The way to perform Round (Halaqa) Dhikr in the Qadiriyya Tariqa

In the Sufi path of Qadiri, dhikr can be performed in any place by bringing together three people. As, our master Prophet PBUH had said; “The earth is like a Masjid for the believers.”(25) In Muhammadiya Sufi branch, anyplace where salah prayer can be performed is accepted to be a suitable place to do loud dhikr. The place where dhikr is made is called “Samahana” or “Tawhidhana”. The performing of dhikr is
called “Maydan Achma” or “Mukabala”.

Dhikr is managed by murshid or his representative or someone who has been granted permission by them. If the mureeds had not been able to find such a possibility, then, the ones who are about to sit for dhikr chose someone who will be able to manage the dhikr. Dhikr has no set place or time. But to open “Maydan” the permission of the Honourable Sayyid Efendi is needed. The affiliates sit in the form of cicle with wudu and mostly after the salah prayer. Sitting can be as straight lines facing each other. But, sitting in the form of circle is more noble. The ones who are not part of the dhikr circle or affiliates of other Sufi Paths can join with permission, or they can sit immediately behind the dhikr circle.

The dhikr that is performed in a sitting position is called “Kuudi Dhikr” in that, whole of the dhikr but in general the Avrad(daily prayers) and the Azkar(dhikrs) of the Sufi Path is performed like this. Kuudi dhiks are performed by standing and sitting on knee caps, sometimes leaning towards right and left, sometimes by turning the head form right to left. The dhikr performed standing is called “Kiyami Dhikr”. In “Kiyami Dhikrs” generally, Tawhid, Ism-i Jalal (Allah), Ism-i Hayy, Ism-i Hu dhikrs are made. This dhikr is made by leaning towards riht and left, hand-in-hand or arm-in-arm, sometimes the affiliate holds the shoulder of the one on his right by his right hand, and puts his left hand to lower back of the one on his left and they do dhikr by moving to right and left. The dhikrs done by moving to right and left is called “Davrani Dhikr”. The affiliates holding hand-in-hand, arm-in-arm or right hand on the right shoulder of the next one and left hand on his back turn around the “Samahana” by doing the dhikrs of Ismi jalal (Allah), Hay Hay, Hu Hu, Allah Hay, Yâ Allah Hay and some other Beautiful Names of Allah, they move with great harmony by stepping right and left , by having the right foot in front and left foot slightly behind, minding not to crash onto each other. During the zikr, singing Ilahi‟s, and playing musical instruments like bandir, tambourine, Kudum, Nay and Hallila are allowed to give harmony to dhikr and ilahis.

It is necessary to perform the zikr according to the given principles and manners, not to break the harmony of the zikr, not to leave the zikr circle without permission from the manager or without absolute necessity, to mind ikhlas, sincerity and takva, to avoid showing off and falsehood, to avoid all kind of behaviour, speech and thought which might would badly affect the spiritual taste experienced.
One way of the circle zikr that Sayyid Efendi has thought us together with many principles is performed this way:
Euzu Basmala.

Innallaha va Malaikatihu Yusalluna Alanabiy, Ya ayyuhallazina Amanu Sallu Alayhi ve Sallimu Taslima.

Salat-I Sharifa (as-Salatu ve‟s-Salamu alayka ya Rasulallah, as-Salatu ve‟s-
Salamu alayka ya Habiballah, as-Salatu ve‟s-Salamu alayka ya Sayyida‟l
Avvalina va‟l Ahirin va Salamun ale‟l-Mursalin ve‟l-Hamdu lillahi Rabbi‟l
The Wird of the tariqah (The Qadiri Sufi Path) (The prayer, salawat of
Abdulqadir Jilani)

The takbir (glorification of Allah) that is said between recitation of the chapters
of Nasr, Fatiha and three Iklas.

Salat-i Sharifa

11 times Ism-I Hu (This is called “Dem Tutma” and the name of Hu is
extended when saying. At the end, “Dastur Ya my Sheik, Dastur Ya Abdulqadir
Jilani, We have surrendered ourselves Ya Rasulullah!” is said.)

Basmala-I Sharifa (11 – 100 times)
Salat-I Sharifa
Salawat (Allahumma Salli Ala Sayyidina Muhammadin va Ala Alihi va Sahbihi
va Sallim)
Astagfirullah al-Azim al-Karim allazi Lailahailla Hu al-Hayya‟l-Kayyuma va
Etubu ilayh ve Esaluhu‟t-tavbata va‟l-magfirata va‟l-hidayata lana innahu
Huva‟t-tavvabu‟r-rahim(3 times)
Estigfar, Astagfirullah (100 times) at the end, Astagfirullah al-Azim al-Karim
allazi Lailaheillallahu al-Hayya‟l-Kayyume va Atubu ilayh Tavbata Abdin
Zalimin li-nafsihi la Yamliku li-nafsihi Mavta‟v-vala Hayata‟v-vala Nushura
Salat-I Sharifa
Wa’lam Annahu Lailaheillallah
Lailahaillallah (100-300 times)
Last verses of the chapter of Hashir (Lav Anzalna Haza‟l-Qurana…)
The dhikr which has continued as Kuudi(sitting) so far, continues standing
Salat-I Sharifa
Lailahaillallah (100 – 700 times), at the end, al-Maliku‟l-Hakku‟l-Mubin Muhammadu‟r-rasulullah Sadiku‟l-va‟di‟l-amin.
Lafz-I Jalal, Allah (100-1000 times), at the end, Jalla Jalaluhu va amma Navaluhi va Lailaha gayruh.

The dzhikr which was in a standing position so far, continues with Illallah,
Allah, Allah Hayy, Hayy Hayy, Hu and other Beiutiful names of Allah shown by
the manager. Tempo increases and decreases. If it is signalled so, davran is
Salat-i Sharifa is recited and sit down.

Salat-I Sharifa
Ism-I Jalal, Allah (100-300 times)
Salat-I Sharifa
Ya Latif (100-300 times)
If wished so, the dhikr of Ya Latif is cut short and Asmau‟l Husna (The
beautiful names of Allah) is recited.
Recitation of Quran (Amanarrasulu)
Dua (supplication, prayer)

The number of dhikrs mentioned here can be increased or decreased by the person who is managing the dhikr.
Takbir’s (glorifying Allah) and Salavat-i Sharifa’s together with handshaking of people joining the dhikr after the Dua are general practices of the dhikr and conversation gathering.

25 – Buhârî, Teyemmum, 1; Muslim, Mesâcid, 3.

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