In The Vocal Form;
Permissibility and Virtues of Dhikr and it's Gathering
Muhammad 'Abdul Hayy Al-Lucknawi
Translated By: Muhammad Sajid Younus
Paperback 58 Pages
Published by True Islam Publications
About the Book:
(remembrance) of Allah is not just an act of great virtue but is a requirement
of religion. This Dhikr can be performed both silently and discretely, or (in
excessively) aloud and openly, and either individually, or in a group.
As Muslims moved further away from the time of the best and better generations
doubts about many permissible and established practices began to be entered into
the hearts of the Muslim Umma'. One such doubt being spread was about the
permissibility of performing Dhikr in groups and in a raised voice. Shaykh Abd
al-Hay Lacknawi took note of this and prepared an Arabic treatise, which became
renowned in both the sub continent and the Arab World, proving the
permissibility of gathering and performing Dhikr in a raised voice.
Siyahatil Fikr Fil Jahr Bil Zikr, which is the original 'Arabic
title of this current translation is one of the most popular and celebrated
books written in the subject of Remembering Allah in groups or individually with
a audible voice. Imam Lucknawi has done an excellent job in this book which has
no equal even though Imam Suyuti wrote similar work where he focussed on just
narrations but on this very work Imam Al-Lacknawi critically analyses the chains
of narrations as well as explaining the meanings of those narrations. He also
mentions the opinions of the righteous Salaf and the rulings regarding
remembering Allah in an audible voice.
From the Translator's
'This is a translation of only two sections of the original Arabic text. These
two sections were selected after taking account the needs and aptitude of those
who seek knowledge and truth solely through the English medium. It is hoped that
these will suffice in consoling and reaffirming pious hearts that Dhikr Jahr is
a permissible and authentic act. The other sections of the orignial work are of
a scholastic nature and would only be relevant and of interest to those who
would implicitly possess a good command of scholastic Arabic, thus rendering an
English translation redundant.
Section 1 is a collection of 48 narrations related to the practice of raised
Dhikr and its gatherings.
Section 2 is a detailed response to some of the objections that voiced against
Finally there is a brief summary and conclusion of the issues relating to Dhikr.'
Muhammad Sajid Younus
About the Author:
He was born in Banda, India, on Tuesday 26 Zul Qada 1264 A.H, author of many
famous works and a great scholar of his time. He was a descendant Sayyidina Abu
Ayyub Ansari (R.A).
His predecessors emigrated from Madinah Munawwarah to Hirat, then to Lahore,
Delhi and finally to Sihala and Firangi Mahal near Lucknow. Pious and noble
scholars always inhabited this locality. Maulana Abdul Hayy began memorising the
Noble Qur'an at the age of five. He was endowed with an outstanding memory from
childhood to the extent that in his own words, he remembers the time when he was
beaten at the age of three.
His students were completely satisfied with his methodology. Maulana Niímatullah,
his teacher, used to extol his praises generously. Due to intense love for
writing, he wrote more than a hundred books on many subjects like Arabic
grammar, morphology, logic, Jurisprudence and Hadith etc. He was offered the
post of Justice after his fatherís demise but refused, considering the dangers
of the occupation and being content with the little possessions he had. He felt
that had he accepted the offer, it would have impeded his teaching and writing
career. One of the great bounties of Allah Taíala upon him was his excellence
and compatibility with the science of Hadith and Jurisprudence of Hadith. He
always chose a moderate, accepting the view of the Jurists as long as there was
adequate proof from Quran and Hadith.
He passed away in Rabi ul Awwal 1304 A.H. at the young age of 39 and was buried
in the graveyard of his ancestors.
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