Zikr or Dhikr means pronouncement or remembrance of Allah, Qalbi (Qalb means heart) is in ones heart. Qalbi Zikr is remembrance of Allah in ones heart.
Zikr can be categorized as two types:
- Verbal Zikr
- Silent Zikr
Verbal Zikr is also known as Zikr-e-Lisani. Lisan meaning tongue, hence, a Zikr performed loudly is categorized under Zikr-e-Lisani. Examples of verbal zikr are the Azaan (call for prayers), Takbir (call for prayer just before the beginning of the collective prayer – namaz ba jamaat), Salaat (namaz or prayer), Dua (praying) etc.
The Silent Zikr, or Qalbi Zikr also known as Zikr-e-Khafi and Daimi Zikr is performed quietly, in ones heart, so as no one hears it except Allah. This form of Zikr has been practiced and taught by the Auliya Allah (the friends of Allah) designated as Sufi or Saint. The Qalbi Zikr is taking the highest name “Allah Allah Allah Allah” in your heart.
The heart in a human body is on the left side, and to think at all times whether one is sitting, lying or standing that with each heartbeat my heart is doing Allah Allah Allah. As this is remembrance of Allah in the heart one does not need to perform ablution but it is better if he/she does. It is also very important to meditate atleast once in a day.
Read more about Zikr (Remembering Allah)
Meditation also known as Muraqaba, also known as Halqa. Halqa means to form around circle and Muraqaba means to bow your head and wait. According to the Sufis, to sit in a circle and wait for the blessings of Allah.
Read more about Muraqaba [PDF]