Remembrance

Peace, one and all…

With the approach of Ramadan, I wanted to share some texts on remembrance, as an aid to contemplation.  They are drawn from the Quran, the Hadith and sacred poetry.  During this Ramadan, I hope to share and explore texts from Hz. Abd al-Qadir al-Jilani’s Secret of Secrets, insha Allah.

Quran

‘So remember Me, I shall remember you.  And be grateful to Me and do not deny Me’ (2:152)

‘Verily in the remembrance of Allah do hearts find rest!’ (13:28)

Hadith

The Prophet (alaihi al-salatu wa al-salam) relates:

‘God, ever mighty and majestic is He, says: “I am present in My servant’s thought of Me, and I am with him when he remembers Me.  If he remembers Me in his self, I remember him in My Self, and if he mentions M in an assembly, I mention him in a better assembly than that.  If he approaches Me by a hand’s breadth, I draw near to him by an arm’s length; and if he draws near to Me by an arm’s length, I draw near to him by a fathom.  If he comes to Me walking, I come to him running’

The Prophet (alaihi al-salatu wa al-salam) said:

‘He who remembers His Lord and he who does not are like the living and the dead’ (Bukhari)

And elsewhere, he (alaihi al-salatu wa al-salam) said:

‘The house in which Allah is remembered and the one in which Allah is not remembered are like the living and the dead’ (Muslim)

The Prophet (alaihi al-salatu wa al-salam) said:

‘Whenever people assemble together to remember Allah, just seeking His pleasure, a caller calls from heaven, ‘Stand up!  You have been forgiven.  Your sins have been changed into pious acts’. (Ahmad ibn Hanbal)

Sayings of the Awliya

Awn ibn Abdullah said:

‘Remembrance (dhikr) gatherings are a cure for hearts’

Selections from the writings of Hz. Mevlana:

‎’A lover never seeks without being sought by his
beloved.
When the lightning bolt of love has pierced this heart,
be assured that there is love in that heart.
When the love of God grows in your heart, beyond any
doubt God loves you’
(Masnavi 3.4393-4396)

‘Never be without the remembrance of God, for His remembrance provides the bird of the spirit with strength, feathers and wings’ (Fihi ma Fihi 175)

‘Separation from God is like a well;
Remembrance of Him is the rope’
(Divan-i Shams-i Tabriz 19325)

May our hearts all find rest in remembrance of God, the Source and Sustainer of All Being.

Ma’as salama,
Abdur Rahman

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