In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

The Power of Istighfar – Astaghfirullah (I seek forgiveness of Allah)


People often forget the importance of the simple yet powerful dua (supplication) – Istighfar i.e., saying “Astaghfirullah” (I seek forgiveness of Allah). Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) recited this at least 100 times a day. Let us see the benefits and virtues of reciting this simple beautiful supplication insha Allah.

  • Istighfar (Astaghfirullah) is the gateway of relief and happiness. Whenever you are in distress start reciting it and Insha Allah it will take you out of your anxiety and will put you in a peaceful situation and will give you happiness.
  • Istighfar removes anxiety and duas are answered.
  • Istighfar opens the door of sustenance.
  • Istighfar opens the door of mercy.
  • Istighfar opens the door of knowledge.
  • Istighfar is also gateway of productivity.
  • Istighfar relieves you. When you feel that sadness within you, when you are disturbed and frustrated, when anxiety surrounds you, say “Astaghfirullah” “Astaghfirullah”…
  • Reciting Astaghfiruallah is an effective method of calming our self and wipes away the variety of worldly worries from our mind and body. It may also help us, if we are suffering from depression, it calm us and lessen our depression.
  • Astaghfirullah also helps us to refrain from all forms of sins. Regularly saying this reminds us that Allah is everywhere and in this way there is very small chances of doing wrongful actions.
  • Ibn Abbas (May Allah be pleased with them) said: The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said,

    “If anyone constantly seeks pardon (from Allah), Allah will appoint for him a way out of every distress and a relief from every anxiety, and will provide sustenance for him from where he expects not.” [Abu Dawud].

  • In another hadith, Abdullah bin Abbas (May Allah be pleased with them) narrates that Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) said:

    “The one who (regularly) says Istighfaar, that is, frequently repent to Allah Ta’aala for sins committed, Allah Azza Wa-Jal will open a path from poverty and difficulties. All sorrow and hardship will be removed, and in its place prosperity and contentment granted. One will receive sustenance from unimagined and unexpected sources.”

  • Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) has said in another Hadith:

    “The one who seeks forgiveness for Muslim males and females from Allah Ta’aala twenty six or twenty five times every day, Allah Ta’ala will count that person among those whose Du’a is accepted, and through the barakah of whom those on earth gain Rizq (sustenance).”

  • Do Tasbih of Astaghfaar at least 100 times daily as it is the Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him).
  • In one minute, you can say “Astaghfiru Allaah” more than 100 times! The virtue of seeking forgiveness is well-known, it is a reason of obtaining forgiveness, entering Paradise, having good provisions, increasing one’s strength, repelling harm, having affairs facilitated, the descent of rain, and increasing in wealth and children.
  • The doors of repentance are always open therefore don’t delay your repentance in a hope of tomorrow, as tomorrow is uncertain , Repent now and make it a habit to ask Allah’s forgiveness by reciting “Astaghfirullah”.
  • Say I believe in Allah’s mercy, I have sinned, I have gone astray, I have been negligent, but still I believe in Allah’s soothing mercy and forgiveness, I’ll not despair!

Importance of Istighfar from the Quran:

One of the 99 Names of Allah is Al-Ghaffaar (الْغَفَّارُ) – The Great Forgiver The Forgiver, the One who forgives the sins of His slaves time and time again. There are numerous verses in the Quran about the importance of asking for forgiveness of Allah SWT. Here are few of them:

And (commanding you): “Seek the forgiveness of your Lord, and turn to Him in repentance, that He may grant you good enjoyment, for a term appointed, and bestow His abounding Grace to every owner of grace (i.e. the one who helps and serves needy and deserving, physically and with his wealth, and even with good words). But if you turn away, then I fear for you the torment of a Great Day (i.e. the Day of Resurrection). [Hud 11:3]

Declare (O Muhammad SAW) unto My slaves, that truly, I am the Oft-Forgiving, the Most-Merciful. [Al-Hijr 15:49]

Then, verily! Your Lord for those who do evil (commit sins and are disobedient to Allâh) in ignorance and afterward repent and do righteous deeds, verily, your Lord thereafter, (to such) is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful. [An-Nahl 16:119]

Your Lord knows best what is in your inner-selves. If you are righteous, then, verily, He is Ever Most Forgiving to those who turn unto Him again and again in obedience, and in repentance. [Al-Isra 17:25]

And verily, I am indeed Forgiving to him who repents, believes (in My Oneness, and associates none in worship with Me) and does righteous good deeds, and then remains constant in doing them, (till his death). [Ta-Ha 20:82]

And say (O Muhammad SAW): “My Lord! Forgive and have mercy, for You are the Best of those who show mercy!” [Al-Mumenoon 23:118]

Need more verses? Read the Quran! There are plenty of verses about the importance of seeking forgiveness. Some verses are addressing the previous Prophets and their people. But these are again addressing us since Allah SWT wants us to learn from the story of previous people – His acceptance of forgiveness from them and His severe punishments for the ignorant groups. So did you say “Astagfirullah” (I seek forgiveness of Allah) 100 times today? :)

A Interesting Story about the 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. 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 (seeking 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]

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  1. I did enjoyed reading through ur publications, most especially the Importance of the duas.

  2. I really feel graet by this duaas it has greatltly changed my focus
    Jazakallah khairan

  3. Asslm… I really appreciated and admire the effort of this famous web side,for guiding me on how to solve my problems by adopting istighfar, may almighty Allah reward you abundantly ameen. from Umar kawuwa Nigeria

  4. Astagfirullah Astagfirullah Astagfirullah..
    May Allah bless you and every poor Muslim.
    I ask Allah to raise me up as respected powerful rich man who will help poor people to achieve their dreams.
    I ask Allah to facilitate my master degree as I am poor and hopeless of being nobody.

    • mahmoom, may Allah raise you up as a powerful rich man( sooner than later for you) and facilitate for your master degree and may Allah made things easy for you and grant you Jannah. May Allah grant you all your dreams come true sooner than later and give you long healthy life. Ameen Ameen!

  5. allahu akbar, what a lovely story about istighrfar :)

  6. Mashallah great deen work doing thru web almighty provide u with more deeni knowledge and grant u success in this world and hereafter. Ameen

  7. The story of Istighfar actually brought tears to my eyes! Mashallah. It’s a shame we do not have more knowledge of islam.

  8. Jazakallah dear muslim brother

    Nailah, England, UK

  9. Assalamu alaikum.. I read the duas it was so exciting duas.may allah grant u do more in web site.jazakillahu hairah

  10. Asslm… I really appreciated this site
    reciting Astagfirullah Astagfirullah Astagfirullah
    is very good for all Muslims and non Muslims
    133 or 313 and even 1000+ will be more effective
    May Allah grant our Astagfirullah
    Abduk-Kareem from Lagos Nigeria

  11. May Allah forgive all our sin n grant us jannah Ameen

  12. It doesn’t require much really to make istiqfar and we can say it 100-500 times in 6 minutes. It is very easy in our tongue but yet we get huge rewards masha Allah. Allah is great. We should be thankful to be Muslim. Jazakalahuqeyr for whom ever post this and the brothers and sisters who replied..

    Guled, Seattle, Wa

  13. Astaghfirullah is a sort of Dua who having the miracle power especially granted from the almighty & the merciful Allah.

  14. I came across your website just by chance and was very upset with how things were turning bad in my home and couldn’t find a way out of such miserable situation where you are doing right and each and every member of your family pointing at you being wrong. Anyway things are pretty much there nothing has changed but its 2nd day and I feel content and calm inside not worrying what will happen next.. God bless you… and intentionally submitted wrong email ID.. Thanks

  15. Assalamu aleikum

    I have actually adopted this. first day i statrted i saw wonders i read it continously nonnstop waljing sitting…. working etc

    and i felt so contented n peacful n everything of my affairs were not troubling……. it really does work if u are sincere and true in seeking forgiveness…. try it u will be amazed

    may allah kareem guide everyone to true repentance forgive their wrongs and bestow his light on them… and bestow his peace and blessings upon our leader muhammad saalalahu alaiyhi wasallam .ameen



    • godwilling i am going to start reciting astagfirullah as much as possible. ya allah forgive my all sins.

  16. Assalamualaikum wrt Allah wrt,

    May Allah bless you for reminding us the power of istighfar.. i really enjoy reading the story of the baker.
    Jazaa kum Allah khair

  17. This is agreat sermon; may Allah reward u abundantly, amin summa amin!

  18. Assalamu-Alaikum. Jazakallah khair for Masha-Allah great Article. May Allah bless you and all of us. Remember in prayers.

  19. Please pray for nd my husband so he will not divorce me all I need is him

  20. i thank you alot 4 ths knlodge,snce i startea sayng the dua truely their iz alot o change in all my problems!!**may Allah bless this web&the one who com up with this idea of giving people the impotance of askng 4giveness

  21. salam,

    m moved by the story of istigfar,in your opening,brothers and sister need to understand that ALLAH is not everywhere as some perceive it but rather hes on AL ARSH,the way it suits HIS majesty.


  22. Masha Allah, that is great, May Allah SWT grants you a very long and happy life.

  23. ASLKM

    I really feel happy by reading dis.And am thankful to ALLAH TA’ALA .
    Thank you for posting dis.I am in depression and i found a way to overcome from my problem INSHA’ALLAH.Please remember me in your precious dua’s.

  24. Assalamualaikum! I’m juz a normal person who was born a born muslim but only became pious last year. I used to feel so blessed and everything. All my prayers were quickly accepted and i had everything. I used to feel good about myself but then suddenly i had a slow and steady change of heart that was very sudden and shocking to me. I became lazy when it came to praying and i started feeling so disturbed and got stuck in really awful things and doubts. Now i don’t know what to do. Can i seek help from the creator of this webpage?? Email me please.

    • Waalaikum Salam bro.

      I’m extremely sorry for the very late reply. Try Tahajjud prayer, one of the best solution suggested by the scholars. It’s not easy to begin. Wake up just 30min before Fajr and pray. See how this changes your life Insha Allah!

  25. Assalamualaikum
    Dear Muslim Brothers and Sisters,
    Before Two Years, I was very upset and there was not a single solution of my problems, I heard about Astagfar, I started asking for forgiveness and now Al Hamdulillah I am relaxed, my present is fine and not worried about future, few months ago, I left asking forgiveness and my bad time again started, therefore I request you all to ask for forgiveness, thousand of times daily, Insha Allah It will change Your Life.

    • I agree with you, even mine problem was same, i did alot of Astagfar, and i got blessings from every where, the best wazifa is to do Astagfar, because after doing Astagfar, your needs, your duas are always accepted by Allah. so friends we all muslima should do alot of Astagfar and in sha Allah , we all will get benefited from this small supplication and we all will best of the best here and in akhira… Ameen

  26. assalamualaikum,
    Thank you for sharing this precious doa. I am in my deepest sadness right now, no words can describe, i cried a lot and lost my appetite..i hope this doa will help me overcome this hardship…

  27. asalama alaykum brother and sister when i read this history and how allah subxana watacala is power ful i cry alot and thank you brother make me dua the power and willing of allah to make me easy to do so insha allah

  28. Subhan Allah!!

  29. Allahu Akbar, masha Allah, I just got to see seeking ALLAH’s forgiveness from another perspective, may ALLAH forgive all muslim ummah, remove our worries, turn our difficulties to ease, strengthen us in Emaan & make Aljanah Firdaus our final abode. Ameen.

  30. may allah, forgive whom ever seek forgivenees from him, and protect our ummah ameen. Abdulmalik

  31. Asalam Alikum may Allah Bless you in abundamce in this life and the next …this has help me so much alhumduAllah please keep up this good work…. it not just help me but also others Allah Bless all and make thing easy for you all inshAllah …..

    • Jazakallah Khairan. May Allah help you too and the entire Ummah.

  32. Jazakallah.

  33. Allahu akbar thys is beautiful

  34. Masha Allah Excellennt reminder of Istighfar .I really enjoyed especially the story of the Baker & Imam Ahmed Ibn-Hambal May Allah Have Mercy on him.
    Jzk May fulfil your needs & Increase you in more knowledge & give you taqwa…
    & All the Muslim Amiin

  35. Muhammad January 20, 2014
    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    Masha Allah Excellennt reminder of Istighfar .I really enjoyed especially the story of the Baker & Imam Ahmed Ibn-Hambal May Allah Have Mercy on him.
    Jzk May Allah fulfil your needs & Increase you in more knowledge & give you taqwa…
    & All the Muslim Amiin

  36. Mashallah nice website on Forgiveness

  37. After reading about the power of istighfar ‘ i have build the strong belief that Allah Azza wajal will certainly forgive me

    • No doubt if it’s sincere! Insha Allah.

  38. What.a mashAllah story on istighfaar it opened my mind to greater things algamdulilaah may Allah reward all of us inshallah nd protect our ummah so that Allah can be pleased with us

  39. Algamdulilaah mashallah for this wonderful teachings it really made me see things more greater may Allah protecrt our ummah nd keep us under Allahs ghidayyah nd make us upon the rightous muslimeen

  40. I hav many sorrows and regrets I hav done in d past….I hope allah will forgv me ameen and accpt my prayerss…yaa rabbeeee I oly hav u to share from d bottom of my hert

    ……I love allah….Asthafirullah

    • Assalamu Alaikum,

      HE will forgive, for sure Insha Allah, if you repents from the bottom of your heart. Because HE said:
      And verily, I am indeed Forgiving to him who repents, believes (in My Oneness, and associates none in worship with Me) and does righteous good deeds, and then remains constant in doing them, (till his death). [Ta-Ha 20:82]

      Sharing one hadith:
      On the authority of Anas, who said: I heard the messenger of Allah say:
      Allah the Almighty has said: “O son of Adam, so long as you call upon Me and ask of Me, I shall forgive you for what you have done, and I shall not mind. O son of Adam, were your sins to reach the clouds of the sky and were you then to ask forgiveness of Me, I would forgive you. O son of Adam, were you to come to Me with sins nearly as great as the earth and were you then to face Me, ascribing no partner to Me, I would bring you forgiveness nearly as great as its.”

      Your past is past. Nobody is perfect. Not even the religious ones. You need not repent to anyone except Allah. He will hide your sins even on the Day of Judgement. Just repent sincerely, live a good life in obedience to our Lord, and never divert from the straight path. May Allah bless you and your family.

  41. Alhamdulillah.

  42. Jazakallahu kheir. All praises belong only to Allah(swt) and He alone is worth of worship. Alhamdulilah, we muslims Allah(swt) Most beneficient and merciful raised our status among all His creatures but unfortunately we are unware of it because we neglected His revelation and command or hold it with a light esteem and that is why today we are weak and facing adversity. May Allah(swt) forgive us for our sins, grant us success in both worlds, protect us from hell and evil, and guidance to the straight path.

  43. Alhamdulillah. God bless you ameen

  44. Salam to all..! It is very nice and informative. It is a way to get knowledge and guidance. Jazakallah


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