When was the last time you uttered Astaghfirullah? Possibly when you heard or read a shameful piece of news. Am I right? Wel, it is a common phrase used amongst us in these situations. So you’re not on your own. But there’s a lot more benefit of uttering this word regularly.
Astaghfirullah basically means I seek forgiveness, so by saying this word you’re actually asking Allah, our creator, for forgiveness. You may not be committing any such major sins but do you realize how many times in a day consciously or unconsciously we could be committing lesser sins e.g. Talking bad about people, neglecting our parents, hurting others, using foul language etc.
So what are the benefits of reciting Astagfirullah? Allah tells us in the Quran (chapter 71, verse 10-12).
- Ask forgiveness of your lord. Indeed, he is ever a perpetual forgiver.
- He will send (rain from) the sky upon you in (continuing) showers.
- And give you increase in wealth and children.
- And provide for you gardens and rivers.
Now these are Allah’s words and trust me they are true.! Often when we read something from the Quran we have conviction in it but how many of us really try to practice it? On a few occasions, when I was afflicted with trials in life I started seeking Allah’s forgiveness by saying Astaghfirullah. And believe me by Allah’s mercy, things started getting easy and I was relieved. I have also heard of couples who, when started seeking forgiveness from Allah regularly, conceived children after many years of struggle. So don’t delay and seek forgiveness today!
I would like to end this article on a hadith. It is narrated that, the prophet (peace be upon him) said:
” if anyone continually asks pardon, Allah will appoint for him a way out of every distress, and relief from every anxiety, and will provide for him from where he did not reckon.”
(Abu Dawud, book 8, number 1513).
May Allah SWT bless all Muslim brothers and sisters with happiness in their family life!
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