Dhikr: The Essence of Islam

9. Encouraging the dhikrs which are said in the morning and the evening

35. Mu’adh ibn ŒAbdullah ibn Khubayb reported that his father said, “We went out on a very dark and rainy night looking for the Messenger of Allah to lead us in the prayer. We found him and he said, ‘Speak.’ I did not say anything,.’ Then he said, ‘Say,’ and I did not say anything. Then he said, ‘Say,’ and I said, ‘Messenger of Allah, what shall I say?’ He said, ‘Recite, “Say: He is God, One,” and the suras of seeking refuge in the evening and the morning three times, it will be enough to protect you in respect of everything.'” (Abu Dawud, at-Tirmidhi, and an-Nasa’i)

36. Shaddad ibn Aws reported that the Prophet said, “The best way to ask forgiveness is to say, ‘O Allah, You are my Lord. There is no god but You. You created me and I am Your slave. I comply with Your covenant and Your promise as much as I can. I seek refuge with you from the evil of what I have done. I acknowledge my sin, so forgive me. Only You can forgive sins.’ Anyone who says it during the night having confidence in it and dies before morning will enter the Garden. Anyone who says this during the day having confidence in it and dies on that day before evening will enter the Garden. “

(Al-Bukhari, an-Nasa’i and at-Tirmidhi who has: “No one says it in the evening and then the decree comes to him before morning but that the Garden is mandatory for him. He does not say it in the morning and then the decree comes to him before evening but that the Garden is mandatory for him.”)

37. Abu Hurayra said, “A man came to the Prophet and said, ‘Messenger of Allah, what agony I suffered last night from a scorpion which stung me yesterday!’ He said, ‘If you had said in the evening, “I seek refuge with the perfect words of Allah from the evil of what He has created,” it would not have harmed you.”(Muslim and the four;)

38. Abu Hurayra reported that the Messenger of Allah said, “On the Day of Rising no one will bring anything better than someone who says in the morning and evening, ‘Glory be to Allah and by His praise’ a hundred times except someone who says the same as he says or more.”

(Muslim, the people of the three Sunans, and Ibn Abi’d-Dunya. In Abu Dawud, “Glory be to Allah the Immense.” Al-Hakim said “Anyone who says in the morning ‘Glory be to Allah and by His praise,’ a hundred times, and a hundred times in the evening, his sins will be forgiven even if they more than the forth of the sea.”)

39. Abu Hurayra reported that the Messenger of Allah said,”Anyone who says, ‘There is no god but Allah alone with no partner. His is the kingdom and His is the praise, and He has power over everything’ a hundred times a day has the same reward as if he had freed ten slaves, and a hundred good deeds are written for him and a hundred bad deeds are effaced from him and he has protection from Shaytan on that day until evening. No one will do anything better than he does except a man who does it more than he did.” (Agreed upon)

40. Aban ibn ‘Uthman said that he heard ‘Uthman ibn ‘Affan say that the Messenger of Allah said, “No slave of Allah says in the morning every day and the evening every night, ‘In the name of Allah by whose name nothing in the earth or the heaven can be harmed. He is the Hearing, the Knowing,’ three times without that ensuring that nothing will harm him.” Aban suffered from a stroke which left him semi-paralysed on one side. He was asked about it and said, “I did not say it that day so that Allah could carry out His decree.” (The four)

41. Abu’d-Darda’ said, “If anyone says in the morning and evening, ‘Allah is enough for me. There is no god but Him. I have relied on Him and He is the Lord of the Immense Throne’ seven times, Allah will spare him what worries him (whether he is truthful or lying).” (Abu Dawud)

42. Anas ibn Malik reported that the Messenger of Allah said, “If anyone says in the morning or the evening, ‘O Allah, I testify to You and I testify to the bearers of Your throne, Your angels and all Your creation that You are Allah and there is no god but You and Muhammad is Your slave and Messenger,’ Allah will free a quarter of him from the fire. If anyone says it twice, Allah will free half of him from the Fire. If anyone says it three times, Allah will free three-quarters of him from the Fire. If anyone says it four times, Allah will free all of him from the Fire.'”

43. Al-Mundhir, the Companion of the Messenger of Allah, said when he was in North Africa, “I heard the Messenger of Allah say, ‘If anyone says in the morning “I am pleased with with Allah as a Lord, Islam with a deen and Muhammad as a Prophet” I am the leader who will take his hand to admit him to the Garden.”‘” (at-Tabarani)

44. ‘Abdullah ibn Ghannam al-Bayadi reported that the Messenger of Allah said, “If anyone says in the morning, ‘O Allah, whatever blessing comes to me or any of Your creation in the morning is from You alone with no partner; praise is Yours and thanks is to You’ has fulfilled the thankfulness due for the day. If he says the like of that in the evening, he has fulfilled the thankfulness due for the night. ” (Abu Dawud and an-Nasa’i)

45. Ibn ‘Umar said, “The Messenger of Allah did not omit these words in the evening and morning: ‘O Allah, I ask You for pardon and well-being in this world and the Next. O Allah, I ask You for pardon and well-being in my deen and this world, my family and my property. O Allah, veil my defects and protect me from what I fear. O Allah, preserve me in front of me and behind me, to my right and to my left, and above me. I seek refuge with Your might from unexpected harm from under me.” (Abu Dawud, an-Nasa’i and Ibn Majah)

46. Anas ibn Malik reported that the Messenger of Allah said to Fatima, “What will prevent you from listening to my advice to you? You should say in the morning and evening: ‘O Living, O Self-Sustaining, I seek help by Your mercy. Put all my affairs in order for me. Do not entrust me to myself for the blink of an eye.'” (an-Nasa’i)

47. Al-Hasan stated that Samura ibn Jundub said, “Shall I inform you of a hadith which I heard from the Messenger of Allah several times, and from Abu Bakr several times and from ‘Umar several times?” “Yes,” was the reply. He said, “If anyone says in the morning and the evening, ‘O Allah, You created me and You guide me; You give me food and drink; You make me die and give me life,’ he will not ask for anything but that He will give it to him.” He said, “I met ‘Abdullah ibn Salam and said, ‘Shall I inform you of a hadith which I heard from the Messenger of Allah several times, and from Abu Bakr several times and from ‘Umar several times?’ He said, ‘Yes,’ and recounted this hadith. He said, ‘By my mother and father, the Messenger of Allah said those words. Allah Almighty gave them to Musa, peace be upon him and he used to pray with them seven times every day, and he never asked Allah for something but that Allah gave it to him.” (At-Tabarani)

48. Abu’d-Darda’ reported that the Messenger of Allah said, “Anyone who says the prayer on me ten times in the morning and ten times in the evening will obtain my intercession on the Day of Rising,”

(At-Tabarani with two isnads, one of which is excellent)

49. Zayd ibn Thabit reported that the Messenger of Allah taught him a supplication and commanded him to promise to do it and that his family should do it every day. He said: “He should say in the morning, ‘O Allah, at Your service. Good is in Your hand and from You to You. O Allah, whatever word I say, oath I make or vow I make, You will is before it, What You wish will be and what you do not wish will not be. There is no power or strength except by You. You have power over everything. O Allah, whatever prayer I pray is for the on whom I pray and whatever curse I make is against the one I curse. You are my Protector in this world and the Next. Make me die a Muslim and join me to the righteous. O Allah, I ask you for pleasure with the Decree, pleasant life after death, the pleasure of looking at Your face, and yearning to meet You without harmful distress or misleading sedition. I seek refuge with You, O Allah, lest I wrong or be wronged, or transgress or be transgressed against, or acquire a wrong action or a sin which is not forgiven, O Allah, Creator of the heavens and the earth, Knower of the Unseen and the Visible, O Master of Majesty and Generosity, I entrust to You in this life and I call on You to testify. Allah is enough of a witness. I testify that there is no god but You alone with no partner. Yours is the kingdom and praise is Yours. You have power over everything. I testify that Muhammad is Your slave and Messenger. I testify that Your promise is true, meeting Your is true, the Garden is true, the Fire is true and the Hour is true. It is coming without doubt. You will raise whoever is in the graves. If You entrust me to myself, You entrust me to weakness, disgrace, sin and error. I can only trust in Your mercy, so forgive me all my sins. None but You forgive sins. Turn to me. You are the Ever-Turning, All-Merciful.'” (Ahmad and at-Tabarani)

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