Pearls of Remembrance

Remembrance of Allah in the Holy Qur’an

1. فَاذْكُرُونِي أَذْكُرْكُمْ وَاشْكُرُواْ لِي وَلاَ تَكْفُرُونِO

So remember Me, I shall remember you and thank Me always and never be ungrateful to Me.

2. وَمَنْ أَظْلَمُ مِمَّن مَّنَعَ مَسَاجِدَ اللّهِ أَن يُذْكَرَ فِيهَا اسْمُهُ وَسَعَى فِي خَرَابِهَا أُوْلَـئِكَ مَا كَانَ لَهُمْ أَن يَدْخُلُوهَا إِلاَّ خَآئِفِينَ لهُمْ فِي الدُّنْيَا خِزْيٌ وَلَهُمْ فِي الآخِرَةِ عَذَابٌ عَظِيمٌO

And who is more unjust than he who forbids remembering Allah’s Name in His mosques and strives to desolate them? It was not proper for them; (what was desirable for them was) to enter the mosques fearing (Allah). For them is disgrace in this world and a dreadful torment (also) awaits them in the Hereafter.

3. لَيْسَ عَلَيْكُمْ جُنَاحٌ أَن تَبْتَغُواْ فَضْلاً مِّن رَّبِّكُمْ فَإِذَا أَفَضْتُم مِّنْ عَرَفَاتٍ فَاذْكُرُواْ اللّهَ عِندَ الْمَشْعَرِ الْحَرَامِ وَاذْكُرُوهُ كَمَا هَدَاكُمْ وَإِن كُنتُم مِّن قَبْلِهِ لَمِنَ الضَّآلِّينَO

And it is no sin on you if you seek (also) your Lord’s bounty (through trade during Hajj days). Then when you return from ‘Arafāt, remember Allah near Mash‘ar al-Harām (Muzdalifah), and remember Him as He has guided you; surely you had gone astray before.

4. فَإِذَا قَضَيْتُم مَّنَاسِكَكُمْ فَاذْكُرُواْ اللّهَ كَذِكْرِكُمْ آبَاءَكُمْ أَوْ أَشَدَّ ذِكْرًا فَمِنَ النَّاسِ مَن يَقُولُ رَبَّنَا آتِنَا فِي الدُّنْيَا وَمَا لَهُ فِي الْآخِرَةِ مِنْ خَلاَقٍO

And when you have completed the ceremonies of Hajj, remember Allah most earnestly, (at Minā), as you remember your fathers and forefathers (with great fondness) or remember (Allah) even with deeper intensity of fondness. There are some of the people who pray: ‘O our Lord! Grant us benefits in this (very) world.’ For such there is no share in the Hereafter.

5. وَاذْكُرُواْ اللّهَ فِي أَيَّامٍ مَّعْدُودَاتٍ فَمَن تَعَجَّلَ فِي يَوْمَيْنِ فَلاَ إِثْمَ عَلَيْهِ وَمَن تَأَخَّرَ فَلَا إِثْمَ عَلَيْهِ لِمَنِ اتَّقَى وَاتَّقُواْ اللّهَ وَاعْلَمُوا أَنَّكُمْ إِلَيْهِ تُحْشَرُونَO

And remember Allah (the most) during (these) numbered days. Then, if someone hastens just in two days (to return from Mina) there is no sin on him and he who delays (it) also commits no sin. This is for him who fears Allah and keep fearing Allah and remember that all of you shall be assembled before Him.

6. حَافِظُواْ عَلَى الصَّلَوَاتِ والصَّلاَةِ الْوُسْطَى وَقُومُواْ لِلّهِ قَانِتِينَO فَإنْ خِفْتُمْ فَرِجَالاً أَوْ رُكْبَانًا فَإِذَا أَمِنتُمْ فَاذْكُرُواْ اللّهَ كَمَا عَلَّمَكُم مَّا لَمْ تَكُونُواْ تَعْلَمُونَO

Guard strictly all the prayers, especially the middle prayer, and stand before Allah as an embodiment of submissiveness and devotion. But if you are in a state of fear, then whether walking or riding, (as may be, do offer prayer) but once you get back to peace, remember Allah the way He has taught you which you did not know.

7. قَالَ رَبِّ أَنَّى يَكُونُ لِي غُلاَمٌ وَقَدْ بَلَغَنِيَ الْكِبَرُ وَامْرَأَتِي عَاقِرٌ قَالَ كَذَلِكَ اللّهُ يَفْعَلُ مَا يَشَاءُO قَالَ رَبِّ اجْعَل لِّي آيَةً قَالَ آيَتُكَ أَلاَّ تُكَلِّمَ النَّاسَ ثَلاَثَةَ أَيَّامٍ إِلاَّ رَمْزًا وَاذْكُر رَّبَّكَ كَثِيرًا وَسَبِّحْ بِالْعَشِيِّ وَالْإِبْكَارِO

(Zakaria) submitted: ‘O my Lord! How shall I have a son when old age has already overtaken me and my wife is (also) barren?’ He said: ‘The same way as Allah does whatever He wills.’ Zakaria submitted: ‘O my Lord! Fix a sign for me.’ Allah said: ‘The sign for you is that for three days you will not be able to speak to the people except by gestures; and remember your Lord excessively and glorify Him persistently evening and morning.’

8. ذَلِكَ نَتْلُوهُ عَلَيْكَ مِنَ الْآيَاتِ وَالذِّكْرِ الْحَكِيمِO

These which We recite to you are Signs, and instruction full of wisdom.

9. وَالَّذِينَ إِذَا فَعَلُواْ فَاحِشَةً أَوْ ظَلَمُواْ أَنْفُسَهُمْ ذَكَرُواْ اللّهَ فَاسْتَغْفَرُواْ لِذُنُوبِهِمْ وَمَن يَغْفِرُ الذُّنُوبَ إِلاَّ اللّهُ وَلَمْ يُصِرُّواْ عَلَى مَا فَعَلُواْ وَهُمْ يَعْلَمُونَO

And such are (the God-fearing) people that when they commit some indecency or wrong themselves, they call Allah to mind and then seek forgiveness for their sins; and who can forgive sins except Allah? and they do not deliberately persist in doing the sinful acts that they have committed.

10. إِنَّ فِي خَلْقِ السَّمَاوَاتِ وَالْأَرْضِ وَاخْتِلاَفِ اللَّيْلِ وَالنَّهَارِ لَآيَاتٍ لِّأُوْلِي الْأَلْبَابِO الَّذِينَ يَذْكُرُونَ اللّهَ قِيَامًا وَقُعُودًا وَعَلَى جُنُوبِهِمْ وَيَتَفَكَّرُونَ فِي خَلْقِ السَّمَاوَاتِ وَالأَرْضِ رَبَّنَا مَا خَلَقْتَ هَذَا بَاطِلاً سُبْحَانَكَ فَقِنَا عَذَابَ النَّارِO

Indeed in the creation of the heavens and the earth and alternation of day and night there are Signs (of Allah’s Absolute Authority) for those who possess sense and wisdom. These are the people who remain in remembrance of Allah standing (as embodiment of submissiveness), sitting (as reverence incarnate) and (also) while changing sides (in discomfort of love) and meditate on (effulgent disclosures of His Grandeur and Beauty, at work in) the creation of the heavens and the earth. (Getting such a taste for His gnosis they call out spontaneously): ‘Our Lord! You have not created (all) this without any rationale and strategy. You are (impeccably) Pure (of all shortcomings and dependencies). Protect us from the torment of Hell.’

11. فَإِذَا قَضَيْتُمُ الصَّلاَةَ فَاذْكُرُواْ اللّهَ قِيَامًا وَقُعُودًا وَعَلَى جُنُوبِكُمْ فَإِذَا اطْمَأْنَنتُمْ فَأَقِيمُواْ الصَّلاَةَ إِنَّ الصَّلاَةَ كَانَتْ عَلَى الْمُؤْمِنِينَ كِتَابًا مَّوْقُوتًاO

So (O Muslim combatants!) when you have finished your prayers, remember Allah (in all postures) standing, sitting and (lying down) on your sides. And when (free of fear) you feel secure, observe prayers (as prescribed). Verily, prayer is obligatory for all the Muslims in accordance with the fixed timings.

12. إِنَّ الْمُنَافِقِينَ يُخَادِعُونَ اللّهَ وَهُوَ خَادِعُهُمْ وَإِذَا قَامُواْ إِلَى الصَّلاَةِ قَامُواْ كُسَالَى يُرَآؤُونَ النَّاسَ وَلاَ يَذْكُرُونَ اللّهَ إِلاَّ قَلِيلاًO

Surly the hypocrites (self-deluding) seek to deceive Allah while He is about to make them suffer for (their self-) deception. When they stand up for prayer, they do it sluggishly (just) for showing to the people and they (also) remember Allah but little.

13. يَسْأَلُونَكَ مَاذَا أُحِلَّ لَهُمْ قُلْ أُحِلَّ لَكُمُ الطَّيِّبَاتُ وَمَا عَلَّمْتُم مِّنَ الْجَوَارِحِ مُكَلِّبِينَ تُعَلِّمُونَهُنَّ مِمَّا عَلَّمَكُمُ اللّهُ فَكُلُواْ مِمَّا أَمْسَكْنَ عَلَيْكُمْ وَاذْكُرُواْ اسْمَ اللّهِ عَلَيْهِ وَاتَّقُواْ اللّهَ إِنَّ اللّهَ سَرِيعُ الْحِسَابِO

People ask you, what has been made lawful for them? Say (to them): ‘All pure provisions are declared lawful for you and the hunting animals whom you have trained while running them for prey and this way have imparted to them (those hunting methods) which Allah has taught you. Then eat (also) of that (prey) which the hunting animals catch for you (after hunting). Pronounce the Name of Allah over that (prey when you unleash the hunting beasts to hunt it) and fear Allah; indeed Allah is Swift in calling to account.

14. إِنَّمَا يُرِيدُ الشَّيْطَانُ أَن يُوقِعَ بَيْنَكُمُ الْعَدَاوَةَ وَالْبَغْضَاءَ فِي الْخَمْرِ وَالْمَيْسِرِ وَيَصُدَّكُمْ عَن ذِكْرِ اللّهِ وَعَنِ الصَّلاَةِ فَهَلْ أَنتُم مُّنتَهُونَO

Satan seeks only to breed enmity and spite among you by means of wine and gambling and to hinder you from remembering Allah and praying. Will you abstain from (these evil temptations)?

15. أَوَعَجِبْتُمْ أَن جَاءَكُمْ ذِكْرٌ مِّن رَّبِّكُمْ عَلَى رَجُلٍ مِّنكُمْ لِيُنذِرَكُمْ وَلِتَتَّقُواْ وَلَعَلَّكُمْ تُرْحَمُونَO

Do you wonder that admonition from your Lord has come (on the tongue) of a man from among yourselves so that he warns you (of the chastisement of Allah) and you become God-fearing? And so that you may gain Mercy?

16. وَاذْكُر رَّبَّكَ فِي نَفْسِكَ تَضَرُّعاً وَخِيفَةً وَدُونَ الْجَهْرِ مِنَ الْقَوْلِ بِالْغُدُوِّ وَالْآصَالِ وَلاَ تَكُن مِّنَ الْغَافِلِينَO إِنَّ الَّذِينَ عِندَ رَبِّكَ لاَ يَسْتَكْبِرُونَ عَنْ عِبَادَتِهِ وَيُسَبِّحُونَهُ وَلَهُ يَسْجُدُونَO

And remember your Lord in your heart with humility and tearfulness and fear and repentance and also by calling in low tones. (Persist in His remembrance) morning and evening and be not of the neglectful. Indeed the (angels) who are close in the Presence of your Lord (never) commit arrogance against His worship and (constantly) glorify Him and remain prostrated before Him.

17. إِنَّمَا الْمُؤْمِنُونَ الَّذِينَ إِذَا ذُكِرَ اللّهُ وَجِلَتْ قُلُوبُهُمْ وَإِذَا تُلِيَتْ عَلَيْهِمْ آيَاتُهُ زَادَتْهُمْ إِيمَانًا وَعَلَى رَبِّهِمْ يَتَوَكَّلُونَO

The believers are only those whose hearts, when Allah is mentioned before them, are filled with awe (on the very idea of Allah’s Grandeur and Majesty); and when His Revelations are recited to them, then (the ecstatic, delightful and sublime Words of the Beloved) enhance their faith and they (maintain) their trust in their Lord (under all circumstances and do not look towards any other but Him).

18. يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُواْ إِذَا لَقِيتُمْ فِئَةً فَاثْبُتُواْ وَاذْكُرُواْ اللّهَ كَثِيرًا لَّعَلَّكُمْ تُفْلِحُونَO

O Believers! When you encounter any (enemy) army, stand firm and remember Allah excessively so that you may win.

19. وَيَقُولُ الَّذِينَ كَفَرُواْ لَوْلاَ أُنزِلَ عَلَيْهِ آيَةٌ مِّن رَّبِّهِ قُلْ إِنَّ اللّهَ يُضِلُّ مَن يَشَاءُ وَيَهْدِي إِلَيْهِ مَنْ أَنَابَO الَّذِينَ آمَنُواْ وَتَطْمَئِنُّ قُلُوبُهُم بِذِكْرِ اللّهِ أَلاَ بِذِكْرِ اللّهِ تَطْمَئِنُّ الْقُلُوبُO

Say: ‘Verily Allah, (despite Signs), leads astray whom He wills and guides towards Himself the one who turns to Him in repentance. Those who believe, their hearts become free of all anxieties owing to remembrance of Allah. Beware that it is only remembrance of Allah that brings to your hearts freedom from all anxieties.’

20. إِنَّا نَحْنُ نَزَّلْنَا الذِّكْرَ وَإِنَّا لَهُ لَحَافِظُونَO

Assuredly it is We Who have sent down this (dhikr) Glorious Admonition (the Quran) and it is surely We Who will guard it.

21. وَمَا أَرْسَلْنَا مِن قَبْلِكَ إِلاَّ رِجَالاً نُّوحِي إِلَيْهِمْ فَاسْأَلُواْ أَهْلَ الذِّكْرِ إِن كُنتُمْ لاَ تَعْلَمُونَO

And before you also We sent only men as Messengers towards whom We sent Our Revelations. So if you (yourselves) do not know anything then ask the people of remembrance.

22. وَأَنزَلْنَا إِلَيْكَ الذِّكْرَ لِتُبَيِّنَ لِلنَّاسِ مَا نُزِّلَ إِلَيْهِمْ وَلَعَلَّهُمْ يَتَفَكَّرُونَO

And (O Glorious Messenger!) We have sent down to you the Glorious Remembrance (the Quran) so that you may explain clearly to people (the message and the commandments) that have been sent down for them and that they may meditate.

23. وَجَعَلْنَا عَلَى قُلُوبِهِمْ أَكِنَّةً أَن يَفْقَهُوهُ وَفِي آذَانِهِمْ وَقْرًا وَإِذَا ذَكَرْتَ رَبَّكَ فِي الْقُرْآنِ وَحْدَهُ وَلَّوْاْ عَلَى أَدْبَارِهِمْ نُفُورًاO

And We cover (also) their hearts in wrappers so that they may (not) get to its meaning and plug their ears with a sensation of heaviness (so that they may not listen to it) and when you mention you Lord Alone in the Quran (and the names of their idols are not mentioned) then, in extreme dislike, they turn their backs and flee away.

24. وَاذْكُر رَّبَّكَ إِذَا نَسِيتَ.

And remember your Lord when you forget.

25. وَاصْبِرْ نَفْسَكَ مَعَ الَّذِينَ يَدْعُونَ رَبَّهُم بِالْغَدَاةِ وَالْعَشِيِّ يُرِيدُونَ وَجْهَهُ وَلاَ تَعْدُ عَيْنَاكَ عَنْهُمْ تُرِيدُ زِينَةَ الْحَيَاةِ الدُّنْيَا وَلاَ تُطِعْ مَنْ أَغْفَلْنَا قَلْبَهُ عَن ذِكْرِنَا وَاتَّبَعَ هَوَاهُ وَكَانَ أَمْرُهُ فُرُطًاO

(O my servant!) Continue tenaciously your companionship with those who remember their Lord morning and evening, ardently seeking His pleasure, (keen for a glimpse of and eagerly aspiring to glance at His radiant countenance); your (affectionate and caring) looks must not but focus on them. Do you seek charisma of the worldly life (shifting your attention from these outwardly destitute divine people)? And (also) do not follow him whose heart We have made neglectful of Our remembrance and who follows but the urges of his (ill-commanding self) and his case has exceeded all bounds.

26. وَعَرَضْنَا جَهَنَّمَ يَوْمَئِذٍ لِّلْكَافِرِينَ عَرْضًاO الَّذِينَ كَانَتْ أَعْيُنُهُمْ فِي غِطَاءِ عَن ذِكْرِي وَكَانُوا لاَ يَسْتَطِيعُونَ سَمْعًاO

On that Day, We shall bring forth Hell before the disbelievers fully naked to their view. Their eyes were veiled (by negligence) against My Remembrance and they could not even listen (to My Remembrance).

27. وَأَنَا اخْتَرْتُكَ فَاسْتَمِعْ لِمَا يُوحَىO إِنَّنِي أَنَا اللَّهُ لَا إِلَهَ إِلَّا أَنَا فَاعْبُدْنِي وَأَقِمِ الصَّلَاةَ لِذِكْرِيO

And I have chosen you (as My Messenger), so listen to what is being revealed to you with absolute attentiveness; verily I alone am Allah; there is no God beside Me. So worship Me and establish prayer for My remembrance.’

28. قَالَ رَبِّ اشْرَحْ لِي صَدْرِيO وَيَسِّرْ لِي أَمْرِيO وَاحْلُلْ عُقْدَةً مِّن لِّسَانِيO يَفْقَهُوا قَوْلِيO وَاجْعَل لِّي وَزِيرًا مِّنْ أَهْلِيO هَارُونَ أَخِيO اشْدُدْ بِهِ أَزْرِيO وَأَشْرِكْهُ فِي أَمْرِيO كَيْ نُسَبِّحَكَ كَثِيرًاO وَنَذْكُرَكَ كَثِيرًاO إِنَّكَ كُنتَ بِنَا بَصِيرًاO

Musa prayed: ‘O my Lord! Open my breast (mind) and expand it for me; and make my task (as a Messenger) easy for me; and loosen the knot from my tongue so that people may understand (easily) what I say; and appoint for me a minister from my family; that is Haroon, my brother. Strengthen my back by him and make him share my task (as a Messenger), so that we (both) may amply glorify You and remember You a great deal. Surely You see us well (in the perspective of total scenario).’

29. اذْهَبْ أَنتَ وَأَخُوكَ بِآيَاتِي وَلَا تَنِيَا فِي ذِكْرِيO

(Musa) Go, you and your brother with My signs and do not slacken in remembering Me.

30. كَذَلِكَ نَقُصُّ عَلَيْكَ مِنْ أَنبَاءِ مَا قَدْ سَبَقَ وَقَدْ آتَيْنَاكَ مِن لَّدُنَّا ذِكْرًاO

(O Esteemed Beloved!) Thus We communicate to you information about those (people) who have passed away and We have surely given you from Our Exclusive Presence (an Admonishing Book) as a Reminder (dhirk).

31. وَمَنْ أَعْرَضَ عَن ذِكْرِي فَإِنَّ لَهُ مَعِيشَةً ضَنكًا وَنَحْشُرُهُ يَوْمَ الْقِيَامَةِ أَعْمَىO قَالَ رَبِّ لِمَ حَشَرْتَنِي أَعْمَى وَقَدْ كُنتُ بَصِيرًاO قَالَ كَذَلِكَ أَتَتْكَ آيَاتُنَا فَنَسِيتَهَا وَكَذَلِكَ الْيَوْمَ تُنسَىO

And he who turns away from My Admonition (remembrance and following direction and guidance), his worldly sustenance will be put under tight control and will be raised blind on the Day of Resurrection. He will say: ‘O my Lord! Why have you raised me up blind (today) whereas I had vision (in the world)?’ Allah will say: ‘Like this Our Signs came to you (in the world) but you disregarded them and the same way you (too) will be disregarded today.’

32. مَا يَأْتِيهِم مِّن ذِكْرٍ مَّن رَّبِّهِم مُّحْدَثٍ إِلَّا اسْتَمَعُوهُ وَهُمْ يَلْعَبُونَO

Whenever some fresh admonition comes to them from their Lord, they listen to it with such (carelessness) as if they are engaged in sport.

33. وَمَا أَرْسَلْنَا قَبْلَكَ إِلاَّ رِجَالاً نُّوحِي إِلَيْهِمْ فَاسْأَلُواْ أَهْلَ الذِّكْرِ إِن كُنتُمْ لاَ تَعْلَمُونَO

And (O Esteemed Beloved!) We sent only men (as prophets) before you (also); We used to send them revelations. So (O people!) if you do not know (yourselves), ask the people of remembrance.

34. وَإِذَا رَآكَ الَّذِينَ كَفَرُوا إِن يَتَّخِذُونَكَ إِلَّا هُزُوًا أَهَذَا الَّذِي يَذْكُرُ آلِهَتَكُمْ وَهُم بِذِكْرِ الرَّحْمَنِ هُمْ كَافِرُونَO

And when the disbelievers see you, they just start mocking at you (and say): ‘Is this he who talks about your gods (with rejection and denial)?’ And yet it is they themselves who reject remembrance of the Most Kind (Lord).

35. قُلْ مَن يَكْلَؤُكُم بِاللَّيْلِ وَالنَّهَارِ مِنَ الرَّحْمَنِ بَلْ هُمْ عَن ذِكْرِ رَبِّهِم مُّعْرِضُونَO

Say: ‘Who can guard and save you from (the punishment) of the Most Kind (Lord) by night and by day?’ In fact they keep away from remembrance of the (same) Lord.

36. وَأَذِّن فِي النَّاسِ بِالْحَجِّ يَأْتُوكَ رِجَالًا وَعَلَى كُلِّ ضَامِرٍ يَأْتِينَ مِن كُلِّ فَجٍّ عَمِيقٍO لِيَشْهَدُوا مَنَافِعَ لَهُمْ وَيَذْكُرُوا اسْمَ اللَّهِ فِي أَيَّامٍ مَّعْلُومَاتٍ عَلَى مَا رَزَقَهُم مِّن بَهِيمَةِ الْأَنْعَامِ فَكُلُوا مِنْهَا وَأَطْعِمُوا الْبَائِسَ الْفَقِيرَO

And proclaim Pilgrimage among the people. They will approach you walking and (mounted) on very lean camels, coming by distant tracks so that they may (also) avail themselves of their benefits and may pronounce on the appointed days the Name of Allah (while slaughtering) the cattle which Allah has provided for them (for sacrifice). Then eat of them yourselves and (also) feed the wretched needy.

37. وَلِكُلِّ أُمَّةٍ جَعَلْنَا مَنسَكًا لِيَذْكُرُوا اسْمَ اللَّهِ عَلَى مَا رَزَقَهُم مِّن بَهِيمَةِ الْأَنْعَامِ فَإِلَهُكُمْ إِلَهٌ وَاحِدٌ فَلَهُ أَسْلِمُوا وَبَشِّرِ الْمُخْبِتِينَO الَّذِينَ إِذَا ذُكِرَ اللَّهُ وَجِلَتْ قُلُوبُهُمْ وَالصَّابِرِينَ عَلَى مَا أَصَابَهُمْ وَالْمُقِيمِي الصَّلَاةِ وَمِمَّا رَزَقْنَاهُمْ يُنفِقُونَO

And We have appointed a sacrifice for every people so that (at the time of sacrifice) they pronounce the Name of Allah over the cattle (quadrupeds) that Allah has provided for them. And your God is (only) One God so submit wholly to Him alone, and (O Beloved) give good news to those who humble themselves. (They are) those whose hearts tremble with fear when Allah is remembered and they bear with patience whatever hardships befall them; they establish prayer and spend in the cause of Allah out of that which We have provided for them.

38. وَلَوْلَا دَفْعُ اللَّهِ النَّاسَ بَعْضَهُم بِبَعْضٍ لَّهُدِّمَتْ صَوَامِعُ وَبِيَعٌ وَصَلَوَاتٌ وَمَسَاجِدُ يُذْكَرُ فِيهَا اسْمُ اللَّهِ كَثِيرًا وَلَيَنصُرَنَّ اللَّهُ مَن يَنصُرُهُ إِنَّ اللَّهَ لَقَوِيٌّ عَزِيزٌO

And had Allah not been repelling one class of human society by the other (through militant revolutionary struggle) the cloisters, temples, churches and mosques (i.e. religious centres and worship places of all religions) would have been ruined where Allah’s Name is extensively commemorated. And he who helps Allah’s (Deen), Allah surely helps him. Allah is indeed the All-Powerfull, Ever Dominant (over all) (i.e. the survival of good is possible only through the revolutionary process of contradiction and conflict between good and evil).

39. إِنَّهُ كَانَ فَرِيقٌ مِّنْ عِبَادِي يَقُولُونَ رَبَّنَا آمَنَّا فَاغْفِرْ لَنَا وَارْحَمْنَا وَأَنتَ خَيْرُ الرَّاحِمِينَO فَاتَّخَذْتُمُوهُمْ سِخْرِيًّا حَتَّى أَنسَوْكُمْ ذِكْرِي وَكُنتُم مِّنْهُمْ تَضْحَكُونَO

Indeed there was a group of My servants who used to submit (before My Presence): ‘Our Lord! We have believed, so forgive us, and have Mercy on us; (surely) You are best of the merciful.’ But you used to laugh at them till they made you forget My remembrance and you (just) continued making fun of them.

40. فِي بُيُوتٍ أَذِنَ اللَّهُ أَن تُرْفَعَ وَيُذْكَرَ فِيهَا اسْمُهُ يُسَبِّحُ لَهُ فِيهَا بِالْغُدُوِّ وَالْآصَالِO رِجَالٌ لَّا تُلْهِيهِمْ تِجَارَةٌ وَلَا بَيْعٌ عَن ذِكْرِ اللَّهِ وَإِقَامِ الصَّلَاةِ وَإِيتَاءِ الزَّكَاةِ يَخَافُونَ يَوْمًا تَتَقَلَّبُ فِيهِ الْقُلُوبُ وَالْأَبْصَارُO لِيَجْزِيَهُمُ اللَّهُ أَحْسَنَ مَا عَمِلُوا وَيَزِيدَهُم مِّن فَضْلِهِ وَاللَّهُ يَرْزُقُ مَن يَشَاءُ بِغَيْرِ حِسَابٍO

(This Light of Allah illumines) such houses (mosques and centres) which Allah has ordained to exalt (i.e. enhance their esteem and prestige) and commemorate His Name therein; (these are the houses) in which (Allah’s servants) glorify Him morning and evening. (Those who are blessed with this Light) are the servants of (Allah) whom neither trade nor sale diverts from remembrance of Allah and from establishing prayer and paying Zakat (the Alms-due). (Even while performing their worldly duties) they fear the Day when hearts and eyes will (all) overturn (with terror) so that Allah may give them best reward for the (good deeds) they have done and may bestow upon them (still) more out of His bounty. And Allah blesses with His sustenance (and provisions) those whom He wills without measure.

41. وَيَوْمَ يَحْشُرُهُمْ وَمَا يَعْبُدُونَ مِن دُونِ اللَّهِ فَيَقُولُ أَأَنتُمْ أَضْلَلْتُمْ عِبَادِي هَؤُلَاءِ أَمْ هُمْ ضَلُّوا السَّبِيلَO قَالُوا سُبْحَانَكَ مَا كَانَ يَنبَغِي لَنَا أَن نَّتَّخِذَ مِن دُونِكَ مِنْ أَوْلِيَاءَ وَلَكِن مَّتَّعْتَهُمْ وَآبَاءَهُمْ حَتَّى نَسُوا الذِّكْرَ وَكَانُوا قَوْمًا بُورًاO

On that Day Allah will assemble them together with those whom they worshipped instead of Allah. He will ask them: ‘Was it you who led astray these servants of Mine or did they (themselves) go astray from the path?’ They will say: ‘Glory be to You; it did not become us (even) to take friends other than You (what to talk of asking them to worship others besides You). (Lord!) You bestowed upon them and their forefathers worldly riches to such an extent that they forgot (even) to remember You. And these were the (doomed) people to be destroyed.’

42. لَقَدْ أَضَلَّنِي عَنِ الذِّكْرِ بَعْدَ إِذْ جَاءَنِي وَكَانَ الشَّيْطَانُ لِلْإِنسَانِ خَذُولًاO

Surely he led me astray from the admonition after it had come to me and Satan leaves man helpless and deserted (in the time of difficulty).

43. وَالشُّعَرَاءُ يَتَّبِعُهُمُ الْغَاوُونَO أَلَمْ تَرَ أَنَّهُمْ فِي كُلِّ وَادٍ يَهِيمُونَO وَأَنَّهُمْ يَقُولُونَ مَا لَا يَفْعَلُونَO إِلَّا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا وَعَمِلُوا الصَّالِحَاتِ وَذَكَرُوا اللَّهَ كَثِيرًا وَانتَصَرُوا مِن بَعْدِ مَا ظُلِمُوا وَسَيَعْلَمُ الَّذِينَ ظَلَمُوا أَيَّ مُنقَلَبٍ يَنقَلِبُونَO

And only the misled follow the poets. Have you not seen that these (poets) wander distracted (purposelessly) in every valley (of reflections? They take little serious and true interest in reality; they rather remain happy and lost in verbal leaps and imaginative jumps.) And that they say (such things) that they do not (themselves) do. Except for those (poets) who believe and do pious deeds and remember Allah excessively (i.e. they compose hymns glorifying Allah and the Holy Prophet and become hymnologists) and avenge themselves after they are wronged (through poetic compositions and defend Islam and the oppressed rather inspire them with zeal through their poetry; such poetry is not condemnable). And those who do wrong will soon come to know to what place of turning they shall turn back (after death).

44. اتْلُ مَا أُوحِيَ إِلَيْكَ مِنَ الْكِتَابِ وَأَقِمِ الصَّلَاةَ إِنَّ الصَّلَاةَ تَنْهَى عَنِ الْفَحْشَاءِ وَالْمُنكَرِ وَلَذِكْرُ اللَّهِ أَكْبَرُ وَاللَّهُ يَعْلَمُ مَا تَصْنَعُونَO

(O Esteemed Beloved!) Recite that Book which has been sent down to you (by Revelation) and establish prayer; surely prayer prevents from indecency, vulgarity and sin. And verily Remembrance of Allah is the greatest thing and Allah knows all the (deeds) that you do.

45. إِنَّمَا يُؤْمِنُ بِآيَاتِنَا الَّذِينَ إِذَا ذُكِّرُوا بِهَا خَرُّوا سُجَّدًا وَسَبَّحُوا بِحَمْدِ رَبِّهِمْ وَهُمْ لَا يَسْتَكْبِرُونَO

So only those believe in Our Revelations who are directed and guided by means of these (Verses) and they fall down prostrate and glorify the praises of their Lord and are not arrogant.

46. لَقَدْ كَانَ لَكُمْ فِي رَسُولِ اللَّهِ أُسْوَةٌ حَسَنَةٌ لِّمَن كَانَ يَرْجُو اللَّهَ وَالْيَوْمَ الْآخِرَ وَذَكَرَ اللَّهَ كَثِيرًاO

Indeed in Allah’s Messenger there is most perfect and beautiful pattern (of life) for you, for every such person who expects and aspires (Meeting) Allah and the Last Day and remembers Allah excessively.

47. إِنَّ الْمُسْلِمِينَ وَالْمُسْلِمَاتِ وَالْمُؤْمِنِينَ وَالْمُؤْمِنَاتِ وَالْقَانِتِينَ وَالْقَانِتَاتِ وَالصَّادِقِينَ وَالصَّادِقَاتِ وَالصَّابِرِينَ وَالصَّابِرَاتِ وَالْخَاشِعِينَ وَالْخَاشِعَاتِ وَالْمُتَصَدِّقِينَ وَالْمُتَصَدِّقَاتِ وَالصَّائِمِينَ وَالصَّائِمَاتِ وَالْحَافِظِينَ فُرُوجَهُمْ وَالْحَافِظَاتِ وَالذَّاكِرِينَ اللَّهَ كَثِيرًا وَالذَّاكِرَاتِ أَعَدَّ اللَّهُ لَهُم مَّغْفِرَةً وَأَجْرًا عَظِيمًاO

Surely men who submit themselves wholly to Allah and the women who submit themselves wholly to Allah, and men who believe and women who believe, and men who are obedient and women who are obedient, and men who are truthful and women who are truthful and men who are steadfast and women who are steadfast, and men who are humble and women who are humble, and men who give alms and women who give alms, and men who fast and women who fast, and men who guard their chastity and women who guard their chastity, and men who remember Allah excessively and women who remember Allah excessively: Allah has prepared for all of them forgiveness and a mighty reward.

48. يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا اذْكُرُوا اللَّهَ ذِكْرًا كَثِيرًاO وَسَبِّحُوهُ بُكْرَةً وَأَصِيلًاO

O Believers! Keep remembering Allah excessively and glorify Him morning and evening.

49. إِنَّمَا تُنذِرُ مَنِ اتَّبَعَ الذِّكْرَ وَخَشِيَ الرَّحْمَن بِالْغَيْبِ فَبَشِّرْهُ بِمَغْفِرَةٍ وَأَجْرٍ كَرِيمٍO

You can warn only him who follows the Direction and Guidance and fears the Most Kind Lord unseen; so give him the good news of forgiveness and a reward of great honour.

50. أَفَمَن شَرَحَ اللَّهُ صَدْرَهُ لِلْإِسْلَامِ فَهُوَ عَلَى نُورٍ مِّن رَّبِّهِ فَوَيْلٌ لِّلْقَاسِيَةِ قُلُوبُهُم مِّن ذِكْرِ اللَّهِ أُوْلَئِكَ فِي ضَلَالٍ مُّبِينٍO اللَّهُ نَزَّلَ أَحْسَنَ الْحَدِيثِ كِتَابًا مُّتَشَابِهًا مَّثَانِيَ تَقْشَعِرُّ مِنْهُ جُلُودُ الَّذِينَ يَخْشَوْنَ رَبَّهُمْ ثُمَّ تَلِينُ جُلُودُهُمْ وَقُلُوبُهُمْ إِلَى ذِكْرِ اللَّهِ ذَلِكَ هُدَى اللَّهِ يَهْدِي بِهِ مَنْ يَشَاءُ وَمَن يُضْلِلْ اللَّهُ فَمَا لَهُ مِنْ هَادٍO

So, he whose breast Allah has opened for Islam is (placed) in the light from His Lord (but on the contrary) they whose hearts are hardened because of (being deprived of the Bounty of) Allah’s remembrance (are destined to ruin). It is they who are in open error. It is Allah Who has sent down the best Word, that is a Book whose verses agree to one another (in format and meaning) and are repeated frequently. It sends a hair-raising shudder in the bodies of those who fear their Lord; then their skins and hearts get softened (and they get lost) into the Remembrance of Allah (in a weeping mood). It is Guidance from Allah and He guides with it those whom He pleases. And he whom Allah turns from guidance away (i.e. leaves strayed) has no one to guide him.

51. وَإِذَا ذُكِرَ اللَّهُ وَحْدَهُ اشْمَأَزَّتْ قُلُوبُ الَّذِينَ لَا يُؤْمِنُونَ بِالْآخِرَةِ وَإِذَا ذُكِرَ الَّذِينَ مِن دُونِهِ إِذَا هُمْ يَسْتَبْشِرُونَO

And when only Allah, the One, is mentioned, the hearts of those who disbelieve in the Hereafter constrict and recoil with disgust and when the idols (which they worship) are mentioned instead of Allah, they rejoice all of a sudden.

52. إِنَّ الَّذِينَ كَفَرُوا بِالذِّكْرِ لَمَّا جَاءَهُمْ وَإِنَّهُ لَكِتَابٌ عَزِيزٌO لاَّ يَأْتِيهِ الْبَاطِلُ مِن بَيْنِ يَدَيْهِ وَلَا مِنْ خَلْفِهِ تَنْزِيلٌ مِّنْ حَكِيمٍ حَمِيدٍO

Indeed those who rejected dhikr (disbelieved in the Quran) when it came to them (Allah will avenge their disbelief); and surely it (the Quran) is a Mighty Venerable Book. Falsehood cannot approach it (the Quran) from before or behind. (It) is sent down by the Most Wise, the Most Praiseworthy (Lord).

53. أَفَنَضْرِبُ عَنكُمُ الذِّكْرَ صَفْحًا أَن كُنتُمْ قَوْمًا مُّسْرِفِينَO

And should We withhold this Direction and Guidance from you because you are a people who exceed limits?

54. وَمَن يَعْشُ عَن ذِكْرِ الرَّحْمَنِ نُقَيِّضْ لَهُ شَيْطَانًا فَهُوَ لَهُ قَرِينٌO

And he who loses sight of the remembrance of the Most Kind (Lord) We appoint a Satan to stick to him (all the time).

55. فَاسْتَمْسِكْ بِالَّذِي أُوحِيَ إِلَيْكَ إِنَّكَ عَلَى صِرَاطٍ مُّسْتَقِيمٍO وَإِنَّهُ لَذِكْرٌ لَّكَ وَلِقَوْمِكَ وَسَوْفَ تُسْأَلُونَO

So hold fast to this (Quran) which has been revealed to you. Surely you are (firm) on the straight path. And verily this (Quran) is the Most Great honour for you and for your Ummah and (O People!) you will be soon asked (as to how strong and firm a relation you established with the Quran).

56. فَأَعْرِضْ عَن مَّن تَوَلَّى عَن ذِكْرِنَا وَلَمْ يُرِدْ إِلَّا الْحَيَاةَ الدُّنْيَاO

So do not care for him who turns away from Our Remembrance and desires nothing but the life of this world.

57. وَلَقَدْ يَسَّرْنَا الْقُرْآنَ لِلذِّكْرِ فَهَلْ مِن مُّدَّكِرٍO

And indeed We have made the Quran easy for Direction and Guidance but is there any who will take the advice?

58. أَلَمْ يَأْنِ لِلَّذِينَ آمَنُوا أَن تَخْشَعَ قُلُوبُهُمْ لِذِكْرِ اللَّهِ وَمَا نَزَلَ مِنَ الْحَقِّ وَلَا يَكُونُوا كَالَّذِينَ أُوتُوا الْكِتَابَ مِن قَبْلُ فَطَالَ عَلَيْهِمُ الْأَمَدُ فَقَسَتْ قُلُوبُهُمْ وَكَثِيرٌ مِّنْهُمْ فَاسِقُونَO

Has the time not (yet) come for the believers that their hearts get humbled with tenderness for the remembrance of Allah and for that Truth (as well) which has been sent down and that they do not become like those who were given the book before this? Then a long time passed over them and their hearts hardened and many of them are disobedient.

59. اسْتَحْوَذَ عَلَيْهِمُ الشَّيْطَانُ فَأَنسَاهُمْ ذِكْرَ اللَّهِ أُوْلَئِكَ حِزْبُ الشَّيْطَانِ أَلَا إِنَّ حِزْبَ الشَّيْطَانِ هُمُ الْخَاسِرُونَO

Satan has overpowered them so he has made them forget the remembrance of Allah; it is they who are Satan’s army. Know that indeed it is the party of Satan who are the losers.

60. يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا إِذَا نُودِيَ لِلصَّلَاةِ مِن يَوْمِ الْجُمُعَةِ فَاسْعَوْا إِلَى ذِكْرِ اللَّهِ وَذَرُوا الْبَيْعَ ذَلِكُمْ خَيْرٌ لَّكُمْ إِن كُنتُمْ تَعْلَمُونَO فَإِذَا قُضِيَتِ الصَّلَاةُ فَانتَشِرُوا فِي الْأَرْضِ وَابْتَغُوا مِن فَضْلِ اللَّهِ وَاذْكُرُوا اللَّهَ كَثِيرًا لَّعَلَّكُمْ تُفْلِحُونَO

O Believers! When the call is made for (Friday) prayer on Friday, hasten towards the remembrance of Allah (i.e. sermon and prayer) immediately and abandon purchase and sale (business). That is better for you if you have knowledge. Then after the prayer is offered, disperse in the land and (then) look for Allah’s Bounty (sustenance) and remember Allah much so that you are successful.

61. يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا لَا تُلْهِكُمْ أَمْوَالُكُمْ وَلَا أَوْلَادُكُمْ عَن ذِكْرِ اللَّهِ وَمَن يَفْعَلْ ذَلِكَ فَأُوْلَئِكَ هُمُ الْخَاسِرُونَO

O Believers! Let not your wealth and your children make you negligent of the remembrance of Allah, and he who does so then it is they who are the losers.

62. وَكَأَيِّن مِّن قَرْيَةٍ عَتَتْ عَنْ أَمْرِ رَبِّهَا وَرُسُلِهِ فَحَاسَبْنَاهَا حِسَابًا شَدِيدًا وَعَذَّبْنَاهَا عَذَابًا نُّكْرًاO فَذَاقَتْ وَبَالَ أَمْرِهَا وَكَانَ عَاقِبَةُ أَمْرِهَا خُسْرًاO أَعَدَّ اللَّهُ لَهُمْ عَذَابًا شَدِيدًا فَاتَّقُوا اللَّهَ يَا أُوْلِي الْأَلْبَابِ الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا قَدْ أَنزَلَ اللَّهُ إِلَيْكُمْ ذِكْرًاO

And how many towns there were (the inhabitants of) which disobeyed and revolted against the command of their Lord and His Messengers! So We called them to account in shape of fierce accountability and seized them with such a severe torment which was never seen or even heard of. So they tasted the evil consequence of their doings and their affair ended up in total loss. Allah has prepared for them severe torment (in the Hereafter too). So keep fearing Allah, O men of reason, you who have believed. No doubt it is you towards whom Allah has sent down the admonition (the Quran).

63. وَإِن يَكَادُ الَّذِينَ كَفَرُوا لَيُزْلِقُونَكَ بِأَبْصَارِهِمْ لَمَّا سَمِعُوا الذِّكْرَ وَيَقُولُونَ إِنَّهُ لَمَجْنُونٌO

And indeed when the disbelievers listen to the Quran it seems as if they wish to harm you with their (jealously evil) looks and say: ‘Surely, he is insane.’

64. وَمَن يُعْرِضْ عَن ذِكْرِ رَبِّهِ يَسْلُكْهُ عَذَابًا صَعَدًاO

And he who turns away from the remembrance of his Lord He will cause him to enter a severe torment.

65. وَاذْكُرِ اسْمَ رَبِّكَ وَتَبَتَّلْ إِلَيْهِ تَبْتِيلًاO

And continue remembering the Name of your Lord, devoted completely to Him alone (in your heart and soul), cut off from everyone else.

66. فَاصْبِرْ لِحُكْمِ رَبِّكَ وَلَا تُطِعْ مِنْهُمْ آثِمًا أَوْ كَفُورًاO وَاذْكُرِ اسْمَ رَبِّكَ بُكْرَةً وَأَصِيلًاO وَمِنَ اللَّيْلِ فَاسْجُدْ لَهُ وَسَبِّحْهُ لَيْلًا طَوِيلًاO

So (continue to) be patient for the sake of your Lord’s Command and do not give your ear to any liar, sinner or disbeliever or thankless person from among them. And remember the Name of your Lord morning and evening. And prostrate before His Presence for some hours of the night and sanctify and glorify Him during (the rest of) the long hours of the night.

67. وَالْمُرْسَلَاتِ عُرْفًاO فَالْعَاصِفَاتِ عَصْفًاO وَالنَّاشِرَاتِ نَشْرًاO فَالْفَارِقَاتِ فَرْقًاO فَالْمُلْقِيَاتِ ذِكْرًاO

By the soft blowing pleasant breezes which blow in succession; then by the violent winds which blow with fierce gusts; and by those which spread the clouds; then by those which split (them) apart and break them off; then by those which bring dhikr (direction and guidance).

68. قَدْ أَفْلَحَ مَن تَزَكَّىO وَذَكَرَ اسْمَ رَبِّهِ فَصَلَّىO

Indeed only he will triumph who is purified of (the afflictions of his ill-commanding self and pollution of sins) and remembers the Name of his Lord and offers prayers (regularly and excessively).

69. وَرَفَعْنَا لَكَ ذِكْرَكَO

And We have exalted for you your remembrance.


Refrences

  1. al-Quran, al-Baqarah (2:152).
  2. al-Quran, al-Baqarah (2:114).
  3. al-Quran, al-Baqarah (2:198).
  4. al-Quran, al-Baqarah (2:200).
  5. al-Quran, al-Baqarah (2:203).
  6. al-Quran, al-Baqarah (2:238,239).
  7. al-Quran, al-Imran (3:40,41).
  8. al-Quran, al-Imran (3:58).
  9. al-Quran, al-Imran (3:135).
  10. al-Quran, al-Imran (3:190,191).
  11. al-Quran, an-Nisa (4:103).
  12. al-Quran, an-Nisa (4:142).
  13. al-Quran, al-Maidah (5:4).
  14. al-Quran, al-Maidah (5:91).
  15. al-Quran, al-Araf (7:63).
  16. al-Quran, al-Araf (7:205,206).
  17. al-Quran, al-Anfal (8:2).
  18. al-Quran, al-Anfal (8:45).
  19. al-Quran, ar-Rad (13:27,28).
  20. al-Quran, al-Hijar (15:9).
  21. al-Quran, an-Nahl (16:43).
  22. al-Quran, an-Nahl (16:44).
  23. al-Quran, Bani Israil (17:46).
  24. al-Quran, al-Kahf (18:24).
  25. al-Quran, al-Kahf (18:28).
  26. al-Quran, al-Kahf (18:100,101).
  27. al-Quran, Taha (20:13,14).
  28. al-Quran, Taha (20:25-35).
  29. al-Quran, Taha (20:42).
  30. al-Quran, Taha (20:99).
  31. al-Quran, Taha (20:124-126).
  32. al-Quran, al-Anbia (21:2).
  33. al-Quran, al-Anbia (21:7).
  34. al-Quran, al-Anbia (21:36).
  35. al-Quran, al-Anbia (21:42).
  36. al-Quran, al-Hajj (22:27,28).
  37. al-Quran, al-Hajj (22:34,35).
  38. al-Quran, al-Hajj (22:40).
  39. al-Quran, al-Mominoon (23:109-110).
  40. al-Quran, an-Noor (24:36-38).
  41. al-Quran, al-Furqan (25:17,18).
  42. al-Quran, al-Furqan (25:29).
  43. al-Quran, ash-Shuara (26:224-227).
  44. al-Quran, al-Ankabut (29:45).
  45. al-Quran, as-Sijdah (32:15).
  46. al-Quran, al-Ahzab (33:21).
  47. al-Quran, al-Ahzab (33:35).
  48. al-Quran, al-Ahzab (33:41,42).
  49. al-Quran, Yasin (36:11).
  50. al-Quran, az-Zumar (39:22,23).
  51. al-Quran, az-Zumar (39:45).
  52. al-Quran, Hameem Sijdah (41:41,42).
  53. al-Quran, az-Zukhraf (43:5).
  54. al-Quran, az-Zukhraf (43:36).
  55. al-Quran, az-Zukhraf (43:43,44).
  56. al-Quran, an-Najm (53:29).
  57. al-Quran, al-Qamar (54:40).
  58. al-Quran, al-Hadeed (57:16).
  59. al-Quran, al-Mujadilah (58:19).
  60. al-Quran, al-Jumah (62:9,10).
  61. al-Quran, al-Munfiqoon (63:9).
  62. al-Quran, at-Talaq (65:8-10).
  63. al-Quran, al-Qalam (68:51).
  64. al-Quran, al-Jinn (72:17).
  65. al-Quran, al-Muzammil (73:8).
  66. al-Quran, ad-Dahar (76:24-26).
  67. al-Quran, al-Mursilat (77:1-5).
  68. al-Quran, al-Ala (87:14,15).
  69. al-Quran, an-Nashrah (94:4).

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