions which are beyond his capacity and he attains what evidently seems beyond his reach. Once Hadhrat Fatimah (RA) complained to Rasulullah’s (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) of excessive fatigue due to grinding of wheat and other domestic drudgery. She requested that a 'domestic help’ may be arranged for her. Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) advised her to recite 'Subhân Allah Ta’ala’ and 'Alhamdu Lillah’ each thirty three times and 'Allah Ta’alau Akbar’ thirty four times. The Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) further said to her: “The recitation of these Kalimas is better for you than a servant”. (Abu Dawood Sharief)

62) Those who are working for Hereafter are in a race, wherein the Zâkirs shall remain ahead of all on account of the Zikr. Umar Maula Ghufra (RA) says that ‘on the Day of Judgement when people will be rewarded for their good deeds many will repent why they neglected Zikr when it was the easiest of all the good deeds and highest in reward. In a Hadith, Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) is quoted to have said:

“The Mufarrideen have surpassed all”.

He was asked:

“Who were the Mufarrideen?”

The Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) replied:

“Those who toil hard for Zikr because it lightens their burdens”. (Muslim Sharief)

63) Those who perform Zikr are deemed truthful by Almighty Allah Ta’ala and those who are testified as such by Almighty Allah Ta’ala will not be raised with the liars on the Day of Judgement. It is quoted on the authority of the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) that when a man utters:

لا اله إلا الله و الله اكبر

Allah Ta’ala proclaims:

“My slave has spoken the truth, and nobody is worthy of Worship except 1, and I am the Greatest of all.”

64) While being engaged in Zikr the angels remain busy in constructing houses in Paradise for the performers. When Zikr is stopped, the angels also stop construction of the houses. When asked why a particular construction was stopped by the angels, they reply, “The construction had to be stopped because funds for that were stopped. The fact is confirmed by a Hadith, which reads when a man recites seven times:

سبحان الله و بحمده سبحان الله العظيم

A tower is raised for him in the Paradise.

65) Zikr provides protection against the Hell fire. If, due to any misdeed a Zâkir deserves the Hell, his Zikr acts as defense against the Hell. The more his Zikr is, the stronger will be this defense.

66) The angels pray for the forgiveness of Zâkireen (those who are engaged in Zikr). It is related on the authority of Hadhrat Amr bin Aas (RA) that when a person says:

الحمد لله رب العالمين سبحان الله و بحمده

the angels pray to Almighty Allah Ta’ala for his forgiveness.

67) Any place whether a mountain or plain on which Zikr is recited, feels proud of it. According to a Hadith, one mountain asks another if any Zâkir has crossed over it during the day, if the reply is in the affirmative, it feels happy.

68) Zikr guarantees immunity from hypocrisy, for Almighty Allah Ta’ala has described the hypocrite as:

لا يذكرون الله إلا قليلا

They do not remember Allah Ta’ala except very rarely. It is also related on the authority of Ka’b Ahbâr (RA) that he who performs frequent Zikr of Allah Ta’ala is free from hypocrisy.

69) Compared with other good deeds, Zikr carries a special taste which is not found in any other action. Even if there were no other virtues of Zikr, this fine taste alone would have been a sufficient reward to justify it. Maalik bin Deenâr (RA) has said that nothing surpasses the taste of Zikr, which is the best and finest.

70) The faces of those who perform Zikr remain illume in this life, and will carry a special radiance in the Hereafter.

71) One who is frequently engaged in Zikr while sitting, standing, walking or in any other position, will find this earth testifying his act on the Day of Judgement. The day when the earth will throw out all that it knows. Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) asked his companions if they had any knowledge about what will that news. They expressed their ignorance. Then Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said, “Whatever deed is done good or bad, by any man or woman on the face of the earth, it (the earth) will narrate everything with date, time and place”. Hence, one who performs Zikr at whatever place he is will find number of witnesses in his favour.

72) As long as the tongue is busy in Zikr, it is saved from indulging in lies, backbiting or any other kind of evil talk. The tongue will engage itself in useless talk if it is not in Zikr. Same is the case with the heart; if it is devoid of the love for Almighty Allah Ta’ala, it will get filled with the love of worldly things.

73) The devils are outright enemies of man and always create trouble for him and keep him surrounded. The miserable condition of one who remains surrounded by enemies can well be imagined; especially when the enemies are vindictive and everyone of them wants to surpass the other in troubling him. Nothing except Zikr can protect him against these enemies. Many forms of Dua (prayer) are mentioned in the Ahâdith, so that, if any of these is recited by a person, then Satan dare not come near him. If the same is recited at the time of going to bed, one remains safe from Satan throughout the night.

Hafiz Ibn Qayyim (RA) has also mentioned many such Duas (prayers). In addition to these he has also mentioned in detail under six headings relative merits of Zikr as also some of the virtues, which are specific to Zikr alone. Then he has also given seventy five chapters of specific Duas (prayers), which are suited to specific times and occasions. For those blessed with determination to act, the virtues of Zikr detailed above are more than enough, and for those who are disinclined to act, thousands of such virtues would be of little avail.