Prayers for Seeking Repentance

What are some of the prayers the Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ) taught us to seek repentance?

There are a number of prayers, which Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ) gave for seeking repentance. At the end of his prayers, he used to say, “Astaghfirullah, astaghfirullah,” and repeat it a number of times. In another narration, it was mentioned that he used to seek forgiveness from Allah more than a hundred times a day.[1]  So, that is something that we should do in a regular basis. When we do it, we must reflect on the sin that we are seeking forgiveness from. It is not just at the end of the prayer and say, “Astaghfirullah, astaghfirullah, …” and carry on. We just said it, but we have not thought about what it means, what sins we are seeking forgiveness from, and whether we do feel sad about these sins.  As we have said before, without any sadness and any remorse, then this is just a blind ritual.

Before going to bed at night, the Prophet (ﷺ) used to say:

“I seek forgiveness from Allah, besides whom there is no God, the Eternal, the Self-Subsisting; I turn to Him in repentance.”

He used to say that three times. And he said that whoever said this, his sin will be forgiven, even if he has fled a military advance.[2]


[1] [Muslim (2702)]

[2] [Sheikh al Albani said saheeh in As’silsila A’saheeha (2727)]

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