There are a few words the recitation of which guarantees that you enter Paradise should you die on the same day or night. The Messenger of Allah, Allah bless him and give him peace, gifted the Muslims with the best words to ask Allah’s forgiveness. Known as The Foremost Formula of Asking Forgiveness (Sayyid al-Istighfar), this supplication is unmatched in the beauty and depths of its meanings. This course, taught by Shaykh Muhammad Abu Bakr Ba-Dhib, is a detailed explanation of those meanings, which will bring life to this supplication.
“If you did not sin Allah would have got rid of you and created people who sinned and then asked Allah for forgiveness, and then forgiven them.” (Muslim) As humans, we are prone to mistakes. Allah, out of His pure generosity, has given us a means to benefit even after we sin: asking for forgiveness. If we ask with sincerity Allah forgives our sins no matter how great or how many they are. But not all words of asking for forgiveness are equal. The Messenger of Allah taught us the foremost formula of asking Allah for forgiveness. WIthin it is a recognition on Allah’s power, mercy, the primordial pledge, a recognition of His blessings, one’s faults and that none can actually forgive except Allah. In this series, Shaykh Muhammad Abu Bakr Ba-Dhib explains this beautiful supplication of the Messenger of Allah, Allah bless him and give him peace, and the topic of asking for forgiveness as a whole. The lessons are based on the book The Healing of Hearts and Eyesight in the Exposition of the Knowledges Contained in The Foremost Formula of Seeking Forgiveness, by Imam Ahmad ibn Zayn al-Habashi’, which Shaykh Muhammad has produced a critical edition of.
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