Allahummaghfirli : An Analysis and Significance of a Dua

Shah Muhammad Suhail

Allahummaghfirli" (اللَّهُمَّ اغْفِرْ لِي)

In Islam, dua is a conversation between believers and Allah, arising from the depths of their hearts. “Allahummaghfirli” (اللَّهُمَّ اغْفِرْ لِي) is a short yet powerful dua used in our daily lives. This dua is a primary means of seeking forgiveness from Allah. Today, we will discuss this Arabic phrase, its translation, word analysis, and related hadiths.

Dua: Allahummaghfirli


اللَّهُمَّ اغْفِرْ لِي

Translation: O Allah, forgive me.

Word Analysis

اللَّهُمَّ (Allahumma): “Allahumma” is an honorific address to Allah. In Arabic, it is a special way of calling upon Allah, expressing our reverence for His greatness and power.

اغْفِرْ (ghfir): “Ghafir” is a verb derived from the root “ghafar,” meaning “to forgive.” Here it is used in the imperative form, indicating a request for forgiveness.

لِي (li): “Li” is a prefix that means “for me.” It indicates that the plea for forgiveness is specifically for oneself.

When to Recite Allahummaghfirli?

It is Sunnah to recite this dua between the two prostrations (sujood) during Salah. It can also be extended by adding more phrases, which we will discuss shortly.

Related Hadith

Various hadiths emphasize the importance of this dua and seeking forgiveness. A notable hadith is:

Hadith (Arabic):

قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ: “مَنْ قَالَ أَسْتَغْفِرُ اللَّهَ الْعَظِيمَ الَّذِي لَا إِلَهَ إِلَّا هُوَ الْحَيُّ الْقَيُّومُ وَأَتُوبُ إِلَيْهِ، غُفِرَتْ ذُنُوبُهُ وَإِنْ كَانَ فِي الْفِرَارِ مِنَ الزَّحْفِ.”

Translation: The Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said: “Whoever says ‘Astaghfirullah al-‘Azeem alladhi la ilaha illa huwa al-Hayy al-Qayyum wa atubu ilayh’ (I seek forgiveness from Allah the Almighty, besides whom there is no god, the Living, the Sustainer, and I repent to Him), his sins will be forgiven, even if he had fled from the battlefield.” (Muslim, 4/2075)

Significance of the Dua

“Allahummaghfirli” plays a crucial role in our lives. It is a means of self-purification and attaining closeness to Allah. Reciting this dua daily can help us seek forgiveness for our everyday sins and gain Allah’s mercy and forgiveness.

Importance of the Dua

  • Self-Purification: Reciting “Allahummaghfirli” means we seek forgiveness from Allah for our sins, purifying and cleansing our souls.
  • Closeness to Allah: This dua brings us closer to Allah. Our relationship with Him becomes stronger, and we gain His mercy and forgiveness.
  • Increased Confidence: This dua boosts our confidence. We can fully trust in Allah to forgive us and bring peace and prosperity into our lives.

Benefits of the Dua

  • Mental Peace: Seeking forgiveness from Allah brings a sense of peace. We realize that Allah will forgive our sins and give us a new beginning.
  • Self-Purification: “Allahumma-ghfirli” purifies our soul. It helps us free ourselves from sins and gain Allah’s mercy and forgiveness.
  • Closeness to Allah: Seeking forgiveness from Allah helps us attain His closeness. It strengthens our faith and deepens our relationship with Him.
  • Sin-Free Life: Reciting this dua helps us free ourselves from daily sins. Seeking forgiveness from Allah guides us towards a sin-free life.

Dua Between Two Prostrations: Allahumma-ghfirli, warhamni, wajburni, wahdini, warzuqni


اللَّهُمَّ اغْفِرْ لِي، وَارْحَمْنِي، وَاهْدِنِي، وَعَافِنِي وَارْزُقْنِي

Translation: O Allah, forgive me, have mercy on me, complete me, guide me, and provide for me.


Word Analysis

اللَّهُمَّ (Allahumma):

“Allahumma” is an honorific address to Allah, expressing our reverence for His greatness and power.

اغْفِرْ لِي (ghfirli):

“Ghafir” means “to forgive.” “Li” means “for me.” Together, “ghfirli” means “forgive me.”

ارْحَمْنِي (arhamni):

“Arham” means “to have mercy.” “Ni” means “on me.” Together, “arhamni” means “have mercy on me.”

اجْبُرْنِي (ajburni):

“Jabr” means “to complete” or “to rectify.” “Ni” means “for me.” Together, “ajburni” means “complete me” or “rectify me.”

اهْدِنِي (ahdini):

“Hidayah” means “guidance.” “Ni” means “for me.” Together, “ahdini” means “guide me.”

ارْزُقْنِي (arzuqni):

“Rizq” means “provision.” “Ni” means “for me.” Together, “arzuqni” means “provide for me.”

Related Hadith

A significant hadith related to this dua is:

Hadith (Arabic):

عَنْ طَارِقِ بْنِ أَشْيَمَ، قَالَ: كَانَ الرَّجُلُ إِذَا أَسْلَمَ عَلَّمَهُ النَّبِيُّ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ الصَّلاَةَ، ثُمَّ أَمَرَهُ أَنْ يَدْعُوَ بِهَؤُلاَءِ الْكَلِمَاتِ: “اللَّهُمَّ اغْفِرْ لِي، وَارْحَمْنِي، وَاهْدِنِي، وَعَافِنِي، وَارْزُقْنِي”.

Translation: Tarik bin Ashyam (RA) reported: When a man embraced Islam, the Prophet (PBUH) taught him how to pray and instructed him to recite these words: “Allahumma-ghfirli, warhamni, wahdini, wa’afini, warzuqni.” (Muslim)


“Allahummaghfirli” is a simple yet profoundly meaningful dua. We should recite it daily, especially between the two prostrations in Salah or whenever we make a mistake. This dua brings us closer to Allah and guides us towards a sin-free life. May Allah forgive us all and bring us closer to Him.

This dua can bring peace, prosperity, and Allah’s mercy into our lives. Let us all recite this dua daily and seek forgiveness from Allah. May Allah accept our prayers and help us live a sin-free life. Ameen.

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