Adhkar – Rendered by Al Ahly Dhikr Jamaʿah

“Allah says: ‘I am as My slave thinks of me, and I am with him when he remembers Me. If he remembers Me within himself, I remember him within Myself; and if he remembers Me in a gathering, I remember him in a better gathering; and if he draws one span nearer to Me, I draw one cubit nearer to him; and if he draws one cubit nearer to Me, I draw a distance of two outstretched arms nearer to him; and if he comes to Me walking, I go to him running.’” (Hadīth Qudsī, Bukhārī)

The believer’s ultimate purpose in this life is to worship the Almighty; to love Him, to obey Him and to submit to Him. Remembering Allah (dhikr) is one of the greatest means of achieving this. The Qur’ān and Sunnah highlight the following virtues of dhikr: 

Dhikr is greater than everything: “…And the remembrance of Allah is greater…” (29:45) 

Doing frequent dhikr leads to success: “Remember Allah much that you may be successful.” (8:45) 

Dhikr brings life to the heart: “The parable of the one who remembers his Lord and the one who does not is like the parable of the living and the dead.” (Bukhārī)

In his masterpiece ‘al-Adhkār’, Imam al-Nawawī  writes: ‘The purpose of dhikr is to remember Allah with the presence of the heart. It is extremely important that every person aims for this and strives to achieve it. Thus, one should contemplate on what one is saying and try to understand its meaning. Contemplation is the objective of dhikr, just as it is the objective of reciting Qur’ān. This is why, for example, the correct and preferred view is that one should elongate saying  لا إله إلا الله in order to contemplate upon it.’ 

Dhikr is of two types: habitual vs. conscious, and only one of these types will bring about Allah’s recognition. Ibn al-Jawzī illustrates this: ‘The heedless one says  سبحان الله out of habit. As for the conscious one, he is constantly thinking about the wonders of creation, or the awesome nature of the Creator.

Cape Town has been blessed with a rich culture and much of this culture takes is spirit from the vibrant and melodious gatherings of dhikr. These unique melodies hold the potential to bring the adhkar alive in one’s heart. To revive the true purpose of dhikr within our community, we present the recordings of these adhkar, accompanied by their translations in the subtitles.



SubḥānAllāhi wa bi ḥamdihi


Ya Lateef

Yā Bāsitu Yā Wadūd

ṢallaLlāhu ʿalayka

Ufawwidu amrī


SubhānAllāh al-Ḥayy al-Qayyūm

Lā ilāha illā Allāh

Lā ilāha illā Allāh 2


ʿAlim al-sirri

Salām yā Salām

Salām Yā Hujjāj

Labbayk Allāhumma Labbayk

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