Zikar are devotional acts in which short phrases or prayers (remembering and praising God) are repeatedly recited silently within the mind or aloud. It can be counted on a set of prayer beads (tasbih) or through fingers of the hand. Tasbih is a form of zikar that involves the repetitive utterances of short sentences glorifying God.
Some of the zikar tasbihs recited by Ismailis are preluded by recitation of a couple of verses of ginans. And some tasbihs include elements of supplication (petitioning or humbly thanking) in addition to pure zikar (remembering and praising God).
Example of zikar is La ilaha illallah (“there is no God but God”), and example of supplicatory prayer (asking/thanking) is Al-hamdu lillah (“praise be to God”)
Zikar Tasbihs are extensively recited in Jamat Khana (congregation) past midnight during the Laylat al-Qadr night. Zikar is seen as a way to gain spiritual enlightenment and achieve union with God. The goal is to obtain a feeling of peace, separation from worldly values (duniya) and strengthen Iman (faith).
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