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)