Key of the Heart

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The importance of the zikr of Allah Ta’ala can never be over emphasised.  The following excerpt is from a talk by Aarif Billah, Hazrath Moulana Hakim Muhammad Akhtar Saheb (mudda zilluhu) on this subject:

“Do not ever become negligent with regard to the zikr of Allah Ta’ala. Zikr in reality is a key that opens the locks of the heart. As a result one experiences great pleasure in the obedience of Allah Ta’ala and eagerly applies himself in this direction. However, it is also important that the teeth of this key should be in perfect condition so that the lock of the heart is opened easily without any difficulty. Keeping the teeth of the key of zikr in perfect condition means that one should engage in zikr with humility and with complete devotion and concentration. In this manner one will attain the complete benefits of zikr.

The aspect of opening the locks of the heart with the key of zikr is established from the Hadith. Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) used to make the following dua: “O Allah, open the locks of our heart with Your zikr.” 

In making the zikr  of Allah Ta’ala, it is not just the quantity and number that is required. The quality of the zikr is also a fundamental objective. To the extent that one will be conscious of Allah Ta’ala while making zikr, to that  extent one will derive the benefits of zikr and attain the spiritual strength and power.” 

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