Ibn Taimiyaa (RA) wrote:
"Remembrance of Allah is to the heart what water is to fish. What happens to a fish when it is taken out of water?"
Remembrance of Allah is sustenance for both the heart and the spirit. If the servant is deprived of it he becomes like a body which has been deprived of food. Remembrance of Allah also drives away Shaytan, suppressing him and breaking him; it is pleasing to the Merciful, dispels worry and melancholy from the heart, adorns it with delight and joy, fills the heart and face with light, and cloaks the one who remembers Allah with dignity, gentleness and freshness. It instills love for Allah, fear of Him, and relating all matters to Him. It also enhances Allah's remembrance of His servant, for as Allah says:
"So remember Me, I will remember you" (Q2]Baqarah]: 152).
Even if this were the only reward for the remembrance of Allah, it would be mercy and honour enough. Remembrance is one of the easiest forms of worship, yet the mercy and honour that it brings cannot be achieved by al)y other means. Ibn Mas'ud, said,
"To praise Allah is more dear to me than spending the same number of dinars (as the number of times I praise Him) in the way of Allah."
Remembrance of Allah is a remedy for hard hearts. A man once told al-Hassan, "0 Abu Sai'd:
I complain to you about the hardness of my heart." He said, "soften it with the remembrance of Allah".
"Remembrance of Allah is (a sign of) health, while remembrance of people is like a disease."
A man once asked Salman, "Which deeds are the best?" He said, "Haven't you read in the Qur'an,
"And the remembrance of Allah is greatest" (Q29[al-Ankabut]:45}."
Abu Musa once related that the Prophet (PBUH) said:
"The difference between the one who remembers his Lord and the one who does not is like the difference between the living and the dead. "(Bukhari)
Abdullah bin Busr related that a man once told the Prophet (PBUH)
"The roads to Allah are many and I am unable to take all of them, so please tell me something to which I can hold fast, but do not overburden me lest I forget it." He said, "Make sure that your tongue is moist and supple with the remembrance of Allah, the Exalted." (Tirmidhi).
Continual remembrance of Allah increases a servant's good witnesses on the Day of Resurrection. It is a means which prevents him from talking in the wrong way, such as backbiting and spreading tales and their like. Either the tongue is mentioning Allah and remembering Him, or it is talking incorrectly. Whoever has the gates of remembrance opened to him has an opening to his Lord, Mighty and Glorious is He, through which he will find what he seeks. If he finds Allah, he has found everything. If he misses the opportunity, then he has missed everything.
"Those who believe and whose hearts find satisfaction in the remembrance of Allah: for without doubt in the remembrance of Allah do hearts find satisfaction." (QI3[ar-Ra'd]:28).
This article was culled from the publications of Deen Communication Limited