Astagfirullah

You do the laundry! You sweep the floor!

Get off the tv and study! Do this and do that!

Yes, all of these chores, and commands, who haven’t heard them? Right?

Sometimes, either they make the helpers do it or have their kids to do it and think to themselves that they are “training” their kids for their future, but how about training your kids for their akhirah?


We barely hear lines “my dear, it’s time for prayer, let us go and pray.” or “read the Qur’an after you finish your dinner”

We barely hear that, in some houses, you never hear it. Astagfirullah.
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We find many Muslim parents these days more keen on the worldly affairs of their kids rather than their deen. As a result, they push their children so much to an extent that when one fails to do what their parents are expecting them to reach they go into such depression that lures them to eventually end their lives and see themselves worthless.

Do not deny it, we have seen this, we have heard this and we have experienced it in a way or two.

This post is a plea and appeal to all Muslim parents out there, especially the new ones. 

Often times, when the kids grow up and we want them to be deen focused or religiously committed it becomes so hard for us. Why? Because we haven’t really introduced deen to them when they were growing up, rather we have introduced them to facebook, twitter, trophies (you have to get that!), awards, degrees (you won’t get married if you don’t have one!), all these trending stuff. 

I’ve known Muslims families where you ask the parents themselves about who is this Prophet and they would answer you, is that a Prophet of ours? I thought only Christians believe he was a prophet, families where their children memorized the alphabet but couldn’t even recognize one letter from the arabic alphabet, memorized and are familiarized with hundreds of cartoon characters but doesn’t even know Muhammad Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam.

My dear brothers and sisters in Islam, You prayed and prayed long night prayers, you even cried in sujood asking for Allah to bless you with a beautiful child and when He does, you take the child’s akhirah for granted right infront of your very eyes!

Establish Islam within your houses. Start early, everything starts within our homes. The Sahabah RA (after the death of the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam) used to assign each other on different aspects or fundamentals of Islam, one would be the muadhdhin, one be the Imaam, one would be assigned for the troops and so on.

This was a practice that they’ve done not only within their homes but also within the Muslim community. When ‘Umar Ibn Al Khattab RA was the Ameer ul Mu’mineen, he used to write to his governors always and always reminding them of their akhirah, that this should not be ever neglected while pursuing victories and dealing with their worldly affairs.

One of his letters to his governors, he wrote: “The most important of your affairs in my view is prayer; whoever prays regularly has protected his faith, but whoever neglects it is bound to be more negligent in other issues in faith.”

He (’Umar) always emphasized to his governors the importance of establishing regular prayer among the people, as he said: “We have appointed you to establish regular prayer and teach them knowledge and the Qur’an.” Then ‘Umar would state in his letters of appointment that so and so was in charge of the prayer, the troops.

For example, ‘Umar appointed ‘Ammar Ibn Yasir in charge of the prayer and the troops, while ‘Abd’Allah Ibn Mas’ud was in charge of the judiciary and the bayt al mal.

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So if you come and think of it, ‘Umar would appoint assignments (like chores) but he would always remind of the importance of deen and the acts of worship before anything else.

Why can’t we become like how ‘Umar would manage things within our homes?

One beautiful character of the Sahabah that reminds me when I hear these things is the way they would say Alhamdulillah even when calamities come to them. Why? because they thank Allah that the calamity was put on their worldly affairs and not in their deen for one who loses his deen has lost both worlds.

We react in a way like life has taken a toll in us when a calamity strikes us in our worldly affairs yet when it is about our deen we take it for granted, just like how we take for granted our offsprings.

I do not ask you to be super strict on your kids, but remind them of their deen as much as you would remind them of how you love them. 

Don’t lose your kid and more especially don’t let your kid lose both of this world because of you.
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And we pray Allah helps us and enlightens the hearts of our offsprings to accept and commit religiously through our examples, as parents. Amin

Zohayma

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Stories were taken from

• At Tareeqah Al Hakamiyah, p. 240
• Al Wilayah ‘ala Al-Buldan, 2/67
• Al Ahkam as Sultaniyah, p. 33
• Naseehat Al Mulook, p. 72

A man complained to Al-Hasan about a drought, and he said to him: “Pray to Allah for forgiveness.”

Another man complained to him of poverty and he said to him: “Pray to Allah to forgive you.”

Another man said to him: “Pray to Allah to bless me with a child.” He said: “Pray to Allah for forgiveness.”

Another complained to him that his garden was dry. He said to him: “Pray to Allah for forgiveness.”

He was asked about it and he said: “This is not my personal opinion, for Allah says in Surah Nooh (interpretation of the meaning): ‘Ask forgiveness from your Lord, verily, He is Oft Forgiving; He will send rain to you in abundance. And give you increase in wealth and children, and bestow on you gardens and bestow on you rivers.” Tafseer Al-Qurtubi (18/301-302)

The Power of Istighfar – Astaghfirullah (I seek forgiveness of Allah)

People often forget the importance of the simple yet powerful dua (supplication) – Istighfar i.e., saying “Astaghfirullah” (I seek forgiveness of Allah). Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) recited this at least 100 times a day. Let us see the benefits and virtues of reciting this simple beautiful supplication insha Allah.

Istighfar (Astaghfirullah) is the gateway of relief and happiness. Whenever you are in distress start reciting it and Insha Allah it will take you out of your anxiety and will put you in a peaceful situation and will give you happiness.

-Istighfar removes anxiety and duas are answered.

-Istighfar opens the door of sustenance.

-Istighfar opens the door of mercy.

-Istighfar opens the door of knowledge.

-Istighfar is also gateway of productivity.

-Istighfar relieves you. When you feel that sadness within you, when you are disturbed and frustrated, when anxiety surrounds you, say “Astaghfirullah” “Astaghfirullah”…

Reciting Astaghfiruallah is an effective method of calming our self and wipes away the variety of worldly worries from our mind and body. It may also help us, if we are suffering from depression, it calm us and lessen our depression.
Astaghfirullah also helps us to refrain from all forms of sins. Regularly saying this reminds us that Allah is everywhere and in this way there is very small chances of doing wrongful actions.

Ibn Abbas (May Allah be pleased with them) said: The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said,

“If anyone constantly seeks pardon (from Allah), Allah will appoint for him a way out of every distress and a relief from every anxiety, and will provide sustenance for him from where he expects not.” [Abu Dawud].

In another hadith, Abdullah bin Abbas (May Allah be pleased with them) narrates that Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) said:

“The one who (regularly) says Istighfaar, that is, frequently repent to Allah Ta’aala for sins committed, Allah Azza Wa-Jal will open a path from poverty and difficulties. All sorrow and hardship will be removed, and in its place prosperity and contentment granted. One will receive sustenance from unimagined and unexpected sources.”

Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) has said in another Hadith:

“The one who seeks forgiveness for Muslim males and females from Allah Ta’aala twenty six or twenty five times every day, Allah Ta’ala will count that person among those whose Du’a is accepted, and through the barakah of whom those on earth gain Rizq (sustenance).”

Do Tasbih of Astaghfaar at least 100 times daily as it is the Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him).

In one minute, you can say “Astaghfiru Allaah” more than 100 times! The virtue of seeking forgiveness is well-known, it is a reason of obtaining forgiveness, entering Paradise, having good provisions, increasing one’s strength, repelling harm, having affairs facilitated, the descent of rain, and increasing in wealth and children.

The doors of repentance are always open therefore don’t delay your repentance in a hope of tomorrow, as tomorrow is uncertain , Repent now and make it a habit to ask Allah’s forgiveness by reciting “Astaghfirullah”.

Say I believe in Allah’s mercy, I have sinned, I have gone astray, I have been negligent, but still I believe in Allah’s soothing mercy and forgiveness, I’ll not despair!

The Way To Do Istighfar:
“Astaghfirullah”

“I seek Allah’s forgiveness.”(Muslim)


The Prophet (peace be upon him) would say:

“Astaghfiruka wa atoobu ilaik”

“I seek Your forgiveness and return unto You.”(Ahmad, Muslim, at-Tirmidhi, Abu Dawud)


The Prophet (peace be upon him) said:

“Whoever says, on Friday morning before the salatul fajr:

‘Astaghfirullaahalladhi laa ilaaha illa huwal hayyul qayyumu wa attuubu ilaih’

(‘I seek the forgiveness of Allah, there is no other god except Him, the Living, the Sustaining, and I repent unto Him,’ three times, Allah will forgive his sins even if they were as abundant as the foam on the sea.”(Bukhari)


The Prophet ( peace be upon him), said,

“The best supplication for forgiveness is to say, ‘Allahumma anta Rabbi la ilaha illa anta, Khalaqtani wa ana ‘abduka, wa ana ‘ala ‘ahdika wa wa’dika mastata’tu. A’udhu bika min sharri ma sana’tu, abu’u laka bini’matika ‘alayya wa abu’u laka bidhanbi faghfirli innahu la yaghfirudhdhunuba illa anta


(O Allah, You are my Lord, there is no god but You. You created me and I am Your servant, and I try my best to keep my covenant (faith) with You and to live in the hope of Your promise. I seek refuge in You from evil done by me. I acknowledge Your favors upon me and I acknowledge my sins. So forgive me for none forgives sins but You.”‘)(Bukhari)

Pass this on and keep the Palestinians, Afghanis, Syrians, Egyptians, Burmese, Bengalis, Pakis and etcetera in your precious duas and read for them as well! May Allah accept you and all your efforts. JazakAllahu Khairan!

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