Posts Tagged ‘dhikr’

Ask the People of Knowledge if you don’t know – Imaam as-Sa’dee

November 19, 2013





Imaam as-Sa’dee said in his explanation of verse:



فَاسْأَلُوا أَهْلَ الذِّكْرِ إِنْ كُنْتُمْ لا تَعْلَمُوْنَ

So ask the People of Knowledge if you do not know.” (16:43)

{ وعموم هذه الآية، فيها مدح أهل العلم، وأن أعلى أنواعه، العلم بكتاب الله المنزل. فإن الله أمر من لا يعلم، بالرجوع إليهم، في جميع الحوادث، وفي ضمنه، تعديل لأهل العلم، وتزكية لهم، حيث أمر بسؤالهم}


And the generality of this verse contains praise for the People of Knowledge. And that the highest category of it (knowledge) is knowledge of the revealed Book of Allaah. For indeed Allaah commanded the one who doesn’t know to return to them (the People of Knowledge) in every situation. And contained in it is praise for the People of Knowledge and tazkiyyah (purification/recommendation) for them, because He commanded that they be asked.”



Imaam as-Sa’dee also said in explanation of verse (21:7):



فَاسْأَلُوا أَهْلَ الذِّكْرِ إِنْ كُنْتُمْ لا تَعْلَمُوْنَ

So ask the People of Knowledge if you do not know.”

{وهذه الآية وإن كان سببها خاصا بالسؤال عن حالة

الرسل المتقدمين من أهل الذكر وهم أهل العلم,فإنها عامة في كل مسألة من مسائل الدين أصوله وفروعه,إذا لم يكن عند الإنسان علم منها,أن يسأل من يعلمها,ففيه الأمر بالتعلم والسؤال لأهل العلم,ولم يأمر بسؤالهم إلا لأنهم يجب عليهم التعليم والإجابة عما علموه}



This verse, even though the reason for it was specifically to ask about the case of the previous Messengers from the People of the Reminder – and they are the People of Knowledge, then indeed it is general for every matter from the matters of the religion – its foundations and its branches – when a person doesn’t have knowledge about it, he asks the one who knows it. So in this is the command to learn from and ask the People of Knowledge. And He didn’t command that they be asked except because it is obligatory upon them to teach and answer with what they know”


Meaning of Dhikr

June 6, 2012

Shaikh Saalih Aalush Shaikh explained the meaning of “dhikr” (remembrance) thusly:


ما معنى ذكر الله ؟ هل هو التسبيح والتهليل والتحميد فقط ؟ الجواب : لا ، فذكر الله عامٌّ في كل ما يذكرك بالله ، كما جاء في صفة أولياء الله أنهم إذا رُؤوا ذُكِر الله . يعني إذا رأيتهم ذكرت الله بالقول ، ذكرت الله بالعمل ، ذكرت الله بالعلم ، هذه صفة الصادقين إذا رؤوا ذُكر الله ، ليس في رؤيتهم ذكر للدنيا ، إنما هو ذكر لله – جل وعلا – فذكر الله يعم أنواع العبادات ، كل العبادات القولية والعملية ، عبادات القلوب أو عبادات اللسان والجوارح كلها ذكر لله – جل وعلا – ، تلاوة القرآن ذكر لله – جل وعلا – قال تعالى ( إِنَّا نَحْنُ نَزَّلْنَا الذِّكْرَ وَإِنَّا لَهُ لَحَافِظُونَ ) (الحجر:9) وقال ( وَإِنَّهُ لَذِكْرٌ لَكَ وَلِقَوْمِكَ وَسَوْفَ تُسْأَلونَ ) (الزخرف:44) على أحد وجهي التفسير . كل نوع من أنواع العبادة ذِكْرٌ ، إذًا اذكر الله بجميع أنواع العبادات


What is the meaning of dhikr of Allah (God)?  Is it saying “Subhaan Allah1”, “Laa ilaaha illallah2”, and “Alhamdulillah3” only?  The answer is no.  Dhikr of Allah is general for everything that makes you remember Allah, as comes in the description of the Awliyaa of Allah  – that when they are seen, Allah is remembered. Meaning – when you see them, you remember Allah in speech, action, and knowledge.  This is a description of the truthful – when they are seen, Allah is remembered.  There is not remembrance  of the worldly life  from seeing them.  There is only remembrance of Allah – Exalted and Lofty is He.

So dhikr of Allah generally includes all types of worship.  All types of worship from speech, actions, actions of the heart, the tongue, and the limbs- all of that is dhikr of Allah – Exalted and Lofty is He.  Reciting the Quran is dhikr of Allah – Exalted and Lofty is He.  He, The Most High, said (translated): ‘Indeed We have sent down the Dhikr (i.e. the Quran) and indeed We will preserve it’4 (15:9) and He said (translated): ‘And indeed it is a dhikr (reminder) for you and for your people and you will be questioned (about it).’ 43:44




1God is Perfect and Free from all deficiencies and defects

2None deserves to be worshiped except for God alone

3God alone deserves all the praise and thanks

4This is a proof the Quran has been unchanged in 1400 years since its revelation and that it will continue to remain unchanged as Allah (God) has Himself promised to preserve it.  The preservation of the previous Books (the Tawrah revealed to Moses, the Injeel revealed to Jesus son of Mary, etc) was entrusted to men, and they failed in that, see these verses: 5:44, 2:75,79

A people don’t sit in a gathering remembering Allah…

June 6, 2012

It is narrated from Sahl bin al-Hanthaliyah that the Prophet – sallallahu alayhe wa sallam – said:

مَا جَلَسَ قَوْمٌ مَجْلِسًا يَذْكُرُوْنَ اللهَ عَزَّوجَلَّ فِيْهِ

A people don’t sit in a gathering remembering Allah, Exalted and Lofty is He, in it


فَيَقُومُونَ, حَتَّى يُقَالُ لَهُمْ: قُومُوا

And then get up (to leave) so it is said to them: Get up!


قَدْ غَفَرَ اللهُ لَكُم

Indeed Allah has forgiven you


وبُدِّلَتْ سَيِّئَاتُكُمْ حَسَنَات

And your bad deeds have been turned into good deeds


Shaikh Albanee said it was authentic due to narrations other than it (صحيح لغيره ) in Saheeh at-Targheeb


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