Today the dua I am going to share with you is so powerful that it has been said by the Prophet (pbuh) to forgive a man of his sins. Allah would even forgive him if he had fled the battlefield fighting in the cause of Allah.
Subhanallah. For you to understand how powerful of a prayer this is there is a hadith about how turning your back in battle is on the same level as comitting shirk or riba:
It was narrated from Abu Hurairah that the Messenger of Allah said: “Avoid the seven sins that doom one to Hell.” It was said: “O Messenger of Allah, what are they?” He said: “Associating others with Allah (Shirk), magic, killing a soul whom Allah has forbidden killing, except in cases dictated by Islamic law, consuming Riba, consuming the property of orphans, fleeing on the day of the march (to battlefield), and slandering chaste women who never even think of anything touching their chastity and are good believers. 1
This is a very powerful dhikr.
There are two variations you can recite:
(1) Subhan Allahi wa bihamdihi; Astaghfirullaha wa atubu ilaihi
(2) Astaghfir ullah-alladhi la ilaha illa Huwal-Haiyul-Qayyumu, wa atubu ilaihi
In Arabic the phrase Astaghfirullah wa atubu ilaih is written as:
أَسْـتَـغْـفِـرُ اللهَ وَ أَ تُـوبُ إِ لَـْيهِ
Meaning: I seek forgiveness to Allah and repent towards Him
It’s that simple, ask and you will receive. Allah if most forgiving and merciful. We just have to sincerely believe and be deliberate in asking Allah alone. For both something we are know that we did wrong or even that which you do not know of.
For Pronunciation and Importance of Istighfar take a look at the video:
Transcription Of Video:
Brother and Sisters.
Seeking the forgiveness of Allah (SWT) is not confined to when you think you have made or committed a sin.
So if someone were to say “Ask Allah’s forgiveness” it does not mean because you have committed a sin that you know of then only should you say “O’ Allah Forgive Me”.
This is a mis-notion. This is something people do not understand. The Prophet (ﷺ) as we all know was the Nabi of Allah.
The prophet of Allah (swt) he was the best of creation. He was protected by Allah (swt)
He was in no need of engaging in constant Istighfar or repentance
But you’ll find in the teachings of Prophet (ﷺ) and in his way and his path that he sought forgiveness or did what we would term istigfhar 70 to 100 times a day according to the correct narrations.
This would show us if we were to follow suit and if we would also ask Allah (swt) forgiveness we would also be able to achieve something much more than forgiveness alone.
This is why it is important to have this on our tongues or in our hearts at all times
Try and moisten your tongue at all times with the remembrance of Allah (swt)
Part of which should be seeking the forgiveness of Allah (swt).
Benefits and Virtues According To Hadith
Here’s the benefits according to two hadiths of reciting Astaghfirullah Wa Atubu Ilaih.
Aishah (May Allah be pleased with her) reported: Prior to his demise, the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) used to supplicate frequently: Subhan Allahi wa bihamdihi; Astaghfirullaha wa atubu ilaihi (Allah is free from imperfection, and I begin with praising Him. I beg forgiveness from Allah and I turn to Him in repentance.” 2
Ibn Mas’ud (May Allah be pleased with him) said: The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said, “He who says: ‘Astaghfir ullah-alladhi la ilaha illa Huwal-Haiyul-Qayyumu, wa atubu ilaihi (I seek the forgiveness of Allah, there is no true god except Allah, the Ever-Living, the Self- Subsisting, and I turn to Him in repentance),’ his sins will be forgiven even if he should have run away from the battlefield (while he was engaged in fighting for the Cause of Allah). 3
Inshallah, we will try our best in the dunya. But we need to actively find was to reduce or sins and do good. Sometimes it’s just simple as just asking Allah with the genuineness of wanting to be better Muslims.
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- Grade : Sahih (Darussalam) Reference : Sunan an-Nasa’i 3671 In-book reference : Book 30, Hadith 61 English translation : Vol. 4, Book 30, Hadith 3701
- [Al-Bukhari and Muslim]. Book Riyad As Salihin Arabic/English book reference : Book 20, Hadith 1877
- [Abu Dawud, At-Tirmidhi and Al-Hakim (on conditions of Al-Bukhari and Muslim for accepting Hadith)]. Book Riyad As Salihin Arabic/English book reference : Book 20, Hadith 1874