The best way to seek forgiveness from Allaah is by saying Astaghfirullah. We seek Allaah’s forgiveness by repeating the Arabic words Astaghfirullah, meaning “I seek forgiveness from Allah “.
The Prophet Muhammad (Salalahu Alaihi Wasalam) was the best of mankind. He never transgressed the boundaries set by Allaah, and as such, had no sins against himself. Yet, this man who led an exemplary life devoid of sin used to seek Allaah’s forgiveness more than seventy times a day (Sahih Bukhari Volume 8, Book 75, and Number 39).Then what about us?
We sometimes commit sins even without knowing. And sometimes we indulge in sinful acts knowingly. In the end, we commit a lot of sins on daily basis. From chipping in on a conversation about Haram things or backbiting someone, to not turning your gaze from looking at things you should guard your eyes against to wrongly suspecting your neighbor or colleague; all these lead to sin. No matter your level of involvement with sin, it is always good to turn to Allah often for forgiveness.
The Benefits of Seeking Forgiveness
Regarding forgiveness, Allaah told us the following in the Quran:
“Ask forgiveness from your Lord, verily, He is Oft Forgiving; He will send rain to you in abundance. And give you increase in wealth and children, and bestow on you gardens and bestow on you rivers.” (Surah Nooh 71:10-12)
#1.Brings Down Rain
Any community experiencing drought will see their misfortunes reversed if they persist in seeking forgiveness from Allaah. It is normally the collective sins of a community that invites natural calamities like floods, droughts and earthquakes upon them. So naturally, if a community persists in seeking the forgiveness of Allaah, this can avert all harm that would naturally come to them due to their transgression. A community that is constant in seeking Allaah’s forgiveness will get protection from all calamities.
#2.Increase in Wealth
Verily, man loves riches. Some people strive so hard to get rich. They work hard and do everything in the book, but they never attain the wealth they were hoping to gain. We have news for such people-be constant in saying Astaghfirullah!
Astaghfirullah is the keys that open all doors of fortune. You want to get wealth? Moisten your tongue with Astaghfirullah! You want ease in your life, say Astaghfirullah constantly. You want to excel in your job or you want to pass an exam with flying colors? Insist on Astaghfirullah!
#3.Answer to Childlessness
We’ve heard of stories were couples abandoned idle talk and took up seeking Allaah’s forgiveness until Allaah granted them their wish in line with the promises of the verse mentioned above.
So many marriages have been turned-apart as a result of childlessness. In almost all societies throughout the world, people are fixated on having children, and when they fail to get them, many are often driven to distress. Why stress when Allaah Azawajala has promised children to those who are constant in seeking his forgiveness?
In whatever sphere of life you seek increase in, raise your hands to Allaah and seek his forgiveness. However, seeking forgiveness should not be monotonous and should not be done heedlessly. Seek Allaah’s forgiveness for your wrongdoing with your heart and mind focused on your request. Don’t do it mindlessly.