Definition of dhikr in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈðɪk(ə)r/
(also zikr /ˈzɪk(ə)r/)


[mass noun] Islam
1A form of devotion, associated chiefly with Sufism, in which the worshipper is absorbed in the rhythmic repetition of the name of God or his attributes.
Example sentences
  • The intensity and lack of small talk that those who met them remarked on in the hijackers probably derived from their silent, constant dhikr or repetition of sacred verses.
  • It is for this reason that a distinction is made between other ritual acts of worship, and dhikr.
  • The acts of worship like Salah, recitation of the Qur'an and dhikr should be performed in this night individually, not collectively.
1.1 [count noun] A Sufi ceremony in which dhikr is practised.
Example sentences
  • Two experienced Sufi teachers from the U.S. will lead zikrs (chant circles) and sohbets (spiritual discussions), and help participants ruminate on ‘the role of spiritual community in today's world.’
  • Finally I found myself at a zikr (a remembrance) among 80 or so dervishes in a hidden tekke (religious house), and they began to chant, rhythmically, the name of Allah.
  • Exorcism session is held in a dimly lit hall at the exorcist's house, and begins with a session of a zikr of the Qadri order (recitation of the name of Almighty Allah and verses praising the Holy Prophet (Pbuh).


From Arabic ḏikr 'remembrance'.

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