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10 Simple Daily Dhikr With Big Rewards for North American Muslim Women’s Busy Lives

by | Oct 9, 2023

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Introduction

What is Dhikr?

Dhikr, which means “remembrance” or “mention” in Arabic, is a central practice in Islam. It involves remembering and mentioning Allah (God) through specific phrases, prayers, or supplications. Dhikr is a fundamental and strongly encouraged act of worship in Islam.

Muslims engage in Dhikr to establish a continuous connection with Allah. It serves various purposes, such as seeking forgiveness for sins, expressing gratitude, and seeking Allah’s guidance and blessings. Dhikr can be done in different ways, including silently or audibly, and practiced alone or in a group. It’s a way for Muslims to stay spiritually connected and mindful of their faith throughout their daily lives.

Why is Dhikr Important?

Our beloved Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) stressed the importance of supplication (dua) and remembrance of Allah (dhikr) as integral parts of a believer’s daily life. He provided us with various adhkar (remembrances of Allah) that are simple yet bring immense blessings into our lives.

Engaging in the remembrance of Allah and maintaining a connection with Him brings inner peace, tranquility, and success in this world and the Hereafter. Reciting dhikr throughout the day, even during our daily routines, helps protect us from sins by keeping us mindful of Allah.

The Mental and Emotional Benefits of Dhikr Practice

Allah, in His infinite wisdom, provides us with the most profound and authentic forms of worship through salah (prayer), the Qur’an, and dua (supplication). When we sincerely submit ourselves to Allah and make these practices a regular part of our lives, we hold the keys to a peaceful and productive existence.

Consider the impact of prayers spoken in our own words on our well-being. Now, think about the significance of specific prayers taught to us by the final Messenger of God, Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him). These adhkar (remembrances of Allah) have a profound purpose: to bring peace, serenity, and contentment into our lives by fostering a constant connection with Allah.

Maintaining good mental and emotional well-being serves as the foundation for productivity in all aspects of life. There is no greater source of happiness and fulfillment than our connection with Allah.

Busy Life of Muslim Women in North America

Muslim women in North America often lead incredibly busy lives, juggling a multitude of responsibilities. They navigate the demands of work or education, household chores, and childcare while also actively participating in their communities and religious activities. Many Muslim women are dedicated to preserving their cultural and religious identities, which adds another layer of commitments, such as attending mosque events, teaching their children about Islamic values, and engaging in acts of charity and community service. Despite these challenges, their determination, resilience, and unwavering faith empower them to thrive in the midst of their demanding schedules, contributing not only to their families but also to the rich tapestry of diversity in North America.

How Quick and Simple Dhikr Can Provide Solace in a Hectic Routine

In the hustle and bustle of our busy daily routines, the simplicity and ease of short dhikr (remembrance of Allah) can serve as a lifeline. These brief moments of devotion offer solace and tranquility, helping us pause amidst the chaos and reconnect with our spirituality. With just a few words, we can rejuvenate our souls and find a sense of inner calm.

Dhikr: Your Instant Bliss Booster, 24/7

Dhikr#1: Your Own Palm Tree in Paradise

سبحان الله العظيم وبحمده

You might have heard or read this , but did you know about the incredible reward tied to it? The Prophet Muhammad once revealed, “For him who recites this, a palm tree will be planted in Paradise.” I mean, how cool is that? Just for acknowledging and praising the Almighty! [Reference: Jami at-Tirmidhi]

Dhikr#2: The Dual Reward: Freedom & Protection

لَا إِلَهَ إِلَّا اللهُ وَحْدَهُ لَا شَرِيكَ لَهُ، لَهُ الْمُلْكُ وَلَهُ الْحَمْدُ، وَهُوَ عَلَى كُلِّ شَيْءٍ قَدِيرٌ

None has the right to be worshiped but Allah alone, Who has no partner. His is the dominion and His are the praise and He is Able to do all things.

By vocalizing this affirmation in the morning, it’s believed that the spiritual rewards are equivalent to freeing a slave. Plus, it’s a shield against negative energies until evening. And if you choose to say it in the evening? The protection continues till the next morning! [Reference: Sunan Abi Dawud]

Dhikr#3: Blessing Your Food, Twice!

بِسْمِ اللَّه : In the Name of Allah;

 بِسْمِ اللَّه أَوَّلَهُ وَآخِرَهُ: I begin with the Name of Allah at the beginning and at the end.

Remember how our grandparents always insisted on saying a little prayer before eating? Turns out, it’s a practice that not only spiritually cleanses our food but also protects our homes from negative energies! [Reference: Sahih Muslim]

Dhikr#4: Less is More: The Light Phrase with Heavy Benefits

سُبْحَانَ اللَّهِ وَبِحَمْدِهِ سُبْحَانَ اللَّهِ الْعَظِيمِ

Glorified is God and praised is He, Glorified is God the Most Greatest.

Sounds simple, right? But this light phrase carries a weight so significant that it’s beloved to the Merciful. [Reference: Sahih al-Bukhari and Sahih Muslim]

Dhikr#5: The Armor Against Negativity

أعوذُ بِٱللَّهِ مِنَ ٱلشَّيۡطَٰنِ ٱلرَّجِيمِ

I seek the protection of Allah from Satan the outcast.

Life can sometimes get overwhelming, with moments of doubt, fear, and laziness creeping in. But did you know that a simple phrase can shield us from such negativity? It’s like having spiritual armor! For a deeper dive, check out Shaykh Yasir Qadhi’s insights.

Dhikr#6: Seeking the Ultimate Well-being

اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي أَسْأَلُكَ الْعَفْوَ وَالْعَافِيَةَ فِي الدُّنْيَا وَالآخِرَةِ 

O Allah, I ask You for forgiveness and well-being in this world and in the Hereafter…

This comprehensive prayer is a beautiful way to seek spiritual and worldly protection, health, and contentment. Embraced by the Prophet Muhammad and passed down through generations, it remains a testament to seeking overall well-being. [Reference: Sunan Ibn Majah]

Dhikr#7: A Plea for Contentment

رَضِيتُ باللهِ رَبَّاً، وَبِالْإِسْلَامِ دِيناً، وَبِمُحَمَّدٍ صَلَى اللهُ عَلِيهِ وَسَلَّمَ نَبِيَّاً

I am pleased with Allah as my Lord, with Islam as my religion, and with Muhammad as my Prophet.

What beautiful dua and affirmation is this! It’s said that expressing this sentiment assures one of contentment in the ultimate reckoning – The Day of Judgment. Just imagine the power of finding peace through a single affirmation! [Reference: Sunan Ibn Majah]

Dhikr#8: The Universal Antidote: Seeking Forgiveness

أَسْتَغْفِرُ اللهَ وَأَتُوبُ إِلَيْهِ

I seek the forgiveness of Allah and repent to Him.

In life, amidst our worries and challenges, sometimes all we need is a fresh start. And what better way to reset, recalibrate, and rejuvenate than by seeking forgiveness? It’s like spiritual therapy, offering relief, clarity, and renewed vigor.

Dhikr#9: Utter it once and receive tenfold blessings

اللَّهُمَّ صَلِّ وَسَلِّمْ عَلَى نَّبينا مُحَمد

The Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him, expressed, “For the one who invokes blessings upon me a single time, Allah, the Almighty, graces him with ten blessings in return.” [Sunan an-Nasa’i]

Dhikr#10: Phrases held dearest to Allah

سُبْحَانَ اللَّهِ وَ الْحَمْدُ لِلَّهِ وَ لاَ اِلهَ إِلاَّ اللَّهُ وَ اللَّهُ أَكْبَرُ

Praising is Allah in His sublime essence and all laudations belong to Him. There’s no deity but Him, and He reigns supreme in His majesty.

The Messenger of Allah, peace be upon him, once said:Among the utterances, four hold a special place in Allah’s esteem: Praise in His absolute perfection (Subhaanallaah), giving Him all commendations (Walhamdu lillaah), affirming His sole right to worship (Wa laa ‘ilaaha ‘illallaah), and recognizing His unparalleled greatness (Wallaahu ‘Akbar).” [Sahih Muslim]

In wrapping up, it’s evident that words hold immense power. These small deeds with dhikr are definitely going to rank you up In Shaa Allah! Whether you believe in their spiritual weight or simply appreciate their wisdom, it’s hard to deny their influence. Until next time, keep exploring, keep learning, and remember – sometimes the universe’s most profound mysteries lie in the simplest of phrases.

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