Wa `alaykum As-Salamu wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh.
In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.
All praise and thanks are due to Allah, and peace and
blessings be upon His Messenger.
Dear brother in Islam,
thanks a lot for your question which reflects your care to have a
clear view of the teachings of Islam. Allah commands Muslims to
refer to people of knowledge to get themselves well-acquainted with
the teachings of Islam as well as all aspects of life.
of all, it should be clear that after reading the Glorious Qur’an,
there is no act of worship better than dhikr and
du`a’. The merits of dhikr are highlighted in the
following Qur’anic verses:
“Then do ye remember Me; I
will remember you. Be grateful to Me, and reject not Faith.”
“… and for men and women who engage
much in Allah's praise, for them has Allah prepared forgiveness and
great reward.” (Al-Ahzab: 35)
Also, the Prophet (peace
and blessings be upon him) said:
Glorified and Exalted be He, says, ‘I will be with My servant as
long as he makes mention of Me and moves his lips in making mention
of Me.’” (Reported by Al-Bukhari)
“No people assemble
to remember Allah but angels surround them, mercy covers them,
sakinah (calmness) descends upon them, and Allah mentions
them in His assembly.” (Reported by Muslim)
As for the
question of making dhikr in a group, following is the Fatwa
of the European Council for Fatwa and Research, headed by the
prominent Muslim scholar Sheikh Yusuf Al-Qaradawi:
dhikr in a group is allowed as long as the following
conditions are met:
1- The dhikr is free from
munkar or acts that violate the decorum of a Muslim, such as
shouting and the singing of love songs.
2- The dhikr
must not be done except with the known words mentioned in Shari`ah,
and not unintelligible words or sounds.”
May Allah guide us
to the straight path and direct us to that which pleases Him, Amen.
Allah Almighty knows best.