A scholar states that on one occasion he had delivered the Friday Khutbah at a particular Masjid. After the prayer, a man who had a long hair and a long beard came to him. Surprisingly, his appearance seemed as if he did not care about himself at all.
He related to the scholar: "I am very lazy. I sleep a lot and hardly wake up. I only wake up to eat and go back to sleep again. I neglect my work, my future, and everything else and I don't care. My children think I am a strange person and very boring. I lack enthusiasm, and I am always frustrated. What should I do? Please help me!"
The scholar advised him to ask Allah for forgiveness by saying "Astaghfirullah" at least 100 times daily, and to thereafter return to him after a week, to report back.
The man said: "I am telling you that I am lazy, I sleep more than 15 hours in a day. I am neglecting my prayers, my children and my work, and you are telling me to ask Allah for forgiveness?"
The scholar advised:
"Come, my son, we are flesh and blood. We, humans, are exposed to disobey our Lord and commit sins. These sins become heavy on our bodies and tend to make us lazy. They reduce our enthusiasms and inspiration and teaches us laziness and stiffness. Listen to my advice and you will be shocked by the result."
After six days the man returned and stated: "I want to kiss your hand.
I seek Istighfar sometimes 100 times or 400 times or 1000 times daily.
Allah has inspired activeness and inspiration within heart. I sleep less than 7 hours and it is enough for me. I seek to engage myself in every activity in my workplace. I have agreed on a new partnership and I have signed a contract in less than 4 days. These days I never miss my prayers, and I have become very close with my children.
Istighfar has become to me like a stimulant drug, like energy drink, like an electric charge."
The similitude of Istighfar is like a hand which pulls a person forward. It is a power from our Lord.
Just like how the umbrella protects us from the sun and the rain. Istighfar is like the hand which protects us from anything difficult which comes our way.
Use Istighfar for any failure in your life, or when you are hurt, or disappointed, or having a sickness, or any worries.
Rasulullahﷺ used to say "Astaghfirullah" more than 70 times during one single sitting.
With Istighfar our Lord will protect us from all hardships.
Muslim scholars have agreed that Istighfar helps a person to succeed in everything.
Istighfar is a Mercy of Allah to us.
May Allah Make our Istighfar a healing to our sickness, and our happiness, and change of our lives to the best.
لَّا إِلٰهَ إِلَّا أَنتَ سُبْحَانَكَ إِنِّي كُنتُ مِنَ الظَّالِمِينَ
"There is no Diety except You; Exalted are You. Indeed, I have been of the wrongdoers."
Darul Ihsan Humanitarian Centre