Psychological Benefits of Dhikr

All forms of religious exercises, prayers and dhikrs induce the soul closer to Allah(j.j). Dhikr means remembering Allah(j.j) both in heart and tongue as well. Such acts give one’s self the impression that he is under the guidance and protection of Allah(j.j) and his hopes for salvation and bond of forgiveness will become stronger consequentially the more the person performs such exercises like dhikrs.

Holy Quran mentions this soothing process in:

Those who believe, and whose hearts find satisfaction in the remembrance of Allah: for without doubt in the remembrance of Allah do hearts find satisfaction.  (Al-Rad 13-28)

And when the Prayer is finished, then may ye disperse through the land, and seek of the Bounty of Allah: and celebrate the Praises of Allah often (and without stint): that ye may prosper. (Al-Jumua 10-62)

Prophet Muhammad(saw) also suggested the importance of Dhikr:

“If your hearts were always in the state that they are in during dhikr, the angels would come to see you to the point that they would greet you in the middle of the road.” (Sahih Muslim)

When a Muslim keeps on dhikr, he will feel closer to Allah(j.j) and will feel such serenity inside his heart due to fortitude and power he will gain. Such gain will inevitably lead to happiness, both in this life and eternal life. All forms of dhikr will constitute as a remedy for stress since in modern life a soul is surrounded by all forms of mental weakness and spiritual vulnerabilities. A soul who has refrained from dhikr of Allah(j.j) can only seek comfort in temporary soothing and will face eternal desolation eventually.

Dhikr will wash away all sorts of mundane fears, transforms all types of anxieties into real and firm hope. The soul will be filled with the pure knowledge of Allah(j.j), which is essentially the most valuable treasure in the universe. A heart without dhikr will be vulnerable to attacks of all kinds of delusions and groundless fears and tricks of modernity that will prevent a soul from reaching such treasure of “Knowledge of Allah(j.j)”

Best form of dhikr is to read and study Holy Quran;

We send down (stage by stage) in the Qur’an that which is a healing and a mercy to those who believe: to the unjust it causes nothing but loss after loss. (Al-Isra 17-82)


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