There are two very easy habits about dhikr that are extremely rewarding but only few of us remember to do them.
There is a beautiful hadith of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) that says:
There are two characteristics over which a Muslim man does not guard, except that he enters Paradise.
And indeed, they are easy, and those who act upon them are few: He glorifies Allah at the end of every prayer ten times (saying Subḥan Allah) and praises Him ten times saying (Al-Ḥamdulillah) and extols His greatness ten times (saying Allahu Akbar).’
The narrator of the hadith said:
“And I have seen the Messenger of Allah counting them with his hand. He said:
So this is one hundred and fifty with the tongue, and one thousand and five hundred on the Scale. When you go to bed, you glorify Him, extol His greatness, and praise Him a hundred times, so this is one hundred with the tongue and one thousand on the Scale.
Which of you perform two thousand and five hundred evil deeds in a single day and night?
The companions said:
‘How could we not guard over them?’
Satan comes to one of you when he is in his Salat and says: “Remember such and such, remember such and such” until he turns perhaps he will not do it. And he comes to him and he is lying down and makes him sleepy until he falls asleep.’” (At-Tirmidhi)
We remember Allah while sitting, while cooking, when going to sleep… We praise, glorify, thank Allah any time following the example of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) who used to remember Allah in all of his affairs. But keeping these two habits is our fastest ticket to Paradise.
So before you roll up that prayer mat, and at the time when you’re going to bed, remember to say those remembrances.