|The following is a zikr khafi, or that which is
performed in either a low voice or mentally.
Closing his eyes and lips, he says, “with the
tongue of the heart,”
Allahu Sami’un, “God the Hearer.”
Allahu Basirun, “God the Seer.”
Allahu ‘Alimun, “God the Knower.”
The first being drawn, as it were, from the navel to the brain; the second, from the breast to the brain; the third, from the brain up to the heavens; and then again repeated stage by stage backwards and forwards.
He says in a low voice, “Allah,” from the right knee, and then from the left side.
With each exhalation of his breath, he says, “la ilaha,” and with each inhalation, “illa ‘llahu.”
This third zarb is a most exhausting act of devotion, performed, as it is, hundreds or even thousands of times, and is therefore considered the most meritorious.
It is related that Maulawi Habibu ‘llah, living in the village of Gabasanri, in the Gadun country, on the Peshawur frontier, became such an adept in the performance of this zarb, that he recited the first part of the zikr ‘la ilaha’ with the exhalation of his breath after the mid-day prayer; and the second part, ‘illa ‘llahu,’ with the inhalation of his breath before the next time of prayer, thus sustaining his breath for the period of about three hours!
Muraqabah (meditation) as a form of Zikr
Another act of devotion, which usually accompanies the zikr, is that of Muraqabah, or meditation.
The worshiper first performs zikr of the following: -
Allahu haziri, “God who is present with me.”
Allahu naziri, “God who sees me.”
Allahu ma’i, “God who is with me.”
Having recited this zikr, either aloud or mentally, the worshiper proceeds to meditate upon some verse or verses of the Koran. Those recommended for the Qadiriyah Faqirs by Maulavi Shah Waliyu ‘llah are the following, which is considered most devotional and spiritual by Muslim mystics: -
1. Suratu ‘l-Hadid (57:3)
“He (God) is first. He is last. The Manifest, and the Hidden, and who knoweth all things.”
2. Suratu ‘l-Hadid (57:4)
He (God) is with you wheresoever ye be.”
3. Suratu Qaf (50: 16)
“We (God) are closer to him (man) than his jugular vein.”
4. Suratu ‘l-Baqarah (2:109)
Whichever way ye turn, there is the face of God.”
5. Suatu ‘n-Nisa (4:125)
“God encompasseth all things.”
6. Suratu ‘r-Rahman (55:26,27)
“All on earth shall pass away, but the face of thy God shall abide resplendent with majesty and glory.”