THE AHAADITH ON THE SUPERIORITY OF SILENT THIKR

The views and Ahaadith regarding the superiority of silent Thikr narrated by the Mufassireen and Fuqaha have already been mentioned and discussed. We reproduce here some more narrations to show the validity of the ruling of the Fuqaha.

(1) Hadhrat Aishah (radhiyallahu anha) narrated: “Thikr-e-Khafi which the guarding angels are unable to hear is seventy times superior to that Thikr which the guarding angels are able to hear.” (Tafseerul Hawaari)

(2) Wakee’ narrated from Usaamah Bin Zaid, from Ibn Abi Labeebah from Sa’d who said that Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said: “The best Thikr is Khafi.” (Ibn Abi Shaibah)

(3) Abu Dawood narrated from Hishaam, from Yahya from a man, from Aishah who said: “The Thikr-e-Khafi which is not recorded by the guarding angels is seventy times superior to other forms of Thikr.”(Ibn Abi Shaibah)

(4) Abul Hasan Muhammad Bin Qaasim >Abu Ishaaq Ibraaheem Bin Ahmad Bin Rajaa’ >Abul Husain Ghaazi > Muhammad Bin Humaid > Ibraaheem Bin Al-Mukhtaar > Muaawiyah > Zuhri > Urwah narrated that Aishah (radhiyallahu anha) said: “Verily, Nabi (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said: ‘The Thikr which the guarding angels are unable to hear is increased (in reward) seventy times over the Thikr which the guarding angels can hear.” (Shu’bul Imaan of Baihaqi)

(5) Abu Haashim Rifaai’ >Ishaaq > Muaawiyah > Zuhri > Urwah>, narrating from Aishah (radhiyallahu anha): “Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) would elevate the excellence by seventy stages of the Thikr which the guarding angels could not hear.

(6) ….From this angle, the reward is immense for the heart’s engrossment in Thikr. This is supported by the narration of Baihaqi: “The Thikr which the guarding angels are unable to hear exceeds by seventy times (in reward) the Thikr which they can hear.

(7) Ibn Adi > Nu’maan Bin Ahmad Al-Waasti > Idrees Bin Haatim > Muhammad Bin Ahmad > Muaawiyah > Zuhri > Urwah > Aishah (radhiyallahu anha) narrating from Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam): “He would give Thikr-e-Khafi superiority of 70 times over other Thikr.” (Meezaanul I’tidaal)

This Hadith is narrated with other chains (asaaneed) as well in many kutub of Hadith.

(8) Ahmad (Imaam Ahmad) said: Abu Saeed Haarithi said: Yahya Bin Saeed narrated that Usaamah Bin Yazeed said Daqeeqi narrated that Uthmaan Bin Umar said that Usaamah narrated from Ibn Labeebah who narrated from Sa’d Bin Maalik, and Yazeed narrating from Abdur Rahmaan who narrated from Sa’d who narrated that Nabi (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said: “The best Thikr is Khafi.

Ahmad Daqeeqi said that Abu Sufyaan Al-Humaidi narrated from Abdul Majeed Bin Ja’far who narrated from Usaamah Bin Zaid who narrated from Muhammad Bin Abdur Rahman Bin Labeebah who said: We were with Sa’d, then he narrated the same Hadith.” (Az-Zuhd Wa Sifatuz Zaahideen of Imaam Ahmad)

(9) Ahmad Bin Ka’b narrated that Idrees Bin Haatim narrated that Muhamad Bin Hasan Al-Waasiti narrated from Muaawiyah bin Yahya who narrated from Zuhri who narrated from Urwah who narrated from Aishah (radhiyallahu anha) who narrated that Nabi (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said…………… “The superiority of Thikr-e-khafi is seventy times more than other forms.” (Al-Fawaaidul Muntafaah)

(10) Eesa Bin Ahmad narrated that Ibn Wahab narrated that Usaamah narrated from Muhammad Bin Abdur Rahmaan Bin Labeebah that Sa’d Bin Abi Waqqaas said: “I heard Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) saying: ‘Verily, the best Thikr is khafi…’ ”

(12) Sa’d Bin Nadhr narrated that Qaasim Bin Asbagh narrated that Muhammad Bin Wathaah narrated that Abu Bakr Bin Abi Shaibah narrated that Wakee’ narrated from Usaamah Bin Zaid who narrated from Ibn Abi Labeebah who narrated from Sa’d who said that Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said: “The best rizq is that which is sufficient and the best Thikr is khafi.”

(Jaami’ Bayaanil Ilm)

(13) And he (Abu Abdullah) narrated from Sa’d that Nabi (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said: “The best Thikr is khafi, and he (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said: ‘And call unto your Rabb with humility and silently.’, and he said: ‘Remember your Rabb in your heart and silently and in a voice less than jahr.’ ” (Khalqu Af’aal lil Ibaad lil Bukhaari)

(14) “The best Thikr is khafi and the best rizq is that which suffices.” Abu Ya’la, Al-Askari and Ibn Hibbaan narrated it. Ibn Hibbaan authenticated it from Sa’d Bin Abi Waqqaas who narrated it from Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam). (Kashful Khifa’)

(15) Yahya Al-Qattaan >Usaamah >Muhammad Bin Abdur Rahmaan bin Labeebah > Sa’d Bin Abi Waqqaas narrated from Nabi (sallallahu alayhi wasallam): ‘The best Thikr is khafi and the best rizq is that which suffices.’ Similarly did Ibn Wahab narrate from Yahya. And, Wakee’ narrated it from Usaamah Bin Zaid who narrated it from Ibn Abi Labeebah who narrated from Sa’d. Abu Zur’ah said that Ibn Abi Labeeah is most authentic. (Ilalul Hadith)

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