Remembrance of Allah in the Quran
The Quran is that miracle of Allah in which He has asked mankind to remember Him as one of the strongest ways to attain Jannah. For through the remembrance of Allah does a Muslim gain complete piety and righteousness.
In the Quran Allah has made us fortunate enough to give us numerous ways to remember Him. I say that we are fortunate because it is through OUR remembrance of Allah that we will gain success in this life and in the Hereafter, it is through HIS remembrance that all our problems will be solved of this wordly life and it ONLY though His remembrance that we will eventually be shown the correct path by HE Himself.
Allah says in the Quran that “And whoever turns away from my remembrance-indeed he will have a depressed life” (20:124). That is how much impact the remembrance of Allah can make on a person. And we are fortunate that the ways to remember Allah are mentioned in the word of Allah, the Quran. "Therefore, remember Me, and, I will remember you, be grateful to Me and never deny Me." [al-Baqarah, 2:152] Just feel the strength of this sentence spoken by the Almighty. It is as though the solution to all problems has been made possible by Allah just by this one line.
The first and foremost way to remember Allah that has been mentioned a number of times in the Quran is to pray 5 times a day. There is nothing more powerful than complete submission to Allah in sujood during prayer where not only do you bow your head to Allah but also submit to Him your entire life and acknowledge that He indeed is the Master of the heavens and the earth.
Through prayer you acknowledge that Allah is the ONLY Being who can change your life for the better, that He is the ONLY one who CAN intervene and make your hearts completely inclined towards Him, it is HE who has created the earth, the moon, the sun and the heavens and it is HE who can forgive our sins and take us to the right path. That is the realization that hits a person during prayer (salah) because that is the time he is completely in contact with Allah. So shall we not accept this immense opportunity to pray to Allah and gather blessings and seek forgiveness of our sins? Indeed we should!
When we put our heart and soul in our prayer and learn the translation of what Quranic verses we are reciting during Salah and know that we are directly in contact with Allah, speaking to the Almighty in the verses of the Quran, and not concentrate on wordly affairs, we will begin to feel the sweetness of spending time with Allah, we will begin to appreciate His glory and supremacy. That’s the power of the Quranic verses. Why wouldn’t it be? It is Allah’s word.
Similarly the remembrance of Allah is done by reading the Quran on a daily basis. Even a few verses read with complete meaning and dedication can go a long way in getting Allah’s guidance to take you to the right path. The most significant month for the remembrance of Allah mentioned in the Quran is the month of Ramadan for the shaitaan are chained.
However, the remembrance of Allah is not limited to these acts of worship towards Him. A true believer has in his heart the remembrance of Allah day and night. Allah says in the Quran Say: "Truly Allah leaves to stray whom He will, but He guides to Himself those who turn to Him in penitence -- Those who believe, and whose hearts find satisfaction in the remembrance of Allah, for without doubt in the remembrance of Allah do hearts find satisfaction. [Qur'an 13:27-28]