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First, the Son of Adam struggles to remove or lessen the existing evil within his or her life. Secondly, they beg Allah to shield them from evil that has yet to occur.


Good is divided into two groups:


1. First, there is good existing within the life of a believer that they wish to continue and dread losing.


2. Then there is the good that has yet to come about, which the believer hopes to obtain.

These four requests are at the heart of a sincere worshipper's plea to Allah. These supplications have been mentioned by the Lord Most High in the verse:


Surah Ali-Imran: 193

"Our Lord! Verily, we have heard the call of the one calling to faith: Believe in your Lord, 'and we have believed. Our Lord! Forgive us our sins and remit from us our evil deeds."

The prayer (supplication) in this verse is a plea for protection against sin.

Surah ali-Imran: 193

After that, Allah the Most High said:


"...and make us die in the state of righteousness along with Al-Abrar (those who are obedient to Allah and follow strictly His orders)."

This is a supplication for the continuance of good that has been already granted to a believer, namely faith, which is something they hope to keep until they return to Allah.

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February 1, 2011 at 12:51 PM Flag Quote & Reply

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"Our Lord! Grant us what You promised unto us through Your Messengers..."Surah Ali-Imran: 194


This is the believer's prayer for good that has yet to reach them. In the following verse Allah said:


"Our Lord! Grant us what You promised unto us through Your Messengers and disgrace us not on the Day of Ressurection, for You never break (Your) Promise." Surah Ali-Imran: 194


Here the believer is pleading to Allah to protect them from something that has yet to occur, namely, humiliation on the Day of Ressurection. All of this is intended meaning of Ibn Qayyim's words written in his book Tafsirul-Mauthatain, page 32.


The statement of the Messenger of Allah (salla allahu alaihi wa sallam), "We seek refuge with Allah from the evils of our souls and our deeds", signifies the Muslim's wish to be protected from an evil that has not happened.


Moreover, this statement expresses the desire to be shielded from non-existent evil of the soul. Finally, the believer is asking Allah to defend him or

against evil consequences that haven't taken place, but are expected.

In summary, to make this supplication, is to seek Allah's protection from the agony of evil occurences and the causes that lead to them. It means to seek Allah's protection from the soul's wickedness and the wickedness of deeds that end in punishment. The Muslim, who seeks this refuge with their Lord and Protector, understands their religion.


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February 8, 2011 at 12:35 PM Flag Quote & Reply

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