The Prophet told us that the baraka or blessing of Allah is with those who gather and work as a unified jama’a for the cause of Islam: ‘Allah’s hand is upon the jama’a.‘ (Tirmidhi.) Indeed engaging in remembrance of Allah collectively is encouraged in many ahadith. The Prophet is reported to have said:
If a group of people sit together remembering Allah, the angels will circle them, mercy will shroud them, peace will descend onto them and Allah will remember them among those with Him. (Muslim.)
Dhikr in a group may help teach those who do not know the desired adhkar and bring hearts together and strengthen their noble ties. To ensure that our company is always filled with remembrance of Allah, it is of paramount importance that we continuously seek the company of the righteous if we wish to be elevated in the eyes of Allah.
You must be careful with the selection of friends, for your companionship can and must be a form of dhikr. The Messenger of God said: `The best friend is the one who makes you remember Allah when you see him.’ Also: ‘Whosoever Allah wishes good for, He will grant him a righteous friend who will remind him if he forgets and aid him if he remembers‘.
As soon as you see the seed of iman planted in your heart and you recognise it in someone else’s and you find that he agrees with you, you will feel ten times stronger. Social scientists have also discovered that group life is one of the most powerful forces to stimulate and improve the human being.
“In the Early Hours” – Khurram Murad, pp. 51, 52
PS: Also read our post: Cool or Fool- Choosing the right friends for a deeper insight. 🙂