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Islamic perspective of Sex

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The power of Istighfar

This story about “Istighfar” is from the life
of Imam Ahmed Bin Hanbal, who is
considered as a renowned scholar of Islam
and a famous theologian. Imam Ahmed is
also considered to be the founder of the
Hanbali school of fiqh (Islamic jurisprudence) and is one of the most
celebrated Sunni theologians, often
referred to as the “Sheikh ul-Islam” or the
“Imam of Ahl al-Sunnah.” During his old age, while Imam Ahmed was
travelling he stopped by a town. After the
prayers, he wanted to stay for the night in
the masjid yard because he didn’t know
anyone in the town. 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 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] This story is a reminder of the power of
saying Istighfar (seeking forgiveness)
frequently. Let’s remember that the
prophet used to say Istighfar frequently
during the day. Tafseer Al-Qurtubi states: A man complained to Al-Hasan about a
drought, and he said to him: “Pray to Allah
for forgiveness.” Another man complained
to him of poverty and he said to him: “Pray
to Allah to forgive you.” Another man said
to him: “Pray to Allah to bless me with a child.” He said: “Pray to Allah for
forgiveness.” Another complained to him
that his garden was dry. He said to him:
“Pray to Allah for forgiveness.” He was asked about it and he said: “This is
not my personal opinion, for Allah says in
Surah Nooh (interpretation of the
meaning):‘Ask forgiveness from your Lord,
verily, He is Oft Forgiving; He will send rain
to you in abundance. And give you increase in wealth and children, and bestow on you
gardens and bestow on you rivers.” Tafseer
Al-Qurtubi (18/301-302) One of the narrators of a Hadith was asked
about the manner in which forgiveness is
to be sought, to which he answered: “The
Messenger of Allah (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa
sallam) used to say: ‘Astaghfirullah!
Astaghfirullah! (I beseech Allah for forgiveness, I beseech Allah for
forgiveness)’.” [Sahih Muslim].