Reciting ‘Allah Allah..’ As a Form of Dhikr

From Abu Sa`id al-Khudri, the Prophet MHMD said, upon him peace:

“No people mention ALLAH but the angels surround them, mercy covers them, tranquility descends on them, and ALLAH mentions them to those who are with Him.” (Muslim, at-Tirmidhi)

From Abu Hurayra, the Prophet MHMD said that Allah Most High said:

“I am as My servant thinks of Me and I sit with him when he remembers Me. If he mentions Me in himself I mention him in Myself. If he mentions Me in a gathering I mention him in a better gathering.” (Al-Bukhari, Muslim, al-Tirmidhi, Ibn Majah, and Ahmad)

The Prophet MHMD said, as narrated from Anas:

“The Hour will not rise until ALLAH, ALLAH is no longer said on the earth.”

Through another chain from Anas, Allah be well-pleased with him:

“The Hour will not rise on anyone saying: ALLAH, ALLAH.”

Muslim narrated both in his “Sahih,” Book of Iman (belief), chapter 66 titled (by al-Nawawi): “The Disappearance of Belief at the End of Times.”

Imam al-Nawawi said in his commentary on this chapter:

“Know that the narrations of this hadith are unanimous in the repetition of the name of Allah the Exalted for both versions and that is the way it is found in all the authoritative books.” (Sharh Sahih Muslim, Dar al-Qalam, Beirut ed. vol. 1/2 p. 537)

Additional Remarks on the two narrations of ALLAH, ALLAH:

1. Note that Imam al-Nawawi placed Anas’s hadith under the heading of the disappearance of belief (iman) at the end of times although there is no mention of belief in the hadith. This shows that saying “ALLAH, ALLAH” stands for belief. Those who say it have belief, while those who don’t, don’t. Those who fight those who say it, are actually worse than those who merely lack belief and do not say “ALLAH, ALLAH.”

2. Note that al-Nawawi highlights the authenticity of the repetition of the form to establish that the words “ALLAH, ALLAH” are a Sunna ma’thura (invocation inherited from the Prophet MHMD and the Companions) as it stands. Ibn Taymiyya’s claim that the words must not be used alone but _obligatorily_ in contruct, e.g. with a vocative form (“Ya Allah”) is therefore an innovation departing from the Sunna.

3. One who knows that the dhikr “ALLAH, ALLAH” has been mentioned by the Prophet MHMD himself, is not at liberty to muse whether it was used by the Companions or not in order to establish its basis. It suffices for its basis that the Prophet MHMD said it! Sami`na wa-Ata`na!

4. One who knows that “ALLAH, ALLAH” is a dhikr used by the ProphetMHMD, is not at liberty to object to similar forms of dhikr such as HU and HAYY and HAQQ. { “To Allah belong the most beautiful names, so call Him by them” } (7:180). Moreover, it is established that Bilal used to make the dhikr “AHAD, AHAD” while undergoing torture. As for the hadith of the ninety-nine Names, it does not limit the Names of Allah to only ninety-nine, as al-Nawawi made clear in his commentary of that hadith.

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