Daily Adhkar for Barakah - Morning and Evening Litanies
09 Nov 2021
Reciting daily adhkar leads to a more peaceful and content life as a Muslim, and you should take every opportunity to recite the daily adkhar, as mentioned and emphaised by our beloved Prophet Muhammad, Peace and Blessings be upon him. There are of course, many benefits of reciting morning and evening adhkar which can also bring immense blessings and barakah into your daily life. We’ll illuminate you with the true definition of adhkar, the benefits of it, adhkar according to the Qur’an and Sunnah, as well as a long list of litanies essential for you.
What is Adhkar?
Linguistically, azkar or adhkar is the plural of dhikr which means "remembrance, reminder" or "mention, utterance". To understand the word at a deeper meaning, adhkar is defined as the remembrance of Allah very often with those legislated duas or supplications, such as saying "Glory be to Allah" and "All Praise be to Allah".
What are the benefits of Adhkar?
1. Adhkar removes the rust of your heart and purifies it
Every Muslim has fallen into sin, whether conscious or unconscious. The longer we live without the remembrance of Allah and repentance, the rust accumulates more on our hearts, causing us to feel insensitive and indifferent towards sin. However, with daily adhkar, it will help you purify and soften your heart, InshaAllah.
كَلَّا ۖ بَلْ ۜ رَانَ عَلَىٰ قُلُوبِهِم مَّا كَانُوا۟ يَكْسِبُونَ
Nay, but that which they have earned is rust upon their hearts. [Qur’an 83:14]
2. Daily adhkar enhances your relationship with Allah
Imagine you miss someone who’s still alive, what would you do? Of course, you would make the effort to communicate with them through text or call just to hear their voice and all you think about is them. Having a close relationship with Allah really is about remembering Him at all times, and one of the ways you can remember Him is through daily adhkar.
When you begin to always remember Him in your breath, your utterances, you start to depend on Allah for all things and detach yourself from the deception of the world, as well as other people. Allah loves the one who praises and glorifies Him, and it is through Allah’s love and mercy towards you that your du’as are answered. This is a very special relationship that is especially experienced through this easy, pure and excellent form of worship.
3. Allah will Love and Remember those who remember Him
This is an exceptional relationship between Allah and His Servants. It takes utmost care and devotion to love Allah and fill the days with morning and evening adhkar, and Allah promises to Love and Remember those who remember Him. He has stated in the Qur’an:
فَٱذْكُرُونِىٓ أَذْكُرْكُمْ وَٱشْكُرُوا۟ لِى وَلَا تَكْفُرُونِ
So remember Me; I will remember you. Be thankful to Me, and never ungrateful.[Qur’an 2:152]
4. Reciting Adhkar with mindfulness is a sign of gratitude
Sometimes when you feel sad and lonely, and nothing seems right, daily adhkar can really be helpful to reset your mind on a more positive note. By praising and glorifying Allah, we are showing our gratitude to Him and acknowledging His majesty. We are acknowledging that we He is the Greatest and that we are powerless without Him. Once we grasp this concept, we can understand that we are not actually in control of our lives, and it is only with the help and will of Allah that we can achieve things in our lives.
5. Daily Adhkar can protect you from enemies
In a list of adhkar we will show you later on, there are some recitations which can help you protect yourself from all harm, InshaAllah. If you truly recite the morning and evening litanies with an open mind and heart and full confidence, InshaAllah you will be protected from all the bad and evil of the world such as evil eye, envy, black magic and more.
6. It’s the Simplest Act of Worship
Compared to all other acts of worship, reciting adhkar is considered to be the simplest act of worship which you can do anytime of the day, while doing anything at all. If you're doing household chores or simply lying down, you can still recite dhikr with a full mind and heart. Try this one day and feel the difference it makes spiritually, emotionally and mentally, InshaAllah.
7. It Helps you to Withstand from Sinning
When our mind is absent from the remembrance of Allah, we rarely give thought about our deeds whether it is beneficial or sinful. Hence, when we remember Allah, we will do away from committing sins as we know that Allah is watching over us and He Sees everything we do. When we are conscious of this matter, we will feel fear and try our best to withstand the temptations of Shaytaan.
8. It Calms Your Mind
Remembering Allah the Glorious and speaking to Him ensures peace and serenity of the mind, as well as, success in this life and the Hereafter. If you are afflicted with anxiety, fear, and other negative emotions, adhkar helps to ease your worries and trust in the Divine Decree of Allah. It would be difficult at first, but when you try and make it a habit to recite dhikr and believe in Allah, you will feel empowered and more positive, InshaAllah.
Adhkar Based on the Qur’an and Sunnah:
Here are some Qur’anic verses and Hadith mentioned below on the importance of dhikr:
ٱلَّذِينَ ءَامَنُوا۟ وَتَطْمَئِنُّ قُلُوبُهُم بِذِكْرِ ٱللَّهِ ۗ أَلَا بِذِكْرِ ٱللَّهِ تَطْمَئِنُّ ٱلْقُلُوبُ
“Those who believed and whose hearts find rest in the remembrance of Allah. Verily, in the remembrance of Allah do hearts find rest.” (Qur’an 13:28)
يَـٰٓأَيُّهَا ٱلَّذِينَ ءَامَنُوا۟ ٱذْكُرُوا۟ ٱللَّهَ ذِكْرًا كَثِيرًا
“O you who believe! Remember Allah with much remembrance” (Quran 33:41).
“Whosoever remembers Me in his heart. I remember him in My heart”. [Bukhari & Muslim]
The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) said:
“Should I not inform you of the best of your deed, and the purest of them with your Master, and the highest of them in your ranks, and what is better for you than spending gold and silver, and better for you than meeting your enemy and striking their necks, and they strike your necks?” They said: “Of course.” He ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) said, “The remembrance of Allah (glorified and exalted be He).” [Jami at-Tirmidhi]
Ibn 'Umar narrated that the Messenger of Allah (s.a.w) said:
"Do not talk too much without remembrance of Allah. Indeed excessive talking without remembrance of Allah hardens the heart. And indeed the furthest of people from Allah is the harsh-hearted." [Jami’ at-Tirmidhi]
Abu Hurairah narrated that the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said:
“The Mufarridun have preceded.” They said: “And who are the Mufarridun, O Messenger of Allah (ﷺ)?” He said: “Those who absorb themselves in the remembrance of Allah, and remembrance remove their heavy burdens from them, until they will come on the Day of Judgement being light (in weight of their burdens).” [Jami’ at-Tirmidhi]
List of Morning and Evening Adhkar
Below is a list of adhkar which is encouraged and prescribed by our beloved Prophet Muhammad ﷺ . Try and practice these adhkar on a daily basis in the morning and evening. They are alluded to in the following verses of the Qur’ān:
يٰٓأَيُّهَا الَّذِيْنَ آمَنُوا اذْكُرُوا اللهَ ذِكْرًا كَثِيْرًا. وَسَبِّحُوْهُ بُكْرَةً وَّأَصِيْلًا
“Believers, remember Allah often and glorify Him morning and evening.” (33:41-42)
Due to the magnitude of the remembrance of Allah in the morning and the evening, Allah has made this an act of worship not just for humans, but also for animals and inanimate objects:
إِنَّا سَخَّرْنَا الْجِبَالَ مَعَهُ يُسَبِّحْنَ بِالْعَشِيِّ وَالْإِشْرَاقِ. وَالطَّيْرَ مَحْشُوْرَةً كُلٌّ لَّهُ أَوَّابٌ
“We made the mountains join him in tasbīh at sunset and sunrise; and the birds, too, in flocks. All were turning only unto Him.” (Qur’an 38:18-19)
وَاذْكُرْ رَّبَّكَ فِيْ نَفْسِكَ تَضَرُّعًا وَخِيْفَةً وَدُوْنَ الْجَهْرِ مِنَ الْقَوْلِ بِالْغُدُوِّ وَالْآصَالِ وَلَا تَكُنْ مِّنَ الْغَافِلِيْنَ
“Remember your Lord within yourself, with humility and in fear, without raising your voice, in the mornings and in the evenings. And do not be one of the heedless.” (Qur’an 7:205)
سُبْحَانَ اللهِ الْعَظِيمِ وَبِحَمْدِهِ
“Glorified is Allah, the Most Greatest and praised is He.”
لَا إِلَهَ إِلَّا اللهُ وَحْدَهُ لَا شَرِيكَ لَهُ، لَهُ الْمُلْكُ وَلَهُ الْحَمْدَ، وَهُوَ عَلَى كُلِّ شَيْءٍ قَدِيرٌ
سُبْحَانَ اللهِ، وَالْحَمْدُ للهِ، ولَا إِلَهَ إِلَّا اللهُ، وَاللهُ أَكْبَرُ، وَلَا حَوْلَ وَلَا قُوَّةَ إِلَّا بِاللهِ العَلِيِّ الْعَظيِمِ، ربِّ اغْفِرلِي
“There is none worthy of worship but Allah alone, Who has no partner, His is the dominion and to Him belongs all praise, and He is able to do all things. Glory is to Allah. Praise is to Allah. There is none worthy of worship but Allah. Allah is the Most Greatest. There is no might and no power except by Allah’s leave, the Exalted, the Mighty. My Lord, forgive me.”
Before you begin eating: بِسْمِ اللَّه
If you forget: بِسْمِ اللَّه أَوَّلَهُ وَآخِرَهُ
“In the Name of Allah; I begin with the Name of Allah at the beginning and at the end.”
سُبْحَانَ اللَّهِ وَبِحَمْدِهِ سُبْحَانَ اللَّهِ الْعَظِيمِ
“Glorified is God and praised is He, Glorified is God the Greatest.”
أعوذُ بِٱللَّهِ مِنَ ٱلشَّيۡطَٰنِ ٱلرَّجِيمِ
“I seek the protection of Allah from Satan the outcast.”
اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي أَسْأَلُكَ الْعَفْوَ وَالْعَافِيَةَ فِي الدُّنْيَا وَالآخِرَةِ اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي أَسْأَلُكَ الْعَفْوَ وَالْعَافِيَةَ فِي دِينِي وَدُنْيَاىَ وَأَهْلِي وَمَالِي اللَّهُمَّ اسْتُرْ عَوْرَاتِي وَآمِنْ رَوْعَاتِي وَاحْفَظْنِي مِنْ بَيْنِ يَدَىَّ وَمِنْ خَلْفِي وَعَنْ يَمِينِي وَعَنْ شِمَالِي وَمِنْ فَوْقِي وَأَعُوذُ بِكَ أَنْ أُغْتَالَ مِنْ تَحْتِي
“O Allah, I ask You for forgiveness and well-being in this world and in the Hereafter. O Allah, I ask You for forgiveness and well-being in my religion and my worldly affairs. O Allah, conceal my faults, calm my fears, and protect me from before me and behind me, from my right and my left, and from above me, and I seek refuge in You from being taken unaware from beneath me.”
رَضِيتُ باللهِ رَبَّاً، وَبِالْإِسْلَامِ دِيناً، وَبِمُحَمَّدٍ صَلَى اللهُ عَلِيهِ وَسَلَّمَ نَبِيَّاً
“I am pleased with Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) as my Lord, with Islam as my religion and with Muhammad ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (Peace and Blessings of Allāh be upon him) as my Prophet.”
بِسْمِ اللهِ الَّذِي لَا يَضُرُّ مَعَ اسْمِهِ شَيْءٌ فِي الْأَرْضِ وَلَا فِي السَّمَاءِ وَهُوَ السَّمِيعُ الْعَلِيمُ
“In the name of Allah, Who with His Name nothing can cause harm in the earth nor in the heavens, and He is the All-Hearing, the All-Knowing.”
اللهُ لَا إِلَهَ إِلَّا هُوَ الْحَيُّ الْقَيُّومُ لَا تَأْخُذُهُ سِنَةٌ وَلَا نَوْمٌ لَهُ مَا فِي السَّمَاوَاتِ وَمَا فِي الْأَرْضِ مَنْ ذَا الَّذِي يَشْفَعُ عِنْدَهُ إِلَّا بِإِذْنِهِ يَعْلَمُ مَا بَيْنَ أَيْدِيهِمْ وَمَا خَلْفَهُمْ وَلَا يُحِيطُونَ بِشَيْءٍ مِنْ عِلْمِهِ إِلَّا بِمَا شَاءَ وَسِعَ كُرْسِيُّهُ السَّمَاوَاتِ وَالْأَرْضَ وَلَا يَئُودُهُ حِفْظُهُمَا وَهُوَ الْعَلِيُّ الْعَظِيمُ
“Allah – There is no God but He, the Ever-Living, the One Who sustains and protects all that exists. Neither slumber nor sleep overtakes Him. To Him belongs whatever is in the heavens and whatever is on the earth. Who is he that can intercede with Him except with His Permission? He knows what happens to them in this world, and what will happen to them in the Hereafter. And they will never encompass anything of His Knowledge except that which He wills. His Throne extends over the heavens and the earth, and He feels no fatigue in guarding and preserving them. And He is the Most Elevated, the Most Exalted. [Qur’an 2:255]”
آمَنَ الرَّسُولُ بِمَا أُنْزِلَ إِلَيْهِ مِنْ رَبِّهِ وَالْمُؤْمِنُونَ كُلٌّ آمَنَ بِاللَّهِ وَمَلَائِكَتِهِ وَكُتُبِهِ وَرُسُلِهِ لَا نُفَرِّقُ بَيْنَ أَحَدٍ مِنْ رُسُلِهِ وَقَالُوا سَمِعْنَا وَأَطَعْنَا غُفْرَانَكَ رَبَّنَا وَإِلَيْكَ الْمَصِيرُ (285) لَا يُكَلِّفُ اللَّهُ نَفْسًا إِلَّا وُسْعَهَا لَهَا مَا كَسَبَتْ وَعَلَيْهَا مَا اكْتَسَبَتْ رَبَّنَا لَا تُؤَاخِذْنَا إِنْ نَسِينَا أَوْ أَخْطَأْنَا رَبَّنَا وَلَا تَحْمِلْ عَلَيْنَا إِصْرًا كَمَا حَمَلْتَهُ عَلَى الَّذِينَ مِنْ قَبْلِنَا رَبَّنَا وَلَا تُحَمِّلْنَا مَا لَا طَاقَةَ لَنَا بِهِ وَاعْفُ عَنَّا وَاغْفِرْ لَنَا وَارْحَمْنَا أَنْتَ مَوْلَانَا فَانْصُرْنَا عَلَى الْقَوْمِ الْكَافِرِينَ (286)
“The Messenger believes in what has been sent down to him from his Lord, and so do the believers. Each one believes in Allah, His Angels, His Books, and His Messengers. They say: “We make no distinction between any of His Messengers,” and they say: “We hear, and we obey. (We seek) Your Forgiveness, our Lord, and to You is the return.” Allah burdens not a person beyond what he can bear. He gets the reward for that (good) which he has earned, and he is punished for that (evil) which he has earned. Our Lord! Punish us not if we forget or fall into error. Our Lord! Lay not on us a burden like that which You did lay on those before us. Our Lord! Put not on us a burden greater than we have strength to bear. Pardon us and grant us forgiveness. Have mercy on us. You are our Protector, and help us against the disbelieving people.” [Qur’an 2:285 – 286]
The morning, evening and the last part of the night are the three times in which a servant should worship Allah, as instructed by the Messenger of Allah ﷺ. In the morning and the evening, one finds both obligatory and optional actions to do.
The obligatory actions are praying Fajr and ‘Asr, and these are the best two prayers from the fardh prayers. These two prayers are performed during ‘the two cool periods’ and whoever preserves these two prayers shall enter Paradise. (Sahih al-Bukhari)
These are some of the essential adhkar any Muslim should learn and apply in their lives. Seeking the Mercy and Blessings of Allah is indeed essential and one of the ways to go about that is by reciting dhikr with mindfulness and sincerity. If you have any other adhkar you would like to share with the community, share it with all the readers in the comment section below! May Allah bless all of us and may we all strive towards becoming a better Muslim, InshaAllah.
About The Author:
Lily Syahirah Ramlan
Lily Syahirah is a Content Writer of SimplyIslam Academy based in Selangor, Malaysia. She recently graduated with a Bachelor's Degree of Education (Teaching English as a Second Language) from International Islamic University Malaysia in 2020. She is actively invovled in public speaking, English language debates, poetry and theatre and loves to express her work through writing. Her love for language arts and imagination has led her to produce, direct and write experimental plays she's passionate about during her degree years. She was also actively invovled as a Master of Ceremony (Emcee) where she hosts minor and major events in IIUM.