Human being is the source of mistake and sin. Even the first human Allah created, Prophet Adam A.S., committed a sin by disobeying Allah and resulted in him and his beloved, Eve, being evicted from Jannah (Heaven). The reason why Adam and Eve did something that Allah clearly forbid was because they were tempted by the whisper of the Jin. Ever since the creation of Adam, Jin has swore that he will tempting all of the descendant of Adam and Eve to disobey Allah.
People committed sin because of their lack of faith in Allah, so they were easily driven by the Jin. However, constantly committing sin will do no good for human in the afterlife. Allah indeed promise his servant eternal life in Jannah for those who worship Him, as written in At Tawba verse 72:
“Allah has promised the believing men and believing women gardens beneath which rivers flow, wherein they abide eternally, and pleasant dwellings in gardens of perpetual residence; but approval from Allah is greater. It is that which is the great attainment.”
But how’s with the sinners and those who disbelief in Allah? Repent the sins and seek for forgiveness from Allah. As He said, he will forgive all of his servant who repents. Here are the best way to seek forgiveness from Allah:
1. Acknowledge your Sins
People doing sins because they have diverged too far from Allah’s guidance. Reflect deeply on your sins and think again why you did the sin and how the sins affected your life and everyone around you. Every people committing sins, you don’t have to think low about yourself. Allah loves them who acknowledge their mistakes.
“Indeed, Allah loves those who repent and purify themselves.” (Surah Al Baqarah: 22)
2. Seek for Allah’s Forgiveness with an Easy Heart
There are a lot of people whom we see is better than us religiously, and we tend to seek for their advice about the sin we committed. Upon discovering your sin, there will many people who will guide you to seek Allah forgiveness with a good intention. But never repent just because many people told you to. Be sincere and ask for forgiveness from Allah sincerely, not because people told you to. It wouldn’t have any effect unless it comes from your deepest heart.
As narrated in Surah Al A’raf verse 173:
“But those who committed misdeeds and then repented after the and believed – indeed, your Lord, thereafter, is forgiving and merciful.”
3. Promise to Yourself not to Repeat the Sins
Allah is indeed forgive those who repent their sins. But it doesn’t mean you can repeat the same sins and ask for forgiveness again. Upon seeking for forgiveness from Allah, make sure to yourself that you will never repeat the same mistake no matter what. Allah’s guaranteed forgiveness, but only the for those who is sincere and never take same wrong path again.
4. Perform Salah Tawba at the Night
One of the best way to seek forgiveness from Allah is by performing the Salah Tawba. Do it sincerely until you are sure that you will never do it again. Repent in the prayer and beg for Allah forgiveness. He is surely forgive His servants, as promised in Surah Hud verse 114:
“And perform Salah, at the two ends of the day and in some hours of the night.”
5. Be Ashamed to Allah SWT’s Blessing
The fact that you are still alive and even have the chance to seek for His forgiveness is happened only under the blessing from Allah. Despite all the sins you have committed and and violation to Allah’s faith, He still showered you with many blessing. The air you can breathe and the loved ones around you. Do some reflection and think, did you still deserve all this blessing? Ask for His forgiveness because He still love you even when you have disobey Him. Read the best dua to thank Allah for His blessing.
6. Seek for the Forgiveness from the one Affected by Your Sins
Recognize anyone who might have affected by your sins. Did it violating the rights of another person of hurt them physically. Find the person and seek for their forgiveness as well. Seeking forgiveness from another human is more difficult than seeking forgiveness from Allah. Here are dua to make friends in Islam that would be useful.
7. Be sure that Allah SWT will Forgive You
Upon seeking forgiveness from Allah, you can’t let your heart doubted whether you will be forgiven or not. Allah is merciful and forgiving His servant’s sins even when its as many as the foam in the sea. Allah said in Surah Asy Syura verse 25:
“He is the One that accepts repentance from His servants and forgives sins: and He knows all that you do.”
8. Trust Allah SWT Upon You ‘tawba’
Sometimes people thinks that doing bad deeds bring more good in their life than doing the good ones. You may find yourself struggling after tawba, but have faith that tawba will lead you to a better life. Tawba has many benefits to your life such as paving your way to success, pleasing Allah, and helps you gain your conscience again. You also have to read surah for forgiveness of major sins.
9. Fulfill the Obligatory Salah
The best way to seek forgiveness from Allah is by fulfilling your duty to Him. Pray with the most sincerity and consistently do the five obligatory Salah every day. It will be better if you do some additional Sunnah and even the midnight prayer.
10. Never Stops to Ask for Allah SWT Forgiveness after Salah
One of the time where your dua will be granted by Allah is prayer after Salah. Emphasize this opportunity by asking for his forgiveness over and over again during your prayer after Salah, as if Allah has not forgive you. Not that you doubt Him, but to prove that you are repenting.
11. Repent Endlessly From the Day till the Night
Seeking forgiveness from Allah can’t be done only by one or two prayers, but continuously and endlessly. It could be long and tiring, but you don’t have any other hope than Allah’s mercy. As Prophet S.A.W. said:
“Allah, the Exalted, will continue to stretch out His hand in the night so that the sinners of the day may repent, and continue to stretch His hand in the daytime so that sinners of the night may repent, until the sun rises from the west (the day of judgement).” (Sahih Muslim)
12. Use Allah SWT’s Name for Dhikr
Seeking for Allah’s forgiveness can be done not only when you are performing Salah and the dua after that. Use Allah’s name as dhikr all the time. Allah has many names, and the ones suitable for seeking forgiveness are Al-‘Afuww, Al-Ghafoor, and Al-Ghaffaar.
13. Fast Even When it’s Not Ramadan
Every muslim knows that fasting can erase any kind of sin. Allah loves those who fast even when it’s not Ramadan, and you can show your devotion towards him through it. Also, the Messenger of Allah himself said that the gate of Jannah opened every Monday and Thursday.
14. Do Many Good Deeds
Focus on doing good deeds since it can erase bad deeds. Prophet S.A.W said:
“The five daily prayers and one Jumu’ah to the next, and one Ramadan to the next Ramadan, is expiation for what lies between them as a long as one refrains from the major sins.”
15. Do Zakat
Zakat will erase your sins as soon as possible. It will do a lot of good to you, making your heart light, your life’s easier, and making other people’s life better. Learn how to give sadaqah in Islam.
16. Do Hajj
One of the best way to seek forgiveness from Allah is visiting His home. When you go Hajj for the first time, all of your sins will be washed away and you will be as clean as a newborn.
17. Mastered Self Control
After seeking for forgiveness from Allah, you have to mastered self control so you can avoid doing sins in the future. Don’t be tempted to disobey Allah again even when He surely forgive you.
18. Visit the Mosque Often
If you are a man, spend all of your prayer time in the mosque. The blessing you receive from Allah will be multiple and it will be easier to have all your sins forgiven.
19. Be Around People who are Devoted to Allah
Attend a gathering of people who love and praise Allah. A good company leads you a many good things, and the bad one only leads you to sin.
20. Never Stops Seeking for Forgiveness
Even when some times has passed after you asked for Allah’s forgiveness, do not stop asking for it in your dua. Always improve your iman through the ways on how to increase iman is Islam.
More Best Ways to Seek Forgiveness from Allah SWT
Beside all ways that I explained above, here other best ways to seek forgiveness from Allah SWT upon all sins that you did in Dunya, as follows:
- Responds to Azan every time you hear it.
- Repeat “Ameen” after the Imaam in every prayer.
- Dress according to the Islam rules.
- Pray any two rak’aah in Salah.
- Recite “Astaghfirullah” constantly.
- Recite “SubhanAllah wa bihamdihi” at least 100 times a day.
- Cry out of your fear to Allah.
- Be patience while you were sick.
- Attend Jumu’ah prayer and listen to the Khutbah.
- Never tempted to do any little sins.
- Memorize the 99 names of Allah.
- Repent every time in your Salaah.
- Determine that you won’t repeat the same sin.
- Regret deeply that you have done such deeds.
- Gain the forgiveness from anyone affected by your sin.
So those are the best way to seek forgiveness from Allah. Be sure that Allah will always hug you and erase your sins if you regretted and repent sincerely. Put your faith only in Allah.