What are the best words to recite for istighfar?
The dua, Sayyid ul Istighfar, was called the Master of Istighfar by the Prophet (peace be on him)
Sayyid ul Istighfar
Shaddad bin Aus narrated that the Prophet (peace be on him) said:
The most superior way of asking for forgiveness from Allah is:
اللَّهُمَّ أَنْتَ رَبِّي، لاَ إِلَهَ إِلاَّ أَنْتَ، خَلَقْتَنِي وَأَنَا عَبْدُكَ، وَأَنَا عَلَى عَهْدِكَ وَوَعْدِكَ مَا اسْتَطَعْتُ، أَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنْ شَرِّ مَا صَنَعْتُ، أَبُوءُ لَكَ بِنِعْمَتِكَ عَلَىَّ وَأَبُوءُ لَكَ بِذَنْبِي، فَاغْفِرْ لِي، فَإِنَّهُ لاَ يَغْفِرُ الذُّنُوبَ إِلاَّ أَنْتَ
Allahumma anta Rabbi la ilaha illa anta, Khalaqtani wa ana `Abduka, wa ana `ala `ahdika wa wa`dika mastata`tu, A`udhu bika min Sharri ma sana`tu, abu’u Laka bini`matika `alaiya, wa abu’u laka bidhanbi faghfir lee fa innahu la yaghfiru adhdhunuba illa anta.
O Allah! You are my Rabb. There is no true god except You. You have created me, and I am Your slave, and I hold to Your Covenant as far as I can. I seek refuge in You from the evil of what I have done. I acknowledge the favors that You have bestowed upon me, and I confess my sins. Pardon me, for none but You has the power to pardon.
The Prophet (peace be on him) added. “If somebody recites it during the day with firm faith in it, and dies on the same day before the evening, he will be from the people of Paradise; and if somebody recites it at night with firm faith in it, and dies before the morning, he will be from the people of Paradise.” (Bukhari)
The Prophet (peace be upon him) used recite astagfirullah 100 times a day.
You can recite astaghfirullah, (I seek forgiveness) or you can say astagfirullahil azeem (I seek forgiveness from Allah the Mighty) or astaghfirullahal azeem, alladhi la ilaha illa huwal hayyul qayyum wa aatubu ilaih
I seek the forgiveness of Allah the Mighty, Whom there is none worthy of worship except Him, The Living, The Eternal, and I repent unto Him
It was narrated from Abu Hurairah (may Allah be pleased with him) that the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said:
astaghfirullah wa atub illhi
I seek the forgiveness of Allah and repent to Him
one hundred times each day. (Ibn Majah)
Abdullah bin Abbas (may Allah be pleased with him) narrated that the Prophet (peace be on him) said:
The one who [regularly] says Istighfaar, Allah will open a path for him from all difficulties, remove him from all sorrow, and grant him sustenance from unimagined and unexpected sources. (Abu Dawud)
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