The Adhkar of the Morning and Evening – Part 1

Adhkar in the Arabic language is the plural of Dhikr which means remembrance. When mentioned in the Qur'an and Sunnah it refers to the remembrance of Allah through certain sayings and supplications.

Allah says: “Therefore remember Me (by praying and glorifying), I will remember you.” [Baqarah 2:152]

And in the Hadeeth of ‘Abdullah ibn Busr al-Mazini, he said: A man said to the Messenger of Allah (SAW): “O Messenger of Allah! Verily the legislations of Islam have become too much for us, so is there something we can hold on to which includes everything?” So he (SAW) said: “Keep your tongue moist with the remembrance of Allah.” [Tirmidhi]

The scholars of Islam have written many books in regards to the various Adhkar that are said at various times and places throughout a Muslim's life. They have deduced these Adhkar from the Qur'an and various authentic Ahadeeth. From amongst these books are 'Amal al-Yawm wal-Lailah by Ibn as-Sunni, al-Adhkar by an-Nawawi, and al-Wabil as-Sayyib by Ibn al-Qayyim.

One of the chapters that they usually mention in these books is the chapter related to the Adhkar of the morning and evening. What is meant by the morning is the time between Fajr and sunrise, and what is meant by the evening is the time between Asr and sunset.

Allah says: “O you who believe! Remember Allah with much remembrance. And glorify His Praises morning and evening.” [Al-Ahzab 33:41,42]

And He says: “And glorify the Praises of your Lord before the rising of the sun and before its setting.” [Qaf 50:39]

There are many benefits that have been mentioned with regards to these Adhkar. Of the greatest of these benefits is that these Adhkar keep Shaitan away from the person who recites them, and they prevent the evil from mankind and jinn from harming such people. The person who recites these Adhkar on a daily basis builds around himself a fortress to protect himself from his enemy.

Unfortunatly, most Muslims today are ignorant of these Adhkar, and very few recite them on a daily basis. As a result, we see many Muslims constantly falling victim to Shaitan and his associates from mankind and jinn, living in misery and depression all their lives. I hope that we take heed from this, and from now on make the Adhkar of the morning and evening a daily part of our lives.

Madeenah, Saudi Arabia
24th of Rabee Al-Awwal 1429