Well, as the Month of Seeking Forgiveness is here, what is the best way to seek forgiveness?
Well, the best dua for that is the one called “Sayyidul Istighfar” (the best way of seeking forgiveness):
‘O Allaah, You are my Lord, none has the right to be worshipped except You, You created me and I am You servant and I abide to Your covenant and promise as best I can, I take refuge in You from the evil of which I committed. I acknowledge Your favour upon me and I acknowledge my sin, so forgive me, for verily none can forgive sin except You.’
Here’s an excellent explanation of this dua: The Most Excellent Manner of Seeking Forgiveness by Shaikh Abdur Razzaq Al-Abbad.
He starts off with a nice introduction about repentance and its conditions., and then goes onto to explain the wording of the dua. Excellent stuff.
(All his books and his father’s books are excellent, by the way. It must be something in those genes.)
Allah has granted us a month like Ramadan out of His Mercy and his Wisdom. Everyone knows how much easier it is to worship Him during this month.
However, were we given this month for us to worship Allah only for its duration? Or were we given this month so that we could train our bodies and souls to be constantly obedient to Allah?
You know what the answer is.
The first thing that we need to do is to intend for this month to be a new start for us. If we don’t intend to continue being obedient to Allah after the month is over, then why exactly are we being obedient to Him in this month to begin with???
So, how do we make a fresh start? The first way is to close the doors.
Close the doors? Yes, the doors of sins. Our sins.
How do we do that? By seeking Allah’s Forgiveness and repenting to Him, of course.
How do we do that?
Well, there’s a hadeeth which tells three ways to seek His Forgiveness. It’s quite beautiful. Also, Imam Ibn Rajab (rahimahullah) has explained it in a magnificent way.
You can the read hadeeth and its explanation here.
Let’s all read it, ponder over it and aim to apply it, insha-Allah.
Want some motivational stories of people who made a fresh start?
Well, here’s the story of the man who killed 99 people and here are the stories of a whole bunch of people who tried to seek the truth. (The link is to another blog of mine.)
In case you’re wondering what sin the latter group was guilty of (before they sought the truth) – it was shirk (ascribing partners to Allah) and that is the worst sin in the sight of Allah.
So, here’s to a new beginning.
PS. Yes, I’m going to have teensie-weensie reminders every day, (which will include motivational stories), insha-Allah, along with some other stuff.