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Atheism makes my life joyful and full of meaning. By taking the time to study a wide range of religions, I have been able to obtain a great sense of appreciation for the beauty that is found in each. While I do not believe in a higher power, I understand why for many people the belief in God is needed to bring joy and meaning to life. However, for me, atheism does all of that through believing in myself. It is not only a joyful and tranquil feeling, but it is one that gives my life great meaning. I have been able to study and learn about many different religions and cultures throughout my extensive travels and in the process evolve as I grow older in every aspect of life. My meaning in life comes not only from taking part in everything that brings me pleasure without harming others, but through knowing that I can and will always do my part to help fellow beings in this world regardless of their religious beliefs or cultures. To know that there is no God and no higher power beyond you and I, is not only an empowering feeling, but it is one that makes my life much more joyful and full of meaning.

The danger in living between obedience and sin is that you don’t know in which state you will die.

LenaElamin

Writer/Motivational Speaker

Ask forgiveness of Allah by Shaikh Dr. ‘Abdur-Razaq al-badr  حفظه الله

Allaah, the Most High, in encouragement of seeking forgiveness, and in making clear its excellence and its fruits both in this worldly life and in the Hereafter, refer to what Nūh عليه السلام‎ said:

“I said (to them): 'Ask forgiveness from your Lord; Verily, He is Oft-Forgiving; 'He will send rain to you in abundance; 'And give you increase in wealth and children, and bestow on you gardens and bestow on you rivers.’ ” [Surah 71; Verses 10-12]

This tremendous āyah promises numerous benefits and offers important lessons for those who seek forgiveness and for those who constantly ask forgiveness for their sins.

It is related that a man came to al-Hasan al-Basrī رحمه الله‎ , the noble Taabi'ee, and complained to him of poverty. So he said to him,

“Ask forgiveness of Allāh”.

Another man came to him complaining that he did not have any children. So he said to him,

“Ask forgiveness of Allāh”.

A third man came to him complaining of the barrenness of his garden. So he said to him,

“Ask forgiveness of Allāh”.

He then recited to them the saying of Allāh, the Perfect and Most High:

“I said (to them): 'Ask forgiveness from your Lord; Verily, He is Oft-Forgiving; 'He will send rain to you in abundance; 'And give you increase in wealth and children, and bestow on you gardens and bestow on you rivers.’ ” [Surah 71; Verses 10-12]

These then are some of the fruits of seeking forgiveness and some of its benefits in the worldly life.

The Explanation of The Dua of Seeking Forgiveness (Sayyidul Istaghfar) - Shaikh Dr. 'Abdur-Razaq al-badr  حفظه الله

شرح حديث سيد الاستغفار - للشيخ عبد الرزاق البدر حفظه الله

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