Chanting the Dhikr/Zikr/Remembrance of Allah in Unison

Chanting the Dhikr/Zikr/Remembrance of Allah in Unison (Jama’ah or Congregation)

The basic principle concerning Dhikr and acts of worship is that there is no room for adding or subtracting anything. Allaah should only be worshipped in the ways that He has prescribed; this applies whether it is something that can be done at any time or something that is limited to a specific time and how it is to be done and how many times it is to be done. With regard to Dhikrs and Duaa’s that Allaah has prescribed and all kinds of worship that are not limited with regard to time and numbers, location or a particular way in which they are to be done, it is not permissible for us to adhere to a particular way, time or number; rather we are to do these acts of worship without restrictions as it was prescribed.  

In matters where it is proven in the words or deeds of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) that an action is to be done at a certain time or a certain number of times or in a certain place or in a certain manner, then we should worship Allaah in accordance with what has been prescribed. It has not been proven from the words or deeds or approval of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) that he recited du’aa in unison with others following the prayers, or after reading Quran, or following each lesson, whether that took the form of the Imaam reciting du’aa and the congregation saying Ameen to his du’aa, or whether they all recited du’aa together in unison. That was not known at the time of the Rightly-Guided Khaleefahs or any of the Sahabah (may Allaah be pleased with them). Whoever adheres to the practice of reciting du’aa in unison following the prayers or after reading Quran or after every lesson has innovated something and introduced into the religion something which is not a part of it. It was narrated that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Whoever innovates something in this matter of ours (i.e. Islam) that is not part of it will have it rejected.” And he said: “Whoever does something that is not in accordance with this matter of ours (Islam) will have it rejected.” 

If it were prescribed to adhere to a certain way of doing it, the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) and his successors (khulafa’) after him would have adhered to that. We have stated above that no such thing was proven from him or from his companions (may Allaah be pleased with them). All goodness is to be found in following the guidance of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) and the guidance of the Rightly-Guided Khulafa’ (may Allaah be pleased with them); all evil is to be found in going against their guidance and following the innovated matters against which the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) warned us by saying, “Beware of newly-innovated matters, for every innovation is misguidance.” May Allaah bless our Prophet Muhammad and his family and companions, and grant them peace. 

Fataawa Islamiyyah, 4/178 (The Standing Committee

3 thoughts on “Chanting the Dhikr/Zikr/Remembrance of Allah in Unison

  1. i guess innovation which goes against th Holy Quran and sunnah of the holy prophet, may Allah be pleased with him, is indeed a wrong thing, named as bidd’a sayia. However an innovation which do not goes against the Holy Quran and the sunnah is a good innovation, Bidd’a hasanah. And dhikr is the remembrance of Allah, its only aim is to please Allah Ta’aala.May Allah be please with those who do remember Him, ameen.

  2. The ‘aameen’, and the Imaam’s Saying It Loudly:
    When he (sallallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) finished reciting al- Faatihah, he would say:
    (“aameen”) loudly, prolonging his voice.1
    He also used to order the congregation to say aameen: When the imaam says,
    “Not of those who receive (Your) anger, nor of those who go astray”, then say “aameen” [for the angels say “aameen” and the imaam says aameen”] (in another narration: when the imaam says “aameen” say “aameen”), so he whose aameen coincides with the aameen of the angels (in another narration: when one of you says “aameen” in prayer and the angels in the sky say “aameen”, and they coincide), his past sins are forgiven.2
    In another hadeeth: … then say aameen; Allaah will answer you.3
    He also used to say: The Jews do not envy you over anything as much as they envy you over the salutation and aameen [behind the imaam].4

    1. Bukhaari in Juz’ Al-Qiraa’ah & Abu Daawood with a saheeh isnad.
    2. Bukhaari, Muslim, Nasaa’i, & Daarimi.
    3. Muslim & Abu Awaanah.
    4. Bukhaari in Al-Adab Al-Mufrad, Ibn Khuzaimah, Ahmad & Siraaj with two saheeh isnaads.

    For Further Information:
    The Prophet’s Prayer Described, a book by Shaikh Naasir-ud-Deen l-Albaani, Published by Jam’iat Ihyaa’ Minhaaj Al-Sunnah in June 1988 = Safar 1419.
    P.O. Box 24
    United Kingdom
    IP3 SED
    Tel/Fax: +44 (0) 1473 251578

  3. I have just moved back to the UK from Egypt and I would like to attend zikr. I am currently living in Ipswich. Can you advise where my closest zikr circle is?

    Many thanks,

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