Hadith on Salvation: Supplication for Forgiveness

📖Sahih al-Bukhari 7387, 7388
Narrated `Abdullah bin `Amr: Abu Bakr As-Siddiq said to the Prophet (ﷺ) “O Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ)! Teach me an invocation with which I may invoke Allah in my prayers.” The Prophet (ﷺ) said, “Say: O Allah! I have wronged my soul very much (oppressed myself), and none forgives the sins but You; so please bestow Your Forgiveness upon me. No doubt, You are the Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.”

  • This narration is about a conversation between Abu Bakr and Prophet Muhammad. Abu Bakr asked the Prophet to teach him a supplication to ask for forgiveness from Allah during his prayers. The Prophet taught him an Arabic invocation which means “O Allah! I have done wrong to myself, and only You can forgive sins, so please forgive me. You are the Most Forgiving, Most Merciful.” Reciting this invocation with sincerity can help a person seek forgiveness from Allah.

Muslims can learn from this Hadith that seeking forgiveness from Allah is an important part of their spiritual growth and purification. They should be humble and acknowledge their mistakes and sins, and turn to Allah with sincere repentance and seek His forgiveness. Muslims can also learn the importance of seeking guidance from the Prophet in matters of religion, and the significance of asking for forgiveness during their daily prayers. This Hadith teaches Muslims the power of Istighfar and the attributes of Allah, the Most Forgiving and the Most Merciful, and reminds them of the importance of cultivating a spirit of humility and gratitude in their lives.