The tongue , like many gifts we have been given can be utilized in different ways. It can spring forth words of kindness or hate, truth or lies, eloquence or vulgarity, unity or discord.
But there is a great way to keep this piece of flesh busy and productive – with Dhikr.
Constant remembrance of Allah brings calm, serenity and tranquility. By it, we make prudent use of that fleeting yet scarce resource -our ‘free’ time.
We should therefore step up our frequency of uttering words and phrases of praise, glorification and acknowledgement of Allah’s greatness. Perhaps the commonest examples are:
Tasbih– SubhanAllah (Glory be to Allah)
Tahmid– Alhamdulillah (Praise be to Allah)
Tahlil– La ilaha ila llah (There is no deity worthy of worship besides Allah)
Takbir– Allahu Akbar (Allah is the Greatest)
(*Did you know?- Tahlil can be said without moving the lips making it easy to say even in times of weakness, fear and other difficult situations.)
There are numerous others to be found in the Qur’an and Sunnah.
“Verily in the remembrance of Allah do hearts find rest” (Q13:28)
“O you who believe! let not your properties or your children divert you from the remembrance of Allah. (Q63:9)
Narrated Abu Musa (may Allah be pleased with him): ‘The Prophet(peace be upon him said, “The example of the one who remembers his Lord in comparison to the one who does not remember his Lord, is that of a living creature compared to a dead one. ” ‘
(Sahih Al-Bukhari Vol 8 Hadith 416)
It is a means of earning forgiveness (imagine? without even asking for it!) as well as purification for our souls.It also increases us in piety and makes us even dearer to our Lord.
These are more than enough reasons to inculcate Dhikr in every moment possible, everyday.
Reference: The Noble Quran: English Translation of the meanings and commentary – Dr. Muhammad Taqi-ud-Din Al-Hilali and Dr. Muhammad Muhsin Khan.