What Keeps the World Safe and Going
Is Chanting God's Name
(Bringing Islam to the World One Concept at a Time.
Trying to Take the Qur'an to Every Home and Heart that Needs It --
And Which One Does Not?)
Islam is a Deen of Awuraad and Adhkaar.
It is all about say this 3 times, say that 33 times, and say something else any number of times, AM and PM, and this or that wonderful thing will happen.
And what is it that we say when we make our Dhikr and Wird? Always the name of Allah, any of his many names. And words to praise and glorify him.
Or an Aayat from the Qur'an.
And each and every one of these wonderful chants and recitations taught to us by Sayyidina Rasulullah, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam.
All of 1400 years ago.
And then from Sahabah Kiram on down, transmitted to us in person, generation after generation, the number growing logarithmically until the whole world was saturated by it.
I often think, this continued chanting of Allah's name around the globe, and round the clock, is perhaps one reason, if not all the reason, why the world is in operation.
Dhikr means mentioning something over and over. Allah's name in this case.
Adhkaar is the plural for Dhikr.
Wird refers to doing Dhikr in some kind of repetitive manner and doing so over a period of time on a regular basis.
Awuraad is plural for Wird.
So, here is a Wird that has caught my attention in a special way. I am sharing it here in case anyone wanted to use it.
May Allah forgive me for making this confession in public, but the fact is that my hunger for the words of Allah and his Rasul, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, is insatiable.
I sometimes wish I had the time, and the ability, and the Tawufeeq from Allah to do nothing but just recite the most glorious names and words of Allah and the most blessed words of Sayyidina Rasulullah, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, day and night, and do nothing else.
My mother, may Allah bless her and my father, used to tell me about an ancestor, not too far into the past, who did not leave the Masjid for nearly a quarter of a century. And when he did Dhikr, every pore in his body joined in.
I sometimes wish I could share with others what I know, and what I have heard, about Awuliyaa Allah, those amazing individuals who had devoted themselves to Allah's Dhikr and Worship, in all forms and formats.
When they were done, the world lay prostrate at their feet, and they did not even give a second glance to the conquered world and its allure.
I guess, in my own haphazard way, all my life, I wandered the earth, looking for these people. Not in their graves, but alive.
In the graves, I found many. Allah bless them all.
As for the living, in our ordinary sense, I still scan the horizon, from time to time, hoping to catch a glimpse of a lighted countenance, or a blessed presence, that will change my life and give true meaning and direction to it.
In any case, here is the Wird. Read, recite, chant it as often as you can. Who knows what it will do to you. And to the world.
There are some requirements for Dhikr. When an opportunity arises, and when people really want to know, maybe Allah will give me the ability and Tawufeeq to share those too with others.
So, here is the Wird I am talking about:
Tawakkaltu Alal Hayyil-Ladhee Laa Yamoot.
Alhamdulillahil-Ladhee Lam Yattakhidh Waladaa.
Wa Lam Yakun-Lahoo Shareekun Fil Mulki,
Wa Lam Yakun-Lahoo Waliyyun Minadh-Dhulli,
Wa Kabbirhu Takbeeraa!