Pearls of Remembrance

Chapter 1 - 10

Chapter 1: One who remembers Allah (SWT) is alive and one who does not is dead

1. عَنْ أَبِي مُوسَى رضي الله عنه قَالَ: قَالَ النَّبِيُّ صلي الله عليه وآله وسلم: مَثَلُ الَّذِي يَذْكُرُ رَبَّهُ وَالَّذِي لَا يَذْكُرُ رَبَّهُ مَثَلُ الْحَيِّ وَالْمَيِّتِ.

Abu Musa (رضی اللہ عنہ) narrates that the Holy Prophet (صلی اللہ علیہ وآلہ وسلم) said, “He who remembers his Lord and he who does not are like the living and the dead.”

2. عَنْ أَبِي مُوسَى رضي الله عنه عَنِ النَّبِيِّ صلي الله عليه وآله وسلم قَالَ: مَثَلُ الْبَيْتِ الَّذِي يُذْكَرُ اللَّهُ فِيهِ وَالْبَيْتِ الَّذِي لَا يُذْكَرُ اللَّهُ فِيهِ مَثَلُ الْحَيِّ وَالْمَيِّتِ.

Abu Musa (رضی اللہ عنہ) narrates that the Holy Prophet (صلی اللہ علیہ وآلہ وسلم) said, “The house in which Allah (SWT) is remembered and the one in which Allah (SWT) is not remembered are like the living and the dead.”

Chapter 2: Allah (SWT) evokes His rememberers on the Throne

3. عَنْ أَبِي هُرَيْرَةَ رضي الله عنه قَالَ: قَالَ النَّبِيُّ صلي الله عليه وآله وسلم: يَقُولُ اللَّهُ تَعَالَى: أَنَا عِنْدَ ظَنِّ عَبْدِي بِي، وَأَنَا مَعَهُ إِذَا ذَكَرَنِي. فَإِنْ ذَكَرَنِي فِي نَفْسِهِ، ذَكَرْتُهُ فِي نَفْسِي. وَإِنْ ذَكَرَنِي فِي مَلَإٍ، ذَكَرْتُهُ فِي مَلَإٍ خَيْرٍ مِنْهُمْ. وَإِنْ تَقَرَّبَ إِلَيَّ بِشِبْرٍ، تَقَرَّبْتُ إِلَيْهِ ذِرَاعًا. وَإِنْ تَقَرَّبَ إِلَيَّ ذِرَاعًا، تَقَرَّبْتُ إِلَيْهِ بَاعًا. وَإِنْ أَتَانِي يَمْشِي، أَتَيْتُهُ هَرْوَلَةً.

According to Abu Huraira (رضی اللہ عنہ) , the Holy Prophet (صلی اللہ علیہ وآلہ وسلم) said, “Allah (SWT) says: I am to My servant as he thinks of Me and I am with him when he remembers Me. If he remembers Me in his heart (quietly), I remember him in secret (quietly). If he remembers Me in a gathering (loudly), I remember him in a gathering better than them (loudly). If he draws near Me a span, I get near him an arm’s length. If he draws near Me an arm’s length, I get near him a fathom. And if he comes towards Me walking, I go towards him running.”

4. عَنْ أَبِي هُرَيْرَةَ رضي الله عنه قَالَ: قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صلي الله عليه وآله وسلم: يَقُولُ اللَّهُ عزوجل: أَنَا عِنْدَ ظَنِّ عَبْدِي بِي، وَأَنَا مَعَهُ حِينَ يَذْكُرُنِي. إِنْ ذَكَرَنِي فِي نَفْسِهِ ذَكَرْتُهُ فِي نَفْسِي. وَإِنْ ذَكَرَنِي فِي مَلَإٍ ذَكَرْتُهُ فِي مَلَإٍ هُمْ خَيْرٌ مِنْهُمْ. وَإِنْ تَقَرَّبَ مِنِّي شِبْرًا تَقَرَّبْتُ إِلَيْهِ ذِرَاعًا. وَإِنْ تَقَرَّبَ إِلَيَّ ذِرَاعًا تَقَرَّبْتُ مِنْهُ بَاعًا. وَإِنْ أَتَانِي يَمْشِي أَتَيْتُهُ هَرْوَلَةً.

According to Abu Huraira (رضی اللہ عنہ) , the Messenger of Allah (صلی اللہ علیہ وآلہ وسلم) said, “Allah (SWT) says, ‘I am compatible with My servant’s opinion of Me and I am with him if he remembers Me. So if he remembers Me in his heart (secretly) I remember him in quiet (secretly). If he remembers Me in a gathering (openly), I remember him in a gathering better than them (openly). If he comes near Me the length of a span, I get near him a cubit. If he comes near Me a cubit, I get near him a fathom. If he walks towards Me, I go towards him at high speed.’”

5. عَنْ أَبِي هُرَيْرَةَ رضي الله عنه قَالَ: قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صلي الله عليه وآله وسلم: يَقُولُ اللَّهُ عزوجل: أَنَا عِنْدَ ظَنِّ عَبْدِي. وَأَنَا مَعَهُ حِينَ يَذْكُرُنِي. فَإِنْ ذَكَرَنِي فِي نَفْسِهِ ذَكَرْتُهُ فِي نَفْسِي. وَإِنْ ذَكَرَنِي فِي مَلَإٍ ذَكَرْتُهُ فِي مَلَإٍ خَيْرٍ مِنْهُ. وَإِنْ اقْتَرَبَ إِلَيَّ شِبْرًا اقْتَرَبْتُ مِنْهُ ذِرَاعًا. وَإِنْ اقْتَرَبَ إِلَيَّ ذِرَاعًا اقْتَرَبْتُ إِلَيْهِ بَاعًا. وَإِنْ أَتَانِي يَمْشِي أَتَيْتُهُ هَرْوَلَةً.

Abu Huraira (رضی اللہ عنہ) narrates that the Messenger of Allah (صلی اللہ علیہ وآلہ وسلم) said, “Allah (SWT) says, ‘I am to My servant as he expects from Me and I am with him when he remembers Me. So if he remembers Me in his heart (covertly), I remember him in private (covertly). If he remembers Me in an assembly (overtly), I remember him in an assembly better than his (overtly). If he comes near Me a span, I get near him a cubit. If he comes near Me a cubit, I get near him a fathom. If he walks towards Me, I come to him at high speed.’”

6. عَنْ سَهْلِ بن مُعَاذِ بن أَنَسٍ، عَنْ أَبِيهِ رضي الله عنهم، قَالَ: قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صلي الله عليه وآله وسلم: قَالَ اللَّهُ تَعَالَى: لا يَذْكُرُنِي عَبْدِي فِي نَفْسِهِ إِلا ذَكَرْتُهُ فِي مَلَإٍ مِنْ مَلائِكَتِي، وَلا يَذْكُرُنِي فِي مَلَإٍ إِلا ذَكَرْتُهُ فِي الرَّفِيقِ الأَعْلَى.

Sahl bin Muadh bin Anas (رضی اللہ عنھم) narrates from his father that the Messenger of Allah (صلی اللہ علیہ وآلہ وسلم) said, “Allah (SWT) says: ‘Every time My servant remembers Me in his heart (quietly), I remember him in the assembly of My angels (loudly) and every time he remembers Me (loudly) in an assembly, I remember him (loudly) in the Assembly of Supreme Companionship (ar-rafiq al-ala).’”12

7. عَنْ أَبِي هُرَيْرَةَ رضي الله عنه عَنِ النَّبِيِّ صلي الله عليه وآله وسلم فِيْمَا يَحْكِي عَنِ اللهِ عزوجل قَالَ: الْكِبْرِيَاءُ رِدَائِي وَالْعَظَمَةُ إِزَارِي. فَمَنْ نَازَعَنِي فِي وَاحِدَةٍ مِنْهُمَا قَذَفْتُهُ فِي النَّارِ. وَمَنِ اقْتَرَبَ إِلَيَّ شِبْرًا اقْتَرَبْتُ مِنْهُ ذِرَاعًا. وَمَنِ اقْتَرَبَ مِنِّي ذِرَاعًا اقْتَرَبْتُ مِنْهُ بَاعًا. وَمَنْ جَاءَنِي يَمْشِي جِئْتُهُ أُهَرْوِلُ. وَمَنْ جَاءَنِيْ يُهَرْوِلُ جِئْتُهُ أَسْعَى. وَمَنْ ذَكَرَنِي فِي نَفْسِهِ ذَكَرْتُهُ فِي نَفْسِي. وَمَنْ ذَكَرَنِي فِي مَلَإٍ ذَكَرْتُهُ فِي مَلَإٍ أَكْثَرُ مِنْهُم وَأَطْيَبُ.

Abu Huraira (رضی اللہ عنہ) narrates from the Holy Prophet (صلی اللہ علیہ وآلہ وسلم) that Allah (صلی اللہ علیہ وآلہ وسلم) said, “Magnificence is My mantle and Grandeur is My wrapper. So, whoever disputes with Me on any of these two, I will throw him into the Hell. He who draws near Me a span, I get near him an arm’s length. He who draws near Me an arm’s length, I get near him a fathom. He who walks towards Me I run towards him and he who runs towards Me I sprint towards him. He who remembers Me in his heart (quietly), I remember him in secret (quietly). And he who remembers Me in a gathering (loudly), I remember him (loudly) in a gathering larger and purer than his.”

8. عَنْ أَبِي هُرَيْرَةَ رضي الله عنه عَنِ النَّبِيِّ صلي الله عليه وآله وسلم قَالَ: قَالَ اللَّهُ عزوجل: عَبْدِي عِنْدَ ظَنِّهِ بِي وَأَنَا مَعَهُ إِذَا دَعَانِي. فَإِنْ ذَكَرَنِي فِي نَفْسِهِ ذَكَرْتُهُ فِي نَفْسِي. وَإِنْ ذَكَرَنِي فِي مَلَإٍ ذَكَرْتُهُ فِي مَلَإٍ خَيْرٍ مِنْهُمْ وَأَطْيَبَ. وَإِنْ تَقَرَّبَ مِنِّي شِبْرًا تَقَرَّبْتُ مِنْهُ ذِرَاعًا. وَإِنْ تَقَرَّبَ ذِرَاعًا تَقَرَّبْتُ بَاعًا. وَإِنْ أَتَانِي يَمْشِي أَتَيْتُهُ هَرْوَلَةً.

Abu Huraira (رضی اللہ عنہ) narrates from the Holy Prophet (صلی اللہ علیہ وآلہ وسلم) that Allah (سبحانہ و تعالیٰ) said, “I am compatible with My servant’s opinion of Me and I am with him when he calls Me out. So, if he calls Me out in his heart (i.e. remembers Me secretly) I remember him in quiet (secretly). And if he calls Me out in some assembly (i.e. remembers Me openly) I remember him in an assembly better and purer than theirs (openly). If he gets closer to Me a span I get closer to him an arm. And if he gets near Me an arm I get near him a fathom. If he walks towards Me I run towards him.”

9. عَنْ أَبِي هُرَيْرَةَ رضي الله عنه قَالَ: قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صلي الله عليه وآله وسلم: إِنَّ اللَّهَ عزوجل يَقُوْلُ: أَنَا عِنْدَ ظَنِّ عَبْدِي بِي وَأَنَا مَعَهُ حِينَ يَذْكُرُنِي. إِنْ ذَكَرَنِي فِي نَفْسِهِ ذَكَرْتُهُ فِي نَفْسِي. وَإِنْ ذَكَرَنِي فِي مَلَإٍ ذَكَرْتُهُ فِي مَلَإٍ خَيْرٍ مِنْ مَلَئِهِ الَّذِينَ يَذْكُرُنِي فِيهِمْ. وَإِنْ تَقَرَّبَ الْعَبْدُ مِنِّي شِبْرًا تَقَرَّبْتُ مِنْهُ ذِرَاعًا. وَإِنْ تَقَرَّبَ مِنِّي ذِرَاعًا تَقَرَّبْتُ مِنْهُ بَاعًا. وَإِذَا جَاءَنِي يَمْشِي جِئْتُهُ أُهَرْوِلُ. لَهُ الْمَنُّ وَالْفَضْلُ.

Abu Huraira (رضی اللہ عنہ) narrates that the Holy Messenger of Allah (صلی اللہ علیہ وآلہ وسلم) said, “Allah (سبحانہ و تعالیٰ) says: I am compatible with My servant’s opinion of Me. I am with him when he remembers Me. So if he remembers Me in his heart (quietly), I remember him in secret (quietly). If he remembers Me in a gathering (loudly), I remember him in a gathering better than his (loudly). If My servant draws near Me a span I get near him an arm. If he draws near Me an arm I get near him a fathom. And if he comes to Me walking I go to him running. The entire bounty and benevolence is for him alone.”

10. عَنْ أَبِي هُرَيْرَةَ رضي الله عنه عَنِ النَّبِيِّ صلي الله عليه وآله وسلم قَالَ: قَالَ اللهُ جَلّ وَعَلاَ: عَبْدِي عِنْدَ ظَنِّهِ بِي، وَأَنَا مَعَهُ إِذَا دَعَانِي. إِنْ ذَكَرَنِي فِي نَفْسِهِ، ذَكَرْتُهُ فِي نَفْسِي. وَإِنْ ذَكَرَنِي فِي مَلَإٍ، ذَكَرْتُهُ فِي مَلَإٍ خَيْرٌ مِنْهُ وَأَطْيَبُ.

Abu Huraira (رضی اللہ عنہ) narrates from the Holy Prophet (صلی اللہ علیہ وآلہ وسلم) that Allah (SWT) said, “I am compatible with My servant’s opinion of Me and I am with him when he calls Me out. If he remembers Me in his heart (quietly), I remember him in secret (quietly), and if he remembers Me in an assembly (loudly), I remember him in an assembly better and purer than his (loudly).”

11. عَنْ أَبِي هُرَيْرَةَ رضي الله عنه قَالَ: قَالَ رَسُوْلُ اللهِ صلي الله عليه وآله وسلم: قَالَ اللهُ تَبَارَكَ وَتَعَالَى: أَنَا عِنْدَ ظَنِّ عَبْدِيْ بِي وَأَنَا مَعَهُ حَيْثُ يَذْكُرُنِي. إِنْ ذَكَرَنِي فِي نَفْسِهِ، ذَكَرْتُهُ فِي نَفْسِي. وَإِنْ ذَكَرَنِي فِي مَلَإٍ، ذَكَرْتُهُ فِي مَلَإٍ خَيْرٌ مِنْهُمْ. وَإِنْ تَقَرَّبَ مِنِّي ذِرَاعًا، تَقَرَّبْتُ مِنْهُ بَاعًا. وَإِنْ أَتَانِي يَمْشِي، أَتَيْتُهُ هَرْوَلَةً.

Abu Huraira (رضی اللہ عنہ) narrates from the Messenger of Allah (صلی اللہ علیہ وآلہ وسلم) that Allah (SWT) said, “I am to My servant what he thinks of Me. I am with him wherever he remembers Me. So if he remembers Me in his heart (quietly), I remember him in secret (quietly). If he remembers Me in an assembly (loudly), I remember him in an assembly better than theirs (loudly). If he nears Me a cubit, I get near him a fathom. If he comes to Me walking, I go to him running.”

12. عَنِ ابْنِ عَبَّاسٍ رضي الله عنهما قَالَ: قَالَ رَسُولُ اللهِِ صلي الله عليه وآله وسلم: قَالَ اللهُ تَعَالَى: عَبْدِي إِذَا ذَكَرْتَنِي خَالِيًا ذَكَرْتُكَ خَالِيًا. وَإِنْ ذَكَرْتَنِي فِي مَلَإٍ، ذَكَرْتُكَ فِي مَلَإٍ خَيْرٌ مِنْهُمْ وَأَكْثَرُ.

According to Abdullah bin Abbas (رضی اللہ عنھما) the Messenger of Allah (صلی اللہ علیہ وآلہ وسلم) said, “Allah (SWT) said: ‘Oh My servant! When you remember Me alone (secretly), I remember you alone (secretly). If you remember Me in an assembly (openly) I remember you in an assembly better and larger than them (openly).’”1

13. عَنْ ثَابِتٍ قَالَ: قَالَ أَبُو عُثْمَانَ النَّهْدِيّ: إِنِّي لَأَعْلَمُ حِيْنَ يَذْكُرُنِي رَبِّي. قَالُوا: وَكَيْفَ ذَاكَ؟ قَالَ: إِنَّ اللهَ يَقُوْلُ: (فَاذْكُرُونِي أَذْكُرْكُمْ) فَإِذَا ذَكَرْتُ اللهَ ذَكَرَنِي.

Thabit narrates that Abu Uthman Nahdi said: “I know when my Lord remembers me.” People asked: “How do you know that?” He replied: “Indeed Allah says: ‘Remember Me, I will remember you.’ So when I remember Him He remembers me.’”2

Chapter 3: Allah (SWT) expresses His pride on His Remeberers (Dhakirs) in front of angels

14. عَنْ أَبِي سَعِيدٍ الْخُدْرِيِّ رضي الله عنه قَالَ: خَرَجَ مُعَاوِيَةُ عَلَى حَلْقَةٍ فِي الْمَسْجِدِ، فَقَالَ: ... إِنَّ رَسُولَ اللَّهِ صلي الله عليه وآله وسلم خَرَجَ عَلَى حَلْقَةٍ مِنْ أَصْحَابِهِ، فَقَالَ: مَا أَجْلَسَكُمْ؟ قَالُوا: جَلَسْنَا نَذْكُرُ اللَّهَ وَنَحْمَدُهُ عَلَى مَا هَدَانَا لِلْإِسْلَامِ، وَمَنَّ بِهِ عَلَيْنَا. قَالَ: آللَّهِ مَا أَجْلَسَكُمْ إِلَّا ذَاكَ؟ قَالُوا: وَاللَّهِ مَا أَجْلَسَنَا إِلَّا ذَاكَ. قَالَ: أَمَا إِنِّي لَمْ أَسْتَحْلِفْكُمْ تُهْمَةً لَكُمْ، وَلَكِنَّهُ أَتَانِي جِبْرِيلُ، فَأَخْبَرَنِي أَنَّ اللَّهَ عَزَّ وَجَلَّ يُبَاهِي بِكُمُ الْمَلَائِكَةَ.

Abu Saeed Khudri (رضی اللہ عنہ) narrates that Muawiyah (رضی اللہ عنہ) came to a group of people in the mosque and said, “… The Messenger of Allah (صلی اللہ علیہ وآلہ وسلم) came to a group of his Companions in the mosque and said, ‘Why are you sitting?’ They said, ‘We are sitting remembering Allah and paying our thanks to Him for His favour of guiding us to Islam.’ The Holy Prophet (صلی اللہ علیہ وآلہ وسلم) said, ‘Do you say that on oath that is what has made you sit here?’ They submitted, ‘By Allah we are sitting here only for this purpose.’ The Holy Prophet (صلی اللہ علیہ وآلہ وسلم) said, ‘I have not made you take oath for any doubt but the thruth is that Gabriel came and told me that Allah is expressing His pride on you in front of angels.’”

15. عَنْ مُحَمَّدِ بن كَعْبٍ، أَنَّ نَفَرًا كَانُوا فِي عَهْدِ مُعَاوِيَةَ يَشْهَدُونَ الْفَجْرَ وَيَجْلِسُونَ عِنْدَ قَاصِّ الْجَمَاعَةِ، فَإِذَا سَلَّمَ تَحَوَّلُوا إِلَى نَاحِيَةِ الْمَسْجِدِ فَيَذْكُرُونَ اللَّهَ وَيَتْلُونَ كِتَابَ اللَّهِ حَتَّى يَتَعَالَى النَّهَارُ، فَأُخْبِرَ مُعَاوِيَةُ بِهِمْ، فَجَاءَ يُهَرْوِلُ أَوْ يَسْعَى فِي مِشْيَتِهِ حَتَّى وَقَفَ عَلَيْهِمْ، فَقَالَ: جِئْتُ أُبَشِّرُكُمْ بِبُشْرَى اللَّهِ فِيمَا رِزْقَكُمْ، أَنَّ نَفَرًا عَلَى عَهْدِ رَسُولِ اللَّهِ صلي الله عليه وآله وسلم، أَحْسَبُهُ، قَالَ: كَانُوا يَصْنَعُونَ نَحْوًا مِمَّا تَصْنَعُونَ، فَأَقْبَلَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صلي الله عليه وآله وسلم، كَأَنِّي أَحْكِيهِ فِي مِشْيَتِهِ حَتَّى وَقَفَ عَلَيْهِمْ، فَقَالَ: أَبْشِرُوا وَالَّذِي نَفْسِي بِيَدِهِ، إِنَّ اللَّهَ عزوجل يُبَاهِي بِكُمُ الْمَلائِكَةَ.

Muhammad bin Ka‘b (رضی اللہ عنہ) narrates that during the reign of Muawiyah some people used to attend the fajr ritual prayer, and sit on one side of the congregation. After the Imām concluded the prayer, they would sit in one corner of the mosque, remember Allah and recite the Book of Allah till sunrise. Muawiyah was told about them, so he came running, stood beside them and said, “I have come to give you good news of what Allah (SWT) has bestowed upon you. Some people used to do the same during the days of the Holy Messenger of Allah (صلی اللہ علیہ وآلہ وسلم) . The Messenger of Allah (صلی اللہ علیہ وآلہ وسلم) came, stood beside them and said, ‘Cheer up! By Him in whose hand is my soul, Allah is expressing His pride on you before the angels.’”

16. عَنْ عَبْدِ اللَّهِ بْنِ عَمْرٍو رضي الله عنهما قَالَ: صَلَّيْنَا مَعَ رَسُولِ اللَّهِ صلي الله عليه وآله وسلم الْمَغْرِبَ، فَرَجَعَ مَنْ رَجَعَ وَعَقَّبَ مَنْ عَقَّبَ، فَجَاءَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صلي الله عليه وآله وسلم مُسْرِعًا، قَدْ حَفَزَهُ النَّفَسُ وَقَدْ حَسَرَ عَنْ رُكْبَتَيْهِ، فَقَالَ: أَبْشِرُوا هَذَا رَبُّكُمْ قَدْ فَتَحَ بَابًا مِنْ أَبْوَابِ السَّمَاءِ يُبَاهِي بِكُمُ الْمَلَائِكَةَ، يَقُولُ: انْظُرُوا إِلَى عِبَادِي قَدْ قَضَوْا فَرِيضَةً وَهُمْ يَنْتَظِرُونَ أُخْرَى.

Abdullah bin Amr (رضی اللہ عنھما) narrates, “We offered the sunset ritual prayer with the Messenger of Allah (صلی اللہ علیہ وآلہ وسلم) . Those who were to leave left and those desirous to stay back stayed. So swiftly the Holy Messenger of Allah (صلی اللہ علیہ وآلہ وسلم) came that he was breathing heavily and his robe was a little above his holy ankles. He said, ‘Cheer up! This is your Lord Who has opened a door of heavens and is expressing His pride on you before the angels, saying: Look at My servants; after performing an obligatory ritual prayer they are waiting for the next one (prayer).’”

17. عَنْ حَسَنِ بْنِ مُوسَى رضي الله عنه، قَالَ عَبْدُ اللَّهِ بْنُ عَمْرِو بْنِ الْعَاصِي رضي الله عنه وَأَنَا أُحَدِّثُ عَنِ النَّبِيِّ صلي الله عليه وآله وسلم، صَلَّيْنَا مَعَ النَّبِيِّ صلي الله عليه وآله وسلم ذَاتَ لَيْلَةٍ فَعَقَّبَ مَنْ عَقَّبَ وَرَجَعَ مَنْ رَجَعَ. فَجَاءَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صلي الله عليه وآله وسلم قَبْلَ أَنْ يَثُوبَ النَّاسُ لِصَلَاةِ الْعِشَاءِ، فَجَاءَ وَقَدْ حَفَزَهُ النَّفَسُ رَافِعًا إِصْبَعَهُ هَكَذَا، وَعَقَدَ تِسْعًا وَعِشْرِينَ، وَأَشَارَ بِإِصْبَعِهِ السَّبَّابَةِ إِلَى السَّمَاءِ، وَهُوَ يَقُولُ: أَبْشِرُوا مَعْشَرَ الْمُسْلِمِينَ هَذَا رَبُّكُمْ عزوجل، قَدْ فَتَحَ بَابًا مِنْ أَبْوَابِ السَّمَاءِ، يُبَاهِي بِكُمُ الْمَلَائِكَةَ. يَقُولُ: يَا مَلَائِكَتِي! انْظُرُوا إِلَى عِبَادِي أَدَّوْا فَرِيضَةً وَهُمْ يَنْتَظِرُونَ أُخْرَى.

Hasan bin Musa (رضی اللہ عنہ) states, “Abdullah bin Amr and I offered the ritual prayer one evening with the Holy Prophet (صلی اللہ علیہ وآلہ وسلم) . Then those desirous to stay on stayed while the others went homes. The Messenger of Allah (صلی اللہ علیہ وآلہ وسلم) then came before people returned to offer the night (isha) ritual prayer. When hr came he was breathing heavily with his index finger raised. He raised his index finger towards the sky and said, “Oh party of Muslims, rejoice. This is your Lord who has opened one of the gates of heavens expressing His pride on you in front of angels, saying: ‘O My angels, look at these servants of Mine who have performed one obligatory ritual prayer and are waiting for the next.’”

18. عَنْ عَبْدِ اللهِ بْنِ عَمْرٍو رضي الله عنهما قَالَ: صَلَّيْنَا مَعَ رَسُوْلِ اللهِ صلي الله عليه وآله وسلم ذَاتَ لَيْلَةٍ. فَرَجَعَ مَنْ رَجَعَ وَعَقَّبَ مَنْ عَقَّبَ. فَجَاءَ رَسُولُ اللهِ صلي الله عليه وآله وسلم قَبْلَ أَن يُثَوِّبَ النَّاسُ بِصَلَاةِ الْعِشَاءِ. فَقَالَ: أَبْشِرُوا، أَبْشِرُوا. هَذَا رَبُّكُمْ تَبَارَكَ وَتَعَالَى، قَدْ فَتَحَ بَابًا مِنْ أَبْوَابِ السَّمَاءِ يُبَاهِي بِكُمُ الْمَلَائِكَةَ، يَقُولُ: انْظُرُوا إِلَى عِبَادِي. قَضَوا فَرِيضَةً وَهُمْ يَنْتَظِرُونَ أُخْرَى.

Abdullah bin Amr (رضی اللہ عنھما) narrates, “One evening we performed our (sunset) ritual prayer with the Messenger of Allah (صلی اللہ علیہ وآلہ وسلم) . Those who wanted to leave departed and those who desired to stay on remained there. The Messenger of Allah (صلی اللہ علیہ وآلہ وسلم) arrived before the people pronounced the commencement (iqamah) of the night ritual prayer (isha). He said, ‘Cheer up, cheer up! This is your Lord who has opened one of the gates of heavens and is expressing His pride on you before angels, saying: ‘Look at My servants; they have performed one obligatory ritual prayer and are waiting for the next one.’”

19. عَنْ أَبِي أَيُّوبَ أَنَّ نَوْفًا وَعَبْدَ اللَّهِ بْنَ عَمْرٍو يَعْنِي ابْنَ الْعَاصِي رضي الله عنهم اجْتَمَعَا، فَقَالَ نَوْفٌ: لَوْ أَنَّ السَّمَوَاتِ وَالْأَرْضَ وَمَا فِيهِمَا وُضِعَ فِي كِفَّةِ الْمِيزَانِ، وَوُضِعَتْ لَا إِلَهَ إِلَّا اللَّهُ فِي الْكِفَّةِ الْأُخْرَى، لَرَجَحَتْ بِهِنَّ. وَلَوْ أَنَّ السَّمَوَاتِ وَالْأَرْضَ وَمَا فِيهِنَّ كُنَّ طَبَقًا مِنْ حَدِيدٍ، فَقَالَ رَجُلٌ: لَا إِلَهَ إِلَّا اللَّهُ، لَخَرَقَتْهُنَّ حَتَّى تَنْتَهِيَ إِلَى اللَّهِ عزوجل. فَقَالَ عَبْدُ اللَّهِ بْنُ عَمْرٍو: صَلَّيْنَا مَعَ رَسُولِ اللَّهِ صلي الله عليه وآله وسلم الْمَغْرِبَ، فَعَقَّبَ مَنْ عَقَّبَ وَرَجَعَ مَنْ رَجَعَ، فَجَاءَ صلي الله عليه وآله وسلم وَقَدْ كَادَ يَحْسِرُ ثِيَابَهُ عَنْ رُكْبَتَيْهِ، فَقَالَ: أَبْشِرُوا مَعْشَرَ الْمُسْلِمِينَ، هَذَا رَبُّكُمْ قَدْ فَتَحَ بَابًا مِنْ أَبْوَابِ السَّمَاءِ، يُبَاهِي بِكُمُ الْمَلَائِكَةَ، يَقُولُ: هَؤُلَاءِ عِبَادِي، قَضَوْا فَرِيضَةً وَهُمْ يَنْتَظِرُونَ أُخْرَى.

Abu Ayyub (رضی اللہ عنہ) narrates, “Nawf and Abdullah bin Amr bin-al-‘Ās got together. Nawf said, ‘If the heavens and the earth and whatever they contain are placed on one side of the Balance and la ilaha illallah (there is no God but Allah) is placed on the other side of the Balance, the latter will be heavier. If the heavens and the earth and whatever they contain had been strata made of iron and the man had recited la ilaha illallah, it would have cleaved all of them asunder and reached Almighty Allah.’ Abdullah bin Amr (رضی اللہ عنہ) said: We offered the sunset (maghrib) ritual prayer with the Messenger of Allah (صلی اللہ علیہ وآلہ وسلم) . Those who wanted to stay remained there while those who desired to leave departed. The Messenger of Allah (صلی اللہ علیہ وآلہ وسلم) came with his robe a little above his holy ankles. He said, ‘Rejoice, O party of Muslims. This is your Lord who has opened one of the doors of heavens and is telling the angels how proud He is of you, saying: These are My servants who have performed an obligatory ritual prayer and are waiting to perform the next one.’”

20. عَنْ أَبِي هُرَيْرَةَ رضي الله عنه قَالَ: قَالَ رَسُولُ اللهِ صلي الله عليه وآله وسلم: إِنَّ اللَّهَ يُبَاهِي بِأَهْلِ عَرَفَاتٍ أَهْلَ السَّمَاءِ، فَيَقُولُ لَهُمْ: انْظُرُوا إِلَى عِبَادِي جَاءُونِي شُعْثًا غُبْرًا.

Abu Huraira (رضی اللہ عنہ) narrates that the Messenger of Allah (صلی اللہ علیہ وآلہ وسلم) said, “Allah (SWT) expresses His pride before the celestial creation on the people who gather in Arafat and says to them: Look at My servants; they have come to Me with unkempt and dusty hair (lost in My love as if gone insane in intense humbleness and overwhelming devotion, unaware what they look like).”

21. عَنْ جَابِرٍ رضي الله عنه، قَالَ: قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صلي الله عليه وآله وسلم: إِذَا كَانَ يَوْمُ عَرَفَةَ إِنَّ اللَّهَ يَنْزِلُ إِلَى السَّمَاءِ، فَيُبَاهِي بِهِمُ الْمَلائِكَةَ، فَيَقُولُ: انْظُرُوا إِلَى عِبَادِي أَتَوْنِي شُعْثًا غُبْرًا ضَاحِينَ مِنْ كُلِّ فَجٍّ عَمِيقٍ، أُشْهِدُكُمْ أَنِّي قَدْ غَفَرْتُ لَهُمْ، فَتَقُولُ لَهُ الْمَلائِكَةُ: أَيْ رَبِّ، فِيهِمْ فُلانٌ يَزْهُو، وَفُلانٌ وَفُلانٌ، قَالَ: يَقُولُ اللَّهُ: قَدْ غَفَرْتُ لَهُمْ، قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صلي الله عليه وآله وسلم: فَمَا مِنْ يَوْمٍ أَكْثَرُ عَتِيقًا مِنَ النَّارِ مِنْ يَوْمِ عَرَفَةَ.

Jabir (رضی اللہ عنہ) narrates that the Messenger of Allah (صلی اللہ علیہ وآلہ وسلم) said, “When the day of Arafah comes, Allah (SWT) descends to the lowest heaven, takes pride in praising His servants before the angels and says to them: ‘Look at these servants of Mine! They have come to Me in the morning in a scruffy state with dusty hair, having crossed every deep valley (in a state of love-sickness for Allah). I call you to witness that I have forgiven them.’ The angels submit to Him, ‘O Lord, there was also Such-and-such among them who was arrogant and also Such-and-such and So-and-so.’ Allah (SWT) says: ‘I have forgiven him as well (for the sake of these lovers).’” The Messenger of Allah (صلی اللہ علیہ وآلہ وسلم) said, “There is no other day on which more people are set free from the Fire than the day of Arafah.”

Chapter 4: Angels search streets for dhikr sittings

22. عَنْ أَبِي هُرَيْرَةَ رضي الله عنه قَالَ: قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صلي الله عليه وآله وسلم: إِنَّ لِلَّهِ مَلَائِكَةً يَطُوفُونَ فِي الطُّرُقِ، يَلْتَمِسُونَ أَهْلَ الذِّكْرِ، فَإِذَا وَجَدُوا قَوْمًا يَذْكُرُونَ اللَّهَ تَنَادَوْا، هَلُمُّوا إِلَى حَاجَتِكُمْ...

Abu Huraira (رضی اللہ عنہ) narrates that the Messenger of Allah (صلی اللہ علیہ وآلہ وسلم) said, “Allah has angels who roam about on roads looking for the love-sick rememberers of Allah. When they find such people, they call out other angels: ‘Come here to your coveted aspiration….’”

23. عَنْ أَبِي هُرَيْرَةَ رضي الله عنه، عَنِ النَّبِيِّ صلي الله عليه وآله وسلم، قَالَ: إِنَّ لِلَّهِ تَبَارَكَ وَتَعَالَى مَلَائِكَةً سَيَّارَةً فُضُلًا يَتَتَبَّعُونَ مَجَالِسَ الذِّكْرِ، فَإِذَا وَجَدُوا مَجْلِسًا فِيهِ ذِكْرٌ، قَعَدُوا مَعَهُمْ...

Abu Huraira (رضی اللہ عنہ) narrates that the Holy Prophet (صلی اللہ علیہ وآلہ وسلم) said, “Surely there are some angels of Allah (SWT) who conduct patrolling in search of remembrance assemblies (majālis al-dhikr). When they find such an assembly, they join and sit with them…”2

24. عَنْ أَبِي هُرَيْرَةَ أَوْ عَنْ أَبِي سَعِيدٍ الْخُدْرِيِّ صلي الله عليه وآله وسلم قَالَ: قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صلي الله عليه وآله وسلم: إِنَّ لِلَّهِ مَلَائِكَةً سَيَّاحِينَ فِي الْأَرْضِ فُضُلاً عَنْ كُتَّابِ النَّاسِ، فَإِذَا وَجَدُوا أَقْوَامًا يَذْكُرُونَ اللَّهَ تَنَادَوْا هَلُمُّوا إِلَى بُغْيَتِكُمْ...

Abu Huraira (رضی اللہ عنہ) or Abu Saeed Khudri (رضی اللہ عنہ) narrates that the Messenger of Allah (صلی اللہ علیہ وآلہ وسلم) said, “There are many angels of Allah (SWT), other than the recording angels, who wander around on earth. When they find some people performing remembrance of Allah (SWT), they call out one another, saying: ‘Come to what you are looking for….’”

25. عَنْ أَبِي هُرَيْرَةَ رضي الله عنه أَنَّ رَسُولَ اللهِ صلي الله عليه وآله وسلم قَالَ: إِنَّ لِلهِ مَلَائِكَةً سَيَّارَةً وَفُضُلاَءَ يَلْتَمِسُونَ مَجَالِسَ الذِّكْرِ فِي الْأَرْضِ.

Abu Huraira narrates (رضی اللہ عنہ) that the Messenger of Allah (صلی اللہ علیہ وآلہ وسلم) said, “There are angels of Allah (SWT), besides those assigned with usual tasks, who travel round the globe (with a particular aim) and keep looking for remembrance sittings (majālis al-dhikr).”

26. عَنْ أََبِي هُرَيْرَةَ رضي الله عنه قَالَ: قَالَ رَسُولُ اللهِ صلي الله عليه وآله وسلم: إِنَّ لِلَّهِ مَلَائِكَةً سَيَّارَةً فُضُلًا يَلْتَمِسُونَ مَجَالِسَ الذِّكْرِ...

Abu Huraira (رضی اللہ عنہ) narrates that the Messenger of Allah (صلی اللہ علیہ وآلہ وسلم) said, “Indeed, there are some angels of Allah, besides the ones assigned with usual tasks, who keep wandering (with a special purpose), seeking for remeberance sessions (majālis al-dhikr).”

27. عَنْ أَنَسٍ رضي الله عنه عَنِ النَّبِيِّ صلي الله عليه وآله وسلم قَالَ: إِنَّ لِلهِ سَيَّارَةً مِنَ الْمَلَائِكَةِ يَطْلُبُوْنُ حِلَقَ الذِّكْرِ...

Anas (رضی اللہ عنہ) narrates that the Holy Prophet (صلی اللہ علیہ وآلہ وسلم) said, “Some angels of Allah keep searching for dhikr circles...”

Chapter 5: Angels cover remembrance assemblies of Allah with their wings

28. عَنْ أَبِي هُرَيْرَةَ وَأَبِي سَعِيدٍ الْخُدْرِيِّ رضي الله عنهما أَنَّهُمَا شَهِدَا عَلَى النَّبِيِّ صلي الله عليه وآله وسلم أَنَّهُ قَالَ: لَا يَقْعُدُ قَوْمٌ يَذْكُرُونَ اللَّهَ عَزَّ وَجَلَّ إِلَّا حَفَّتْهُمْ الْمَلَائِكَةُ، وَغَشِيَتْهُمْ الرَّحْمَةُ، وَنَزَلَتْ عَلَيْهِمْ السَّكِينَةُ، وَذَكَرَهُمْ اللَّهُ فِيمَنْ عِنْدَهُ.

Abu Huraira (رضی اللہ عنہ) and Abu Saeed Khudri (رضی اللہ عنہ) narrate that they visited the Holy Prophet (صلی اللہ علیہ وآلہ وسلم) and he said, “Whenever people sit to remember Allah (SWT), angels cover them (spreading their wings over them) and divine mercy envelops them; inner peace descends on them and Allah (SWT) mentions them to those who are with Him.”1

29. عَنْ أَبِي هُرَيْرَةَ رضي الله عنه قَالَ: قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صلي الله عليه وآله وسلم: إِنَّ لِلَّهِ مَلَائِكَةً يَطُوفُونَ فِي الطُّرُقِ، يَلْتَمِسُونَ أَهْلَ الذِّكْرِ، فَإِذَا وَجَدُوا قَوْمًا يَذْكُرُونَ اللَّهَ تَنَادَوْا، هَلُمُّوا إِلَى حَاجَتِكُمْ. قَالَ: فَيَحُفُّونَهُمْ بِأَجْنِحَتِهِمْ إِلَى السَّمَاءِ الدُّنْيَا...

Abu Huraira (رضی اللہ عنہ) narrates that the Messenger of Allah (صلی اللہ علیہ وآلہ وسلم) said, “Allah has angels who roam about on roads looking for such people as remember Allah. When they find people remembering Allah, they call out to one another, ‘Come here to your coveted goal.’ Then he said: “They keep their wings spread over them one above another until they reach the lowest heaven….”

30. عَنْ أَبِي هُرَيْرَةَ رضي الله عنه، عَنِ النَّبِيِّ صلي الله عليه وآله وسلم، قَالَ: إِنَّ لِلَّهِ تَبَارَكَ وَتَعَالَى مَلَائِكَةً سَيَّارَةً فُضُلًا يَتَتَبَّعُونَ مَجَالِسَ الذِّكْرِ، فَإِذَا وَجَدُوا مَجْلِسًا فِيهِ ذِكْرٌ، قَعَدُوا مَعَهُمْ وَحَفَّ بَعْضُهُمْ بَعْضًا بِأَجْنِحَتِهِمْ، حَتَّى يَمْلَئُوا مَا بَيْنَهُمْ وَبَيْنَ السَّمَاءِ الدُّنْيَا...

According to Abu Huraira the Holy Prophet (صلی اللہ علیہ وآلہ وسلم) said, “There are many angels of Allah (SWT), besides those assigned with normal tasks, who travel around looking for remembrance sessions. When they find such a session where remembrance of Allah is in progress, they sit with them and some angels cover the others with their wings ascending one above another until the space between the earth and the lowest heaven gets filled….”

31. عَنْ أَبِي هُرَيْرَةَ أَوْ عَنْ أَبِي سَعِيدٍ الْخُدْرِيِّ رضي الله عنهما قَالَ: قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صلي الله عليه وآله وسلم: إِنَّ لِلَّهِ مَلَائِكَةً سَيَّاحِينَ فِي الْأَرْضِ فُضُلًا عَنْ كُتَّابِ النَّاسِ، فَإِذَا وَجَدُوا أَقْوَامًا يَذْكُرُونَ اللَّهَ تَنَادَوْا هَلُمُّوا إِلَى بُغْيَتِكُمْ. فَيَجِيئُونَ فَيَحُفُّونَ بِهِمْ إِلَى السَّمَاءِ الدُّنْيَا...

According to Abu Huraira (رضی اللہ عنہ) or Abu Saeed Khudri (رضی اللہ عنہ) the Messenger of Allah (صلی اللہ علیہ وآلہ وسلم) said, “There are many angels of Allah (SWT), other than the recording angels, who keep wandering around on earth. When they find some people engaged in remembrance of Allah (SWT), they call other angels, saying, ‘Come to your coveted gathering.’ So, they come and cover participants up to the lowest heaven….”

32. عَنْ أَبِي هُرَيْرَةَ رضي الله عنه أَنَّ رَسُولَ اللهِ صلي الله عليه وآله وسلم قَالَ: إِنَّ لِلهِ مَلَائِكَةً سَيَّارَةً وَفُضُلاَءَ يَلْتَمِسُونَ مَجَالِسَ الذِّكْرِ فِي الْأَرْضِ. فَإِذَا أَتَوْا عَلَى مَجْلِسِ ذِكْرٍ حَفَّ بَعْضُهُمْ بَعْضًا بِأَجْنِحَتِهِمْ إِلَى السَّمَاءِ...

Abu Huraira narrates (رضی اللہ عنہ) that the Messenger of Allah (صلی اللہ علیہ وآلہ وسلم) said, “There are many angels of Allah (SWT), besides those assigned with usual tasks, who travel around (with a special purpose) persistently looking for remembrance sessions (majālis al-dhikr) in progress on the globe. When they come to any such circle they surround one another with their wings up to the lowest heaven….”

33. عَنْ أََبِي هُرَيْرَةَ رضي الله عنه قَالَ: قَالَ رَسُولُ اللهِ صلي الله عليه وآله وسلم: إِنَّ لِلهِ مَلَائِكَةً سَيَّارَةً فُضُلاً يَلْتَمِسُونَ مَجَالِسَ الذِّكْرِ. فَإِذَا أَتَوْا عَلَى قَومٍ يَذكُرُونَ اللهَ عزوجل جَلَسُوا فَأَظَلُّوهُم بِأَجْنِحَتِهِمْ مَا بَيْنَهُم وَبَيْنَ السَّمَاءِ الدُّنْيَا...

Abu Huraira (رضی اللہ عنہ) narrates that the Messenger of Allah (صلی اللہ علیہ وآلہ وسلم) said, “There are angels of Allah, besides the ones assigned with routine tasks, who remain in search of assemblies of rememberers of Allah. When they come to these rememberers they sit there and cover them with their wings up to the lowest heaven….”

34. عَنْ أَنَسٍ رضي الله عنه عَنِ النَّبِيِّ صلي الله عليه وآله وسلم قَالَ: إِنَّ لِلهِ سَيَّارَةً مِنَ الْمَلَائِكَةِ يَطْلُبُوْنُ حِلَقَ الذِّكْرِ. فَإِذَا حَفَوا عَلَيْهِمْ وَأَتَوا بِهِمْ...

Anas (رضی اللہ عنہ) narrates from the Holy Prophet (صلی اللہ علیہ وآلہ وسلم) that he said, “Some angels of Allah keep searching for remembrance circles. When they come to these rememberers they cover them….”

35. عَنْ أَنَسٍ رضي الله عنه عَنِ النَّبِيِّ صلي الله عليه وآله وسلم قَالَ: إِنَّ لِلهِ سَيَّارَةً مِنَ الْمَلَائِكَةِ يَطْلُبُوْنَ حِلَقَ الذِّكْرِ. فَإِذَا حَفَوا عَلَيْهِمْ وَأَتَوْا بِهِمْ، ثُمَّ بَعَثُوا رَائِدَهُم إِلَى السَّمَاءِ إِلَى رَبِّ الْعِزَّةِ تَبَارَكَ وَتَعَالَى...

Anas (رضی اللہ عنہ) narrates from the Holy Prophet (صلی اللہ علیہ وآلہ وسلم) that he said, “Some angels of Allah (SWT) remain wandering in search of remembrance circles. When the angels come to them, they cover those people and then send their leader to the heavens in the Divine Presence….”2

Chapter 6: Allah (SWT) asks angels about His rememberers

36. عَنْ أَبِي هُرَيْرَةَ رضي الله عنه قَالَ: قَالَ رَسُولُ اللهِ صلي الله عليه وآله وسلم: إِن لِلهِ مَلَائِكَةً فُضُلًا عَنْ كُتَّابِ النَّاسِ، يَمْشُوْنَ فِي الطُّرُقِ، يَلْتَمِسُوْنَ الذِّكْرَ. فَإِذَا رَأَوْا أَقْوَامًا يَذْكُرُونَ اللهَ تَبَارَكَ وَتَعَالَى تَنَادَوْا: هَلُمُّوا إِلَى حَاجَاتِكُمْ. فَيَحُفُّونَ بِأَجْنِحَتِهِمْ إِلَى السَّمِاءِ. فَيَسْأَلُهُم رَبُّهُم جَلَّ وَعَلَا - وَهُوَ أَعْلَمُ بِهِمْ - فَيَقُولُ: عِبَادِيْ مَا يَقُولُونَ؟ فَيَقُولُونَ: يَا رَبِّ، يُسَبِّحُوْنَكَ وَيَحْمَدُونَكَ. فَيَقُولُ: هَلْ رَأَوْنِي؟ فَيَقُولُونَ: لَا. فَيَقُولُ: كَيْفَ لَو رَأَوْنِي؟ فَيَقُولُونَ: لَو رَأَوْكَ، لَكَانُوا أَشَدَّ تَسْبِيْحًا وَتَمْجِيْدًا وَتَكْبِيْرًا وَتَحْمِيْدًا. فَيَقُولُ: مَاذَا يَسْأَلُونَ؟ فَيَقُولُونَ: يَسْأَلُونَكَ، يَا رَبِّ، الْجَنَّةَ. فَيَقُولُ لَهُم: هَلْ رَأَوْهَا؟ فَيَقُولُونَ: لَا. فَيَقُولُ: كَيْفَ لَو رَأَوْهَا؟ فَيَقُولُونَ: لَو قَدْ رَأَوْهَا، كَانُوْا أَشَدَّ طَلَبًا وَأَشَدَّ حِرْصًا. فَيَقُولُ: فَمِمَّ يَتَعَوَّذُوْنَ؟ فَيَقُولُونَ: يَتَعَوَّذُونَ بِكَ مِنَ النَّارِ. فَيَقُولُ: فَهَلْ رَأَوْهَا؟ فَيَقُولُونَ: لَا. فَيَقُولُ: كَيْفَ لَو رَأَوْهَا؟ فَيَقُولُونَ: لَو قَدْ رَأَوْهَا، كَانُوا أَشَدَّ تَعَوُّذًا. فَيَقُولُ: فَإِنِّي أُشْهِدُكُمْ أَنِّي قَدْ غَفَرْتُ لَهُمْ.

According to Abu Huraira (رضی اللہ عنہ) the Messenger of Allah (صلی اللہ علیہ وآلہ وسلم) said, “There are angels of Allah (SWT), other than those who keep a record of people’s actions, who walk around in the streets in search of rememberers of Allah. When they see these rememberers they call the other angels, saying, ‘Come to your coveted company.’ Then they spread their wings over them one above another up to the lowest heaven. Then their Lord asks them, although He has far richer awareness, ‘What are My servants saying?’ The angels say, ‘O Lord, they are glorifying and praising You.’ Allah (SWT) says, ‘Have they seen Me?’ They reply, ‘No.’ Allah (SWT) says, ‘What would have been their condition if they had seen Me?’ They say, ‘If they had seen You, they would have glorified You, magnified You, proclaimed Your greatness and praised You even more intensely.’ Allah (SWT) says, ‘What are they asking for?’ They reply, ‘O Lord, they are asking You for Paradise.’ He says to them, ‘Have they seen it?’ They reply, ‘No.’ He says, ‘What would have been their state if they had seen it?’ They reply, ‘If they had seen it, they would have asked for it more intensely and desired it more earnestly.’ Allah (SWT) says, ‘What are they seeking refuge from?’ The angels say, ‘They are seeking Your protection from the Fire.’ Allah (SWT) says, ‘Have they seen it?’ They reply, ‘No.’ Allah (SWT) says, ‘What would have been their condition if they had seen it?’ They reply, ‘If they had seen it, they would have sought Your protection from it even more intensely.’ Allah (SWT) says, ‘I call you to witness that I have indeed forgiven them.’”

37. عَنْ أَبِي هُرَيْرَةَ أَوْ عَنْ أَبِي سَعِيدٍ الْخُدْرِيِّ رضي الله عنهما قَالَ: قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صلي الله عليه وآله وسلم: إِنَّ لِلَّهِ مَلَائِكَةً سَيَّاحِينَ فِي الْأَرْضِ فُضُلًا عَنْ كُتَّابِ النَّاسِ، فَإِذَا وَجَدُوا أَقْوَامًا يَذْكُرُونَ اللَّهَ تَنَادَوْا هَلُمُّوا إِلَى بُغْيَتِكُمْ. فَيَجِيئُونَ فَيَحُفُّونَ بِهِمْ إِلَى السَّمَاءِ الدُّنْيَا، فَيَقُولُ اللَّهُ: عَلَى أَيِّ شَيْءٍ تَرَكْتُمْ عِبَادِي يَصْنَعُونَ؟ فَيَقُولُونَ: تَرَكْنَاهُمْ يَحْمَدُونَكَ وَيُمَجِّدُونَكَ وَيَذْكُرُونَكَ. قَالَ: فَيَقُولُ: فَهَلْ رَأَوْنِي؟ فَيَقُولُونَ: لَا. قَالَ: فَيَقُولُ: فَكَيْفَ لَوْ رَأَوْنِي؟ قَالَ: فَيَقُولُونَ: لَوْ رَأَوْكَ لَكَانُوا أَشَدَّ تَحْمِيدًا وَأَشَدَّ تَمْجِيدًا وَأَشَدَّ لَكَ ذِكْرًا. قَالَ: فَيَقُولُ: وَأَيُّ شَيْءٍ يَطْلُبُونَ؟ قَالَ: فَيَقُولُونَ: يَطْلُبُونَ الْجَنَّةَ. قَالَ: فَيَقُولُ: وَهَلْ رَأَوْهَا؟ قَالَ: فَيَقُولُونَ: لَا. قَالَ: فَيَقُولُ: فَكَيْفَ لَوْ رَأَوْهَا؟ قَالَ: فَيَقُولُونَ: لَوْ رَأَوْهَا لَكَانُوا أَشَدَّ لَهَا طَلَبًا وَأَشَدَّ عَلَيْهَا حِرْصًا. قَالَ: فَيَقُولُ: فَمِنْ أَيِّ شَيْءٍ يَتَعَوَّذُونَ؟ قَالُوا: يَتَعَوَّذُونَ مِنْ النَّارِ. قَالَ: فَيَقُولُ: هَلْ رَأَوْهَا؟ فَيَقُولُونَ: لَا. فَيَقُولُ: فَكَيْفَ لَوْ رَأَوْهَا؟ فَيَقُولُونَ: لَوْ رَأَوْهَا لَكَانُوا أَشَدَّ مِنْهَا هَرَبًا وَأَشَدَّ مِنْهَا خَوْفًا وَأَشَدَّ مِنْهَا تَعَوُّذًا. قَالَ: فَيَقُولُ: فَإِنِّي أُشْهِدُكُمْ أَنِّي قَدْ غَفَرْتُ لَهُمْ. فَيَقُولُونَ: إِنَّ فِيهِمْ فُلَانًا الْخَطَّاءَ لَمْ يُرِدْهُمْ، إِنَّمَا جَاءَهُمْ لِحَاجَةٍ. فَيَقُولُ: هُمْ الْقَوْمُ لَا يَشْقَى لَهُمْ جَلِيسٌ.

Abu Huraira or Abu Saeed Khudri (رضی اللہ عنھما) narrates that the Messenger of Allah (صلی اللہ علیہ وآلہ وسلم) said, “There are many angels of Allah (SWT), other than the ones who record deeds, who wander around on earth. When they find some people performing remembrance of Allah (SWT), they call other angels, saying, ‘Come to what you are looking for.’ So they come and cover those people up to the lowest heaven. Then Allah (SWT) says, ‘What were My servants doing when you left them?’ The angels say, ‘O Lord, we left them praising You, magnifying You and remembering You.’ Allah (SWT) says, ‘Have they seen Me?’ They reply, ‘No.’” The Messenger of Allah (صلی اللہ علیہ وآلہ وسلم) said, “Allah (SWT) says, ‘What would have been their condition if they had seen Me?’ They say, ‘If they had seen You, they would have praised You, magnified You and remembered You far more.’ Allah (SWT) says, ‘What are they asking for?’ They reply, ‘They are asking You for Paradise.’ He says, ‘Have they seen it?’ They reply, ‘No.’ He says, ‘What would have been their state if they had seen it?’ They reply, ‘If they had seen it, they would have asked for it more intensely and desired it more earnestly.’ Allah says, ‘What are they seeking My protection from?’ The angels say, ‘They are seeking Your protection from the Fire.’ Allah (SWT) says, ‘Have they seen it?’ They reply, ‘No.’ Allah (SWT) says, ‘What would have been their condition if they had seen it?’ They reply, ‘If they had seen it, they would have fled from it, feared it and sought Your refuge from it even more intensely.’ Allah says, ‘Then bear witness that I have forgiven them.’ They say, ‘There is so and so a great sinner among them; he came only for his personal interest and not to join in remembrance.’ Allah (SWT) says, ‘These are such people that even their companion is not left destitute and unfortunate.’”

38. عَنْ أَبِي هُرَيْرَةَ رضي الله عنه أَنَّ رَسُولَ اللَّهِ صلي الله عليه وآله وسلم قَالَ: يَتَعَاقَبُونَ فِيكُمْ مَلَائِكَةٌ بِاللَّيْلِ، وَمَلَائِكَةٌ بِالنَّهَارِ، وَيَجْتَمِعُونَ فِي صَلَاةِ الْفَجْرِ وَصَلَاةِ الْعَصْرِ، ثُمَّ يَعْرُجُ الَّذِينَ بَاتُوا فِيكُمْ فَيَسْأَلُهُمْ رَبُّهُم وَهُوَ أَعْلَمُ بِهِمْ: كَيْفَ تَرَكْتُمْ عِبَادِي؟ فَيَقُولُونَ: تَرَكْنَاهُمْ وَهُمْ يُصَلُّونَ وَأَتَيْنَاهُمْ وَهُمْ يُصَلُّونَ.

Abu Huraira (رضی اللہ عنہ) narrates that the Messenger of Allah (صلی اللہ علیہ وآلہ وسلم) said, “Angels come among you in turns by night and by day, and they all assemble at the fajr (morning) and asr (afternoon) ritual prayers. Then the ones who visited you ascend and their Lord asks them, although He knows better about them, ‘In what state did you leave My servants?’ The angels reply: ‘They were offering ritual prayer when we left them while they were also praying when we approached them.’”

39. عَنْ أَبِي هُرَيْرَةَ رضي الله عنه قَالَ: قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صلي الله عليه وآله وسلم: إِنَّ لِلَّهِ مَلَائِكَةً يَطُوفُونَ فِي الطُّرُقِ، يَلْتَمِسُونَ أَهْلَ الذِّكْرِ، فَإِذَا وَجَدُوا قَوْمًا يَذْكُرُونَ اللَّهَ تَنَادَوْا، هَلُمُّوا إِلَى حَاجَتِكُمْ. قَالَ: فَيَحُفُّونَهُمْ بِأَجْنِحَتِهِمْ إِلَى السَّمَاءِ الدُّنْيَا. قَالَ. فَيَسْأَلُهُمْ رَبُّهُمْ – وَهُوَ أَعْلَمُ مِنْهُمْ: مَا يَقُولُ عِبَادِي؟ قَالَ: تَقُولُ: يُسَبِّحُونَكَ وَيُكَبِّرُونَكَ وَيَحْمَدُونَكَ وَيُمَجِّدُونَكَ. قَالَ فَيَقُولُ: هَلْ رَأَوْنِي؟ قَالَ: فَيَقُولُونَ: لَا وَاللَّهِ مَا رَأَوْكَ. قَالَ: فَيَقُولُ: وَكَيْفَ لَوْ رَأَوْنِي؟ قَالَ: يَقُولُونَ: لَوْ رَأَوْكَ كَانُوا أَشَدَّ لَكَ عِبَادَةً، وَأَشَدَّ لَكَ تَمْجِيدًا، وَأَكْثَرَ لَكَ تَسْبِيحًا. قَالَ: يَقُولُ: فَمَا يَسْأَلُونَنِي؟ قَالَ: يَسْأَلُونَكَ الْجَنَّةَ. قَالَ: يَقُولُ: وَهَلْ رَأَوْهَا؟ قَالَ: يَقُولُونَ: لَا وَاللَّهِ يَا رَبِّ! مَا رَأَوْهَا. قَالَ: يَقُولُ: فَكَيْفَ لَوْ أَنَّهُمْ رَأَوْهَا؟ قَالَ: يَقُولُونَ: لَوْ أَنَّهُمْ رَأَوْهَا كَانُوا أَشَدَّ عَلَيْهَا حِرْصًا، وَأَشَدَّ لَهَا طَلَبًا، وَأَعْظَمَ فِيهَا رَغْبَةً. قَالَ: فَمِمَّ يَتَعَوَّذُونَ؟ قَالَ: يَقُولُونَ: مِنْ النَّارِ. قَالَ: يَقُولُ: وَهَلْ رَأَوْهَا؟ قَالَ: يَقُولُونَ: لَا وَاللَّهِ يَا رَبِّ! مَا رَأَوْهَا. قَالَ: يَقُولُ: فَكَيْفَ لَوْ رَأَوْهَا؟ قَالَ: يَقُولُونَ: لَوْ رَأَوْهَا كَانُوا أَشَدَّ مِنْهَا فِرَارًا، وَأَشَدَّ لَهَا مَخَافَةً. قَالَ: فَيَقُولُ: فَأُشْهِدُكُمْ أَنِّي قَدْ غَفَرْتُ لَهُمْ. قَالَ: يَقُولُ مَلَكٌ مِنْ الْمَلَائِكَةِ: فِيهِمْ فُلَانٌ، لَيْسَ مِنْهُمْ، إِنَّمَا جَاءَ لِحَاجَةٍ. قَالَ: هُمْ الْجُلَسَاءُ لَا يَشْقَى بِهِمْ جَلِيسُهُمْ.

Abu Huraira (رضی اللہ عنہ) narrates that the Messenger of Allah (صلی اللہ علیہ وآلہ وسلم) said, “Allah has angels who wander around on roads in search of people who remember Allah. When they find such people they call other angels, ‘Come to your coveted company.’ Then they spread their wings over them up to the lowest heaven. Their Lord asks them, although He knows better about them, ‘What are My servants saying?’ They reply, ‘They are glorifying You, proclaiming Your Greatness, praising You and pronouncing Your Grandeur.’ The Holy Messenger said, “Then Allah asks: ‘Have they seen Me?’ They reply, ‘No, by Allah, they have not seen You.’ The Messenger of Allah said, “Allah asks: ‘How would have they acted, if they had seen Me?’ They reply, ‘Had they seen You, they would have worshipped You, magnified You and glorified You more earnestly.’ Then Allah asks, ‘What are they asking Me for?’ The angels say, ‘They are asking You for Paradise.’ The Messenger of Allah said, “Allah asks: ‘Have they seen it?’ They reply, ‘No, we swear by Allah, our Lord, they have not seen it.’ He asks, ‘How would have they acted, if they had seen it?’ The angels reply, ‘If they had seen it, they would have been more intensely eager for it, would have asked more earnestly for it and would have had a greater desire for it.’ He asks, ‘What are they seeking refuge from?’ They reply, ‘From the Hell.’ He asks, ‘Have they seen it?’ They reply, ‘No, by our Lord, they have not seen this as well.’ He asks, ‘What would have been their state, had they seen it?’ They reply, ‘Had they seen it, they would have fled from it with greater speed and greater fear.’ He says, ‘Bear witness that I have forgiven them.’ Some of the angels submit, ‘Among them is so and so who has come for his own purpose (and not to join in remembrance session).’ Allah says, ‘He has been in their company and those who join their company do not remain deprived.’”

40. عَنْ أَبِي هُرَيْرَةَ رضي الله عنه، عَنِ النَّبِيِّ صلي الله عليه وآله وسلم، قَالَ: إِنَّ لِلَّهِ تَبَارَكَ وَتَعَالَى مَلَائِكَةً سَيَّارَةً فُضُلًا يَتَتَبَّعُونَ مَجَالِسَ الذِّكْرِ، فَإِذَا وَجَدُوا مَجْلِسًا فِيهِ ذِكْرٌ، قَعَدُوا مَعَهُمْ وَحَفَّ بَعْضُهُمْ بَعْضًا بِأَجْنِحَتِهِمْ، حَتَّى يَمْلَئُوا مَا بَيْنَهُمْ وَبَيْنَ السَّمَاءِ الدُّنْيَا، فَإِذَا تَفَرَّقُوا عَرَجُوا وَصَعِدُوا إِلَى السَّمَاءِ. قَالَ: فَيَسْأَلُهُمْ اللَّهُ عزوجل – وَهُوَ أَعْلَمُ بِهِمْ: مِنْ أَيْنَ جِئْتُمْ؟ فَيَقُولُونَ: جِئْنَا مِنْ عِنْدِ عِبَادٍ لَكَ فِي الْأَرْضِ، يُسَبِّحُونَكَ وَيُكَبِّرُونَكَ وَيُهَلِّلُونَكَ وَيَحْمَدُونَكَ وَيَسْأَلُونَكَ. قَالَ: وَمَاذَا يَسْأَلُونِي؟ قَالُوا: يَسْأَلُونَكَ جَنَّتَكَ. قَالَ: وَهَلْ رَأَوْا جَنَّتِي؟ قَالُوا: لَا أَيْ رَبِّ. قَالَ: فَكَيْفَ لَوْ رَأَوْا جَنَّتِي؟ قَالُوا: وَيَسْتَجِيرُونَكَ. قَالَ: وَمِمَّ يَسْتَجِيرُونَنِي؟ قَالُوا: مِنْ نَارِكَ يَا رَبِّ. قَالَ: وَهَلْ رَأَوْا نَارِي؟ قَالُوا: لَا. قَالَ: فَكَيْفَ لَوْ رَأَوْا نَارِي؟ قَالُوا: وَيَسْتَغْفِرُونَكَ. قَالَ: فَيَقُولُ: قَدْ غَفَرْتُ لَهُمْ، فَأَعْطَيْتُهُمْ مَا سَأَلُوا، وَأَجَرْتُهُمْ مِمَّا اسْتَجَارُوا. قَالَ: فَيَقُولُونَ: رَبِّ فِيهِمْ فُلَانٌ عَبْدٌ خَطَّاءٌ، إِنَّمَا مَرَّ فَجَلَسَ مَعَهُمْ. قَالَ: فَيَقُولُ: وَلَهُ غَفَرْتُ، هُمْ الْقَوْمُ لَا يَشْقَى بِهِمْ جَلِيسُهُمْ.

According to Abu Huraira (رضی اللہ عنہ) the Holy Prophet (صلی اللہ علیہ وآلہ وسلم) said, “There are angels of Allah (SWT) who roam around looking for remembrance assemblies of Allah. When they find such sittings they sit in with them and cover them with their wings until the space between the earth and the lowest heaven gets densely filled. When people leave the assembly the angels ascend to heavens. Their Lord asks them, although He knows better than them, ‘Where have you come from?’ The angels say, ‘We have come from Your servants on earth who were glorifying You, proclaiming Your greatness, declaring Your unity, praising You and imploring from You.’ Allah (SWT) asks, ‘What were they supplicating for?’ They reply, ‘They were praying to You for Your Paradise.’ He asks, ‘Have they seen My Paradise?’ They reply, ‘No, our Lord.’ He asks, ‘What would have been their state if they had seen My Paradise?’ The angels say, ‘They were seeking Your protection.’ He asks, ‘What were they seeking My protection from?’ They reply, ‘From Your Hell, O Lord.’ Allah (SWT) asks, ‘Have they seen My Hell?’ They reply, ‘No.’ Allah asks, ‘What would have been their state if they had seen it?’ The angels say, ‘They were also asking for Your forgiveness.’” The Holy Messenger said that Allah (SWT) says, “I have forgiven them and given them whatever they have supplicated for, and protected them from whatever they have sought protection.” The Holy Messenger said that they say, “There is Such-and-such great sinner among them; he was just passing by and happened to sit with them without any intention.” The Holy Messenger said that Allah (SWT) says, “I have forgiven him, too (because) they are the people that the one who even sits with them is not left deprived.”

41. عَنْ أَبِي هُرَيْرَةَ رضي الله عنه أَنَّ رَسُولَ اللهِ صلي الله عليه وآله وسلم قَالَ: إِنَّ لِلَّهِ مَلَائِكَةً سَيَّارَةً وَفُضُلَاءَ يَلْتَمِسُونَ مَجَالِسَ الذِّكْرِ فِي الْأَرْضِ. فَإِذَا أَتَوْا عَلَى مَجْلِسِ ذِكْرٍ حَفَّ بَعْضُهُمْ بَعْضًا بِأَجْنِحَتِهِمْ إِلَى السَّمَاءِ. فَيَقُولُ تَبَارَكَ وَتَعَالَى: مِنْ أَيْنَ جِئْتُمْ – وَهُوَ أَعْلَمُ؟ فَيَقُولُونَ: رَبَّنَا جِئْنَا مِنْ عِنْدِ عِبَادِكَ يُسَبِّحُونَكَ وَيُكَبِّرُونَكَ وَيَحْمَدُونَكَ وَيُهَلِّلُونَكَ وَيَسْأَلُونَكَ وَيَسْتَجِيْرُونَكَ. فَيَقُولُ: مَا يَسْأَلُونَنِي – وَهُوَ أَعْلَمُ؟ فَيَقُولُونَ: رَبَّنَا يَسْأَلُونَكَ الْجَنَّةَ. فَيَقُولُ: وَهَلْ رَأَوْهَا؟ فَيَقُولُونَ: لَا، يَا رَبِّ. فَيَقُولُ: كَيْفَ لَو رَأَوْهَا؟ فَيَقُولُ: وَمِمَّ يَسْتَجِيْرُونَنِي – وَهُوَ أَعْلَمُ؟ فَيَقُولُونَ: مِنَ النَّارِ. فَيَقُولُ: هَلْ رَأَوْهَا؟ فَيَقُولُونَ: لَا. فَيَقُولُ: فَكَيْفَ لَو رَأَوْهَا؟ ثُمَّ يَقُولُ: اشْهَدُوا أَنِّي قَدْ غَفَرْتُ لَهُمْ وَأَعْطَيْتُهُمْ مَا سَأَلُونِي وَأَجَرْتُهُمْ مِمَّا اسْتَجَارُونِي. فَيَقُولُونَ: رَبَّنَا إِنَّ فِيْهِمْ عَبْدًا خَطَّاءً جَلَسَ إِلَيْهِمْ وَلَيْسَ مَعَهُمْ. فَيَقُولُ: وَهُوَ أَيْضًا قَدْ غَفَرْتُ لَهُ. هُمُ الْقَومُ لَا يَشْقَى بِهِمْ جَلِيْسُهُمْ.

Abu Huraira narrates (رضی اللہ عنہ) that the Messenger of Allah (صلی اللہ علیہ وآلہ وسلم) said, “There are angels of Allah (SWT), besides those given assignments. They keep wandering around (with a specific aim) and search for assemblies engaged in remembrance of Allah on earth. When they find and join in such a gathering they cover one another with their wings up to the lowest heaven. Then Allah (SWT) asks them, although He knows better, ‘Where have you come from?’ The angels say, ‘O our Lord, we have come from Your servants who were glorifying You, proclaiming Your Greatness, praising You, declaring Your unity, praying to You and seeking Your protection.’ Allah (SWT) says, although He knows better, ‘What are they asking Me for?’ They reply, ‘O our Lord, they are asking You for Paradise.’ He says, ‘Have they seen it?’ They reply, ‘No, O Lord.’ He says, ‘What would have been their state if they had seen it?’ Then He asks, although He knows better, ‘What are they seeking My protection from?’ The angels reply, ‘From the Fire (of Hell).’ Allah (SWT) says, ‘Have they seen it?’ They reply, ‘No.’ Allah (SWT) says, ‘What would have been their condition if they had seen it?’ Then Allah (SWT) says, ‘Bear witness that I have indeed forgiven them, and given them whatever they have asked Me for and protected them from whatever they have sought My protection.’ They say, ‘O our Lord, among them was a great sinner. He was not one of them; he just passed by and sat down with them unintentionally.’ Allah (SWT) says, ‘I have forgiven him as well. They are such (blessed) people that the one who sits in their company is also not left deprived and unfortunate.’”

42. عَنْ أََبِي هُرَيْرَةَ رضي الله عنه قَالَ: قَالَ رَسُولُ اللهِ صلي الله عليه وآله وسلم: إِنَّ لِلَّهِ مَلَائِكَةً سَيَّارَةً فُضُلاً يَلْتَمِسُونَ مَجَالِسَ الذِّكْرِ. فَإِذَا أَتَوا عَلَى قَومٍ يَذكُرُونَ اللهَ عزوجل جَلَسُوا فَأَظَلُّوهُمْ بِأَجْنِحَتِهِمْ مَا بَيْنَهُمْ وَبَيْنَ السَّمَاءِ الدُّنْيَا. فَإِذَا قَامُوا عَرَجُوا إِلَى رَبِّهِمْ. فَيَقُولُ تَبَارَكَ وَتَعَالَى، وَهُوَ أَعْلَمُ: مِنْ أَيْنَ جِئْتُمْ؟ فَيَقُولُونَ: جِئْنَا مِنْ عِنْدِ عِبَادٍ لَكَ يُسَبِّحُونَكَ وَيُمَجِّدُونَكَ وَيَحْمَدُونَكَ وَيُهَلِّلُونَكَ وَيُكَبِّرُونَكَ وَيَسْتَجِيْرُونَكَ مِنْ عَذَابِكَ وَيَسْأَلُونَكَ جَنَّتَكَ. فَيَقُولُ تَبَارَكَ وَتَعَالَى: وَهَلْ رَأَوا جَنَّتِي وَنَارِي؟ فَيَقُولُونُ: لَا. فَيَقُولُ: فَكَيْفَ لَو رَأَوْهُمَا؟ قَالَ: فَيَقُولُ: أُشْهِدُكُمْ فَقَدَ أَجَرْتُهُمْ مِمَّا اسْتَجَارُوا وَأَعْطَيْتُهُم مَا سَأَلُوا. فَيُقَالُ: إِنَّ فِيْهِم رَجُلًا مَرَّ بِهِمْ فَقَعَدَ مَعَهُمْ. فَيَقُولُ: وَلَهُ قَدْ غَفَرْتُ. إِنَّهُمْ قَومٌ لَا يَشْقَى بِهِمْ جَلِيْسُهُمْ.

Abu Huraira (رضی اللہ عنہ) narrates that the Messenger of Allah (صلی اللہ علیہ وآلہ وسلم) said, “There are angels of Allah (SWT), besides those given various assignments. They keep wandering around (with a specific aim) and search for gatherings engaged in remembrance of Allah. When they find and join in such a gathering they spread their wings over them up to the lowest heaven. When people retire from this sitting, the angels ascend to their Lord. Allah asks them although He knows better, ‘Where have you come from?’ They reply, ‘We have come from Your servants who were glorifying You, magnifying You, praising You, declaring Your unity, proclaiming Your greatness and seeking Your protection from Your chastisement and asking You for Your Paradise.’ He says, ‘Have they seen My Paradise and My Fire?’ They reply, ‘No.’ He asks, ‘What would have been their condition, if they had seen them?’ Then He says, ‘I call you to witness that I have protected them against what they sought protection and granted them what they begged for.’ Then the angels submit, ‘Among them was a man who just passed by them and joined their company.’ Allah says, ‘I have forgiven him as well. They are such (blessed) people that whoever joins their company is also not left deprived and unfortunate.’”

Chapter 7: Remembrance of Allah is better than fighting in His way

43. عَنْ أَبِي سَعِيدٍ الْخُدْرِيِّ رضي الله عنه أَنَّ رَسُولَ اللَّهِ صلي الله عليه وآله وسلم سُئِلَ: أَيُّ الْعِبَادِ أَفْضَلُ دَرَجَةً عِنْدَ اللَّهِ يَوْمَ الْقِيَامَةِ؟ قَالَ: الذَّاكِرُونَ اللَّهَ كَثِيرًا وَالذَّاكِرَاتُ. قُلْتُ: يَا رَسُولَ اللَّهِ! وَمِنَ الْغَازِي فِي سَبِيلِ اللَّهِ؟ قَالَ: لَوْ ضَرَبَ بِسَيْفِهِ فِي الْكُفَّارِ وَالْمُشْرِكِينَ حَتَّى يَنْكَسِرَ وَيَخْتَضِبَ دَمًا لَكَانَ الذَّاكِرُونَ اللَّهَ أَفْضَلَ مِنْهُ دَرَجَةً.

Abu Saeed Khudri (رضی اللہ عنہ) narrates that the Messenger of Allah (صلی اللہ علیہ وآلہ وسلم) was asked, “Who will be superior in the sight of Allah on the Day of Resurrection?” He said, “The men and the women who remember Allah (SWT) greatly.” The narrator states: I submitted, “O Messenger of Allah (صلی اللہ علیہ وآلہ وسلم) , are they superior even to those who fight in the way of Allah (SWT)?” He said, “Even if he wields his sword among infidels and polytheists until it breaks blood stained, the rememberers of Allah are superior to him in grade.”

44. عَنْ مُعَاذٍ رضي الله عنه قَالَ: قَالَ رَسُولُ اللهِ صلي الله عليه وآله وسلم: مَا عَمِلَ ابْنُ آدَمَ عَمَلاً أَنْجَى لَهُ مِنَ النَّارِ مِنْ ذِكْرِ اللهِ. قَالَ: يَا رَسُولَ اللهِ! وَلاَ الْجِهَادُ فِي سَبِيلِ اللهِ؟ قَالَ: وَلاَ الْجِهَادُ فِي سَبِيْلِ اللهِ. تَضْرِبُ بِسَيْفِكَ حَتَّى يَنْقَطِعَ ثُمَّ تَضْرِبُ بِسَيْفِكَ حَتَّى يَنْقَطِعَ ثُمَّ تَضْرِبُ بِهِ حَتَّى يَنْقَطِعَ.

Muādh (رضی اللہ عنہ) narrates that the Messenger of Allah (صلی اللہ علیہ وآلہ وسلم) said, “No action of man is more protecting against the Fire (of Hell) than remembrance of Allah.” He (the narrator) submitted, “O Messenger of Allah, not even fighting in the way of Allah?” He said, “No, not even jihad even if you fight so much that your sword breaks, and then you fight again and that sword also breaks, and then you fight on until another sword breaks.”1

45. عَنْ مُعَاذٍ رضي الله عنه قَالَ: مَا عَمِِلَ آدَمِيٌّ عَمَلاً أَنْجَى لَهُ مِنْ عَذَابِ اللهِ مِنْ ذِكْرِ اللهِ. قَالُوا: يَا أَبَا عَبْدِ الرَّحْمَان، وَلاَ الْجِهَادُ فِي سَبِيْلِ اللهِ؟ قَالَ: وَلاَ إِلَى أَنْ يِضْرِبَ بِسَيْفِهِ حَتَّى يَنْقَطِعَ لِأَنَّ اللهَ تَعَالَى يَقُولُ فِي كِتَابِهِ: (وَلَذِکرُ اللهِ أَکبَرُ).

Narrated from Muādh bin Jabal (رضی اللہ عنہ) , he said, “No other action of man is more effective to deliver him from Allah’s torment than remembrance of Allah (SWT).” People asked, “O Abu Abd-ur-Rahman, not even fighting in the way of Allah?” He replied, “No, even if he strikes his sowrd so much that it breaks because Allah (SWT) enjoins in His Book: ‘Indeed remembrance of Allah is the greatest.’”

46. عَنْ عَبْدِ اللهِ بْن عَمْرٍو رضي الله عنهما قَالَ: ذِكْرُ اللهِ الْغَدَاةَ وَالْعَشِيَّ أَعْظَمُ مِنْ حِطَمِ السُّيُوفِ فِي سَبِيْلِ اللهِ وَإِعْطَاءِ الْمَالِ سَحًّا.

Narrated from Abdullah bin Amr, he said, “Remembrance of Allah (SWT) morning and evening is superior to breaking swords in fighting for Allah (SWT) and spending generously in His way.”

47. عَنْ أَنَسِ بْنِ مَالِكٍ رضي الله عنه قَالَ: لَذِكْرُ اللهِِ عزوجل بِالْغَدَاةِ وَالْعَشِيِّ خَيْرٌ مِنْ حِطَمِ السُّيُوفِ فِي سَبِيْلِ اللهِ عزوجل.

Narrated from Anas bin Mālik (رضی اللہ عنہ) , he said, “Indeed, remembrance of Allah (SWT) morning and evening is better than breaking swords in the path of Allah (SWT).”

Chapter 8: The rememberers of Allah (SWT) are superior to fighters in His way

48. عَنْ أَبِي سَعِيدٍ الْخُدْرِيِّ رضي الله عنه أَنَّ رَسُولَ اللَّهِ صلي الله عليه وآله وسلم سُئِلَ: أَيُّ الْعِبَادِ أَفْضَلُ دَرَجَةً عِنْدَ اللَّهِ يَوْمَ الْقِيَامَةِ؟ قَالَ: الذَّاكِرُونَ اللَّهَ كَثِيرًا وَالذَّاكِرَاتُ. قُلْتُ: يَا رَسُولَ اللَّهِ! وَمَنِ الْغَازِي فِي سَبِيلِ اللَّهِ؟ قَالَ: لَوْ ضَرَبَ بِسَيْفِهِ فِي الْكُفَّارِ وَالْمُشْرِكِينَ حَتَّى يَنْكَسِرَ وَيَخْتَضِبَ دَمًا لَكَانَ الذَّاكِرُونَ اللَّهَ أَفْضَلَ مِنْهُ دَرَجَةً.

Abu Saeed Khudri (رضی اللہ عنہ) narrates that the Messenger of Allah (صلی اللہ علیہ وآلہ وسلم) was asked, “Who will be superior in rank in the sight of Allah on the Day of Resurrection?” He said, “The men and the women who remember Allah (SWT) greatly.” The narrator states: I submitted, “O Messenger of Allah (صلی اللہ علیہ وآلہ وسلم) , are they superior even to those who fight in the way of Allah (SWT)?” He said, “Even if he wields his sword among infidels and polytheists until it breaks, blood stained, the rememberers of Allah are superior to him in grade.”

49. قَالَ مُعَاذٍ بْنِ جَبَلٍ رضی الله عنه: لَو أَنَّ رَجُلَيْنِ يَحْمِلُ أَحَدُهُمَا عَلَى الْجِيَادِِ فِي سَبِيْلِ اللهِ وَالآخَرُ يَذْكُرُ الله، لَكَانَ أَفْضَلَ أَوْ أَعْظَمَ أَجْرَا الذَّاكِرُ.

Muādh ibn Jabal (رضی اللہ عنہ) said, “If there are two people one of whom rides on a horse in order to fight for Allah while the other gets engaged in remembering Allah (SWT), the one who remembers Allah (SWT) is granted superior and greater bounty and reward.”

50. قَالَ عَبْدُ اللهِ رضی الله عنه: لَوْ أَنَّ رَجُلاً بَاتَ يَحْمِلُ عَلَى الْجِيَادِ فِي سَبِيلِ اللهِ وَبَاتَ رَجُلٌ يَتْلُو كِتَابَ اللهِ، لَكَانَ ذَاكِرُ اللهِ أَفْضَلَهُمَا.

Abdullah (رضی اللہ عنہ) said, “If someone spends a night on horseback fighting in the way of Allah and some other spends it in reciting the Holy Qur’an and remembering Allah, indeed the one who remembers Allah is superior to the other.”

Chapter 9: Remembrance of Allah (SWT) is superior to giving gold and silver in charity

51. عَنْ أَبِي الدَّرْدَاءِ رضي الله عنه قَالَ: قَالَ النَّبِيُّ صلي الله عليه وآله وسلم: أَلَا أُنَبِّئُكُمْ بِخَيْرِ أَعْمَالِكُمْ وَأَزْكَاهَا عِنْدَ مَلِيكِكُمْ، وَأَرْفَعِهَا فِي دَرَجَاتِكُمْ، وَخَيْرٌ لَكُمْ مِنْ إِنْفَاقِ الذَّهَبِ وَالْوَرِقِ، وَخَيْرٌ لَكُمْ مِنْ أَنْ تَلْقَوْا عَدُوَّكُمْ فَتَضْرِبُوا أَعْنَاقَهُمْ وَيَضْرِبُوا أَعْنَاقَكُمْ؟ قَالُوا: بَلَى. قَالَ: ذِكْرُ اللَّهِ تَعَالَى. فَقَالَ مُعَاذُ بْنُ جَبَلٍ رضی الله عنه: مَا شَيْءٌ أَنْجَى مِنْ عَذَابِ اللَّهِ مِنْ ذِكْرِ اللَّهِ.

Abu Darda (رضی اللہ عنہ) narrates that the Holy Prophet (صلی اللہ علیہ وآلہ وسلم) said, “Shall I not inform you the best and the purest of your deed in the sight of your Master, which is the highest in your degrees, is superior to your spending gold and silver in charity, and is better than confronting and fighting against your enemy, cutting one another’s necks?” The Companions submitted, “Yes, indeed!” He said, “It is remembering Allah.” Muādh ibn Jabal (رضی اللہ عنہ) said, “There is nothing more effective to deliver you from the torment of Allah (SWT) than remembrance of Allah (SWT).”

52. عَنْ مُعَاذِ بن أَنَسٍ رضي الله عنه قَالَ: قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صلي الله عليه وآله وسلم: الذِّكْرُ يَفْضُلُ عَلَى النَّفَقَةِ فِي سَبِيلِ اللَّهِ مِائَةَ ضِعْفٍ.

Muādh ibn Anas (رضی اللہ عنہ) narrates that the Messenger of Allah (صلی اللہ علیہ وآلہ وسلم) said, “Remembrance of Allah (SWT) is hundred times superior to spending in the way of Allah.”

53. عَنْ مُعَاذِ بن أَنَسٍ رضي الله عنه قَالَ: قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صلي الله عليه وآله وسلم: إِنَّ الذِّكْرَ فِي سَبِيلِ اللَّهِ تَعَالَى يُضَعَّفُ فَوْقَ النَّفَقَةِ بِسَبْعِ مِائَةِ ضِعْفٍ.

Muādh ibn Anas (رضی اللہ عنہ) narrates that the Messenger of Allah (صلی اللہ علیہ وآلہ وسلم) said, “Indeed, remembrance of Allah (SWT) is seven hundred times superior to spending in the path of Allah (SWT).”

54. عَنْ مُعَاذِ بن أَنَسٍ رضي الله عنه قَالَ: قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صلي الله عليه وآله وسلم: إِنَّ الصَّلاَةَ وَالصِّيَامَ وَالذِّكْرَِ يُضَاعَفُ عَلَى النَّفَقَةِ فِي سَبِيلِ اللَّهِ بِسَبْعِ مِائَةِ ضِعْفٍ.

Muādh ibn Anas (رضی اللہ عنہ) narrates that the Messenger of Allah (صلی اللہ علیہ وآلہ وسلم) said, “Indeed, the reward of ritual prayer, fasting and remembrance of Allah (SWT) exceeds the reward of spending in the way of Allah (SWT) by seven hundred times.”

55. عَنْ أَبِي مُوْسَى رضي الله عنه قَالَ: قَالَ رَسُولُ اللهِ صلي الله عليه وآله وسلم: لَوْ أَنَّ رَجُلاً فِي حِجْرِهِ دَرَاهِمَ يُقَسِّمُهَا وَآخَرُ يَذْكُرُ اللهَ، كَانَ الذَّاكِرُ لِلَّهِ أَفْضَلَ.

Abu Musa (رضی اللہ عنہ) narrates that the Messenger of Allah (صلی اللہ علیہ وآلہ وسلم) said, “If someone possesses money and distributes it and some other is engaged in remembrance of Allah (SWT), the one who remembers Allah is superior.”

56. عَنْ أَبِي هُرَيْرَةَ رضي الله عنه عَنِ النَّبِيِّ صلي الله عليه وآله وسلم: الذِّكْرُ خَيْرٌ مِنَ الصَّدَقَةِ...

Abu Huraira (رضی اللہ عنہ) narrates that the Holy Prophet (صلی اللہ علیہ وآلہ وسلم) said, “Remembrance of Allah (SWT) is better than charity donation….”

Chapter 10: Remember Allah (SWT) so much that hypocrites call you insane

57. عَنْ أَبِي سَعِيْدٍ الْخُدْرِيِّ رضي الله عنه أَنَّ رَسُولَ اللَّهِ صلي الله عليه وآله وسلم قَالَ: أَكْثِرُوا ذِكْرَ اللَّهِ حَتَّى يَقُولُوا مَجْنُونٌ.

Abu Saeed Khudri (رضی اللہ عنہ) narrates that the Messenger of Allah (صلی اللہ علیہ وآلہ وسلم) said, “Remember Allah (SWT) so much that people start saying, ‘He has gone mad.’”

58. عَنِ ابْنِ عَبَّاسٍ رضي الله عنهما، قَالَ: قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صلي الله عليه وآله وسلم: اذْكُرُوا اللَّهَ ذِكْرًا يَقُولُ الْمُنَافِقُونَ: إِنَّكُمْ تُرَاءُونَ.

Abdullah ibn Abbas (رضی اللہ عنھما) narrates that the Messenger of Allah (صلی اللہ علیہ وآلہ وسلم) said, “Perform remembrance of Allah in such a way that hypocrites start saying: ‘He is showing off.’”

59. عَنْ أَبِي الْجَوْزَاء رضي الله عنه قَالَ: قَالَ رَسُولُ اللهِ صلي الله عليه وآله وسلم: أَكْثِرُوا ذِكْرَ اللَّهِ حَتَّى يَقُولَ الْمُنَافِقُونَ: إِنَّكُمْ مُرَاؤُونَ.

Abu Jawza (رضی اللہ عنہ) narrates that the Messenger of Allah (صلی اللہ علیہ وآلہ وسلم) said, “Remember Allah so excessively that hypocrites say: ‘You people are doing this just for show.’”

60. عَنِ ابْنِ عَبَّاسٍ رضي الله عنهما، قَالَ: قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صلي الله عليه وآله وسلم: اذْكُرُوا اللَّهَ ذِكْرًا حَتَّى يَقُولَ الْمُنَافِقُونَ: إِنَّكُمْ مُرَاؤُونَ.

Abdullah ibn Abbas (رضی اللہ عنھما) narrates that the Messenger of Allah (صلی اللہ علیہ وآلہ وسلم) said, “Perform remembrance of Allah (greatly) in such a way that the hypocrites say, ‘You people only pretend.’” 2


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