What is Istighfar?
Istighfar is a simple yet powerful practice in Islam. It means asking Allah Almighty for His forgiveness in a humble manner. The word Astaghfar comes from an Arabic root and means “to cover something with what cleanses and keeps it pure.” It’s like taking a spiritual shower to cleanse your soul and protect you from the temptations of this world and the hereafter. You can recite the tasbih of Astaghfirullah during dhikr to acknowledge Allah’s greatness and seek His mercy and forgiveness. Through Istighfar, you can work towards becoming a better person and feel more at peace.
Difference between Istighfar and Astaghfirullah
Although Istighfar and Astaghfirullah convey the same concept of seeking forgiveness in Islamic practice, Istighfar is a more general term that refers to seeking forgiveness from Allah for our sins or mistakes. On the other hand, Astaghfirullah is a specific phrase used for seeking Allah’s forgiveness, which directly translates to “I seek forgiveness from Allah.“
Interestingly, even the Holy Prophet (PBUM), the most righteous person on earth, would practice Istighfar and ask for forgiveness from Allah (SWT) despite avoiding wrongdoing. This highlights the significance of seeking forgiveness and humbling ourselves before Allah, even for those who are considered to be the most pious.
Generally, we should read the full tasbih of Astaghfirullah, which is:
“Astaghfiru Allah Rabbi wa atubu ilayhi.”
Translation: Verily, I seek the forgiveness of Allah, my Rabb, and I turn to Him in repentance.
Benefits of Istighfar in the Quran
Did you know that saying “Astaghfirullah” can bring powerful benefits to your life? The Quran mentions several incredible advantages of Astaghfar that can improve your life.
“Al-Ghaffaar” is one of the 99 names of Allah, which means “The Great Forgiver“. Allah is known to forgive the sins of His followers repeatedly. The Quran emphasizes the importance of seeking forgiveness from Allah SWT through various verses.
Keep reading to discover the concept of Tawbah and how Istighfar can change your life!
Forgiveness of Sins
Allah Almighty promises in the Quran that if we seek His forgiveness by sincerely doing Istighfar, He will forgive our sins. As He says in the Holy Quran:
And verily, I am Forgiving to anyone who repents, believes (in My Oneness, and associates none in worship with Me), does righteous good actions, and then continues to do them till he dies.(20:82 Ta-Ha)
Astaghfirullah is a powerful tasbih that is known to cleanse the soul and purify it from any spiritual stains caused by sins. By seeking forgiveness from Allah through Istighfar, we are able to start afresh and strengthen our relationship with Allah. It is a way to renew our faith and seek the mercy of Allah.
Relief from Anxiety and Hardships
Seeking forgiveness from Allah brings peace to the heart and provides relief from anxiety and hardships.
Doing Istighfar and seeking forgiveness from Allah can bring a sense of calm to your heart and help relieve anxiety and hardships. The Quran encourages us to seek Allah’s forgiveness and turn to Him in repentance.
Allah has frequently mentioned the significance of regularly saying Astaghfirullah in the Quran, as He says:
Hadith about Istighfar – Astaghfirullah
Numerous hadiths emphasize the importance of Astaghfirullah tasbih and doing Istighfar. Here, we will explain a few Hadith.
Abu Hurairah (R.A) said:
I heard the Messenger of Allah (SAW) saying, “I swear by Allah that I seek Allah’s Pardon and turn to Him in repentance more than seventy times a day.”[Al-Bukhari] (Riyad as-Salihin: 1870)
Narrated Abdullah ibn Abbas:
The Prophet (SAW) said: If anyone continually asks pardon, Allah will appoint for him a way out of every distress and a relief from every anxiety, and will provide for him from where he did not reckon.(Sunan Abi Dawud: 1518)
Ibn Abbas reported:
The Messenger of Allah (SAW) said, “Whoever increases his prayers for forgiveness, Allah will grant him relief from every worry, a way out from every hardship, and provide for him in ways he does not expect.”(Musnad Aḥmad: 2234)
In Islam, the act of making a Dua, or supplication, is considered to be one of the most powerful ways in which a believer can seek guidance, forgiveness, or support from Allah. Dua is the best method a Muslim can use when doing Tawbah and Istighfar, along with repeatedly saying Astaghfirullah. The Holy Quran and the teachings of the Holy Prophet (PBUH) offer a variety of Duas that Muslims can use in their daily lives.
These Duas may differ in their wording, but they all share a common purpose: to help the believer connect with Allah and seek His blessings.
Hazrat Aishah (May Allah be pleased with her) reported:
Prior to his demise, the Messenger of Allah (SAW) used to supplicate the following Dua frequently:
By reciting these Duas, Muslims can strengthen their faith, find relief in times of difficulty, and express their gratitude for the blessings they have received. If you want to learn more about the importance and benefits of Duas in your daily life, you can read our blog about important duas for daily life, where we have shared insights and tips on how to make the most of your prayers.
Syed-ul-Istighfar (Best Dua for Seeking Forgiveness)
One of the most effective supplications for seeking forgiveness is to say Syed-ul-Istighfar, which was recommended by Prophet Muhammad (Sal Allahu Alayhi Wa Sallam). Shaddad bin Aus (RA) narrates that he said, “O Messenger of Allah, teach me a supplication.” The Prophet (Sal Allahu Alayhi Wa Sallam) said,
It is also stated in Al-Bukhari that whoever makes this Sayyidul Astaghfar dua during the day with firm belief in it and dies on the same day (before the evening), he will be one of the residents (dwellers) of Jannah (Paradise). Similarly, whoever makes this dua during the night with firm belief in it and dies before the morning, he will also be one of the dwellers of Jannah (Paradise).
Benefits of Syed ul Istighfar
Syed ul Istighfar is a powerful prayer (dua) in Islam that holds great significance for Muslims. We, as Muslims, believe that reciting this prayer regularly can bring numerous benefits.
Here are some benefits of Syed ul Astaghfar:
- If someone regularly recites Sayyidul Istighfar once a day or after each prayer, Allah promises to forgive all their sins.
- Reciting it makes our hearts lean towards good deeds and find contentment in worshipping Allah.
- This practice brings peace to the heart and mind.
- When someone frequently recites Sayyidul Astighfar after genuinely repenting, it is considered as a sign that Allah has forgiven their sins.
Performing the Tasbih of Istighfar after each prayer is a recommended practice in Islam. Muslims often recite the Tasbih of Astaghfirullah at least 100 times daily as a way to seek forgiveness for their sins and to seek Allah’s mercy. This practice is a way to seek forgiveness for our sins and request Allah’s mercy. Consistently seeking repentance and forgiveness through Tawbah and Istighfar and reciting Astagfirullah can help individuals to cleanse themselves of their wrongdoings and seek absolution.
Al-Agharr Al-Muzani (R.A) said:
The Messenger of Allah (SAW) said, “Sometimes I perceive a veil over my heart, and I supplicate Allah for forgiveness a hundred times in a day.”(Riyad as-Salihin 1869)
How to do Istaghfar?
We, as Muslims, need to seek forgiveness through Istighfar. This is a way of purifying our hearts and souls from the sins we have committed. But when we ask for Istighfar, we have to follow some conditions. We have to be sincere and honest in our repentance.
We have to stop doing the same sins that we have asked forgiveness for. Otherwise, our Istighfar will not be accepted by Allah. He is the Most Forgiving, but He also wants us to change ourselves for the better.
We also have to increase our good deeds, such as praying, giving charity, and being kind to others. These will help us erase the bad deeds that we have done and bring us closer to Allah.
In conclusion, doing Istighfar and reciting the tasbih of Astaghfirullah are powerful practices that can help us seek forgiveness, purify our souls, and connect with Allah. By doing Istighfar regularly and with sincerity, we can experience the benefits mentioned in the Quran and Hadith, including forgiveness of sins, spiritual cleansing, and relief from anxiety and hardships. So, let’s make Istighfar a part of our daily routine and seek forgiveness from Allah, the Great Forgiver, with humility and sincerity.