AL-BAQARAH (The Cow) - 31

 “Remember Me, then, and I will remember you. And be thankful to Me, and be not ungrateful to Me.” (2:152)

 

Dhikr (ذکر) literally means "Remembrance" which is a function of the mind, but in so far as words are an indicator of what is going on in a person’s mind, the oral recitation of Allah Ta’ala’s name or a verse of the Holy Qur'an is also described as Dhikr. In other words, oral Dhikr is really beneficial only when it is accompanied by the "remembrance" of the mind. However, one must bear in mind that even a Dhikr with tongue only, without the heart being engaged in it, is not altogether futile. It is related that the great Sufi Abu Uthman, hearing a man complain of such a situation, remarked that one should be grateful to Allah even for this favour of having drawn at least one organ of the body, the tongue, into His service.

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