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Habit Building: Remembrance of God

by Suryani Omar

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We’re all busy and often, we’re just focused on checking things off our never-ending to-do list. In being task-oriented, we may overlook the importance of being mindful and conscious of our actions. 

As Muslims, we know that life on this earth is temporary and that we are striving towards success in this world and more importantly, the hereafter.

… وَٱذْكُرُوا۟ ٱللهَ كَثِيرًا لَّعَلَّكُمْ تُفْلِحُونَ 

…and remember Allah often so you may triumph.” (Surah Al Anfal, verse 45)

Therefore, we need to strive towards building a God-centric lifestyle. This applies to all our activities. Something as simple as eating can be an action that is undertaken with remembrance of God when we begin in the name of Allah, and end by praising and thanking Allah.

In the Quran, Allah s.w.t. says in Surah Ar-Ra’d:

…أَلَا بِذِكْرِ ٱللهِ تَطْمَئِنُّ ٱلْقُلُوبُ 

…Surely in the remembrance of Allah do hearts find comfort.” (Surah Ar-Ra’d, verse 28)

Here are six tips to build habits to be people of remembrance or people of zikr,

In Sha Allah. 

1. Dedicate a specific time.

Just like making time in our schedule for hitting the gym, or watching our favorite show to wind down, we should dedicate time in our daily schedules for reciting athkar.

It could be 5 minutes daily after fajr prayer, or before we go to bed. Whatever it is, we need to be dedicated and committed to it.

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Dedicate a specific time in your daily schedule to focus on zikr and dua.

2. Power of consistency.

Invest in istiqamah or consistency. The trick to starting a new habit is to remain committed. After a while, it becomes a part of your routine, In Sha Allah. 

It’s important to remember that building a new habit takes time and effort, and it’s normal to slip up occasionally. The important thing is to not get discouraged and to keep working at it. Remember, this is a journey and there will be difficult days but we can get through it.

3. Grow in your worship.

Learn a new zikr or dua every fortnight, or every month. The strategy is to focus on making small changes and gradually building on them over time. 

For example, you could start with doing 5 minutes of zikr daily, and increase by one minute with a new supplication every few weeks and eventually, lengthen the time and the supplications that you recite.This approach makes the task seem less daunting, and you’re more likely to stick with it in the long run.

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The Muslim Pro app has many functions to help us learn new dua, athkar and keep count of our zikr.

4. Make zikr a lifestyle.

One of the amazing things about being a Muslim is that there’s a supplication for almost every action we undertake. A dua when putting on clothes, a dua when looking at the mirror, and so on.

These supplications were taught to us by Prophet Muhammad ﷺ as ways for us to be constantly in remembrance of Allah.

When zikr becomes a lifestyle, the mundane acts can become sacred. With technology, you don’t have to hang copies of these supplications around the house. Instead, they can easily be retrieved from the Muslim Pro app, under the dua section.

Those fluent in Arabic can recite them in Arabic, while those who prefer to recite the translation can also do so. You can also follow along and recite with the audio, or recite along to the videos of these supplications on Qalbox, the streaming service by Muslim Pro.

Duas for Everyone” is a five-series collection of the supplications that we should recite daily. With the latest update on the Muslim Pro app, these videos can be streamed on Qalbox in the app, to the television. Constant repetition can help in memorizing these dua.

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Duas for Everyone is available to be streamed on Qalbox now.

5. Find good companions.

The beauty of technology is that the companions we seek to undertake this journey of being people of remembrance do not necessarily have to be those whom we can physically meet.

We can seek companions or suhbah through online communities. Last Ramadan, the team at Muslim Pro started an online zikr and dua circle on Twitter Spaces. Our global members were able to join and learn from each other. 

Companions help us to remain accountable, and are critical for support when we feel like giving up. The people we choose to surround ourselves with can influence our habits. 

You can also reach out for support via The Courtyard – Muslim Pro’s community group on Facebook.

6. Make dua to be of those who truly remember Allah

Mu’adh ibn Jabal reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, took me by the hand and he said, “O Mu’adh, I swear by Allah that I love you. I swear by Allah that I love you. O Mu’adh, I advise you not to forget supplicating at the end of every prayer, saying: O Allah, help me to remember You, to give thanks to You, and to worship You in the best manner.” (Imam Abi Dawud)

May we be among those whose hearts and tongues are constantly glorifying, praising and thanking Allah s.w.t.