Truth Always Prevails

(They say): "Our Lord! Let not our hearts deviate (from the truth) after You have guided us, and grant us mercy from You. Truly, You are the Bestower," Aal-e-Imran [3:8]

"Truly, Allah loves those who repent, and He loves those who cleanse themselves." [al-Baqarah 2:222]

"O Allah! Make me among those who, when they commit an act of virtue, feel good, and when they commit a mistake, they seek forgiveness." [Ibn Majah]

Tawbah (repentance) and Istighfar (seeking forgiveness from Allah) are among the most meritorious acts of virtue for the believers.

Tawbah means feeling remorse for our actions or omissions. Istighfar means expressing that remorse in words and begging Allah for forgiveness.

The act for which we perform tawbah and istighfar is not necessarily a sin, or an act of disobedience to Allah; it also includes our shortcomings. As we realize Allah's immense favors to us, all of our thankfulness and devotion clearly appears to be inadequate. As we realize the grandeur of Allah, Most High, our acts of worship and obedience clearly are seen to be insufficient. The higher a person is on the scale of taqwa, piety and God consciousness, the greater is this sense of inadequacy. Consequently the greater is his/her practice of istighfar.

That is why all the Prophets (as) preached and practiced tawbah and istighfar. We do not have to invent any sins, inherited or personal, to explain their repentance. In fact all the prophets were free of sin, as Allah appointed them as role models for humanity and Allah did not send defective role models.

The leader of all the prophets was Prophet Muhammad (saw) a fact which was also symbolized in his leading of all the prophets in Salah (prayer) in Jerusalem during Isra'. And what did the prayer leader of the prophets use to do after every prayer? He used to say astaghfirullah (I seek Allah's forgiveness) three times! This is the istighfar that comes out of the highest level of God consciousness! He taught us to perform istighfar profusely, as he himself practiced.

The Companions have reported that he used to do istighfar hundreds of times during the course of a day.

Istighfar is also a means of enhancing that consciousness of Allah and strengthening our relationship with Him. We turn to no one except Allah in repentance. We confess our deepest errors, shortcomings, failures, and sins to Him and Him alone.

In contrast, Christianity made a fatal mistake when it instituted confession to priests. As Martin Luther (1537) observed, "What torture, rascality, and idolatry such confession has produced is more than can be related". We seek His forgiveness, knowing that He alone has knowledge about all our deeds and thoughts and He alone can forgive us and save us from the consequences of our actions.

Istighfar, thus, is a most intimate conversation with Allah. And during that conversation we are at our humblest. We can see why tawbah and istighfar are the essence of our servitude and submission to Allah!

We need istighfar to constantly purify and cleanse our heart. We are not born in sin, but we are born in weakness. We are prone to fall prey to the many temptations that are part of our test in this life. And when we do fall and commit a sin, it produces a dark spot in our heart. A famous hadith, reported by Abu Huraira (ra) describes this process. When a person shows remorse and repents, that dark spot is removed. Otherwise it will stay there and grow with each additional sin. A time may come when his heart is full of darkness because of un-repented sins.

We can see this gradual darkness of the heart as people advance in their sinful behavior. In the beginning they have a lot of inhibitions. They commit the wrong hesitatingly and feel bad about it. If they do not turn back, they get used to it, so it just feels normal. Then a stage comes when vice becomes virtue and virtue vice. They defend and advocate evil and shun good.

Today, unfortunately, we see so many examples of this all around us. In the "everything goes" post-modern world, good and evil do not mean anything anymore. Then there is a whole crop of misguided psychologists who are ready to assure you that the only guilt you should feel is for feeling guilty in the first place! Is it any wonder that in the English language the word sin is now normally used to describe things that are delicious, attractive, fun, and highly desirable? That this darkness of the heart should be considered enlightenment only completes the inversion.

But there is hope for those who seek hope. No matter how corrupt we might have become, we can always make a U-turn. We can repent and seek forgiveness from our Beneficent and Merciful Creator Who is always ready to forgive those who turn to Him in sincerity. "O my Servants who have transgressed against their souls! Despair not of the Mercy of Allah. Verily, Allah forgives all sins: for He is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful" [az-Zumar 39:53]. Further a hadith declares:

"When a person has repented from a sin, it is as if he had never committed that sin".

The Prophet Muhammad (saw) has taught us many words of repentance and it is good if we learn, understand, and use them. Of these one has been mentioned as Syed-ul-Istighfar (the master of forgiveness). A hadith explains its extraordinary significance:

"If a believer says this with complete faith and sincerity in the morning and dies before that evening, he will enter paradise. If he says it during the night and dies before the morning, he will enter paradise."

This powerful du'a is our daily pledge of allegiance. We will do well to memorize it in Arabic and never let a day or night go by without saying it with full consciousness:

"O Allah!

You are my Lord.

There is no God except You.

You created me and I am Your slave.

To the best of my ability, I will abide by my covenant and pledge to You.

I seek Your protection from the evil of my own creation.

I acknowledge Your favors to me and I admit my sins.

So please forgive me for no one
can forgive sins except You."


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"Truthfulness leads to righteousness, and righteousness leads to Paradise"

Those who disbelieve and turn (men) from the way of Allah, He rendereth their actions vain. (1)
And those who believe and do good works and believe in that which is revealed unto Muhammad - and it is the truth from their Lord - He riddeth them of their ill-deeds and improveth their state. (2) That is because those who disbelieve follow falsehood and because those who believe follow the truth from their Lord. Thus Allah coineth their similitudes for mankind. (3) -Muhammad [47:3]

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لَا يُكَلِّفُ ٱللَّهُ نَفۡسًا إِلَّا وُسۡعَهَا‌ۚ لَهَا مَا كَسَبَتۡ وَعَلَيۡہَا مَا ٱكۡتَسَبَتۡ‌ۗ رَبَّنَا لَا تُؤَاخِذۡنَآ إِن نَّسِينَآ أَوۡ أَخۡطَأۡنَا‌ۚ رَبَّنَا وَلَا تَحۡمِلۡ عَلَيۡنَآ إِصۡرً۬ا كَمَا حَمَلۡتَهُ ۥ عَلَى ٱلَّذِينَ مِن قَبۡلِنَا‌ۚ رَبَّنَا وَلَا تُحَمِّلۡنَا مَا لَا طَاقَةَ لَنَا بِهِۦ‌ۖ وَٱعۡفُ عَنَّا وَٱغۡفِرۡ لَنَا وَٱرۡحَمۡنَآ‌ۚ أَنتَ مَوۡلَٮٰنَا فَٱنصُرۡنَا عَلَى ٱلۡقَوۡمِ ٱلۡڪَـٰفِرِينَ (٢٨٦)
Allah tasketh not a soul beyond its scope. For it (is only) that which it hath earned, and against it (only) that which it hath deserved. Our Lord! Condemn us not if we forget, or miss the mark! Our Lord! Lay not on us such a burden as thou didst lay on those before us! Our Lord! Impose not on us that which we have not the strength to bear! Pardon us, absolve us and have mercy on us, Thou, our Protector, and give us victory over the disbelieving folk. (286)


Allahumma muqallibul Qulub thabit qalbi 'ala deenek.

"O turner of the hearts! Establish my heart upon Your religion."

sayyidul istighfar

"If a believer says this with complete faith and sincerity in the morning and dies before that evening, he will enter paradise. If he says it during the night and dies before the morning, he will enter paradise."

"O Allah!

You are my Lord.

There is no God except You.

You created me and I am Your slave.

To the best of my ability, I will abide by my covenant and pledge to You.

I seek Your protection from the evil of my own creation.

I acknowledge Your favors to me and I admit my sins.

So please forgive me for no one

can forgive sins except You."

Bukhari :: Book 4 :: Volume 52 :: Hadith 41

Narrated Abdullah bin Masud:

I asked Allah's Apostle, "O Allah's Apostle! What is the best deed?" He replied, "To offer the prayers at their early stated fixed times." I asked, "What is next in goodness?" He replied, "To be good and dutiful to your parents." I further asked, what is next in goodness?" He replied, "To participate in Jihad in Allah's Cause." I did not ask Allah's Apostle anymore and if I had asked him more, he would have told me more.

`Ali ibn `Abu Talib.

"Do not ask these three kinds of people to statisfy your needs: the liar, for surely the will make things seem near when they are in distant; the fool, for surely he will want to help you, but will only harm you; and the man whose own need is linked to your needs, for surely he will use your need as a means to secure his own need"

Muhammed (PBUH)

Al-Anbiya [21:107]

And We have sent you (O Muhammad SAW) not but as a mercy for the 'Alamîn (mankind, jinn and all that exists).

Al-Fath [48:8]Verily, We have sent you (O muhammad SAW) as a witness, as a bearer of glad tidings, and as a warner

Aal-e-Imran [3:31] Say (O muhammad SAW to mankind): "If you (really) love Allâh then follow me (i.e. accept Islâmic Monotheism, follow the Qur'ân and the Sunnah), Allâh will love you and forgive you your sins. And Allâh is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful."

99 Names Of Allah

Say: "Call upon Allah, or call upon Rahman: by whatever name ye call upon Him, (it is well): for to Him belong the Most Beautiful Names."[Al Isra 17:110]


Allah (الله)

The Greatest Name


Ar-Rahman (الرحمن)

The All-Compassionate


Ar-Rahim (الرحيم)

The All-Merciful


Al-Malik (الملك)

The Absolute Ruler


Al-Quddus (القدوس)

The Pure One


As-Salam (السلام)

The Source of Peace


Al-Mu'min (المؤمن)

The Inspirer of Faith


Al-Muhaymin (المهيمن)

The Guardian


Al-Aziz (العزيز)

The Victorious


Al-Jabbar (الجبار)

The Compeller


Al-Mutakabbir (المتكبر)

The Greatest


Al-Khaliq (الخالق)

The Creator


Al-Bari' (البارئ)

The Maker of Order


Al-Musawwir (المصور)

The Shaper of Beauty


Al-Ghaffar (الغفار)

The Forgiving


Al-Qahhar (القهار)

The Subduer


Al-Wahhab (الوهاب)

The Giver of All


Ar-Razzaq (الرزاق)

The Sustainer


Al-Fattah (الفتاح)

The Opener


Al-`Alim (العليم)

The Knower of All


Al-Qabid (القابض)

The Constrictor


Al-Basit (الباسط)

The Reliever


Al-Khafid (الخافض)

The Abaser


Ar-Rafi (الرافع)

The Exalter


Al-Mu'izz (المعز)

The Bestower of Honors


Al-Mudhill (المذل)

The Humiliator


As-Sami (السميع)

The Hearer of All


Al-Basir (البصير)

The Seer of All


Al-Hakam (الحكم)

The Judge


Al-`Adl (العدل)

The Just


Al-Latif (اللطيف)

The Subtle One


Al-Khabir (الخبير)

The All-Aware


Al-Halim (الحليم)

The Forebearing


Al-Azim (العظيم)

The Magnificent


Al-Ghafur (الغفور)

The Forgiver and Hider of Faults


Ash-Shakur (الشكور)

The Rewarder of Thankfulness


Al-Ali (العلى)

The Highest


Al-Kabir (الكبير)

The Greatest


Al-Hafiz (الحفيظ)

The Preserver


Al-Muqit (المقيت)

The Nourisher


Al-Hasib (الحسيب)

The Accounter


Al-Jalil (الجليل)

The Mighty


Al-Karim (الكريم)

The Generous


Ar-Raqib (الرقيب)

The Watchful One


Al-Mujib (المجيب)

The Responder to Prayer


Al-Wasi (الواسع)

The All-Comprehending


Al-Hakim (الحكيم)

The Perfectly Wise


Al-Wadud (الودود)

The Loving One


Al-Majid (المجيد)

The Majestic One


Al-Ba'ith (الباعث)

The Resurrector


Ash-Shahid (الشهيد)

The Witness


Al-Haqq (الحق)

The Truth


Al-Wakil (الوكيل)

The Trustee


Al-Qawiyy (القوى)

The Possessor of All Strength


Al-Matin (المتين)

The Forceful One


Al-Waliyy (الولى)

The Governor


Al-Hamid (الحميد)

The Praised One


Al-Muhsi (المحصى)

The Appraiser


Al-Mubdi' (المبدئ)

The Originator


Al-Mu'id (المعيد)

The Restorer


Al-Muhyi (المحيى)

The Giver of Life


Al-Mumit (المميت)

The Taker of Life


Al-Hayy (الحي)

The Ever Living One


Al-Qayyum (القيوم)

The Self-Existing One


Al-Wajid (الواجد)

The Finder


Al-Majid (الماجد)

The Glorious


Al-Wahid (الواحد)

The One, the All Inclusive, The Indivisible


As-Samad (الصمد)

The Satisfier of All Needs


Al-Qadir (القادر)

The All Powerful


Al-Muqtadir (المقتدر)

The Creator of All Power


Al-Muqaddim (المقدم)

The Expediter


Al-Mu'akhkhir (المؤخر)

The Delayer


Al-Awwal (الأول)

The First


Al-Akhir (الأخر)

The Last


Az-Zahir (الظاهر)

The Manifest One


Al-Batin (الباطن)

The Hidden One


Al-Wali (الوالي)

The Protecting Friend


Al-Muta'ali (المتعالي)

The Supreme One


Al-Barr (البر)

The Doer of Good


At-Tawwab (التواب)

The Guide to Repentance


Al-Muntaqim (المنتقم)

The Avenger


Al-'Afuww (العفو)

The Forgiver


Ar-Ra'uf (الرؤوف)

The Clement


Malik-al-Mulk (مالك الملك)

The Owner of All


Dhu-al-Jalal wa-al-Ikram (ذو الجلال و الإكرام)

The Lord of Majesty and Bounty


Al-Muqsit (المقسط)

The Equitable One


Al-Jami' (الجامع)

The Gatherer


Al-Ghani (الغنى)

The Rich One


Al-Mughni (المغنى)

The Enricher



The Preventer of Harm


Ad-Darr (الضار)

The Creator of The Harmful


An-Nafi' (النافع)

The Creator of Good


An-Nur (النور)

The Light


Al-Hadi (الهادي)

The Guide


Al-Badi (البديع)

The Originator


Al-Baqi (الباقي)

The Everlasting One


Al-Warith (الوارث)

The Inheritor of All


Ar-Rashid (الرشيد)

The Righteous Teacher


As-Sabur (الصبور)

The Patient One

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