Zikr of Rasoolullah ﷺ

وَ رَفَعْنَا لَكَ ذِكْرَكَؕ(۴)

And We have elevated for your sake, your remembrance.

Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ has blessed our Beloved Rasool صَلَّى اللّٰهُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم with countless bounties and peculiarities. One of those bounties is the exalted status of the blessed Zikr [remembrance] of Rasoolullah صَلَّى اللّٰهُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم which has been mentioned in the Ayah stated above. The Beloved Rasool صَلَّى اللّٰهُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم asked Sayyiduna Jibra’eel عَـلَيْـهِ الـسَّـلاَم about this Ayah, so he humbly replied: Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ has stated, ‘the elevated status of your Zikr is that when My Zikr is done, your Zikr is also done with Mine.’ And Sayyiduna Qatadah رَضِىَ اللّٰهُ تَعَالٰی عَـنْهُ has stated: Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ has exalted the Zikr of Rasoolullah صَلَّى اللّٰهُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم in this world and the Hereafter. Every Khateeb and every person who recites Tashahhud recites اَشْھَدُاَنَّ مُحَمَّدًا رَّسُوْلُﷲِ along with
اَشْھَدُ اَنْ لَّا اِلٰہَ اِلَّا ﷲ. (Tafseer-e-Baghawi, Parah. 30, Surah Inshirah, Aayat. 4, Taweelaat-e-Ahl-e-Sunnah, Parah. 30, Surah Inshirah, Aayat. 4, vol. 5, pp. 489)

There are many forms of this exaltation of Zikr. Some of them are being mentioned below:

It is also the exaltation of Zikr that Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ has made it compulsory for the creation to accept Iman [faith] in His Beloved صَلَّى اللّٰهُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم and obey him. [It is compulsory] to such an extent that someone’s act of accepting Iman in Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ, believing in His Oneness and worshipping Him is not accepted unless he accepts Iman inمُحَمَّدٌ رَّسُولُ اللّٰہ صَلَّى اللّٰهُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم . Similarly, obedience of the one who does not follow the way of Rasoolullah صَلَّى اللّٰهُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم is also not accepted in the court of Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ as now, only that ‘obedience’ is deserving of being called ‘obedience to Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ’ which is in the form of ‘obedience to Rasool صَلَّى اللّٰهُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم’, as Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ has stated:

مَنْ یُّطِعِ الرَّسُوْلَ فَقَدْ اَطَاعَ اللّٰهَۚ

Whoever has obeyed the Messenger has indeed obeyed Allah. (Part. 5, Surah An-Nisa, Ayah 80)

Sayyiduna Abdullah Bin Abbas رَضِىَ اللّٰهُ تَعَالٰی عَـنْهُمَا has stated that if someone worships Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ, believes in His every commandment but does not testify about the Prophethood of the Beloved Rasool صَلَّى اللّٰهُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم, then all this is useless and such a person will still remain a Kafir [unbeliever].

It is also the exaltation of the Zikr of Rasoolullah صَلَّى اللّٰهُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم that Zikr of Rasoolullah صَلَّى اللّٰهُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم is done along with the Zikr of Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ; such as in Azaan, Iqamat, Salah, Tashahhud, Khutbah and a large number of places, Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ has included the Zikr of Rasoolullah صَلَّى اللّٰهُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم with His Zikr. In this regard, following are the facts from only some Quranic Ayahs:

War with Rasoolullah صَلَّى اللّٰهُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم is war with Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ (Surah Al-Baqarah, Ayah 278, 279); obedience to Rasoolullah صَلَّى اللّٰهُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم is obedience to Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ (Surah An-Nisa, Ayah 80); disobedience to Rasoolullah صَلَّى اللّٰهُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم is disobedience to Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ (Surah An-Nisa, Ayah 14); opposing Rasoolullah صَلَّى اللّٰهُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم is opposing Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ (Surah An-Anfaal, Ayah 13); calling towards Rasoolullah صَلَّى اللّٰهُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم is calling towards Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ (Surah An-Nisa, Ayah 61); migrating towards Rasoolullah صَلَّى اللّٰهُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم is migrating towards Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ (Surah An-Nisa, Ayah 100); accepting Iman [faith] in Rasoolullah صَلَّى اللّٰهُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم is necessary like accepting Iman in Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ (Surah An-Nisa, Ayah 136); fighting against Rasoolullah صَلَّى اللّٰهُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم is fighting against Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ (Surah Al-Ma`idah, Ayah 33); friendship with Rasoolullah صَلَّى اللّٰهُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم is friendship with Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ (Surah Al-Ma`idah, Ayah 56); turning away from Rasoolullah صَلَّى اللّٰهُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم is turning away from Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ (Surah An-Anfaal, Ayah 20); presenting oneself at the call of Rasoolullah صَلَّى اللّٰهُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم is presenting oneself at the call of Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ, or in other words, call of Rasoolullah صَلَّى اللّٰهُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم is the call of Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ (Surah An-Anfaal, Ayah 24); betraying the trust of Rasoolullah صَلَّى اللّٰهُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم is betraying the trust of Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ (Surah An-Anfaal, Ayah 27); proclamation made by Rasoolullah صَلَّى اللّٰهُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم about disassociation from something is the proclamation from Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ about disassociation (Surah At-Taubah, Ayah 1); treaty with Rasoolullah صَلَّى اللّٰهُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم is treaty with Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ (Surah At-Taubah, Ayah 7); love of Rasoolullah صَلَّى اللّٰهُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم is love of Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ (Surah At-Taubah, Ayah 24); declaration made by Rasoolullah صَلَّى اللّٰهُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم about something being Haraam [prohibited] is the declaration made by Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ about [it being] Haraam (Surah At-Taubah, Ayah 29); disbelieving in Rasoolullah صَلَّى اللّٰهُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم is disbelieving in Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ (Surah At-Taubah, Ayah 54); bestowal from Rasoolullah صَلَّى اللّٰهُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم is bestowal from Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ, and bounties of Rasoolullah صَلَّى اللّٰهُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم are the bounties of Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ (Surah At-Taubah, Ayah 59); pleasure of Rasoolullah صَلَّى اللّٰهُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم is the pleasure of Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ and pleasing Rasoolullah صَلَّى اللّٰهُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم is pleasing Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ (Surah At-Taubah, Ayah 62); Rasool’s صَلَّى اللّٰهُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم bestowal of wealth to someone and enriching someone is enrichment by Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ (Surah At-Taubah, Ayah 74); lying to Rasoolullah صَلَّى اللّٰهُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم is lying in the court of Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ (Surah At-Taubah, Ayah 90); being loyal and devoted to Rasoolullah صَلَّى اللّٰهُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم is being loyal and devoted to Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ (Surah At-Taubah, Ayah 91); calling towards Rasoolullah صَلَّى اللّٰهُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم is calling towards Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ (Surah An-Noor, Ayah 48); promise [made] by Rasoolullah صَلَّى اللّٰهُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم is promise [made] by Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ (Surah Al-Ahzaab, Ayah 22); wishing for the pleasure of Rasoolullah صَلَّى اللّٰهُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم is wishing for the pleasure of Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ (Surah Al-Ahzaab, Ayah 29); command [given] by Rasoolullah صَلَّى اللّٰهُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم is the command [given] by Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ (Surah Al-Ahzaab, Ayah 36); annoying Rasoolullah
صَلَّى اللّٰهُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم is annoying Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ (Surah Al-Ahzaab, Ayah 57); stepping ahead of Rasoolullah صَلَّى اللّٰهُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم is stepping ahead [of the command]  of Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ (Surah Al-Hujuraat, Ayah 1); helping [the religion of] Rasoolullah صَلَّى اللّٰهُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم is helping [the religion of] Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ (Surah Al-Hashr, Ayah 08).

Mayn to Maalik hi kahoon ga kay ho Maalik kay Habeeb

Ya’ni mahboob-o-muhib mayn nahin mayra tayra

Ba-Khuda Khuda ka yehi hay dar, nahin aur koi mafar maqar

Jo wahan say ho yahin aa kay ho jo yahan nahin woh wahan nahin

The following facts also prove the exaltation of the Zikr of Rasoolullah صَلَّى اللّٰهُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم: Zikr of Rasoolullah صَلَّى اللّٰهُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم is on the earth as well as in the skies. Zikr of Rasoolullah
صَلَّى اللّٰهُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم is done by human beings as well as Angels, Jinns and other creation. Stones, as well as trees, have done the Zikr of Rasoolullah صَلَّى اللّٰهُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم. Those who do Zikr of Rasoolullah صَلَّى اللّٰهُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم are present in every corner of the world. For example, Azans of Fajr start from one corner of the world and are called out till the last corner of the world, and Fajr Azans still remain to be called out in the next regions but Zuhr Azans start in the first regions; name of Rasoolullah صَلَّى اللّٰهُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم and testimony about his Prophethood is called out in every Azan and hence, the blessed name of Rasoolullah صَلَّى اللّٰهُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم is being recited all the time, in one or another region or country of the world. Same is the case of the Quranic recitation as Quranic recitation is continuously made all the time, in every region of the world and thousands of Muslims remain engaged in the Quranic recitation all the time; and Quran contains the beautiful Zikr of Rasoolullah صَلَّى اللّٰهُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم, so the Zikr of Rasoolullah
صَلَّى اللّٰهُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم is continuously being done all the time in the form of Quranic recitation as well. The glory of the Zikr of Rasoolullah صَلَّى اللّٰهُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم in the form of Salat Alan Nabi صَلَّى اللّٰهُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم is that Salat and Salam is being recited on the Beloved Rasool صَلَّى اللّٰهُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم in the world at every moment. Moreover, if [assuming that at a particular time] no human being is reciting Salat Alan Nabi صَلَّى اللّٰهُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم, still Angels are reciting Salat Alan Nabi  صَلَّى اللّٰهُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم at every moment and these Angels are present from the depths of the earth till the Arsh [Throne], and this is expressed in the following couplet:

Farsh pay tazah chherr chaarr, ‘Arsh pay tarfah dhoom dhaam

Kaan jidher lagaiye tayri hi dastan hay

The blessed name of the Beloved Rasool صَلَّى اللّٰهُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم is written on Arsh-o-Kursi [Throne], Sidra-tul-Muntaha, leaves of the trees of Paradise and palaces of Paradise. All the Ambiya and Rusul عَـلَـيْهِمُ السَّلَام kept doing Zikr of Rasoolullah صَلَّى اللّٰهُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم and kept taking promise from their Ummahs to accept Iman [faith] in the Beloved Rasool صَلَّى اللّٰهُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم. Zikr of Rasoolullah صَلَّى اللّٰهُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم is present in every Divinely Revealed Book. In the field of biography, the largest number of books have been written on the biography of the Beloved Rasool صَلَّى اللّٰهُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم. Related to excellence, the largest number of books in the world have been written regarding the excellence of Rasoolullah صَلَّى اللّٰهُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم. In the form of poetry, largest collection of poetry in the world’s history, i.e. Na’ats, has been written about the Beloved Rasool صَلَّى اللّٰهُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم. It is the Zikr of Rasoolullah صَلَّى اللّٰهُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم which is found in the largest number of languages.

Ay Raza khud Sahib-e-Quran hay Maddah-e-Huzoor

Tujh say kab mumkin hay phir midhat Rasoolullah ki

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