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The Meaning Of Zikr In The Holy Quran


By Aftab Ahmad, New Age Islam

30 January, 2015

And whoever turns away from My remembrance - indeed, he will have a depressed life, and We will gather him on the Day of Resurrection blind."He will say, "My Lord, why have you raised me blind while I was [once] seeing?" [ Allah ] will say, "Thus did Our signs come to you, and you forgot them; and thus will you this Day be forgotten." And thus do We recompense he who transgressed and did not believe in the signs of his Lord. And the punishment of the Hereafter is more severe and more enduring.(Taha: 124-127)

In the verses quoted above, God warns those who turn away from His remembrance of a miserable life in the world and of gathering him on the Day of Resurrection blind.

The questions is: what is meant by Zikr? Is it the chanting of the name of God by the Sufis or the revelations of God on the whole or only the holy Quran? The Quran has used some words in a comprehensive way and so more than one explanation of those words is possible. Here the punishment for turning away from God’s remembrance makes the believer shiver with fear and he wants to know the true meaning of the word.

In Surah Ambiya too, the word zikr has been mentioned a number of times.

No mention (Message, word) comes to them anew from their Lord except that they listen to it while they are at play (2)

And We had already given Moses and Aaron the criterion and a light and a reminder for the righteous. (48)



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  1. I need text kalam e pak for tafseer and mafhoom e tarjuma

    By md yousufudddin khan 21/06/2020 23:28:07
  2. Zikr is:

    1.      Contemplation of God and celebrating His praises.


    (3:191) Men who celebrate the praises of Allah, standing, sitting, and lying down on their sides, and contemplate the (wonders of) creation in the heavens and the earth, (With the thought): "Our Lord! not for naught Hast Thou created (all) this! Glory to Thee! Give us salvation from the penalty of the Fire.


    2.      Recitation of the Quran or listening to its recitation

    (7:204) When the Qur´an is read, listen to it with attention, and hold your peace: that ye may receive Mercy.(205) And do thou (O reader!) Bring thy Lord to remembrance in thy (very) soul, with humility and in reverence, without loudness in words, in the mornings and evenings; and be not thou of those who are unheedful.


    3.      Worship of Allah in any form in a place or worship or pilgrimage.

    (22:40) ….monasteries, churches, synagogues, and mosques, in which the name of Allah is commemorated in abundant measure (yuzkaru fiha ismullahi kaseera).


    4.      The highest and the most liked form of Zikr is Salat. The Prophet (PBUH) spent between one third to two thirds of the night offering Tahajud prayer besides the obligatory prayers and othe non obligatory prayers.

    (2:239) If ye fear (an enemy), pray on foot, or riding, (as may be most convenient), but when ye are in security, celebrate Allah´s praises  (fazkurullah) in the manner He has taught you, which ye knew not (before).


    Salat is a form of zikr that was taught to the Prophet (which he knew not before) which is being referred to in the verse above.

    (62:9) O ye who believe! When the call is proclaimed to prayer on Friday (the Day of Assembly), hasten earnestly to the Remembrance of Allah (zikrillahi), and leave off business (and traffic): That is best for you if ye but knew!

    There are many other verses where Salat is clearly zikr

    Salat is a form of zikr that is obligatory and therefore ranks higher than any other form of zikr.


    (4:103) When ye pass (Congregational) prayers, celebrate Allah´s praises, standing, sitting down, or lying down on your sides; but when ye are free from danger, set up Regular Prayers: For such prayers are enjoined on believers at stated times.



    Salat combines recitation of the Quran, Zikr, affirming the Kalima, seeking Gods help and guidance in following the straight path, celebrating the praises of Allah, sending durood on the Prophet(pbuh), sending Salam to all, thanksgiving, followed by a very personal Dua.  Performance of all the obligatory salat also shows obedience to the command as well as showing grateful acceptance for the gift of Allah to Muslims which is the salat. A Muslim considers himself fortunate to be able to offer salat and feels grateful to God for it.


    By Observer 31/01/2015 02:31:02