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					There are several types and forms of Al-Istagfar in the Sunnah. Shaddad ibn
Aws (radhiallahu anhu) related from the Prophet (sallallahu alaihi wa-sallam)
that he said: “The master of all Istigfar: 'Allahumma, Anta Rabbi, La ilaha
illa Anta, Khalaqtany,
wa ana Abduk,
wa ana 'Ala 'Ahdhika wa Wa'dika Mastat'at,
A'uthu Bika Min Sharri ma San'at, Abu-(alaihi as-salaam) Laka
Bini'matika 'Alay, wa Abu-(alaihi as-salaam) Bithanbi, Faghfirly,
Fa-innahu La Yaghfiru Ath-Thunuba Illa Anta”


O Allah! You are my Lord, there is no deity worthy of worthy of worship except
You. You have created me and I am Your slave, and I am firm on Your
covenant, and (awaiting) Your Promise, as much as I can. I seek refuge with
You from the evil of what I have done. I hereby affirm Your Bounty on me, and
I carry the burden of my sin, so forgive me, for there is none other than You
Who forgives the sins.”] If he says it when he reaches the evening and then
dies, he will enter Paradise. And likewise if he says it when he reaches the
day, and then dies during the day.” [Saheeh al-Bukharee]

Prophet (sallallahu alaihi wa-sallam) said: “Whoever says Astagfirullaha Al-
Lathi la ilaha Illa Huwa al-Hayyu al-Qayyumu wa Atubu Ilayh.” [I seek
Allah’s forgiveness, besides Whom none has the right to be worshiped except
Him, the Ever Living, the Ever Subsisting, supporter of all. And I turn to Him in
repentance.” [Riyaadh As-Saliheen]

In addition, Aa'ishah (radhiallahu anhu) said: “Before he died, the Messenger
of Allah (sallallahu alaihi wa-sallam) used to always say: “Sub'hanaka
Allahumma Wa Bi'Hamdika, Astagfiruka wa Atibu Ilayk.” [All the praise is
due to You, O Allah, and the thanks. I seek Your forgiveness and I repent to
You.] [Sharh Muslim]

Also, Ibn Umar (radhiallahu anhu) said: “We used to count for the
Messenger of Allah in one audience a hundred times (meaning he says):
“Rabbi Igfirli wa Tub 'Alayya Innaka Anta at-Tawwabu Ar-Raheem” [O My
Lord! Forgive me and accept my repentance, for You are the Ever-Forgiving,
the Ever-Merciful] [Saheeh al-Jami]

				
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