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Sunnah 63: Seek forgiveness at least 70 times

June 22, 2010

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

The Prophet (pbuh) said: “O people, repent to your Lord, for verily I seek forgiveness from Allah and repent to him more than seventy times in a day.” [Bukhari]

The Prophet (pbuh) also said: “I seek forgiveness one hundred times in a day.” [Muslim]

Ibn Al-Qayyim Al-Jawziyyah has said that Istighfar means seeking forgiveness, and is mentioned in the Qur’an in two ways: either by itself or coupled with tawbah (repentance). When we perform tawbah and/or istighfar, sometimes it is not necessarily for a sin or an act of disobedience to Allah; it also includes our shortcomings. There are many ways to do istighfar, and the simplest way is simply to stay “AstaghfarAllah”- O Allah forgive me.

When we say this, we should say it with devotion and not merely as words we utter- we should reflect over our state  and mean it when we ask Allah to forgive us.

The benefits of seeking forgiveness are many. 1) It will gain you Allah’s love, as He has said:

“Indeed, Allah loves those who are constantly repentant…” [Surat Al-Baqara, 2:222]

2) Allah will grant you success:

“And turn to Allah in repentance, all of you, O believers, that you might succeed…” [Surat An-Nur, 24:31]

3) Allah will forgive you and hence not punish you:

“Allah would not punish them while they seek forgiveness” [Surat Al-Anfaal, 8:33]

4) Allah will ease your distress:

The Prophet (pbuh) told us, “The one who (regularly) says Istighfaar, Allah will relieve him of every burden, and make from every discomfort an outlet, and He will provide for him from (sources) he never could imagine.” [Abu Dawud]

One Comment leave one →
  1. Fasih permalink
    January 18, 2012 7:52 pm

    Jazakallah Khair for the hadiths as a reminder and also to refresh our minds.

    However, I would request to include the Arabic and English Transliteration for the Hadiths, especially the ones where Zikr is mentioned, like the Astaghfaar to be recited.

    Fee Amanallah,


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