What would you think if I told you there is a guaranteed supplication bound to earn us Allah’s سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى forgiveness?! Can there be anything better than earning His forgiveness leading to His unlimited amount of mercy? Of course not!!
Let me introduce you to a hadith (wordings) by Prophet Muhammad Peace Be Upon Him in reference to today’s highlight.
Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: The Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said, “There are two statements that are light for the tongue to remember, heavy in the Scales and are dear to the Merciful: `Subhan-Allahi wa bihamdihi, Subhan-Allahil-Azhim [Glory be to Allah and His is the praise, (and) Allah, the Greatest is free from imperfection)’.”
[Al-Bukhari and Muslim].
Do take note about the meaning of the most dear supplications to Allah سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى
– سبحان الله و بحمده – Subhaan-Allahi wa bihamdihi [Allaah is free from imperfection and all praise is due to Him]
– سبحان الله العظيم – Subhaan-Allahil-Azhim [Allaah is free from imperfection, The Greatest]
One more ….
Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: The Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said, “He who recites in the morning and in the evening the statement: `Subhan-Allahi wa bihamdihi (Allah is free from imperfection and I begin with praising Him)’ one hundred times, will not be surpassed on the Day of Resurrection by anyone with better deeds than one who utters the same words or utters more of these words.”
Now, to add on to the above supplication towards earning guaranteed forgiveness is the following.
سبحان الله وبحمده سبحان الله العظيم وبحمده استغفر الله
Subhanallahi wa bihamdihi, Subhanallahil ‘Azimi wa bihamdihi, Astaghfirullah
Although we can recite this supplication throughout the day at any time, the most effectiveness is during Fajr (dawn) prayer. We are aware that during Fajr, Allah سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى asks Himself whether there is anyone to call upon Him so that He may forgive them. Also, He سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى calls out asking whether there is anyone asking for forgiveness so that He may forgive them. Now, imagine reciting the above supplication during this time. Do we doubt that He سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى will NOT forgive us?! He سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى never goes against His words; hence, He سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى will forgive us. All we need to do is never give up hope in his Mercy and Forgiveness.