Daily Archives: August 2, 2013

The Beauty of Istighfar

1278_596247533739519_1176292229_nWhen reading through the books, in particular the biographies and statements of our pious predecessors, one beautiful thing that always amazes me is how important Istighfar (seeking forgiveness) was to our Salaf and how deeply engaged they were in this particular act. Now, these were a people who lived and breathed Islam, whose hearts overflowed with Iman, yaqin (certainty), humbleness, and all good, and they were of tremendous worth in the Sight of Allah. They were the scholars, the righteous and pious, the sincere worshippers of Allah `azza wa jall. They were our best generations whose sins were few and good deeds were many… and yet you’ll find that they never stopped seeking forgiveness. In fact, they’d spend some of their nights weeping and some of their days in sadness; always seeking forgiveness.
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Let not the people come to know except of your happiness

576652_461988480497767_705382823_n“Let not the people come to know except of your happiness, and let them not see except your smile. If life becomes constricted upon you, then within the Qur’an lies your orchard. If you feel curtailed and restricted, then to the heavens raise your call. And if they ask you of your affairs, then praise Allah and smile.
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count urself..

At the end of every day, just before heading to bed, remember to take account of yourself. What did you say or do today? Purify your heart and soul from the dirt of the day and seek sincere forgiveness or any wrong you may have done. If you can’t remember anything, then still ask for forgiveness because the human being is a forgetful being.

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Learn, Memorise and Implement, the Laylatul Qadr Dua

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Laylatul Qadr Du’ā:

اللَّهُمَّ اِنَّكَ عَفُوٌّ تُحِبُّ الْعَفْوَ فَاعْفُ عَنِّي

Allahumma innaka ‘afuwwun tuhibul ‘afwa fa’fu ‘anni

O Allah, You are Oft-Pardoning and You love to pardon, so pardon me.

Aisha (RA) said: “I asked the Prophet(S), ‘O Messenger of Allah, if I know what night is the night of Qadr, what should I say during it?’ He said: ‘Say: O Allah, You are Oft-Pardoning and You love to pardon, so pardon me.’”
[Ahmad, Ibn Majah, Tirmidhi]

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Is there a difference between Istighfār and Tawbah?

1069855_708416155850589_1592120380_nIstighfār (seeking forgiveness) and Tawbah (turning to Allah in repentance) are from those pairs of words that when mentioned separately generally mean the same thing, but when used together, emphasise certain aspects of the repentance act individually. Yet at the same time, there are small differences between the two and it could be argued that Tawbah is the more encompassing concept.
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Quranic Dua of the day

“Oh my Rabb! Pour upon us patience and let us die as Muslims (in submission to you)” (Quran, Al-‘A raf (7): 126)

Don’t forget to say “Ameen” after each Du’a!1013511_661071547255046_1965239627_n

Way to Enter Jannah 06: Guard your mouth & your private parts!

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