nearness…

On the authority of Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with him), who said that the Prophet (may the blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) said: Allah the Almighty says:
I am as My servant thinks I am. I am with him when he makes mention of Me. If he makes mention of Me to himself, I make mention of him to Myself; and if he makes mention of Me in an assembly, I make mention of him in an assembly better than it. And if he draws near to Me a hand’s span, I draw near to him an arm’s length; and if he draws near to Me an arm’s length, I draw near to him a fathom’s length. And if he comes to Me walking, I go to him at speed.

[It was related by al-Bukhari, and also by Muslim, at-Tirmidhi and Ibn Majah.]

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Hazrat Jabir relates that he heard the Holy Prophet (s.a.w.) having said:
“The best remembrance of Allah is `La ilaha illa Allah.'”

[From Tirmidhi, also related in the Riyadh us-Saliheen of Imam Nawawi]

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Abu Hurairah reported that the Prophet, peace be upon him, said, “Renew your faith.” “How can we renew our faith?” they asked. The Prophet, peace be upon him, said, “Say always, `La ilaha illa Allah’.”
[From Ahmad, with a sound isnad]

dhikr…

2dervishesIbn `Umar reported, “The Prophet, peace be upon him, said, `When you pass by a garden of paradise, avail yourselves of it.’ The Companions asked, `What are the gardens of Paradise, O Messenger of Allah?” The Prophet, peace be upon him, replied, `The assemblies of dhikr. There are some angels of Allah who go about looking for such assemblies of dhikr, and when they find them they surround them.'”
[Quoted from Fiqh us-Sunnah compiled by As-Sayyid Sabiq, vol. 4, ch. 6.]

Gathering for dhikr…

*temp*The Holy Prophet (s.a.w.) once visited a gathering of his companions and inquired,

`What has made you assemble here?’

They answered, `We have gathered to remember Allah and praise Him for having led us to Islam and granted this favour to us.’

The Holy Prophet (s.a.w.) inquired, `Do you affirm by Allah that it is so?’

The Holy Prophet’s Companions affirmed, `By Allah we are sitting here for this purpose only.’

He [the Prophet s.a.w.] said, `I have not put you on oath on account of any doubt, but angel Jibreel had visited me and told me that Allah felt proud of you among the angels.'”

[From Sahih Muslim, and also in the Riyadh us-Saliheen of Imam Nawawi.]

remember …

And do thou,

O Prophet Muhammad,

remember thy Sustainer and Cherisher

within thyself humbly and with awe,

below thy breath, at morn and evening.

And be not thou of the neglectful.

–Quran 7:205–

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