What is Zikr? What does it mean to do Zikr?

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Zikr is to constantly remember God - in every situation, in everything. Zikr is remembering that God is always with you. When we talk about Zikr, we do not mean any external practices or rituals, although there are such in Sufism and some streams of Islam. Zikr is dedication in remembering that everything you do is before the Eyes of God.

Zikr (Arabic: ذِكرْ, [ðɪkr]), also spelled Zikr, Thikr, Zekr, or Zikar, literally means "remembrance, reminder" or "mention, utterance". In Zikr, phrases or prayers are repeated. It can be counted on a set of prayer beads (Misbaha مِسْبَحَة) or through the fingers of the hand. Zikr plays a central role in Sufi Islam. A person who recites Zikr is called shakir (ذَاكِر, [ðaːkɪr]). Tasbih (تَسْبِيح), literally meaning "glorification" (i.e. the saying for "subḥāna -llāhi" [Arabic: سُبْحَانَ ٱللَّٰهِ]) is a form of dhikr that involves repeated utterances of short sentences glorifying God. Zikr is used in tasbih. The content of the prayers includes the names of God or dua (supplication for prayer) taken from the hadith or the Qur'an. The word Dhikr is also the origin of the name Dakir (ذَاكِرْ) literally meaning "mentioner".
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