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The Secrets of Rajab by Habib Umar and Habib Kadhim – Muwasala

Taken from Muwasala: Click here for original blog
When the month of Rajab enters, the Beloved ﷺ would seek its blessings, saying,“O Allah bless us in Rajab and Sha`bān and enable us to reach Ramaḍān!” (Aḥmad, al-Baiḥaqi, Ibn Majah) 

[Recommended supplications during the blessed month]

Sayyidī al-Ḥabīb `Umar bin Ḥafīẓ (may Allāh preserve him and benefit us by him) recommends reading the following formulas of istighfār in the blessed month of Rajab.

أَسْتَغْفِرُ اللهَ لِما يَعْلَمُهُ الله أَسْتَغْفِرُ اللهَ كَما يُحِبُّهُ الله

Astaghfirullāh limā ya`lamuhu Allāh, Astaghfirullāh kamā yuḥibbuhu-llāh

I seek the forgiveness of Allah for everything that He knows; I seek Allah’s forgiveness in the way that He loves.

أَسْتَغْفِرُ اللهَ ذا الجَلالِ و الإِكْرَام مِنْ جَميعِ الذُّنوبِ و الآثام

Astaghfirullāh dha’l-Jalāli w’al-Ikrām min jamī` adhunūbi wa al-āthām.

I seek the forgiveness of Allah, the Possessor of Majesty and Honour, for all my sins and wrongdoings.

أَسْتَغْفِرُ اللهَ الَّذِي لا إِلَهَ إِلاّ هُوَ الرَّحْمَنَ الرَّحِيمَ الْحَيَّ الْقَيُّومَ الَّذِي لا يَمُوتُ وَأَتُوبُ إِلَيْه رَبِّ اغْفِرْ لِي

Astaghfirullāh alladhī lā ilāha illā huwa arraḥmān arraḥīm al-Ḥayya al-Qayyum alladhī lā yamūtu wa atūbu ilayhi rabbi-ghfir lī

I seek the forgiveness of Allah, besides Who there is no god; the Most Compassionate, the Most Merciful, the Living, the Sustainer, the One Who never dies and I repent to Him. O Lord, forgive me.

[What is being read in Tarim?]

In Tarim the following formula is read 70 times in congregation immediately after the `Ishā’ Prayer every night in Rajab. The one reading it raises his hands while doing so:

رَبِّ اغْفِرْ لي وارْحَمْنِي وَتُبْ عَلَيَّ

Rabbi ‘ghfir lī w’ arḥamnī wa tub `alayya.

O Allāh forgive me, have mercy upon me, and grant me repentance.

It is also good to read what is known in Ḥaḍramawt as Istighfār Rajab, a compilation of istighfār compiled by Ḥabīb Ḥasan, the son of Imām `Abdullāh bin `Alawī al-Ḥaddād:

In the Name of Allāh, the Most Compassionate, the Most Merciful.All praise is due to Allāh Lord of the Worlds.

O Allāh bestow prayers and peace upon our Master Muḥammad and upon his Family and Companions.

I seek the forgiveness of Allāh (3 times) for every word, act and thought and every inward and outward action of mine which Allāh dislikes.

I seek the forgiveness of Allāh, besides Who there is no god; the Living, the Sustainer, and I repent to Him.

O Allāh forgive me for what I have done previously, what I will do, what I have done in secret and in private, for my excesses and for that about which You have more knowledge than I. You are the one who puts people ahead and puts people behind and You have power over all things.

I seek the forgiveness of Allāh, the Possessor of Majesty and Honour, for all my sins and wrongdoings. I seek the forgiveness of Allāh for every one of my sins: those committed in private, those committed in public, the small and the large, those committed previously and those committed recently, the first and the last of them, outward and inward sins, and I repent to Him.

O Allāh I seek Your forgiveness for any sin from which I have repented and then committed again.

I seek Your forgiveness for any action which I performed initially for Your noble countenance and then something else which is displeasing to You detracted from my sincerity.

I seek Your forgiveness for anything that I have promised to do for Your sake and then broken my promise to You.

I seek Your forgiveness for anything that my caprice has called me to do by taking dispensations in affairs which are dubious, which are in Your sight forbidden.

I seek Your forgiveness, there is no god but You, O Knower of the Seen and Unseen, for every wrong or act of disobedience that I have committed in broad daylight or in the darkness of the night, in the company of people or whilst alone, in public or in private, in the knowledge that You were gazing upon me as I committed it. I repent to You, O Forbearing One, O Most Generous, O Most Merciful.

I seek Your forgiveness for deriving strength from the blessings You have bestowed upon me and then using that strength to disobey You.

I seek Your forgiveness for sins which only You know about and only You can see, sins which only Your forbearance can encompass and from which only Your pardon can save me.

I seek Your forgiveness for every oath I have made and then broken, for which I will be taken to account.

I seek Your forgivenessthere is no god but You, transcendent are You, truly I am amongst the wrongdoers. So We responded to him and delivered him from distress; thus do We deliver those who have faith. And remember Zakariyyā, when he cried to his Lord: “O my Lord! Leave me not without offspring, for You are the best of bestowers.”

My Lord! Forgive and have mercy, for You are the Best of those who show mercy.”

I seek Your forgiveness for every obligation which You have requested that I fulfil in the day or the night which I have subsequently neglected out of heedlessness, absent-mindedness, forgetfulness or ignorance, and for which I will be punished.

I seek Your forgiveness for every sunnah of the Master of the Messengers, the Seal of the Prophets, Your Prophet our Master Muḥammad (peace and blessings upon him) which I have left out of heedlessness, absent-mindedness, forgetfulness, ignorance or not caring.

I seek Your forgiveness, there is no god but You, alone without partner, Muhammad is Your slave and messenger. Transcendent are You, O Lord of the Worlds. To You belongs the dominion and all praise. You are sufficient for us, and You are the best disposer of our affairs. He is the best of those who protect and the best of those who assist. There is no strength nor might except in Allāh, the Sublime, the Awesome.

O Allāh, You are the Repairer of every breakage, the Companion of everyone who is alone, the One who brings ease to every difficulty, the One who is not in need of clarification or explanation. You are able to do whatever You will.

Send blessings upon our Master Muḥammad to the number of those who send blessings upon him, and to the number of those who do not. O Allah send blessings upon the spirit of our Master Muḥammad, upon the earth in which our Master Muḥammad is buried, upon the grave in which our Master Muḥammad lies, upon the physical form of our Master Muḥammad and upon the name of our Master Muḥammad.

There has come to you a Messenger from among yourselves, grievous to whom is your burden, concerned (is he) for you; for the believers (he is) full of compassion, merciful. If they turn away then say: Allāh is sufficient for me; there is no god but He. On Him do I rely; He is the Lord of the Awesome Throne.

May peace and blessings of Allāh be upon our Master Muḥammad and upon his Family and Companions. All praise is due to Allāh, Lord of the Worlds, in every instant forever, the number of His creation, to His satisfaction, the weight of His throne and the amount of ink of His words.

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Useful resources

Watch this beautiful lesson on Rajab by Habib Khadhim translated by Shaykh Ibrahim Osi Efa
http://youtu.be/oxy62lB8I4o

Why Does It Seem That Allah Never Answers My Prayers?

Answered by Shaykh Rami Nsour

Question:Jazak-Allah for your reply to my question from this link: Not Fasting in Ramadan to Study for an Important Exam. I had a follow-up question/s. I wanted to ask in relation to what was mentioned regarding barakah, such as: “as Muslims we believe that we can do less and Allah puts blessings to fill whatever deficiency may outwardly be in our effort.”

Is there a guarantee that by still fasting Allah will give me the barakah necessary to succeed and do well even with less studying time and effort? Am I supposed to assume Allah will grant it to me without doubt by fasting? Maybe I just have doubt and uncertainty on whether Allah will give me any of the benefits, based on past experiences in my life. I’ve tried to get various benefits promised in the Quran or Hadiths and Allah knows best, I don’t know if I should say for sure, but I think maybe very likely I did not always get those benefits promised in the deen such as:

1) the healing/curing effect of al-fatiha
2) Allah accepting and granting my wish when I pray to Allah for the grant of a wish with the dua of Prophet Yunus (as).
3) I think the hadith is in Abu Dawud that says something like: whoever holds firm to istighfar, Allah will make a way out for them from every tight situation; from every worry & anxiety Allah will give them tranquility, coolness and calmness; and will provide for them from where they know not. Even this I have tried to get and (Allah knows best) I think I did not always get those either.

These are just 3 examples, I can probably list more but I’ll leave it at that. I try to have taqwa, I try to do tawba regularly. Shaytan might put thoughts in my head like “why do you still try to get these promised benefits when Allah rejected and ignored you so many times” or “why should you even believe this religion to be truth when you’ve done things to get the promised benefits and they are not even true, they don’t work, these are all just bogus lies”. Please offer some advice or insight into this matter.

Answer:

Fear and Prayer

Allah says, “Whoever has fear (taqwa) of Allah, He will give him a way out” (Quran 65:2) and says, “Call on me I will respond” (Quran 40:60). We believe this to be true and thus if you have fear of Allah and you call on Him, He will give you a way out and will answer your prayers. The thing is, how and when will that be? We are told He will answer us, but we are not told that He will show us how that will occur or when.

How a Prayer May be Answered

You may be spared many tribulations in your life due to a supplication. Imagine you were on the highway and there was something that could have caused a serious accident but it passed you by without you ever knowing it was headed your way. It was a prayer that you made, or leaving a sin that saved you. If you had been hit, you may have had serious financial problems or health problems. All that passed you by but you didn’t see how your prayer was the answer.

Be Firm

Stay firm in your practice of the faith and in your supplication. Do not give into the shaytan and despair from what Allah can do for you. If you are experiencing hardship, this is the time that the shaytan will try to make you slip by having you question the Power of Allah and His Justice.

Is There a Supplication for Saving My Marriage?

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam

Question: Please give me a dua to save my marriage and to develop love and peace in my husband’s mind for myself and my daughter.

Answer: Wa alaikum assalam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh,

I pray that you are well, insha’Allah.

Of the best of supplications are those from the heart, even if using your own words, in the late hours of the night. Ask Allah with sincerity, love, gratitude, and in turning to Him wholeheartedly. See the following excellent article for the etiquettes of supplication:  Struggling to Have Children: Ten Key Etiquettes of Du’a

You can also perform the Prayer of Need (salat al-haja), the details of which are provided in the link below.

Please see: How Does One Perform the Prayer of Need (Salat al-haja)? and: Brief Prophetic Supplication for Difficulties

And Allah alone gives success.

Wassalam

Tabraze Azam

Supplication at the Birth of a Child

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam

Question: Ibn Ishaq reported that the mother of the Prophet s.a.w. was told/inspired to say ‘I place him under the protection of the One against the treachery of the envious’. Would this make it a sunnah to do so at the birth of a newborn?

 

Answer: Wa alaikum assalam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh,

I pray that you are in the best of health and faith, insha’Allah.

No, this would not be considered a specific sunna. However, the meaning is sound and it would be a good supplication to make.

أُعِيذُهُ بِالْوَاحِدِ مِنْ شَرّ كُلّ حَاسِدٍ


U`idhuhu bi al-Wahid min sharri kulli hasid

“I place him under the protection of the One against the treachery of the envious.”

A Note on the Sunna and Legal Rulings

The confirmed sunna (sunna mu’akkada) is that which the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) or the Companions (May Allah be pleased with them) did most of the time (and was not of worldly habits).

In general, legal rulings are not taken from historical references such as this. Rather, they are established by way of sound interpretation of the authentic, primary sources: namely the Qur’an and the Hadith. The scholars of hadith were rigorous in their transmission of narrations. Historians were not. Hence, many of them came under much scrutiny for their narrations from the experts in hadith criticism. As such, their narrations are accepted insofar as general history is concerned, but they do not establish any legal rulings.

Please also see: What Acts Are Recommended After Giving Birth to a Child?

And Allah alone gives success.

Wassalam,

Tabraze Azam

Checked & Approved by Faraz Rabbani

Why Doesn’t Allah Answer My Supplications?

Answered by Sidi Tabraze Azam

Question: I would like to ask relating to the dua of prophet Yunus (as). I read in Maariful Quran something like this: [(And this is how We rescue the believers – 21:87.) That is, just as We released Yunus from his misery and distress, so do We deliver other believers when they turn towards Us repenting their sins sincerely. According to a hadith of the Holy Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace), if a Muslim prays to Allah Ta’ala for the grant of a wish in the words used by Yunus (a) when he was in the stomach of the fish i.e. la ila ha illa anta subhanaka inni kuntu minadhdhalimeen (21:87) He would accept his prayer and grant his wish. (Ahmad, Tirmidhi, Mazhari)] I’ve been trying this dua in my life for many years but didn’t always get what I prayed to Allah and wished for. If I turned to Allah and acknowledged that I did wrong and made that dua of Prophet Yunus(as), shouldn’t Allah answer my prayers? I don’t know what to do.

Answer: Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh,

I hope you are in the best of health and spirits, insha’Allah.

Jazakum Allahu Khayr for your questions. May Allah give you every ease and facilitation.

Repentance and Trials

Allah Most High says, “And turn unto Allah together, O believers, in order that ye may succeed.” [Qur’an, 24:31]

The key to having one’s prayers accepted is repentance. Nawawi mentions that there are three conditions for a valid repentance: [1] One leaves the sin; [2] One regrets doing the sin and [3] One resolves never to return to the sin. A believer sees his sins as mountains which are about to fall upon him.

Humans are weak and needy by nature, and Allah is the one who is absolutely free of any need. Ask Him, for He loves to be asked, “And when My servants question thee concerning Me, then surely I am nigh. I answer the prayer of the suppliant when he crieth unto Me. So let them hear My call and let them trust in Me, in order that they may be led aright.” [Qur’an: 2:186] See:A Reader on Tawba (Repentance)

Trials are blessings in disguise, and an opportunity to return back to Allah. The Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him and give him peace) said, ““How amazing is the believer’s affair! Allah decrees nothing for the servant except that it is good for him.” [Musnad Ahmad]

Continue saying the supplication of Yunus (Allah be pleased with him) and have conviction that Allah will answer one’s prayer. See:  What Are Some Prophetic Supplications That Can Help Me Deal With Trials in My Life?

How Supplications are Answered

The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said, “Call on Allah while having full conviction that He will answer, and realize that Allah does not answer the du’a that proceeds from a heedless, inattentive heart.” [Tirmidhi]

It is important to note that Allah has promised that one’s supplication will be answered, though [a] in the way Allah wishes, and not how we wish and [b] when Allah wishes, and not when we wish.

Moreover, the Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him and give him peace) taught us that supplications are answered in one of three ways:

[1] by actually giving the thing being asked;
[2] Or by warding off a harm that would have otherwise afflicted the person;
[3] Or as gifts awaiting the person in the next life, which is the best form of du’a being answered. [Musnad Ahmad]

Appreciating Blessings and Rejoicing in Allah

Realize that this is a test from Allah and that “Truly with hardship comes ease” [Qur’an, 94:6]. Further, remember that “Allah does not burden souls with more than they can manage” [Qur’an, 2:286]. Appreciate the blessings of Allah upon you and your family, be grateful for them, and Allah will increase you, ‘If you are thankful, I will surely increase you’ [Qur’an, 14:7] And finally realize that when Allah puts a supplication on one’s tongue, it is an sign that He wants to give you that thing. So have high hope, be ceratin of a response, and trust in Allah.

I’d also advise reading the following answer which outlines some key principles on supplicating: Struggling to Have Children: Ten Key Etiquettes of Du’a

And Allah alone gives success.

Wassalam,

Tabraze Azam

Checked & Approved by Faraz Rabbani

Taking the Means and Supplication for Cure and Well-Being

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam

Question: I’d like a du’a to say so Allah can bless my mother with good health. She has painful swelling and an infection in her arm and it isn’t getting better. Also, I develop cysts on my body and I don’t want them to get worse.

Answer: Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh,

I pray that you are in the best of health and faith, insha’Allah.

May Allah give you and your mother well being (`afiya) in this life and the next.

First of all, I’d highly recommend seeking out expert medical opinion. We are obligated to take the means, relying upon Allah, and realizing that it is He who cures.

The Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him and give him peace) used to say, “O Allah take away the hardship, O Lord of mankind, give shifa, You are the One who cures, there is no cure except Your shifa, a cure that will not leave any sickness. (Allahumma adhibil ba’sa Rabb an-naas Ishfi antash-shaafii la shifa’aa illa shifa-uka shifa-an la yughadiru saqaman).”

أَذْهِبِ الْبَأْسَ رَبَّ النَّاسِ وَاشْفِ أَنْتَ الشَّافِي لَا شِفَاءَ إِلَّا شِفَاؤُكَ شِفَاءٌ لَا يُغَادِرُ سَقَمَاً

 

 

It would also be recommended to rub the area with one’s right hand — whether the sick person is oneself, or another. [Nawawi, Sharh Sahih Muslim]

Strive to supplicate with one’s own words too, remembering that you will be answered, and realizing the words of Allah “Believers, be patient; outdo others in patience; remain resolute; and be mindful of Allah, in order that you may succeed.” [Qur’an, 3.200]

Please also see:

[1] Prophetic Supplications to Cure Illness

[2] Advice to a Young Cancer Patient

[3] A Reader on Patience and Reliance on Allah

And Allah alone gives success.

Wassalam,

Tabraze Azam

Checked & Approved by Faraz Rabbani

Can Supplications Change One’s Destined Life Expectancy?

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam

Question: Can supplications change the one’s life expectancy? If so is there any duaa to ask Allah for a long and good life  filled with obedience and good deeds?

 

Answer: Wa alaikum assalam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh,

I pray that you are well, insha’Allah.

No, supplications cannot “change” one’s life expectancy.

One will only live as long as Allah willed one to live. This is decree (qada’). However, our supplications may alter the way things seem to be unfolding, which is destiny (qadr) as we see it.

Though, we understand that such changes were decreed in eternity by Allah, and not something new, and ‘different’ to what was ‘supposed’ to happen.

Ask Allah, with heartfelt sincerity, for success, well-being, forgiveness, righteousness, and all pious traits. Strive to live the sunna, and become of those who are ever turning to Allah.

Please see: Can Supplication Change Destiny?

And Allah alone gives success.

Wassalam,

Tabraze Azam

Checked & Approved by Faraz Rabbani

Related Answer:

Destiny and Human Responsibility in Islam

Supplication to increase ability to achieve a desired Goal

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam

Supplication to increase ability to achieve a desired Goal

Question: Is there any particular dua to increase the ability to achieve a certain desired deed/goal?

Answer: Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh,

I pray that you are well, insha’Allah.

Imam Nawawi (Allah be pleased with him) relates the following prophetic supplication in his Book of Remembrances (Kitab al-Adhkar):

“O Allah! There is nothing easy except that which You make easy; and You make the difficult, if You wish, easy (Allahumma la sahla illa ma ja`altahu sahla wa anta taj`al ul-hazna idha shi’ta sahla)”

اللهُمَّ لا سَهْلَ إلا مَا جَعَلتَهُ سَهْلا وَ أنتَ تَجْعَلُ الحزْنَ إذا شِئْتَ سَهْلا

A similar wording has been recorded in Sahih Ibn Hibban with an authentic chain of transmission.

And Allah knows best.

Wassalam,

Tabraze Azam

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Should I Repeat My Qur’an and Du’a Recitations Due to Errors in Pronunciation?

Answered by Ustadh Salman Younas

Question: I have a habit of repeating my Qur’an and du’a recitation. Should I stop worrying and just try to avoid falling into this habit moving forward?

Answer: wa `alaykum assalam

This is falling into baseless misgivings and needs to be avoided.

This religion of ours was revealed to people of all nations. The assumption that our invocations would not be accepted due to minor errors in the pronunciation of Arabic letters is to overlook and misunderstand the mercy Allah has for all of creation. Rather, the rules of proper recitation (tajwid) apply only to the Qur’an, not to speech outside of it, and even here there is plenty of leeway for the laity.

Yes, we strive our best to ensure that our recitation of the Qur’an is in sound accordance with the dictates of the Arabic tongue, but this is something that is learned gradually. Striving does not entail putting one under uncalled for hardship or falling into baseless misgivings. Thus, the Prophet (Allah bless him and grant him peace) stated, “None makes the religion difficult except that it overcomes him. So, aim for what is right, stick to the moderate way…” [Bukhari, Sahih]

I would advise you to refer to the following answers for more details regarding the issue:

I’m Afraid of Making a Mistake When Reciting the Qur’an

The Sunna Method of Reciting the Qur’an and the Legal Status of Reciting With Tajwid

Do Grammatical and Pronunciation Mistakes While Reciting the Qur’an Invalidate Your Prayer?

Salman

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Medical Conditions and Waswasa

Answered by Sidi Wasim Shiliwala

Question: I had a question regarding an abnormality I have been having. For the past year or so, I keep dozing off and falling asleep at the most random times of day. I have tried to get an accurate diagnosis but was unable to get a proper answer. I always fall asleep when listening to anything Islamic, I just find myself asleep within minutes. I feel like something is haunting me. I am always jumpy and feel like death is upon me. I am always paranoid of everyone around me to the point that I am now even paranoid from my own family. Alhamdullah I pray and do my dua’s, however I can’t explain why I feel like a curse is upon me or perhaps I’m possessed by a Jinn. I can’t explain it and when I do explain to anyone they think I am crazy or it’s all in my head. I do feel helpless and don’t know why these random sleep attacks, jumpy feeling, feeling that death is upon me happen.

Answer: Walaikum As-salaam wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuhu,

Jazakum Allahu Khairan, and may Allah ease you of your difficulties and cure you of your affliction.

Seeking Proper Medical Attention

Before addressing some of your concerns related to jinn and waswasa (Satanic whispers), I first advise that you exhaust all medical options. See a physician to ascertain whether or not the problem is related to physical or mental health, and follow his recommendations. Ensuring one’s health is part of the religion, as the Prophet (peace be upon him) told us that after belief, Allah provides nothing better than health. [Tirmidhi]

So if you haven’t done so already, the first piece of advice I have for you is to seek the advice of a doctor. Just as we go to religious scholars for advice on our religion, we go to doctors for advice on our physical and mental health. In all cases, we follow the advice of the experts. This is the path of moderation, which is the path advised by the Prophet (peace be upon him).

Do Not Withdraw from Your Family and Others

Although you are inclined to stay away from your family and from other Islamic environments due to your affliction, I encourage you to resist this urge as much as possible. Maintaining positive and healthy relationships with your family is from the sunnah. Similarly, you can increase your faith and decrease any sinister influences upon you by attending religious gatherings: congregational prayers at the masjid, Islamic classes, halaqas, and similar events.

Even if you are unable to stay awake for the entirety of such events, you will still receive the benefit of attending them. The Prophet (peace be upon him) informed us that a special group of angels seeks out and attends gatherings wherein Allah’s name is invoked and praised, and that Allah grants mercy and forgiveness to all those who attend these blessed gatherings. [Muslim]

See the following answer for more advice on this issue: Satanic Whisperings Are Making Me Withdraw from Muslims

Increase in Prayers and Reliance Upon Allah

If the problem appears to be coming from sources that a medical doctor cannot treat – be they the actions of the jinn, black magic, or the whispering of Shaytan – then the solution is, for all cases, to seek Allah’s aid. Increase in remembrance and supplication, remove any haraam from your life, be firm in your religious obligations, and to establish the sunnahs as well.

For some specific guidance and supplications on dealing with these problems, see the following answers:

OCD and Jinn

Protecting ourselves from Jinn

Prayers for Driving Away Jinn

I am being menaced by a Jinn

Above all, do not despair of Allah’s mercy. Trials and tribulations are a part of life, and oftentimes they contain hidden blessings that we cannot perceive until after they are over. I pray that Allah gives you patience through this test, that He makes it easy upon you, that He cures you of any problems you may have, and that He makes this a means for your sins to be forgiven. And only with Allah comes success.

Jazakum Allahu Khairan,
-Wasim

Checked & Approved by Faraz Rabbani