VIRTUES OF ZIKR
HADITH - 2
A Sahabi once said, "0, Rasulullah, (SALLALLAHU
ALAIHI WASALLAM), I know that the commandments of Sharee-at are
many, but of these tell me the one that I may practice assiduously
throughout my life." The Prophet, (SALLALLAHU ALAIHI WASALLAM),
replied, "Keep your tongue always moist (i.e. busy) with
the zikr of Allah." According to another Hadith, Harat Mu'aaz
(Radhiyal-laho anho) has said, "Once at the time of my departure
from Rasulullah (Sallallahu ALAIHI WASALLAM), I asked him to advise
me of that action which is most pleasing to Almighty Allah: whereupon
he replied, "At the time of your death, your tongue should
be busy with zikr of Almighty Allah."
Note: By "my departure", Hadhrat Mu'aaz (Radhiyal-laho
anho) refers to the occasion when he was appointed by the Holy Prophet
(SALLALLAHU ALAIHI WASALLAM) as the Governor of Yemen and sent there
for teaching and propagating Islaam. It was at the time of that
farewell that Rasulullah (SALLALLAHU ALAIHI WASALLAM) had given
him some parting instructions.
By saying that "the commandments of Sharee-at are many",
the Sahabi had meant that although observance of every commandment
is imperative, to specialize and attain perfection in each and every
one is difficult; and so he wanted that Rasulullah (SALLALLAHU ALAIHI
WASALLAM), may recommend him something of over-riding importance
which he might hold fast to, and practice at all times and in all
conditions of sitting, standing or walking.
According to another Hadith, a person who possesses the following
four things is truly blessed, from the worldly as well as spiritual
point of view:—
1. A tongue ever absorbed in the zikr of Almighty Allah.
2. A heart filled with gratitude of Allah.
3. A body capable of undergoing hardships.
4. A wife who does not betray her husband's trust in respect of
her chastity and his wealth.
The phrase "moist tongue" according to some Ulama means
excessive utterance (of zikr) and, idiomatically, it is used to
convey excessive glorification and praise. But in my (the author's)
humble opinion it can have another meaning as well. It is always
very sweet and pleasant to talk of one's beloved, as is the common
feeling and experience of every lover. On this basis, the phrase
"moist tongue" would, therefore mean that one should glorify
with love the name of Almighty Allah, so as to feel love's sweetness
in the mouth.
I have observed many times that when some of my religious elders
do zikr aloud, the flavour of the sweetness enjoyed by them is so
transmitted to the listeners that their mouths also feel the sweetness
and they share the ecstasy likewise. But this phenomenon is possible
only where there is a genuine yearning for zikr, and the tongue
is accustomed to excessive zikr. It is stated in one Hadith that
the proof of one's love for Almighty Allah lies in one's love for
the zikr of Allah, and in the same way lack of zikr betrays lack
of attachment with Almighty Allah.
Hadhrat Abu Darda (Radhiyallaho anho) said that those
who keep their tongues wet with the zikr of Allah, will enter
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