Monday, 16 August 2010

The Sunnah of the Congregtional Dzikr

بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ

The distinguished scholar, Imam an-Nawawi (r.a.) wrote in al-Adzkar. “Know that just as the remembrance is deemed desirable, so too is sitting in the circle of its practitioners.  The evidence of this is clearly apparent.”

He mentioned some of the ahadits, then mentioned this hadits, in Swahih Muslim, narrated by Mu’awiyah (r.a.): “Rasulullah (s.a.w.) came out to a circle of his swahabah, and asked them, ‘What has caused you to gather together?’

They replied, ‘We have come together to remember Allah the Exalted , and to praise Him for having Guided us Islam, and for the Gracious Favour He has Bestowed upon us.’

Then the he said, ‘By Allah , nothing else caused you to meet together?  I will surely not extract an oath from you, implying suspicion of You, but Gabriel came to me and said that Allah the Exalted is Taking Pride in you before His angels.’”

This is also reported by Imam Abu Dawud (r.a.) in his Sunan, Imam ibn Majah (r.a.) in his Sunan and Imam ibn Hanbal (r.a.) in his Musnad.

Imam an-Nawawi (r.a.) also mentioned the hadits, in Swahih Muslim, in which Abu Sa’id al-Khudri (r.a.) and Abu Hurayrah (r.a.) both testified that the Prophet (s.a.w.) said, “Whenever a group of people are seated together remembering Allah the Exalted, the angels surround them, Mercy Envelops them, Tranquility Descends upon them, and Allah the Exalted Mentions them to those who are in His Presence.”

Imam Ahmad az-Zarruq (q.s.) wrote, in Ta’sis al-Qawa’id, “The Granting of general wisdom does not require specific substantiation for its application.  This is the case for the public recital of the remembrance and supplications, for its proof is the hadits qudsi in which Allah Says, ‘If someone remembers Me in a congregation, I will Remember him in a better congregation.’  And its proof also includes the verse of the Holy Quran ‘Remember Allah as you remember your fathers, or with an even more intense remembrance.’”

… celebrate the Praises of Allah, as ye used to celebrate the praises of your fathers; ― yea, with far more heart and soul ... (Surah al-Baqarah:200)

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