How Do I Ask Allah for Forgiveness? | Blog
Published: August 11, 2022 • Updated: October 20, 2023
Author: Roohi Tahir
بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمٰنِ الرَّحِيْمِ
In the name of God, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.
What are major sins and minor sins in Islam?
How do I repent for a minor sin?
Can minor sins become major ones?
How do I ask Allah for forgiveness for major sins?
- Remorse: Feeling guilty is a sign of faith in your heart. Follow up your misdeed immediately with regret and remorse towards Allah.
- Repent sincerely by verbalizing ‘astaghfirullah,’ which means, “I seek forgiveness from Allah.”
- Resolve to never commit the sin again.
- Repair: If the sin involved wronging someone, make reparations by seeking their forgiveness and recompensing them if possible.
What if I repeat a sin again?
Will Allah actually forgive me?
“When Allah completed the creation, He wrote in His book with Him upon the Throne: Verily, My mercy prevails over My wrath.”
[Sahih al-Bukhari #3194]
Is there a du’a I can make to erase all sins?
O Allah, You are my Lord. None has the right to be worshiped but You. You created me and I am your servant. I am committed to Your covenant and promise, as much as I can. I seek refuge with You from the evil I have done. I acknowledge all the blessings You have bestowed upon me, and I confess to You all my sins. So, forgive me, for indeed, no one forgives sins but You.
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 ‘alayya, wa abu’u bidhanbi faghfirli fa-innahu la yaghfiru adh-dhunuba illa anta.
“If somebody recites this [du’a] 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.”
[Sahih al-Bukhari #6306]