Q: What are the rewards of zikr after the fajr and asr salaah and is it sunnah or fardh?
Rasoolullah Sallallaahu Alayhi wa Sallam) said : “For me to sit with a group of people making the Zikr of Allah from after Fajr to sunrise is greater that setting free four slaves from the progeny of Ismail (Alayhis Salaam).” Another narration states: “To sit with a group of people making Zikr from after Asr to sunset is more dearer to me than the entire world and whatever it contains.”
(Kanzul-Ummaal, vol.1 p. 420)
In yet another Hadeeth it appears: “One who offers Fajr Salaah and remains seated in his place making the Zikr of Allah, then offers two Rakaats (Ishraaq) Salaah, gets the reward of a complete Hajj and Umrah.” (Al-Azhkaar of Imam Nawawi).
Mufti Siraj Desai