Best Duʻā For Forgiveness

Šhaddad Ibn Aws (RA) narrates that the Prophet (S) said, “The chief of duʻās for forgiveness is (the duʻā below).

Whoever says this in the morning – fully believing in what he/she is saying – then passes away before the evening will be in Jannah. Similarly, whoever says this in the evening – fully believing in what he/she is saying – then passes away before the morning will be in Jannah.”

اللَّهُمَّ أَنْتَ رَبِّي لَا إِلَهَ إِلَّا أَنْتَ خَلَقْتَنِي وَأَنَا عَبْدُكَ وَأَنَا عَلَى عَهْدِكَ وَوَعْدِكَ مَا اسْتَطَعْتُ أَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنْ شَرِّ مَا صَنَعْتُ أَبُوءُ لَكَ بِنِعْمَتِكَ عَلَيَّ وَأَبُوءُ لَكَ بِذَنْبِي فَاغْفِرْ لِي فَإِنَّهُ لَا يَغْفِرُ الذُّنُوبَ إِلَّا أَنْتَ

Allāhumma ʼanta rabbī  lā ʼilāha ʼillā anta, ḵalaqtanī wa ʼana ʻabduka, wa ʼana ʻalā ʻahdika wa waʻdika mas-taṭaʻtu, ʼaʻūḏu bi-ka min šharri mā ṣanaʻtu, ʼabūʼu laka bi-niʻmatika ʻalayya wa ʼabūʼu laka bi- ḏambī, faḡfirlī fa ʼinnahū lā yaḡfiruḏ-ḏunūba ʼillā ʼanta

O Allah! You are my master, You are the only true god! You created me and I am Your slave.

I’m trying my best to live in accordance to Your command, seeking the fulfillment of Your promise. I seek refuge in You from the evil of what I have done.

I return to You because of Your blessings on me. I return to You with my sins hoping for forgiveness.

So forgive me!  Indeed, no one forgives sins except You.

Recorded in Ṣaḥiḥ Al-Buḵhāri.

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