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'There are three types of outcome from a believer's supplication: either it is stored away for him for later, or it is hastened for him, or it repels a calamity waiting to afflict him.'

Imam Ali ibn Hussain Zayn al-'Abidin [as]
Tuhaf al-'Uqul, p. 280

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Question : #1114 Category: Dua / Supplications
Subject: Muslim Prisoners
Question: Salam Wa Alikum,
We know that Allah is supposed to be Ar-Rahman (the most Gracious) and Ar-Raheem (the most Merciful) and the Holy Quran teaches us that when you sin and repent for your sins, Allah says:
Surat Al-'A`rāf (The Heights)
Verse 153
But those who committed misdeeds and then repented after them and believed - indeed your Lord, thereafter, is Forgiving and Merciful.

Surat At-Tawbah (The Repentance)
Verse 27
Then Allah will accept repentance after that for whom He wills; and Allah is Forgiving and Merciful.
Verse 102
And [there are] others who have acknowledged their sins. They had mixed a righteous deed with another that was bad. Perhaps Allah will turn to them in forgiveness. Indeed, Allah is Forgiving and Merciful.

Surat Al-Furqān (The Criterian)
Verse 68
And those who do not invoke with Allah another deity or kill the soul which Allah has forbidden [to be killed], except by right, and do not commit unlawful sexual intercourse. And whoever should do that will meet a penalty.
Verse 69
Multiplied for him is the punishment on the Day of Resurrection, and he will abide therein humiliated -

Verse 70
Except for those who repent, believe and do righteous work. For them Allah will replace their evil deeds with good. And ever is Allah Forgiving and Merciful.
Verse 71
And he who repents and does righteousness does indeed turn to Allah with [accepted] repentance.

Surat Az-Zumar (The Troops)
Verse 53
Say, "O My servants who have transgressed against themselves [by sinning], do not despair of the mercy of Allah. Indeed, Allah forgives all sins. Indeed, it is He who is the Forgiving, the Merciful."
What can the Muslims who are in prison (either for the rest of their lives or have been sentenced to death) do to achieve mercy and salvation from Allah?
Questions about the Muslim Prisoners: PLEASE ANSWER THESE QUESTIONS!
1. What about the Muslims who are in prison, either for the rest of their lives or they have been sentenced to death. Unfortunately for these Muslim brothers and sisters, they are unable to go and perform the Hajj, they are not always able to have adequate access to Imams and other Islamic scholars to ask them questions and to receive counselling from them or even receive Islamic books or receive more Islamic books then they might already have. They are left alone, in solitary confinement, to beg and plead for Allah’s forgiveness and mercy - their repentance, salats, fasting, and maybe having a copy of the Holy Quran is all they have. *(They may or may not have a copy of the Holy Quran to read). Their families and their supporters may be praying for them. But the point is, they have only their prayers, their pleas, their feelings of regret and remorse, to give to Allah. Is there (still) a chance for them to be forgiven and shown mercy by Allah in this life and in the grave, and on the day of judgement? I truly pray and hope so, inshallah!

2. For the Muslim prisoners, if they have regret and remorse for their sin of killing and they continue to repent and beg for Allah’s forgiveness and mercy, and they try as much as they can while they are in prison and up to the end of their life (either they die in prison or if a death sentence is carried out against them), will they face punishment by Allah for their sin of killing, either in the grave and/or on the day of judgement? Could they end up going to Hell-fire? Allah forbid!

Please pray for the mercy and release of all our Muslim brothers and sisters in prisons
around the world.

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