TO BE THE BEST SERVANT
[Al-Mujam al-Kabir, authenticated by Al-Albani as Sahih]
“The best slaves of Allah on the Day of Judgement will be those who frequently praise Him.”
ALLAH LOVES TO BE PRAISED
BEST WORDS AFTER THE QURAN
What is more virtuous: recitation of the Qur’ān, making du‘ā’ or other forms of dhikr?
The recitation of the Qur’ān is more virtuous than dhikr as it is the word of Allah. Dhikr is more virtuous than du‘ā’, because dhikr is praising and glorifying Allah; whilst du‘ā’ consists of the servant asking Allah for something he needs. And salāh is the best of all deeds as it is a combination of Qur’ān, dhikr and du‘ā’.
Yet, each of these is considered in its own right and some situations may give what has less merit priority over what has more. Therefore, despite the overall superiority of the Qur’ān, remembering Allah with prescribed adhkār at their specific times is more virtuous. This is because the Messenger of Allah ﷺ encouraged and prescribed certain supplications for certain times and certain occasions.