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Istighfaar or durood

Fatwaa ID: 309

Assalam o alaikum
Which is more better to recite istagfirullah or durood ?

In the Name of Allaah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.
As-salaamu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullaahi wa-barakaatuh.

Istighfaar is for takhliyah, cleaning of one’s book of deeds. Salawaat is for tahliyah, adorning of one’s book of deeds. One should dedicate time daily for both. When doing istighfaar or sending salawaat, one should do so with a conscious mind. When one sends salawaat upon Nabi (S), this serves as a means of forgiveness for him as well. Hence, it may be argued that salawaat is better. However, as stated, one should both in his daily wird.

It should be noted that the correct words of istighaar is “Astaghfirullaah”, with fat’hah of the hamzah.

And Allaah Ta’aala knows best.
Mufti Muajul I. Chowdhury
Darul Iftaa New York

06/14/1444 AH – 01/07/2023 CE | AML1-6798

وصل اللهم وسلم وبارك على سيدنا محمد وعلى ءاله وصحبه أجمعين

سنن الترمذي: عن الطفيل بن أبي بن كعب عن أبيه قال كان رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم إذا ذهب ثلثا الليل قام فقال يا أيها الناس اذكروا الله اذكروا الله، جاءت الراجفة تتبعها الرادفة، جاء الموت بما فيه، جاء الموت بما فيه، قال أبي: قلت، يا رسول الله إني أكثر الصلاة عليك فكم أجعل لك من صلاتي، فقال ما شئت، قال: قلت الربع، قال: ما شئت، فإن زدت فهو خير لك، قلت: النصف، قال: ما شئت فإن زدت فهو خير لك، قال: قلت فالثلثين، قال: ما شئت فإن زدت فهو خير لك، قلت أجعل لك صلاتي كلها، قال إذن تكفى همك ويغفر ذنبك، قال أبو عيسى: هذا حديث حسن صحيح.


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