Praise be to Allaah.
You have done well by
forming this good intention for your exercise, for a good intention turns a
habit into worship.
As for what you have asked
about, whether praying for forgiveness increases a person’s strength, the
answer is Yes. Allaah, may He be exalted, tells us that His Prophet Hood
(peace be upon him) said to his people (interpretation of the meaning):
“And O my people! Ask
forgiveness of your Lord and then repent to Him, He will send you (from the
sky) abundant rain, and add strength to your strength, so do not turn away
as Mujrimoon (criminals, disbelievers in the Oneness of Allaah)”
Ibn al-Qayyim said in
al-Waabil al-Sayyib (p. 77), when listing the benefits of dhikr,
including praying for forgiveness:
Benefit no. 61:
Dhikr gives a person
strength so that he can do with dhikr that which he cannot do without it. I
saw wonders in the strength of Shaykh al-Islam Ibn Taymiyah in walking,
speech, courage and writing. He used to write in one day what a scribe would
write in a week, or more. The troops saw his amazing strength in war. The
Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) taught his daughter
Faatimah and ‘Ali (may Allaah be pleased with them) to recite tasbeeh
thirty-three times every night when they went to bed, and to recite tahmeed
thirty-three times, and to recite takbeer thirty-four times, when she asked
him for a servant and complained to him about the hardship of grinding corn,
working and serving (her family). He taught her that and said: “It is better
for you than a servant.” It was said: The one who persists in doing that
will find strength in his body that will make him independent of the need
for a servant. End quote.
With regard to the times
for dhikr and the number of times it should be repeated, the believer should
remember Allaah at all times and in all situations. Allaah says
(interpretation of the meaning):
“Those who remember
Allaah (always, and in prayers) standing, sitting, and lying down on their
[Aal ‘Imraan 3:191].
The Prophet (peace and
blessings of Allaah be upon him) would remember Allaah at all times.
Narrated by Muslim.
So one should remember
Allaah a great deal and pray for forgiveness. The more he does that, the
Allaah says (interpretation
of the meaning):
“O you who believe!
Remember Allaah with much remembrance. 42. And glorify His Praises morning
and afternoon [the early morning (Fajr) and ‘Asr prayers]”
[al-Ahzaab 33:41, 42]
“and the men and the
women who remember Allaah much with their hearts and tongues. Allaah has
prepared for them forgiveness and a great reward (i.e. Paradise)”
Muslim (2702) narrated from
al-Agharr al-Muzani (may Allaah be pleased with him) that the Messenger of
Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “I ask Allaah
for forgiveness one hundred times a day.”
And Abu Dawood (1516)
narrated that Ibn ‘Umar (may Allaah be pleased with him) said: We used to
count when the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be
upon him) said in one sitting one hundred times: Rabb ighfir li wa tubb
‘alayya, innaka anta al-tawaab al-raheem (Lord forgive me and accept my
repentance, for You are the Accepter of repentance, the Most Merciful).
Classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Saheeh Abi