One of the best forms of worship is actually the simplest – the constant remembrance of Allah SWT through dhikr.
Abu Ad-Darda’ (May Allah be pleased with him) narrated that the Prophet said:
“Shall I not inform you of the best of your actions, the purest in the sight of your Lord, which raises your rank to the highest, which is better for you than spending gold and silver, better than meeting your enemy so that you strike at their necks and they strike at yours?’ They replied: ‘Yes, indeed,’ and he said: ‘It is the remembrance of Allah.”
In another hadith, Abu Hurairah RA reported that the Prophet SAW said:
He who says, ‘Subhan-Allahi wa bihamdih’ (Glory and praise be to Allah) one hundred times a day, his sins will be obliterated even if they are equal to the extent of the foam of the sea.
(Al-Bukhari and Muslim)
So great is the reward of constant dhikr, that even major sins can be erased. Zaid ibn Harithah narrated that the Prophet SAW said:
‘Astaghfirullaha al-`Azeem al-ladhi la ilaha illa howa Al-Hayy al-Qayyum wa atubu illayh
(I ask forgiveness of Allah, the Magnificent, than Whom there is no deity, the Living, the Sustainer of existence, and I turn to Him in repentance) his sins will be forgiven even if he should have run away from the battlefield.
(Abu Dawud and authenticated by Al-Albani)
The great scholar of Islam Ibn Al-Qiyyim said that ‘The mansions of jannah are built upon dhikr. If you stop doing dhikr, the angels stop building your mansion.’
May Allah SWT make us amongst those whom He loves due to our constant dhikr ameen!
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