Posted by: Dawud Israel | July 31, 2008

The Dhikr Bracelet

Bismillah

Previously, I talked about how to integrate dhikr into your lifestyle using simple post-it notes. One thing I mentioned was that sometimes its hard to read off of a note while you are in prayer. You can’t look down on the ground to see the note and read it while you are standing or even sometimes while sitting or in ruku (hands on knees).

So to solve this I made the Dhikr Bracelet. No, it’s not some super high-tech fancy gadget–it’s just something you wrap around your wrist so you can better read the duas for salaah.

Amazing isn’t it? 🙂

How to do it:

1) Take a plain piece of paper
2) Fold it in half lengthwise
3) Join the bottom and top so it’s a circle and wrap it around your wrist so you have a comfortable fit
4) Staple it into place

Simple eh?

Now just use the duas you have written on your post-it notes and just stick them onto the bracelet. It can fit about 3 duas at a time so thats your limit of learning 3 duas at a time.

You can use it for the duas while you are in a standing position (start of a raka, after your ruku and before your sujud), while in ruku, and even while sitting. For sujud, you have to memorize the duas since there is no way of reading them off of something.

I prefer to do this in my Nafil and Sunnah (optional) prayers rather than my Fardh (compulsory) ones. The benefit of this method is you just keep doing it and you’ll memorize the duas more easily, faster, more clearly and “in sync” with your prayer. You don’t have to put aside special time for memorizing, just do it as you pray! You could memorize them and then try and bring them into your salaah but oftentimes you end up pausing and struggling to recall.

Enjoy!

Subhana kallahumma wa bihamdika ash-haduana la illaha illa ant astaghfiruka wa atubu ilayk, Ameen.


Responses

  1. Assalamu alaikum,

    Br. that sounds good but what if you follow the Maliki Madhab, like I do, and you pray with your arms to the side? Where’s the innovative dhikr bracelet for me? 😉

    Ws

  2. Wa aleikum as salam!

    Hahaha! I don’t think I can help you there…I know a Maliki brother and he doesn’t pray with his arms to the side (they call it sadl right?). I believe it’s one of those optional things…?

    P.S. Is the image showing up?

  3. ASA,

    Praying with your arms to the side (yes it’s called sadl) is the majority opinion in the Maliki madhab.

    Please see these for more information:

    http://lamppostproductions.org/files/articles/SADL_1.pdf

    http://lamppostproductions.org/files/articles/SADL_2.pdf

    No the image is not showing up unless I click on it.

    Ws

  4. Lol, this is a very funny, but very creative idea. Though I’m a little confused about reading duas in salat like that though, aren’t you allowed to just have a piece of paper and just read it in the middle of salat, and then put it down afterwards? I see a lot of people doing that during taraweeh, except with a Quran.

  5. ASA,

    Usman Akhtar: FYI

    Those who carry mushafs (copies of the Qur’an) while praying behind the Imam are violating the rules of prayer and Sunnah. It can be excused only in the case of a person who has been instructed to do so by the Imam in order to correct him in case if he makes mistakes—if there is no other hafiz in the gathering to perform the duty.

    If anyone else holds the mushaf while praying behind the Imam, he is violating the rules of Salah and the way of Sunnah. There is no precedent for it in the Qur’an or the Sunnah. By doing such a thing one is guilty of breaking a number of rules:

    1. He is engaged in activities extraneous to Salah.

    2. He is taking his eyes away from the place of sujud (prostration) where he should be looking

    3. It is also taking his attention away from listening to the Imam, which is what we have been ordered to do in Salah while praying behind the Imam.

    4. He is introducing an innovation or bid`ah in worship without any precedent.

    http://www.islamonline.net/servlet/Satellite?pagename=IslamOnline-English-Ask_Scholar/FatwaE/FatwaE&cid=1119503546216


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