Sayyid al-Istighfar | The Most Superior Way of Asking for Forgiveness
Shaddad ibn Aws رضي الله عنه narrated that the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم said: “The master of all forgiveness (سيد الاستغفار) is to say: “ َاللَّهُمَ أَنْتَ رَبِّي لاَ إِلَهَ إِلاَّ أَنْتَ خَلَقْتَنِي وَأَنَا عَبْدُك وَأَنَا عَلَى عَهْدِكَ وَوَعْدِكَ مَا اسْتَطَعْتُ أَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنْ شَرِّ مَا صَنَعْتُ أَبُوءُ لَكَ بِنِعْمَتِكَ عَلَيَّ وَأَبُوءُ لَكَ بِذَنْبِي فَاغْفِرْ لِي فَإِنَّهُ لاَ يَغْفِرُ الذُّنُوبَ إِلاَّ أَنْت” [Sahih al-Bukhari 6306]
“O Allah, You are my Lord. You created me and I am Your servant, and I abide to Your covenant and promise [to honor it] as best I can, I seek refuge in You from the evil which I have committed, I acknowledge Your favor upon me and I acknowledge my sin, so forgive me, for verily none can forgive sins except You.”
Allahumma anta rabbi la ilaha illa anta, anta khalaqtani wa ana ‘abduka, wa ana ‘ala ‘ahdika wa wa’dika ma-staṭa’tu, a’udhu bika min sharri ma ṣana’tu abu’u laka bini’matika ‘alayya , wa abu’u laka bidhanbi faghfir lee fa innahu la yaghfiru adh-dhunuba illa anta.
In this same hadith, the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم added: “If somebody recites it during the day with firm faith in it, and dies on the same day before evening, he will be from the people of Paradise; and if somebody recites it at night with firm faith in it, and dies before the morning, he will be from the people of Paradise.”
اِلـهي كَيْفَ اَدْعُوكَ واَنَا اَنَا
My God how can I call on You (for help) for I am me (a sinful servant)?
وَكَيْفَ اَقْطَعُ رَجائي مِنْكَ واَنْتَ اَنْتَ ..
How can I cut off hope from You for You are You (The Merciful Lord)?
اِلـهي اِذا لَمْ اَسْاَلْكَ فَتُعْطيني فَمَنْ ذَا الَّذي اَسْأَلُهُ فَيُعْطيني ..
My God (even) when I did not beseech You, You gave me. So who is he who gives if I beseech him?
اِلـهي اِذا لَمْ اَدْعُكَ فَتَسْتَجيبَ لي ، فَمَنْ ذَا الَّذي اَدْعُوهُ فَيَسْتَجيبَ لي ..
My God (even) when I did not call out, You fulfilled my desire. So who is he who satisfies if I call him?
اِلـهي اِذا لَمْ اَتَضرَّعْ اِلَيْكَ فَتَرْحَمْني فَمَنْ ذَا الَّذي اَتَضرَّعُ اِلَيْهِ فَيَرْحَمُني ..
My God (even) when I did not humbly solicit, You took pity on me. So who is he who shows mercy I’ll solicit him?
اِلـهي فَكَما فَلَقْتَ الْبَحْرَ لِمُوسى عَلَيْهِ السَّلامُ
My God I beseech You that just as You parted asunder the sea for Musa (ع)
وَنَجَّيْتَهُ ، اَسْاَلُكَ اَنْ تُصَلِّيَ عَلى مُحَمَّد وَآلِه
And saved him, send blessings on Muhammad and on the children of Muhammad,
واَنْ تُنَجِّيَني مِمّا اَنَا فيهِ وَتُفَرِّجَ عَنّي فَرَجاً عاجِلاً غَيْرَ آجِل بِفَضْلِكَ وَرَحْمَتِكَ ، يا اَرْحَمَ الرّاحِمينَ .
And come to my rescue, and deliver me (from these troubles), and disperse (afflictions), and do it quickly, without delay,
through Your kindness, through Your mercy, O the most merciful.
This is a photo I shot right after the completion of my sister’s nikah, or Islamic marriage, while she was making a supplication to God. Although it seems like such a simple action, it is so valuable for every Muslim. It is simply raising your hands to ask your wishes from God, to pray for yourself and everyone around you. In essence it’s a simple action, but there is so much beauty involved. It is form of a connection one can have with God by praying and making dua, or supplication. It is especially important for Muslims to continue making dua during the last few nights of Ramadan. For Muslims, Ramadan is a time for spiritual connection with God, and self reflection. And what better way to both assess yourself and connect with God than by simply raising your hands and asking. Muslims believe that God is the Most Merciful, and what better way to ask for his mercy than to raise your hands in his honor and ask.