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« on: January 07, 2018, 03:19:48 pm »


Astaghfar (استغفار ) means seeking forgiveness, and forgiveness can be sought only from Allah The Almighty.  Thus the word Astaghfirullah (أستغفر الله‎ )  which means 'I seek forgiveness from Allah.'

Astaghfirullah is something we can repeat as often as we like each day.  Particularly after offering our daily salah or nafl salah would be a good time for seeking the forgiveness of Allah. The more the better for our souls.

What confuses me is that I see many Muslims who may hardly mention "Astaghfirullah" but if they encounter something offensive or objectionable or disagreeable, they at once mention "Astaghfirullah."  Like I said, seeking forgiveness from Allah can be done any time and over any situation.  My question however is that in a situation such as this, of disagreement or objection,  isn't it more suitable to say Auzubillah or Nauzubillah?
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« Reply #1 on: January 07, 2018, 03:24:16 pm »

Well yes, you're right brother.  At times like these the obvious thing to say is Auzubillahi or Nauzubillahi.  But when people say 'Astaghfirullah' I think the connotation is to beg forgiveness of Allah of our sins and consequently to accept us in His protection.  Therefore in my opinion, the use of Astaghfirullah in such situations carries an indirect echo or is indirectly referred to acquiring the protection of Allah.  In other words, it alludes to imploring Allah for His guidance and henceforth His forgiveness; and Allah protects those whom He forgives and guides.  This is my opinion. 

The most popular dua seeking Astaghfar is:



Astaghfirullahi Rabbi min kulli zambiyon wa toobu alay
(I seek the forgiveness of Allah, my Rab, from every sin and I return to Him).

The concept is apparently seeking to come close to Allah (for His guidance and protection) by first seeking His forgiveness.

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« Reply #2 on: January 07, 2018, 03:26:31 pm »




Right Sis.  Sounds spot-on to a question that had been on my mind too.
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« Reply #3 on: January 07, 2018, 04:18:31 pm »



Many thanks Sister Zeynab.  That was very helpful.
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« Reply #4 on: January 07, 2018, 04:20:17 pm »


Both Auzubillah and Nauzobillah are expressions for seeking refuge or shelter in Allah from sinful people, sinful actions and sinful thoughts.   Would anyone know the precise difference between Auzubillah and Nauzubillah?
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« Reply #5 on: January 07, 2018, 04:21:33 pm »



Yes.  Auzubillah means 'I seek refuge in Allah' and Nauzubillah means 'we seek refuge in Allah.'
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« Reply #6 on: January 07, 2018, 04:22:39 pm »



Right.  Many thanks brother.
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« Reply #7 on: January 07, 2018, 04:23:22 pm »



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