Sufi Mantras
Remembrance of God in the heart (known as the Zikr or Dhikr), La ilaha illa’llah and Bismillah ir-Rahman ir-Rahim.

"Why are you knocking at every other door? Go, knock at the door of your own heart." - Rumi

Sufi Mantras

The Zikr.

The Sufi name for mantra is Zikr (or Dhikr). The essential aspect of the zikr is remembrance. Through continual repetition of God's name we remember God first in the mind, then later in the heart, and finally every fibre and cell of our body is repeating God's name in remembrance.

As the Sufi saying goes, “first you do the zikr and then the zikr does you.”


Sahl said to one of his disciples: "Try to say continuously for one day: ‘Allâh! Allâh! Allâh!’ and do the same the next day and the day after, until it becomes a habit." Then he told him to repeat it at night also, until it became so familiar that the disciple repeated it even during his sleep.

Then Sahl said, "Do not consciously repeat the Name any more, but let your whole faculties be engrossed in remembering Him!" The disciple did this until he became absorbed in the thought of God.

One day, a piece of wood fell on his head and broke it. The drops of blood that dripped to the ground bore the legend, “Allâh! Allâh! Allâh!" - p.169, Mystical Dimensions of Islam


"Sufism is a path of love."

"The Sufi is a traveler on the path of love, a wayfarer journeying back to God through the mysteries of the heart. For the Sufi the relationship to God is that of lover and Beloved, and Sufis are also known as lovers of God."

"The journey to God takes place within the heart, and for centuries Sufis have been traveling deep within themselves, into the secret chamber of the heart where lover and Beloved share the ecstasy of union." - Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee

"Say Allâh! then leave them to amuse themselves in their folly" - Qur’an, 6:91

La ilaha illa’llah

There is no god but Allāh.

The four individual words in the phrase lā ilāha illā allāh, have the following meanings:

lā = no, not, none, neither

ilāha = a god, deity, object of worship

illā = but, except (illā is a contraction of in-lā, literally if not)

allāh = allāh

Bismillah ir-Rahman ir-Rahim and
La ilaha illa’llah

Every chapter of the Qur'an (except the ninth chapter) begins with the phrase Bismillah ir-Rahman ir-Rahim.

"In the Name of God,
the Compassionate,
the Merciful"


"In the name of God,
most Gracious,
most Compassionate".

Sufi Sema
“Every child has known God,
Not the God of names,
Not the God of don’ts,
Not the God who ever does anything weird,
But the God who knows only four words.
And keeps repeating them, saying:
“Come Dance with Me , come dance.”

― Hāfez

When Sufi's are "whirling" they are focused on God in their hearts as they repeat the Zikir internally.

The Sema is said to have originated with Rumi. One day he was walking through the marketplace and he heard the rythmic hammering of the gold beaters.

As the hammering continued Rumi heard within it "la ilaha ilallah", which triggered an ecstatic state within him. In ecstasy he stretched out his hands and started spinning in a circle, and thus the tradition of Sema was born.

The Ney (Instrumental)

The Ney is a type of reed flute and is one of the traditional musical instruments of the Sufi's. The "wailing" of the Ney is said to signify the wailing in our hearts. Just as the reed cries out in pain due to its separation from the river bed, so too do our hearts cry out in pain as we feel our separation from God.

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