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Shah Muhammad Suhail

Forgiveness Prayer Islam

Forgiveness prayer is a noble virtue in Islam. Allah’s mercy is infinite. He accepted the supplicant’s prayer and ordered people to pray and pray to him. He said, ‘You call upon Me, I will answer your call.’ (Surah Ghafir: 60)

A believer should pray to Allah more and more. Especially Istegfar, or asking for forgiveness, is an excellent act of worship. Istegfar is a tool to eliminate all the crises and dangers of human life apart from freedom from sin.

Allah Ta’ala says, ‘I said, seek forgiveness from your Lord, He is Forgiving. He will make it rain for you, enrich you with wealth and children, plant for your gardens, and make rivers flow for you.’ (Surah Nuh: 10-12)

Best Forgiveness Prayers in Islam

The best forgiveness prayer in Islam is Saidul Istegfar. There are other prayers that can bring you forgiveness from Allah in an effective way. Below are some of the supplications through which a believer will seek forgiveness from Allah. And that is-

  • Reading Syedul Istegfar

 اللَّهُمَّ أَنْتَ رَبِّي لَا إِلَهَ إِلَّا أَنْتَ خَلَقْتَنِي وَأَنَا عَبْدُكَ وَأَنَا عَلَى عَهْدِكَ وَوَعْدِكَ مَا اسْتَطَعْتُ أَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنْ شَرِّ مَا صَنَعَتُ أَبُوءُ لَكَ بِنِعْمَتِكَ عَلَيَّ وَأَبُوءُ بِذَنْبِي فَاغْفِرْ لِي فَإِنَّهُ لَا يَغْفِرُ الذُّنُوبَ إِلَّا أَنْتَ

Pronunciation: Allahumma anta rabbi la ilaha illa anta khalakktani wa ana abduka wa ana ala ahdika wa wadika mastatatu aujubika min sharri ma sanatu abuulaka binimatika alaiyya wa abuulaka bizambi fagfirli fa-innahu la yagfiruz junuba illa anta.’

Meaning: ‘O Allah! You are my Lord. There is no god but you. You created me, and I am your servant. I seek refuge in You from the evil of all my deeds. I acknowledge the favor you have bestowed on me. And I confess my sins. You forgive me Because no one can forgive sins except you.’

Forgiveness Prayer Islam
Forgiveness Prayer Islam

Rules: To make this integral in the morning and the evening. Do not make the mistake of reciting this Istegfar after the Fajr and Maghrib prayers. Because it has been said in the hadith – the person who recites this Istegfa in the morning and dies before evening, or recites it in the evening and dies before the morning, will go to Paradise. (Bukhari)

More 5 Forgiveness Prayers

  • Astagfirullah:

أَستَغْفِرُ اللهَ

Rule: Every time after returning the salam of the obligatory prayer, Rasulullah sallallahu alaihi wa sallam used to recite this istighfar 3 times. (Mishkat)

  • Istegfar:

أَسْتَغْفِرُ اللهَ وَأَتُوْبُ إِلَيْهِ

Pronunciation: Astagfirullah and Atubu Ilaihi.

Meaning: I seek Allah’s forgiveness and return to Him.

Rules: Read this Istegfar 70/100 times daily. Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam used to repent and seek forgiveness more than 70 times a day. (Bukhari)

  • Dua:

رَبِّ اغْفِرْ لِيْ وَتُبْ عَلَيَّ إِنَّكَ (أنْتَ) التَّوَّابُ الرَّحِيْمُ

Pronunciation: ‘Rabbig firli wa tub Alaiyya Innaka (angtat) Tawayabur rahim.’

Meaning: ‘O my Lord! Please forgive me and accept my repentance. Surely You are the Most Gracious, Accepting Repentance.’

Rule: Rasulullah Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam recited this prayer 100 times in one sitting in the mosque. (Abu Dawud, Ibn Majah, Tirmidhi, Mishkat)

  • Useful forgiveness prayer

أَسْتَغْفِرُ اللَّهَ الَّذِي لاَ إِلَهَ إِلَّ هُوَ الْحَىُّ الْقَيُّومُ وَأَتُوبُ إِلَيْهِ

Pronunciation: ‘Astaghfirullah Hallaji La Ilaha Illa Huwal Hayyul Kayyumu Wa Atubu Ilayhi.’

Meaning: ‘I seek forgiveness from Allah, besides whom indeed there is no god, the Ever-Living, the Eternal, and to Him do I return (in repentance).’

Rules: To perform Taubah-Isteggfar during any worship of the day or ask for forgiveness. In the hadith, Allah will forgive him if he repents in this way, even if he is a fugitive from the battlefield. (Abu Dawud, Tirmidhi, Mishkat)

Forgiveness Prayer Islam
Forgiveness Prayer Islam

Benefits of forgiveness prayer

The benefits of forgiveness prayer in Islam are immense. The Messenger of Allah, may God bless him and grant him peace, said, “Allah is more pleased with the repentance of His servant than the person whose camel, carrying food and drink, is suddenly lost in the deep desert.”

After much searching, the man fell under the shade of a tree in despair. Suddenly, he (opened his eyes from sleep) saw the camel standing near him. He took hold of the reins of the camel and began to exult in joy.

Oh God! You are my servant! And I am your Lord! He happily made such mistakes. (Bukhari, Hadith, 6309)

This is why the Qur’an and Sunnah have urged more and more repentance and asking for forgiveness. Because one of the ways to live a sin-free life is repentance and forgiveness. Allah Ta’ala declares:

وَمَن يَعْمَلْ سُوءًا أَوْ يَظْلِمْ نَفْسَهُ ثُمَّ يَسْتَغْفِرِ اللّهَ يَجِدِ اللّهَ غَفُورًا رَّحِيمًا

‘Whoever commits a sin or wrongs himself, then asks for forgiveness from Allah, he finds Allah Forgiving, Merciful.’ (Surah Nisa: verse 110)

‘Surely the hypocrites will be in the lowest level of Hell, and you will never find a helper for them. But those who repent and reform are excepted.’ (Surah Nisa: Verses 145-146)

In another verse, he says,

O believers! Return to Allah, all of you, so you may succeed.’ (Surah Noor: Verse 31)

Why should we pray for forgiveness?

We will pray for forgiveness for our sins because only humans fall prey to mistakes. Only humans fall prey to mistakes. Sins are broken. The truth is that man is created with the power of sin and virtue. It is stated in the Qur’an, “Allah has awakened within man the impulse for both evil and good deeds.” [Shams: 8]

So sin will be revealed by us. This is not unusual. A hadith also understands that if our sin is not revealed, Allah will destroy us and create another nation.

Abu Huraira RA. He said: I heard the Messenger of Allah, may God bless him and grant him peace, say, “By the One in Whose Hand is my life, if you do not sin at all, then Allah will destroy you and create a people who will sin and seek forgiveness.” will do Then Allah will forgive them.’ [Muslim, Hadith: 2749)

This hadith indicates that if human beings could not sin, then there would be no need for human creation. Angels alone were sufficient for worship.


What is the importance of asking for forgiveness in Islam?

Forgiveness prayer is very important in Islam. Because it acknowledges one’s mistakes and sins and is a means of seeking Allah’s mercy and forgiveness. Asking for forgiveness leads to purification of the soul and salvation from hell.

How many times should you apologize in Islam?

In Islam, one should constantly ask for forgiveness because humans are fallible and prone to sin. Hence, the hadith encourages Muslims to seek Istighfar (forgiveness) throughout the day, especially in the morning and evening and after every prayer.

Can forgiveness erase all sins?

Allah forgives all sins if you sincerely ask for forgiveness and repent. Because Allah’s mercy is vast, and He forgives those who sincerely seek His forgiveness.

Can you apologize on behalf of others?

Yes, Muslims can ask forgiveness not only for themselves but also for others, including family members, friends, and even the deceased. It is seen as an act of kindness and intercession on behalf of others.

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