Zikr-e-Qalb is the source of receiving spiritual blessings from the Shaikh. This process constitutes three parts.
- Zikr through recitation;
- Dua (Prayer)
- Sit facing the direction of the Ka’aba;
Bismillah Sharif x3
Bismillah Ar Rahman Nir Raheem
Durood Ibrahim x3
Allahumma Salli ala Muhammadin wa ala aali Muhammadin
kamaa sallayta ala Ibrahim wa ala aali Ibrahim innaka ameedun majeed,
wa baarik ala Muhammadin wa ala aali Muhammadin
kamaa baarakta ala Ibrahim wa ala aali Ibrahim innaka ameedun majeed.
O Allah! Send blessings upon Muhammad and upon the family of Muhammad as You sent blessings upon Abraham and upon the family of Abraham; indeed, You are praiseworthy and glorious. O Allah! Bless Muhammad and the family of Muhammad as You blessed Abraham and the family of Abraham; indeed, You are praiseworthy and glorious.
Surah Fatiha x3
Al hamdu lillaahi rabbil 'alameen
Ar-Rahman ar-Raheem Maaliki yaumid Deen
Iyyaaka na'abudu wa iyyaaka nasta'een
Ihdinas siraatal mustaqeem
Siraatal ladheena an 'amta' alaihim
Ghairil maghduubi' alaihim waladaaleen
In the name of God, the infinitely Compassionate and Merciful.
Praise be to God, Lord of all the worlds.
The Compassionate, the Merciful. Ruler on the Day of Reckoning.
You alone do we worship, and You alone do we ask for help.
Guide us on the straight path,
Surah Ikhlas x3
Qul huwa Allah hu ahad
Allah hu 's-samad
Lam yalid wa lam yulad
Wa lam yakun lahu kufuwan ahad
Say, "He is God, One
God he is the eternal
Not bearing (children) and not born
And there is nothing like unto him"
Close you eyes and clear your mind of all thoughts and concentrate on the heart. Recite the name of Allah repetitively in the heart as ordained in the Holy Quran as, “And remember the name of your Lord”. So it is the repetition of “Allah Hu” coordinated with your breath. That is why this method of zikr is also called “Pas-e-Infas” i.e. guarding your breath.
Breathing is only used to coordinate the thought process of repeating “Allah Hu”. Zikr is done in the heart. Breathing helps coordinate and doing Zikr fast and with momentum and thus results in quick progress.
Explained simply, Zikr-e-Qalb (Remembrance in heart) involves focusing the mind on the heart and thinking that when the breath goes in, the word “Allah” penetrated the depth of the heart. When the breath goes out, the word “Hu” strikes the heart. This process is continuously repeated.
In this manner, Zikr can be performed on all Lataif (sutle points in the soul) for some time and then finally Zikr is again perfomed on the heart that is the first latifa.
Now stop coordinated breathing and let your breath pass in a natural way. Ignore your physical being for a while and focus on the heart. The word “Allah” rises from the heart and the word “Hu” strikes the Arsh (Devine throne). This is called Rabta (Connection). This creates a spiritual connection between heart and the Devine and forms the basis for further meditations.
Question: How is it possible to do Zikr with breath?
Answer: Breathing is only used as a mechanism for Zikr-e-Qalb (Remembrance in heart). Just as any means of transport can be adopted for proceeding for Hajj such as Ships and airplanes or horses and camels as in the old times, however Hajj is still performed in the same manner as it was performed during the lifetime of the Holy Prophet (S.A.W). So the essence of spiritual blessings received through Zikr-e-Qalb and spiritual connection with the Shaikh can be found in the life of Holy Prophet (S.A.W).
The method of Zikr illustrated above is only a means to receive the same spiritual blessings that were spread by the very person of Holy Prophet (S.A.W) during his lifetime in the material world. Now these are received from his soul (S.A.W) through the Zikr-e-Qalb under the guidance of an accomplished Shaikh.
“There is no concept of tasawwur-e-Sheikh (Contemplating the person of Sheikh) in Silsilah Owaisiah. We consider recitation of Holy Quran as the best verbal supplication. Besides recitation of Holy Quran, Astaghfar and Durrood Sharif are also prescribed. The only Zikr in the company of the Shaikh or members of tariqa is Zikr-e-Qalb (Remembrance of Allah in heart). There are some Quranic verses which are recited in some meditations but at all other spiritual stations, only the word “Allah” is contemplated.”
Gatherings for receiving spiritual blessing from the Shaikh and using breath for Zikr are only means to an end. A preface to the real the content. Following the teachings of Holy Quran and Sunnah of Holy Prophet (S.A.W) is end objective of all this exercise.”
“Sometimes people get confused about doing zikr with breath. Actually Zikr is not done with the breath; it is done in the heart. Breath is only taken in a manner so as to coordinate it with the Zikr. This helps achieve quick progress otherwise what can be achieved in a day may take years.”