The power of making istighfar ♥
Owing to his humility, he hadn’t introduced himself to anyone thinking that if he did, he would be welcomed by many people.
… Failing to recognize imam Ahmed bin Hanbal, the caretaker of the mosque refused to let him stay in the mosque.
As Imam Ahmed was quite old, the caretaker had to drag him out of the mosque.
On seeing this, a baker from a nearby place felt pity for this man (Imam Ahmed) and offered to be the host to him for the night.
During his stay with the baker, Imam Ahmed observed that the baker would constantly recite Istighfar (seek forgiveness from Allah).
Imam Ahmed asked the baker if the constant practice of saying Istighfar had any effect on him.
The baker responded by telling Imam Ahmed that Allah had accepted all of his duas (supplications), except one. When he asked him what dua was it that hadn’t been accepted, the baker replied that he had been asking Allah to provide him the privilege to meet the famous scholar Imam Ahmed bin Hanbal.
On this, Imam Ahmed bin Hanbal said that Allah had not only listened to his dua but had dragged him onto his (the baker’s) doorsteps.
[Summarized from Al Jumuah magazine, vol 19, issue 7]
subhaanAllaah imagine if we in our daily routines just repeated ‘astaghfirrullah’ how Allah will open ways for us and accept our Duas readily.