8 Benefits of Istighfar— From the Quran

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It’s a very small phrase— Astaghfirullah— we learned it when we were young. And yet do we know its benefits?

In the life of a Muslim, all that matters is earning the pleasure of Allah. Among the things that stop us from earning the pleasure of Allah are sins. And that’s where istighfar comes in.

Istighfar is what removes our sins from us and helps us attain the goal of Paradise. But what other benefits does istighfar bring? Allah always gives more than we ask. We ask for forgiveness, and these are the eight things that Allah gives us!

  1. Ask forgiveness of your Lord. Indeed, He is ever a Perpetual Forgiver. [Quran 71:10]We sin by the day and by the night, and Allah forgives by the day and the night. Allah’s forgiveness is vast. The Prophet, peace be upon him, said, Allah extends His hand by the day so the sinner of the night can repent and He extends His hand by the night so the sinner of the day can repent. [Narrated by Muslim]. He also said, peace be upon him, The companion (Angel) on the left lifts his pen for six hours for the Muslim slave that errs or sins. If this slave repents and seeks Allah’s forgiveness for that error or sin, the Angel doesn’t record it. And if the slave doesn’t ask Allah for forgiveness, the Angel records it once. [Muslim]So whenever we sin, let’s rush to His forgiveness.
  2. He will send [rain from] the sky upon you in [continuing] showers. [Quran, 71:11]Rain is a sign of Allah’s mercy as has been mentioned in the Quran and in the Sunnah. It is a time when Allah answers dua. Forgiveness is one of the causes for Allah to send rain down. It is symbolic as well for Allah to increase us in our provision and mercy. Even the guidance of the Quran has been compared to the effect that rain has on the dead earth. Perhaps istighfar is our door to opening our hearts to even more guidance and provision. Who doesn’t want more and more in this world and the next?
  3.  And give you increase in wealth and children. [Quran, 71:12]Isn’t wealth one of the big things that we are running after today? Isn’t wealth one of the main aims of our capitalist society? Allah is promising us that wealth comes with istighfar, as does children. It is for us who are struggling financially, and also those who are struggling to conceive, that they do more and more istighfar. Istighfar will open the doors that have been closed till today. Wealth and children come from Allah and it is in turning to Him that we will get them, not in turning away from Him.
  4. . . . and provide for you gardens and provide for you rivers. [Quran, 71:12]Allah will not only give us what we want, He will give us more. Gardens and rivers are luxuries that very few of us can afford in life. And yet for istighfar, Allah promises us that. He promises us that we will be given gardens and rivers. It could be in this world and in the hereafter or only in the hereafter (as gardens and rivers are the most common description of paradise.) Isn’t this a cause worth struggling for? The paradise of Allah awaits those who make constant istighfar.
  5. . . . ask forgiveness of your Lord and then repent to Him. He will send [rain from] the sky upon you in showers and increase you in strength [added] to your strength. [Quran 11:52]Again this verse mentions the sending of rain from the sky. But also adds that Allah will add strength. For those of us who want strength added to our lives- whether mental, psychological, physical or otherwise, this is the deed we need to do! We are struggling with doing a good deed- make istighfar, Allah will provide strength. We are struggling with a sin, make istighfar, Allah will give strength. We are struggling with heartbreak, let us make istighfar, He will provide strength to get over it.
  6. Seek forgiveness of your Lord and repent to Him, [and] He will let you enjoy a good provision for a specified term and give every doer of favour his favour [Quran, 11:3]This verse promises again a good provision for a specified term for those who make istighfar. However, the specified term is important. It shows that life is not permanent and that the good provision will also come to an end one day. And that naturally makes us fearful. And that is where Allah gives His biggest promises to the people of astaghfirullah. He says He will grant us His good favour. What else in life do we want other than to know that we have earned His favour? Every blessing is a curse if His favour is not upon us, and everything can be endured if His favour is the answer. And yet, He asks for so little. All He asks is that we seek His forgiveness.
  7. And Allah would not punish them while they seek forgiveness [Quran, 8:33] One of the scariest things in human life is disaster— when something horrible happens out of the blue and without us expecting it. There are very few things that terrify people more than something like that. Islamically, they can be both tests and punishments. As Muslims, we don’t want to be punished by Allah. We don’t want to experience any of it. And istighfar is the promise from Allah that it’s not going to happen. He has our back as long as we seek His forgiveness.
  8. My Lord, forgive me and grant me a kingdom such as will not belong to anyone after me. Indeed, You are the Bestower. [Quran 38:35]This was the dua of Sulaiman, alayhi salam. The beauty of the dua is that he starts it by seeking forgiveness from Allah. And He makes a request. That request was granted and will stand until the day of judgement. The Prophet Sulaiman was given a kingdom that no one will ever be given after him. And he started his dua while making istighfar to Allah. Scholars say that one of the ways of having our duas answered is by making istighfar first and then seeking from Allah.

 

by Raiiq Ridwan

17 Comments

  1. YAQOOB December 1, 2015 Reply

    Jazak Allah,istighfar is the key to success in this world and hereafter.May Allah (SWT) give Muslim umma the ability to repent and ask forgivness (.Amin Ya RabulAlamin).

  2. Muhammad Arshad Sulehri December 3, 2015 Reply

    It is a lesson to keep oneself away from sin.

  3. Shamim December 5, 2015 Reply

    JAZAK ALLAHU KHAYRAN
    May Allah help the Ummah by your pen.

  4. Slave of Allah December 5, 2015 Reply

    Continuous purifying Nafs with istighfar bring success. Do not let Satan win who prevent from Istighfar.

  5. Adamu A Boro December 5, 2015 Reply

    In what ever we are doing or where ever we fined ourselves Istighfar is the solution
    may Allah accept our istighfar.

  6. ABDULAZIZ December 6, 2015 Reply

    masha allah jazakumu allah
    wa gafarallahu lanaa walakum waliwaalidiinaa ajmaiin

  7. tanzil December 7, 2015 Reply

    Sayyidul Istighfar: The Best Dua for Allah’s forgiveness
    “If somebody recites it during the day with firm faith in it and dies on the same day before the 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.”
    Sahih Al-Bukhari, Volume 8, Book 75, Number 318

    Sayyidul Istighfar: Chief of Dua for forgiveness

    اللَّهُمَّ أَنْتَ رَبِّي لّا إِلَهَ إِلَّا أَنْت،

    خَلَقْتَنِي وَأَنَا عَبْدُكَ،

    وَأَنَا عَلَى عَهْدِكَ وَوَعْدِكَ مَا اسْتَطَعْت،

    أَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنْ شَرِّ مَا صَنَعْت،

    أَبُوءُ لَكَ بِنِعْمَتِكَ

    عَلَيَّ، وَأَبُوءُ بِذَنْبِي فَاغْفِر لِي فَإِنَّهُ لَا يَغْفِرُ

    الذُّنُوبَ إِلَّا أَنْتَ

    Allahumma anta rabbee la ilaha illa anta,
    O Allah, You are my Lord, none has the right to be worshiped except You,
    khalaqtanee wa-ana ‘abduka,
    You created me and I am Your servant
    wa-ana ‘alaa ‘ahdika wawa’dika mas-tata’tu,
    and I abide to Your covenant and promise [to honor it] as best I can,
    a’oothu bika min sharri ma sana’tu,
    I take refuge in You from the evil of which I committed
    aboo-o laka bini’matika ‘alaya,
    I acknowledge Your favor upon me
    wa-aboo-o bizambee, faghfir lee
    and I acknowledge my sin, so forgive me,
    fa-innahu la yaghfiruz-zunooba illa ant.
    for verily none can forgive sins except You.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1rW1Jaqtk3U

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  9. ishtiaq March 12, 2016 Reply

    from my personal experience, if you do lot’s of istagfer, it will open the doors of happiness for you. nad removes all your difficulties. InshaAllah.

    but you have to have patience and do it regularly, even a little.

  10. adnan aboobacker August 6, 2017 Reply

    good

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      UQA_S August 11, 2017 Reply

      JazakAllahu Khair for your feedback, help us spread this noble work by sharing in your circles.

  11. Thanveer January 4, 2018 Reply

    JazakAllah khair brother. May Allah (swt) grant you peace, tranquility and enduring emaan for your efforts.

  12. Zulkifli January 28, 2018 Reply

    LET’S RECITE & MEMORISE SURAH ALMULK

    It was narrated from Abu Hurayrah that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “A soorah from the Qur’aan containing thirty verses will intercede for a man so that he will be forgiven. It is the soorah Tabaarak Alathi bi yadihi’l-mulk [i.e., Soorat al-Mulk].”

    https://www.facebook.com/surahalmulk30/

  13. Afzal Sheikh February 26, 2018 Reply

    Istighfar (or seeking forgiveness), is a gift for us as Muslims. It is our way of returning to our Lord whenever we step out of the limits that He has set for us.

  14. Aminu Yusha'u March 29, 2018 Reply

    In Islam, istighfar is the way to success in the world and the hereafter.

  15. ansari April 4, 2018 Reply

    mashaallah, what a brilliant article about istighfar….may ALLAH guide us to do istighfar in abundance

  16. Muslim1 May 24, 2018 Reply

    God bless you.

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