Universal Sufis practice particular forms of Dhikr, otherwise spelt Zikr or Zikar. Dhikr is literally "remembering." It is the religious ceremony, or act of devotion, which is practised by the various Sufi orders.
Universal Sufi Dhikr differs from the Islamic form of Dhikr, widening the scope of the term to encompass remembrance of the spiritual in all forms. Dhikr formulas are usually given specifically to each individual murid, and their formulas are kept private.
The Sikh belief in Nam is very closely linked to the Universal Sufi belief "that God existed before the creation of the universe. The name of God is therefore beyond the language structure created by mankind. The Nam is the internal rhythm that a person experiences is the true nature of God."