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The Son of Adam Seeks Protection from two kinds of evil

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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