The Delight of the Knowers of God

Abdessalam Yassine

November 21, 2013

Abdullāh bnu Busr –may God be pleased with him– reported that one of the Companions said, “O Messenger of God! There are many ordinances of Islam for me. So tell me something by which I may hold tight.’ He [the Prophet –God bless him and grant him peace–] said, ‘Your tongue should always be busy remembering God.’” (Recorded by Ahmed)

God the Almighty has enjoined the believers to always remember Him and He praised them for doing so as He said,

(O You who believe! remember God with much remembrance and glorify Him morning and evening.) al-Aḥzāb :41-42.

God also says,

(And remember God frequently, so that you may succeed.) al-Jumu‘a :10.

God also says,

(And those men and women who remember God much, for them God has prepared forgiveness and a great reward.) al-Aḥzāb :35.

God also says,

(Those who remember God, standing, sitting and lying on their sides.) Āl-‘Imrān :191.

Abu Hurayra –God be pleased with him– reported that the Messenger of God –God bless him and grant him peace– said, “The Mufarridūn have surpassed all.’ They said, ‘Who are the Mufarridūn?’ He replied, ‘Those men and women who frequently remember God.’”

The Mufarridūn are the people who frequently remember God. They are so-called because they perform such deeds alone, and none competes with them in this regard. ‘Umar bin Abdul-‘Aziz said at the night of ‘Arafa, “The person whose camel arrives first is not ranked number 1. It is the person who is forgiven by God.” ‘Āisha [God be pleased with her] reported that the Prophet –God bless him and grant him peace–used to remember God in all situations. (Reported by Muslim)

This means that he used to remember God when walking, sitting down or laying down, whether in a state of major ritual purity or not. One of the seven people whom God will put under His shade when there is no shade save His is “A man who, when in seclusion, remembered God and his eyes were all tears.”

Commenting on God’s saying,

(O you who believe! Fear God as He should be feared.) Āl-‘Imrān :102, Ibn Mas‘ūd said, « He should be obeyed and never disobeyed. He should be remembered and never forgotten. He should be thanked and never renounced.”

Al-Ḥasan [God have mercy upon him] said, “The most beloved worshippers to God are those who remember Him very frequently and those who have a pious heart.” Ka‘b [God have mercy upon him] said, “When a person remembers God very frequently, he is safe from hypocrisy.” This is evident as God says about the hypocrites that they rarely remember Him. When a person remembers Him very often, he acts in disconformity with their habit. For this reason, God ended sūrat al-Munāfiqūn with the command to remember Him and that neither money nor children should dissuade a person from remembering Him. Otherwise, he will be one of the losers.