There is on particular verse in the Quran that has turned into a stunning reminder of Allah’s [swt] mercy towards us. In the second chapter, verse 152, Allah says,
فَاذْكُرُونِي أَذْكُرْكُمْ وَاشْكُرُوا لِي وَلَا تَكْفُرُونِ
Often times, the first part of the verse is translated as “so, remember me, and I will remember you,” or, “if you remember me, I will remember you.” Beautiful, right? Well, not an entirely accurate translation.
And the accurate one is even more stunning.
You see, this ayah is missing the grammatical components necessary to make it a conditional statement, also known as an if-then statement. Words like إذا or لو are nowhere to be found. What does this grammatical nuance mean for our relationship with Allah?
It means that whether or not we remember Him, He remembers us.
An accurate translation would read something like, “So, remember me; I already am remembering and will always remember you…”
It’s one thing to have a relationship with someone who remembers to do favors for you when you do favors for him/her, or someone who gets you gifts when you get him/her gifts. But imagine that friend who remembers to get you a gift on your birthday even when you forgot/didn’t get them a gift on theirs. Or the friend that texts you to send positive thoughts on the morning of your exam when you can’t even remember what that person was majoring in.
There is a special quality to one who remembers others even when they’re not always remembered.
This quality is at is highest capacity with our Rabb, who is constantly tending to us, blessing us, and remembering us - even when we may temporarily forget Him (sometimes intentionally)
So, how do we remember Him more frequently? The second half of the ayah gives us the answer, “and so be thankful to Me, and don’t reject Me.”
If someone is having a tough time remembering (dhikr) Allah as much as we should, then the solution lies in becoming a person who is more grateful to Allah. The more grateful we are, especially for the little things that we take for granted, the more we’ll find ourselves remembering Him, finding Him on the path where He is already remembering us.