Q.The person is saying: I used to perform many actions of shirk, but Allaah has guided me. Should I ask Allaah to forgive me for those actions which I previously performed?
A.The shaykh (haafidhahullaah) said, you should ask Allaah, you should be diligent in asking Allaah to forgive you for those actions. But you should know that if a person makes sincere, genuine repentance then this would wipe away the actions of shirk. If a person repents from shirk with a sincere, genuine repentance this would wipe away the actions of shirk. But if you combine between asking Allaah to forgive you and making the sincere tawbah, this is better and more preferred.
Shaykh Saalih Muhammad al-Luhaydaan (May Allaah preserve him) (Kitaab-ut-Tawheed Class, Q&A Session 06-10-2012, Riyadh)
Q.The questioner is asking if the parents said to their child ‘I don’t have anyone, I only have you’. Is this term considered from shirk?
A.The shaykh said if the person who said this statement intends that no one will protect me from evil and no one will provide for me except you, then this is
shirk. But if the person means no one else can assist me from the creation, no one else can assist me in this thing I would like to do or no one else can support me in this thing I would like to do except you. Or I have no one else around me, no family and the likes of that then there is no problem. But like the shaykh said if they intend no one can protect me from evil or provide for me except you, then this is shirk.
Shaykh Saalih ibn Muhammad al-Luhaydaan (May Allaah preserve him) Kitaab at-Tawheed class 01.12.12 Riyadh