Sayyid Istighfar ‘the leader of ways to seek forgiveness’

Assalamu alaikum warahmatullah wabarakatuh,

Jazukum Allah Khairan for a wonderful class tonight mashaAllah! Here is the du’a we did today. It is given the title ‘sayyid Istighfar’, the ‘leader of istighfar (prayers for forgiveness) and comes from an authentic hadith from Sahih Bukhari. Do memorize and make it every morning and evening. It is a du’a very much worth memorizing. InshaAllah may we be all protected from the hell fire and attain Jannah.

My teachers taught me that when making this du’a what is most important that we have firm faith in Allah’s forgiveness, that He is listening and will answer our du’a. Therefore it is also understood that the pledge we make herein must be sincere.


Sayyid Istighfar

Shaddad bin Aus (ra) narrated that the Prophet (saw) said,

“The most superior way of asking for forgiveness from Allah is:


English Tajveed:
Allahumma anta Rabbi la ilaha illa Anta Khalaqtani wa ana abduka, wa ana ‘ala ahdika wa wa’dika mastata’tu, A’udhu bika min Sharri ma sana’tu, abu’u Laka bini’matika ‘alaiya, wa Abu’u Laka bidhanbi faghfirli fainnahu la yaghfiru adhdhunuba illa anta


‘O Allaah, You are my Lord, there is no God except You, You created me and I am Your servant and as far as possible I abide by my promise promise (which I made to you). I take refuge in You from the outcome of my wrongdoings. I fully acknowledge the grace You have bestowed upon me and I confess my faults, so forgive me, for verily none can forgive sins except You.’

The Prophet (saw) added. “If somebody recites this invocation during the night, and if he should die then, he will go to Paradise (or he will be from the people of Paradise). And if he recites it in the morning, and if he should die on the same day, he will have the same fate.”
[Sahih al-Bukhari 8, 75 #318]



Du’a ‘Noora’ …

Assalamu alaikum,

With apologies for the poor quality of the hand-out last class, here is the du’a again. I’ll only include the short form of it, i.e., the one given in Sahih Bukhari and in Muslim (I haven’t checked this but http://www.inmyownskin-nabilah at blogspot give it as Al-Bukhari 11/116 no 6316 and Muslim 1/526, 529-530). Interestingly the longer form is only found in Tirmidhi from among the sihah sitha (the six most rigorous compilations of ahadith)! I personally prefer the short form and it is what is commonly recited;

اللّهُـمَّ اجْعَـلْ في قَلْبـي نورا ، وَفي لِسـاني نورا، وَاجْعَـلْ في سَمْعي نورا، وَاجْعَـلْ في بَصَري نورا، وَاجْعَـلْ مِنْ خَلْفي نورا، وَمِنْ أَمامـي نورا، وَاجْعَـلْ مِنْ فَوْقـي نورا ، وَمِن تَحْتـي نورا .اللّهُـمَّ أَعْطِنـي نورا

Allahumma ijAAal fee qalbee noora, wafee lisanee noora, wajAAal fee samAAee noora,wajAAal fee basaree noora, wajAAal min khalfee noora, wamin amamee noora ,wajAAal min fawqee noora, wamin tahtee noora, allahumma aAAtinee noora.

‘O Allah, place within my heart light, and upon my tongue light, and within my ears light, and within my eyes light, and place behind me light and in front of me light and above me light and beneath me light. O Allah, bestow upon me light.’

Jazakum Allah Khairan and may we all benefit from memorizing this beautiful du’a the prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) made and by making it often. N.B, ‘noora’ also includes the meaning of guidance according to a commentary I read.

Duas of our Prophet (PBUH)

I have attempted to translate and capture the essence of these duas, but I am afraid a lot of the beauty and the depth of words is lost. Some words are so meaningful and profound that I can only find poor substitutes in English and I have left some Arabic words in there. Whenever I read these Duas, I am struck by the humbleness and the incredible wisdom of our Holy Prophet (PBUH). The translation does not do justice to the original by any measure. May Allah forgive all errors. Ameen.

  1. Ya mooqalib ul qooloobi sabit qalbi aa*la deenee ka (* is for ‘aain’ sound not ‘aa’ sound)

    O Allah, who turns hearts, turn my heart firmly towards your Deen and keep it steadfast on it.

  2. Allah hooma haasibni hisabain yaseera

    O Allah, make the questioning on the Day of Judgement easy for me.

  3. Allah hooma ini aaoo*zoobika minasheeqaqi waneefaqi wa soo ill akhlaq (* ‘aain’ sound)

    O Allah, I seek your protection against quarreling, Nifaaq and bad temperament.

  4. Allah hooma ini as alooka ilman nafeeun wa rizqan tayeebaon wa amalam mutaqabala

    O Allah, I ask you for useful knowledge, Tayyab Rizq, and deeds that please you.

  5. Allah hooma ini as a lookal afwa wal afeeyata fidoonya wal aakheerah

    O Allah, I ask you for your forgiveness and your bounty in this world and the hereafter.

  6. Allah hooma ini as a lookal hooda watooqa wal aa*fafa wal gheena. (* is for ‘aain’ sound not ‘aa’ sound)

    O Allah, I ask you for guidance, compassion, Taqwa and Ghina.

  7. Allah hooma ini as a looka eesha tanaqeeya taoowa mee tataen saweeyatan

    O Allah, I ask you for a good life and a good death.

  8. Allah hooma ahsin aqeebatana fil oomoori kulli ha wa ajirna min khiz yidoonya wal aakhiraah

    O Allah, let the outcome of all our efforts be good and save us from disgrace in this world and the hereafter.

  9. Allah hoomag* firli warhamni wa aafini warzooqni (* is for ‘gain’ sound not ‘gaaf’)

    O Allah, forgive me and have mercy on me and grant me your bounty and Rizq.

  10. Allah hoomaftah lana abwaba rahmatika wa sahil lanaa abwaba rizqeeka

    O Allah, open the doors of your mercy on us and make the ways of gaining your Rizq easy for us.

  11. Allah hoomajal aoo saaa* rizqeeka aalaeeya inda kibaree sinnee wanqeetaee oomooree

    O Allah, broaden my Rizq the most in my old age and at the time of my death.

Dua for Layla-tul-Qadr – The night that is better than a thousand month’s worship

Hazrat Aisha Radiallah Anha stated that I asked Rasool Allah (Sallalahu Alaihe Wasalam), “If I find Lailatul Qadar then what should I do?


“O Allah! You are the Forgiver and You like forgiving so forgive me”