Astaghfirullah also known as Istighfar is the act of seeking forgiveness from Allah. In this article, we will learn the Astaghfirullah meaning in English, how to write it in Arabic, how to pronounce it, power of Istighfar and many more.
Astaghfirullah Meaning In English
Al-Istighfaar means seeking for forgiveness. Astaghfirullah means I seek forgiveness from Allah. No one is free from sins, but the cure is seeking forgiveness, praise be to Allah.
Astaghfirullah in Arabic
Here is how to write Astaghfirullah in Arabic text:
The video below will help you learn how to say Astaghfirullah.
No one is free from sins as stated by the Prophet SAW:
“All the children of Adam commit sin and the best of them are those who repent.”
The sin committed by the children of Adam may be falling short of an obligation or carrying out a prohibition. No one is free from sins, but the cure is seeking forgiveness, praise be to Allah.
It is reported that Satan said: “I ruin the son of Adam with sins and they also destroy me with La-ilaha-illa- Allah and Istighfaar.
There are lots of Astaghfirullah benefits among them are:
- It safeguards the supplicant against the evil consequences of their sins.
- It increases the blessings of Allah (both material and spiritual).
- It is one of the ways of finding inner peace and tranquillity.
- It purifies ones from the physiological results of sins.
- Astaghfirullah turns evil deeds to good deeds.
- Allah forgives those who sincerely seek forgiveness unconditionally.
- Whoever makes Istighfar frequently, Allah will provide a way for him out of every distress and provide for him from sources he could never expect.
- Astaghfirullah opens the door of sustenance.
- It opens the door of mercy.
- Istighfar opens the door of knowledge.
- It is also gateway of productivity.
Istighfaar is the means of attaining forgiveness; hence, Allah, the Mighty and Sublime, commanded seeking forgiveness in numerous verses of the Qur’an.
How Many Times Should You Say Astaghfirullah After Prayer?
You should say Astaghfirullah three times after each fard (obligatory) prayer. This is the Sunnah of the prophet Muhammad SAW.
It stated that whenever the Prophet finishes his Prayer, he would say, “Astaghfirullaah” (meaning: O Allaah, I seek your forgiveness). That is, he would seek for forgiveness three times saying: “Astaghfirullah, Astaghfirullah, Astaghfirullah”.
Then, he would say, ‘Allaahumma anta As-salaam wa minka As-salaam tabaarakta yaa Dhal-Jalaal wal-Ikraam’ (meaning: “O Allah, You are Peace and from You Alone comes peace. Blessed are You, OPossessor of all Glory and Honour)”
One should seek for forgiveness after completing the Salat because of what it may contain of defects and deficiencies.
He says, “O Allah, You are Peace,” that is, I am interceding with you with one of Your noble Names to accept my Salat so that it would be an expiation for my sins and a enhancer of ranks.Allah alone grants success.
There are many relevant and beneficial verses in this regard.
One of them is the Word of Allah to His Prophet
“So know that none has the right to be worshipped but Allah, and seek forgiveness for your sin.”
Allah instructed His Prophet SAW to recognize that none deserves to be worshipped except Allah and commanded him to seek forgiveness.
“Ask forgiveness for your sin.” This is the Prophet SAW that Allah has forgiven his future sins and past sins being asked to seek for forgiveness.
Allah, the Mighty and Sublime, said:
“And ask forgiveness for your sin and ask also for believing men and believing women.”
In the same vein, Allah – the Mighty and Sublime – also praised those who seek forgiveness in several verses.
Allah, the Mighty and Sublime, says:
“And those who pray and beg Allah’s pardon in the last hour of the night.”Surah Al Imran verse 17
They are those who ask Allah for forgiveness in the last part of the night.
The scholars said that they are those who worship Allah by performing the night supererogatory Prayer but consider themselves to be falling short in their duties, hence they ask Allah for forgiveness.
Despite the fact that they spend the night performing optional Salat, they still seek forgiveness for fearof falling short in their obligations.
Therefore, it is good for one to seek forgiveness from Allah, the Mighty and Sublime, a lot.
Al-Aghar Al-Muzannee (may Allah be pleased with him) reported from the Prophet SAW, whose future and past sins have been forgiven. He SAW said:
“Sometimes I perceive a veil over my heart,” that is, a cover, fog or similar thing “and I supplicate Allah for forgiveness a hundred times in a day.” He would say: Astaghfirullah hundred times in a day.
If the Prophet SAW, whose past and future sins have been forgiven, would do this, what about us?
But our hearts are dead. There is no veil over our hearts but we fail to pay attention to our actions because of the numerous sins.
Hence, you will see a person who is heedless of this matter seeks forgiveness a little.
One should emulate the Prophet SAW by doing a lot of Istighfaar as stated by Ibn Umar (may Allah be pleased with him):
“We counted the Messenger of Allah SAW saying a hundred times during one single sitting:
‘Rabbighfr’lee wa tubb alayyah, innaka anta tawwabur rahirri (O my Lord! Forgive me and pardon me. Indeed, You are the Oft- Returning with compassion and Ever Merciful.)
In addition, the Prophet SAW stated that among the blessings of Allah on His servants is that whenever they are afflicted with sins and ask Allah for forgiveness, He will forgive them.
The Prophet SAW reported that: “If you do not commit sins, Allah would replace you with a people who would commit sins and seek forgiveness from Allah, and Allah will certainly forgive them”.
This is an exhortation that one should ask forgiveness from His Lord a lot in order to attain the level of those who constantly seek forgiveness from Allah.
Similarly, he stated that as reported by Abu Dawud (may Allah shower blessings on him):
“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.”
“If anyone constantly seeks pardon (from Allah),” that is, stick to it and ask a lot of it, Allah will provide deliverance for him from every constraint; relief from every suffering and provide for him from sources he never expected.
The hadeeths regarding the virtues of seeking forgiveness, commendation of those who do it and exhortation towards it are many.
Therefore, O my brother, you should seek forgiveness a lot. Let your most frequently spoken word be: “O Allah forgive me”, “O Allah have mercy on me”, “I ask Allah for forgiveness and I turn to Him in repentance” and other similar words.
Perchance, it may coincide with the time Allah accepts supplications and you will be forgiven of your sins.
The excellence of Istighfaar is reflected in the statement of Allah: “If your sins should pile up to the sky and should you beg pardon of Me, I would forgive you.”
Thus, if a person’s sins were to reach the upper part of the sky then he asks for Allah’s Forgiveness – the Mighty and Sublime – Allah will forgive him.
Allah has said whoever does evil or cheats his soul then seeks forgiveness from Allah, he will meet Allah as the Most-Forgiving Most-Merciful.
That is, no matter what the sin you might commit O man, then if you seek Allah’s Forgiveness, He – the Mighty and Sublime – will forgive you.
Also, the Prophet SAW instructed the women to give lots of charity and be diligent in seeking forgiveness from Allah.
This is because he SAW saw that the majority of the dwellers of Hell are women. This shows that seeking forgiveness is one of the barriers to entering Hell.
Therefore, my brother, you should seek forgiveness frequently by saying: Astaghfirullah (I seek forgiveness from Allah), Allahummagh- firlee war-hamnee (O Allah! Forgive me and have mercy on me).
These words will not harm you and are not difficult for you, but easy words. Allah alone grants success.