What is the virtue of Dhikr (remembrance of Allah Ta’ala)?
Among the many virtues of remembering Allah Ta’ala are the following:
1) Sayyiduna Abu Hurayrah (radiyallahu ‘anhu) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said:
Allah Ta’ala says:
I am as my servant thinks of me and I am with him when he remembers me. If he remembers me in solitude, I remember him in solitude. If he remembers me in a gathering I remember him in a superior gathering…
(Sahih Bukhari, Hadith: 7405 and Sahih Muslim, Hadith: 2675)
2) Sayyiduna ‘Abdullah ibn Busr (radiyallahu ‘anhu) reports that a man once said:
O Rasulullah, ‘The (optional) ‘ibadat have become too much for me, inform me of something that I should rather cling on to’.
Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) replied:
‘Your tongue should remain moist with the remembrance of Allah’.
(Sunan Tirmidhi, Hadith: 3375 and Sunan Ibn Majah, Hadith: 3794. Imam Tirmidhi (rahimahullah) has declared this Hadith as sound –hasan-)
3) Sayyiduna Mu’adh ibn Jabal (radiyallahu ‘anhu) says: I asked Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) ‘Which action is the most beloved to Allah’?
Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) replied: ‘That you leave this world in such a condition that your tongue is moist with the remembrance of Allah’
(Sahih Ibn Hibban; Al Ihsan, Hadith: 818)
And Allah Ta’ala knows best
Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala