In our prayers to God we normally ask for forgiveness and to be among the successful in the hereafter. We also ask God to help us or others with our/their worldly affairs.

This is all good!

One of the important points about spiritual purification is that a better understanding of God’s relationship with us provides a better opportunity for purification. This is while more purification allows a clearer thinking about God’s relationship with us. Note the word ‘understanding’ is used here and not the word ‘knowing’. While the latter is about theoretical knowledge, the former is about an insight that helps us to practically expose ourselves to a wider and more in-depth understanding of the Truth.

In our prayers, we can also ask God to give us a better understanding of His relationship with us.

(Dr Abdullah Rahim)