DHIQR

The key to mystical knowledge is the practice of dhiqr, which is considered a method to gain spiritual enlightenment. Dhiqr is a devotional act in which phrases are repeatedly recited aloud, the goal of which is to obtain a feeling of peace, separation from worldly values and strengthen faith. This is where all connections are established, the unseen becomes seen, and the seen is absorbed within the unseen.

Dhiqr ceremonies and practices vary between sufi orders or tareeqahs. The techniques we use are based on two opposing forces; Sada which is the call, and Zarb known as the strike. This is also called Takrar-e-Huroof, the repetition and clashing of letters. Speed, rhythm, balance and unity of voices are all important factors when performing dhiqr.

The first phrase that we recite is LA ILAHA ILLALAH لَا إِلٰهَ إِلَّا ٱلله, of which the first half is the Sada and the second half is the Zarb. This phrase finishes on the letter HEY ه and this letter is continued at the start of the next phrase of the dhiqr, HO-WA. This creates the effect of Takrar-e-Huroof and the continuity of sound is not broken. In the unseen spectrum where the dhiqr is performed, time is experienced differently and pauses in speech do not occur. This pattern of dhiqr is also unique as it creates a parabolic effect. HO-WA is a full Sada, also used in traditional Qawwal practices, finishes on the letter ALIF ا . The following phrase is ALLAH HOO اَللّٰهُ, where ALLAH is the Sada and the HOO is the Zarb. The key to the dhiqr is the use of the letters HEY ه and ALIF ا concurrently.

Dhiqr is always ended with a meal, and without this aspect of the ceremony, the dhiqr is not accepted. The dasterkhan, or table spread is said to be a symbol of a dervish.

Dervish ki pehchan uskah dasterkhan hain.

Please be advised that dhiqr should not be performed without supervision. This text has been provided here for information purposes only