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Asking forgiveness. The Quran enjoins believers to earnestly seek God's forgiveness in order to achieve paradise in the afterlife. Contemporary reformists and revivalists maintain that renewed commitment to faith is required after requesting forgiveness, as a sign of the belief that forgiveness has been granted. In Sufi practice, repeating the formula “I ask forgiveness of God” is an important part of the dhikr ritual; the number of repetitions varies from order to order.

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