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On Divine Remembrance

So remember Me and I shall remember you. Be thankful to Me and not ungrateful to Me. You who believe, seek help through patience and prayer; surely Allah is with the patiently enduring. [2:152-153]

Those who remember Allah standing, sitting or reclining; who contemplate the creation of the heavens and of the earth: ‘Our Lord, You have not created this in vain. Glory be to you! Keep us from the torment of the Fire.’ [3:191]

You who believe, remember Allah often. [33:41]

And remember Allah often, that you may prosper. [29:45]

Remembrance of Allah is greatest of all. [62:10]

The “Wine” of Divine Love

Come, let me describe to you a drink on which you may get intoxicated! The cupbearer of that drink is the venerable Sultan of the Prophets, while the drink itself is Divine Love. Its taverns is the assembly of lovers. Its cup is your being. Those who drink it experience no more grief or sorrow; they neither sober up nor separate. They become eternally intoxicated.

Remembrance of Allah

Remembrance elevates mankind to the Truth. Let us repeat: Allah remembers those who remember Him. This is the highest station.

The different kinds of remembrance are: public remembrance, private remembrance, remembrance of the heart, remembrance of the spirit and remembrance of the secret soul.

The best remembrance is: ‘lā ilāha illā-llāh’.

If this Good Sentence were placed in one scale of balance and the seven levels of heaven and the seven levels of earth were put in the other scale, lā ilāha illā-llāh would outweigh all the rest.

Allāh, Knower of all hidden things, tells us that heaven and earth combined are a “mere scrap” against the greatness of His remembrance:

Remembrance of Allāh is greatest of all. [29:45]

That Allāh calls something great, is sufficient proof of its exalted nature. If someone says lā ilāha illā-llāh just once with love, he removes four hundred sins. Sorrow and woe are the offspring of sin. And the greatest sin is lack of faith.

Adapted from Irshad, by Sheikh Muzaffer Ozak al-Jerrahi, 1988

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