Dhikr - Remembrance of God
Dhikr is a doorway back to your Beloved. From Music of the Soul:
"Behind the veils of goodness and badness lies the truth. From this comes the order from Allah to do adh-dhikr that these veils might be removed. So Allah has said in the Qur’an, “This day, We have taken off the veil, and today your vision is clear and you see everything.” And from this He has said, “Read your book, the book of you. It is enough that you should judge yourself.” It is important to do this today, not to wait until tomorrow, but to remove the veil now from every face, beginning with your own. And you cannot remove this veil unless you remember God a lot.
My beloved, understand that for the murid this remembering is the strong pillar in reaching Allah. This is the road. No one can reach God unless he continues to remember Allah. Also know that there are two kinds of remembering, the remembrance by the tongue of your mind and the remembrance of the heart. Through the tongue’s mentioning, your heart will begin to remember also. And when your heart remembers Allah, as your heart begins to live in your God, then your tongue will stop. When you are close to Him, you do not need to shout, as it would not be polite to call Him when you are standing in His presence. And this presence is the perfect presence for the human being. His heart and whatever he does is with God. For this, it was said, “The remembering of God is the banner, and whoever has been given this remembering in his heart has been given more holiness than a saint; and whenever this remembering leaves a person, he is banished.”
As all the blood flows to and from the heart, so the mentioning of Allah in the heart begins to spread throughout your body and all of your being. Then every action becomes an expression of the remembrance of God. The hand begins to remember as it touches, the eye as it sees, the ear as it hears, and all of your body begins to remember. So, starting from the tongue, it goes to the heart, and through the heart it spreads to all your body. Then the hand touches only what God wants, the eye sees only what God wants, the ear hears only what God wants, and the tongue begins to mention in a new way. How? By not speaking anything that will anger God. When you reach this point, you are a holy tree, the tree of remembrance, and from this tree, everything is now clean...
The remembrance of the tongue is the station of al-’awam, the typical person who remembers but does not understand this remembering. But when the remembrance reaches his heart, this is the remembrance of al-khawas, the special people. The remembrance of al-khawas is the remembrance of the heart. This will become the remembrance of the spirit, the station of witnessing without limit, without end, and you witness God as if He is in front of you all the time. This is the remembrance of the perfected ones, (al-khawas al-khawas). Here you will be in the truth, sitting in the presence of the King.
At last, the truth of adh-dhikr reaches the point of stopping the mentioning of God, as you become immersed in the ocean of the presence and there is no speaking. You are witnessing God, and there is no need to call for Him. As when you travel, you need a vehicle to get there, but when you reach, you no longer need it. This does not mean that you throw away your vehicle; you keep it all the time. You remember in everything now, in your heart, your tongue, your hands, in everything. This is the unlimited witnessing. You hear Allah in everything, and in every voice. When you hear music, you hear the remembrance. You hear the dhikr in the voices of the animals, in every song of every bird, and in everything. This is the station of witnessing and of freedom (maqam us-shuhud al-mutlaq), and this is the real remembrance."