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.
Shaddad bin Aus (ra) narrated that the Prophet (saw) said,
“The most superior way of asking for forgiveness from Allah is:
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]