The Ruling of making Dhikr Collectively in Unison – according to the Imams of the Salaf

This booklet is based on the researched carried out by Sheikh Ahmad bin Muhammad an-Najjar on Ruling of making Dhikr collectively in Unison, according to the Imams of the Salaf.

This is for those who collectively come together to make Dhikr (remembrance of Allaah) in unison (one voice), whether that Dhikr is reciting the Qur’aan, or making Dua’ or making Tasbeeh (saying: SubhanAllaah) etc. doing this without the aim of educating or learning.

[Its ruling According to the Imams of the Salaf ]
Indeed the Imams of the Salaf from the (Sahabah) Companions and those that followed them in goodness are all agreed upon the rejection of every innovation in the Deen, and rejecting every worship or form of worship which the Prophet -sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam- did not do, nor what his noble Companions did not practice. There are narrations from a group of the Companions and those who followed their way, concerning this form of making Dhikr, and here are their statements:
[Umar bin al-Khattab -Radi Allaahu anhu].
From Abu Uthmaan an-Nahdi who said: ‘A worker for Umar bin al-Khattab wrote to Umar saying that there are a group of people who gather together to make Dua’ for the Muslims and the leader.’
So Umar -Radi Allaahu anhu- wrote to him: ‘Bring them to me with yourself.’
The man came and Umar said to the doorman, prepare the whip. When they entered upon Umar -Radi Allaahu anhu- he descended upon their leader by hitting him with the whip.’[1]
The rightly guided Khalifah Umar bin al-Khattab -Radi Allaahu anhu- rejected that a group gathered to make Dhikr in a form that the Prophet -sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam- did not do, nor did the best of his Companions. To the extent Umar -Radi Allaahu anhu- did not suffice by rejecting what they did by just speaking about it, rather he beat their leader with a whip, and this shows the great concern the Companions had in rejecting innovated Bida’ in the Deen.

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