“The hearts (consciousness) finds contentment only in the remembrance of Allah (dhikrullah; to remember one’s essential reality, or original self, i.e. Allah, as comprising the essence of all things with His Names)!”
Why is this so?
Because man is created with the capacity to deliberate on the infinite, yet infinity and limitlessness are attributes of Allah!
When the Rasul of Allah (saw) says, “La uhsi thana’an ‘alaika, Anta kama athnaita ‘ala Nafsika,” which means “It is not possible to duly praise You, only You can praise Yourself as only You have true knowledge of Yourself,” he is referring to the reality that the limitless infinite Being can never be truly comprehended.
So, what must we do in this situation?
Get to know Him to the extent He allows us to!
Observe and know ourselves in His mirror!
Become awed by His infinite, limitless perfection and sublime qualities and wisdom...
Perhaps this is the reality the Rasul (saw) was referring to when he said, “O Allah, increase my bewilderment!”
Dhikr is the tool to knowing Allah. Dhikr is done either with the name Allah as it encompasses the Absolute Essence, Divine Attributes and all the other Names, or with specific Names. As we have explained many times before, man is a composition of the divine Names. Every person comprises a different composition of all of the divine Names, collectively referenced by the name ‘Allah’. We call these compositions ‘man’. Allah calls these compositions ‘man’.
Man’s Rabb is the divine power designated by the Names of Allah that comprise him. Each person being different to the other is due to the varying levels of power with which the Names of Allah constitute him.
When one repeats the name Allah in their dhikr, it strengthens all of the names that comprise him equivalently; thus, all his qualities develop equally.
But, performing dhikr of specific Names of Allah helps in the development of specific qualities. For example, performing dhikr with the name Mureed, which points to Allah’s attribute of willpower, strengthens this quality in one’s unique composition of names. Thus, the person’s willpower will become more active, enabling him to overcome things that he previously couldn’t overcome.
Or the name Hakim, for example, will enable the person to understand the wisdom and reason behind events, why and how things happen… Things that previously seemed irrelevant and disconnected will now make sense and the person will be able to comprehend their relevant place in the system.
So, while the name Allah strengthens all of the Names in one’s composition at an equal rate, specific names activate specific qualities, leading to profound progress in the person… Hence, those who want effective progress are advised to perform dhikr of specific names.
These dhikr recommendations have nothing to do with sects, tariqahs or factions!
Whether one is from a particular school of thought or not, engaging in these dhikrs will bring results within as little as a few months.
Let me stress the importance of the fact that Allah is not a physical entity or being who is outside ourselves, rather an infinite, limitless Oneness whose presence must be experienced internally and in every iota of existence! All thoughts to the contrary are satanic based provocations of the jinn!
There is only one tariqah, one way to knowing and finding Allah and that is the way of the Rasul of Allah (saw).
Anything that isn’t based on or goes against the teachings of the Rasul (saw) will inevitably lead one astray!
This is why we say…
If you perform these dhikrs you will not be lead away from the path of knowledge! Do not heed ideas and thoughts that go against the Quran and hadith! Do not abandon what is mandatory (fardh), no matter what the justification may be! Do not heed any thought or idea suggesting you may be a saint, sheikh, Mahdi, etc. The biggest game of the jinn is to induce such ideas to those who have attained sensitivity and whose receptors have strengthened, in order to lead them astray by entertaining them with thoughts of being ‘special’ or ‘chosen’! Let it be known with certainty that there is no higher rank than being a servant to Allah! This is the rank to which we should all aspire!
Do not believe in anything if you like… Or if you like, be of those who only believe in Allah and attend the Friday prayer once a week, it does not matter, the following formula is what I recommend initially:
100 x ALLAHUMMA A’INNEE ALA DHIKRIKA WA SHUKRIKA WA HUSNU IBADATIK
O Allah, enable me to remember You, to benefit from You and to engage optimally in the necessary practices thereupon.
300 x ALLAHUMMA INNEE ASALUKA HUBBAKA WA HUBBU MAN YUHIBBUKA
O Allah, bestow upon me Your love and the love of those who love You.
300 x LA ILAHA ILLA ANTA SUBHANAKA INNEE KUNTU MINAZ ZAALIMEEN
There is no deity-God (I as this person do not exist) only You (the meanings of the names that comprise my essence). I invoke You (as the manifestations of Your names necessitate me to). Indeed, I have wronged my self (by failing to realize and experience my reality).
500 x QUDDUS’UT TAHIRU MIN KULLI SOOIN
Cleanse me from all humanly impurities.
100 x YA NURA QULLI SHAY’IN WA HADAHU AKHRIJNI MINAZ ZULUMATI ILAN’NUR
O, source of light and guidance for all! Save me from the darkness of ignorance and enlighten me with Your knowledge.
3,600 x MUREED
2,700 x HALIM
1,800 x MU’MIN
2,700 x RASHID
3,600 x QUDDUS
3,600 x NUR
1,800 x HAKEEM
2,700 x FATTAH