Istigfar (Repentance) Compiled by Ayatullah Dr. S. Fadhil H Milani, London

Istigfar (Repentance)

 

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 Compiled by Ayatullah Dr. S. Fadhil H Milani, London

 

 Q- What are the conditions for Istighfar?

 A- From Imam Ali (A.S.)

 

 Someone said before Hazrat Amir al – mu’minin, peace be upon him:

 “astaghfiru’llah” (I ask Allah’s [swt] forgiveness), then Hazrat Amir al -

 mu’minin, peace be upon him, said: Your mother may lose you! Do you know

 what “istighfar” (asking Allah’s [swt] forgiveness) is?

 “Istighfar” is an elevated status, which stands on six supports.

 

 * The first is to sincerely regret one’s past deeds.

 * The second is a firm resolves never to repeat them,

 * The third is to fulfill all the rights of owners in order that you may

   Come to Allah clean, and with nothing left to account.

 * The fourth is to fulfill every obligation which you have ignored so that

   You may now do justice to them.

* The fifth is to eliminate any flesh, which has developed out of unlawful

   Earnings, so that you may remove it by grief (of repentance) till the

Skin   touches the bone, and a new flesh grows between them.

 * And the sixth is to make the body feel the rigor of obedience, as it

  (Previously) tasted the sweetness of disobedience.

 

  On such an occasion you may say “astaghfiru’llah”.

 

 “Man is influenced by the faith of his friends. Therefore, be careful

  of whom you associate with” – Holy Prophet Muhammad (saww)

 

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There are many methods and schemes employed by Shaitaan to distract Muslims,

to lead us astray. Initially it is to distract us and thereafter to lead us

to commit shirk and kufr. The Quraan exhorts us with the following:

“Lead to destruction those whom thou canst among them, with thy (seductive)

voice; make assaults on them with thy cavalry and thy infantry; mutually

share with them wealth and children; and make promises to them. But Satan

promises them nothing but deceit”. [Bani Isra'il 17:64]

 

“As for My servants, no authority shalt thou have over them. Enough is thy

Lord for a Disposer of affairs”. [Bani Isra'il 17:65]

 

8) Life of Play and Amusement

 

Allah (S.W.T) describes this world in the Quraan as follows:

“What is the life of this world but play and amusement? But best is the home

in the hereafter, for those who are righteous. Will ye not then understand?”

[al-An`am 6:32.11]

 

Allah (S.W.T) warns us of being heedless of  our religion Islaam,  and being

deceived by this world as follows:

“Leave alone those who take their religion to be mere play and amusement, and

are deceived by the life of this world. But proclaim (to them) this (truth):

that every soul delivers itself to ruin by its own acts: it will find for

itself no protector or intercessor except God: if it offered every ransom,

(or reparation), none will be accepted: such is (the end of) those who

deliver themselves to ruin by their own acts: they will have for drink

(only) boiling water, and for punishment, one most grievous: for they

persisted in rejecting God”. [al-An`am 6:70.13]

 

9) Five Senses in Disobedience of Allah

 

Let us not be of those who Allah (S.W.T) has blessed with five senses (i.e.

sight, hearing, speech, touch and smell) for the disobedience of Allah. We

should be using these blessed senses in the pleasure of our Creator (S.W.T).

It would certainly be a sign of ingratitude if we were to use our senses,

time and our wealth in the disobedience of Allah (S.W.T).  In this regard

Allah (S.W.T) mentions in the Holy Quraan:

“Verily the ear, the eye and the heart – with regard to each of these it will

be questioned”. [Al-Isrá 17 -36]

 

It is clear that that this verse indicates towards the great responsibility

attached to the correct usage of the senses.

 

What should we, as Muslims, be doing?

 

1- Create Consciousness of Allah:

 

We should be spending our precious time in an environment that promotes the

consciousness of Allah (S.W.T) and fulfilling our object of our existence on

earth. As Allah mentions in Quraan:

 

I created the jinn and humankind only that they might worship Me.

[adh-Dhariyat 51:56]

 

2- Refrain from Pastime activities

 

We should abstain from leading a lifestyle that promotes all sorts of

corruption including the corruption of the Deen-ul-Islam. If we wish to be

able to recognise the fitnah of the liar, Ad-Dajjal then we should refrain

from the activities and pastimes of his followers.

 

3- Be Vigilant of the plots of Shaitan.

 

Only true believers will be able to recognize the fraud and deceit of the

Dajjal. So we should strengthen our imaan and also be vigilant of the plots

of Shaitaan, who wishes to distract us from the remembrance of Allah.

 

4- Make Tawba:

 

Muslims are urged to change our ways and to make sincere taubah (repentance)

for our past sins.

 

5- Choice of Good from Bad:

 

Allah has granted us choices of good and evil in this world, let us use it

for the good.  We should try and refrain from entertaining ourselves with

television and enjoy the HALAAL activities that is pleasing to our Creator

(S.W.T).

 

May Allah Guide us, and Forgive us all. Ameen

wassalam

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