Do The Souls Of The Pious Attend Gatherings Of Dhikr?  

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I’ve heard that some believe that the souls of the pious and the Awliya are in attendance at the various gatherings of dhikr, and that one can “feels their presence” so to speak. Is this consistent with the beliefs of Ahl-Us-Sunna? I’ve heard that souls cannot cross the barzakh after death, and that when we see someone who has passed away in our dreams, it is because we have passed on to that side of the barzakh in our sleep, a view that is consistent with verses from the Quran and various hadiths.

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

In the name of Allah, Most Compassionate, Most Merciful,

The short answer, as given by Shaykh Muhammad Qaylish once, is that: It is possible for them to gather; it is not necessary, however (and should not be considered such), though it is not uncommon. However, the intention and purpose of the gatherings of remembrance of Allah is seeking the pleasure and favor of Allah Himself.

“And, verily, it is by the remembrance of Allah that hearts find rest,” Allah tells us in the Qur’an.

And the Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said,

“No people gather in a house of the houses of Allah, reciting the Book of Allah and studying it together save that serenity descended upon them, mercy enveloped them, the angels surrounded them, and Allah mentioned them to those before Him.” [Related by Muslim and others]

And Allah alone gives success.

Faraz Rabbani.


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