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Istighfaar: Gateway to Blessings Unlimited!

Assalamu Alaikum. Bismillah….

Today I would like to discuss on the Significance of Istighfaar and its benefits. This we need to understand because many Muslims know only one side of the benefits of Istighfaar – the forgiveness of one’s sins – and (in most cases) we Muslims do not know the other blessings that come from Istighfaar.

Meaning of ‘istighfaar’:

The word ‘istighfaar’ comes from the Arabic root ghafara which means ‘to forgive’. ‘Istaghfara’ means ‘to seek forgiveness’. Istighfaar is ‘the Islamic way of seeking forgiveness from Allah, Who is one’s Creator, Nourisher and Cherisher.  Continue reading

February 14, 2012 Posted by | Reflections | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 11 Comments

Reflections on the Qur’an: Refinement of the Soul

By Wa’il Shihab

In Surat Ash-Shams, Allah swears by the nafs [here translated “soul” but better understood as “self”] saying [By the soul [nafs] and He Who proportioned it, and inspired it its wickedness and its righteousness; he has succeeded who purifies it, and he has failed who instills it (with corruption)].(Ash-Shams: 7-9).

The above Qur’anic verses signify the following:

  1. Allah swears by the nafs, and this is an indication of the serious role that the nafs plays in the life of man. According to the verses, Allah has created the nafs and inspired it with what is right and what is wrong. This means that every nafs could know what is right and what is wrong. Every nafs could drive and lead man to the truth if it is good and purified.The nafs is of three kinds:

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June 26, 2010 Posted by | Three Types of Soul | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment