14 Powerful Dua for Forgiveness from Quran and Sunnah

It is important to acknowledge and accept that making mistakes is a normal part of being human. We all have moments where we may turn away from certain beliefs or values but the important thing is to turn back to Allah and seek forgiveness for our wrongdoings in the light of powerful dua for forgiveness from Quran and sunnah.

Minor sins can be forgiven by performing good deeds, while major sins require specific forgiveness. If we have committed a specific sin, we should admit it, express regret, seek forgiveness, and promise not to repeat it. And should say consciously that "Oh Allah, I regret committing this sin and seek your forgiveness, and promise to not repeat it."

Allah calls upon those who commit the most serious form of shirk and sin to ask for forgiveness. Some of the powerful dua for forgiveness from the Quran and Sunnah are mentioned below.

“Allāh would not punish them while they seek forgiveness.”[Qurʾān: 8:33]

IMPORTANT: Offering Salat (prayer) and invoking (appeal) Allah in the last hours of the night

Abu Huraira reported Allah's Messenger (ﷺ) as saying:

Our Lord, the Blessed and the Exalted, descends every night to the lowest heaven when one-third of the latter part of the night is left, and says:

  • Who supplicates Me so that I may answer him?
  • Who asks Me so that I may give to him?
  • Who asks Me forgiveness so that I may forgive him?

Sahih Muslim 758a, Sahih al-Bukhari 1145

Anyone who wakes up and prays Tahajjud and asks Allah's forgiveness, his Dua will be accepted Insha’Allah.

A Most Superior Way of asking for Forgiveness from Allah:

Sayyidul Istighfar (the leader of seeking forgiveness), the Prophet (ﷺ) said:

"The most superior way of asking for forgiveness from Allah is: 'Allahumma anta Rabbi la ilaha illa anta, Khalaqtani wa ana `Abduka, wa ana `ala `ahdika wa wa`dika mastata`tu, A`udhu bika min Sharri ma sana`tu, abu'u Laka bini`matika `alaiya, wa abu'u laka bidhanbi faghfir lee fa innahu la yaghfiru adhdhunuba illa anta." The Prophet (ﷺ) added. "If somebody recites it during the day with firm faith in it, and dies on the same day before the evening, he will be from the people of Paradise; and if somebody recites it at night with firm faith in it, and dies before the morning, he will be from the people of Paradise."

Sahih al-Bukhari 6306

What is the Dua for Forgiveness from Allah 100 times?

The act of asking Allah for forgiveness is known as astaghfirullah. Ask Allah's forgiveness and say "astaghfirullah" 100 times a day.

استغفر الله واتوب اليه

Read as much as you can Astaghfirullaha wa atubu ilaihi (I beg forgiveness from Allah and I turn to Him in repentance."

Benefits of Saying Astaghfirullah

It was narrated from Abu Hurairah that: the Messenger of Allah (saas) said:

' I seek the forgiveness of Allah and repent to Him one hundred times each day.'

Sunan Ibn Majah 3815

There are many benefits of reciting astaghfirullah such as marriage difficulty, wanna children, health issues, financial problems any kind of distress will be overcome with this. Try to moist your tongue with astaghfirullah.

Seeking Allah's Forgiveness by Daytime and at Night:

Narrated Abu Huraira: I heard Allah's Messenger (ﷺ) saying.

"By Allah! I ask for forgiveness from Allah and turn to Him in repentance more than seventy times a day."

Sahih al-Bukhari 6307

Dua for the Forgiveness of Zina

Allah says in Quran:

And those who, when they have committed Fahishah (illegal sexual intercourse) or wronged themselves with evil, remember Allâh and ask forgiveness for their sins; - and none can forgive sins but Allâh - And do not persist in what (wrong) they have done, while they know. [Qurʾān 3:135]

Note: For such, the reward is Forgiveness from their Lord, and Gardens with rivers flowing underneath (Paradise), wherein they shall abide forever. How excellent is this reward for the doers (who do righteous deeds according to Allâh's Orders)

What is the Dua for Forgiveness in the Hadith?

"If anyone constantly seeks pardon (from Allah), Allah will appoint for him a way out of every distress and a relief from every anxiety, and will provide sustenance for him from where he expects not."

[Abu Dawud]. Riyad as-Salihin 1873

Which is the Powerful Surah for Forgiveness?

“Adam and Eve supplicated,

“Our Lord! We have wronged ourselves. If You do not forgive us or bestow Your Mercy upon us, we shall certainly be of the losers.”[Qurʾān: 7:23]

What is the Dua for Forgiveness in the Quran?

Hazrat Yunus A.S recited this supplication when he found himself in the belly of a big fish (whale). This dua is known as "Ayat e Kareema" as well.

لَّآ إِلَـٰهَ إِلَّآ أَنتَ سُبْحَـٰنَكَ إِنِّى كُنتُ مِنَ ٱلظَّـٰلِمِينَ

"La ilaha illa Anta Subhanaka Inni Kuntu Minaz Zalimin"

There is no God save Thee. Be Thou glorified! Lo! I have been a wrong-doer. [Quran 21:87]

This is the most powerful Dua(supplication) in Quran recited by Yunus A.S and Allah accepts repentance or tawba and forgives him. Allah loves those who ask for forgiveness and repent. Allah is Ghaffar who not only forgives but forgives again and again.

In another place Allah says in the Quran:

“Whoever does evil or wrongs themselves but afterwards [sincerely] seeks God’s Forgiveness, they will find God Very Forgiving [and] Most Merciful.” [Qurʾān: 4:110]

Best dua for Forgiveness in Arabic

Sayyidul Istighfar (the leader of seeking forgiveness) أَفْضَلِ الاِسْتِغْفَارِ

اللَّهُمَّ أَنْتَ رَبِّي، لاَ إِلَهَ إِلاَّ أَنْتَ، خَلَقْتَنِي وَأَنَا عَبْدُكَ، وَأَنَا عَلَى عَهْدِكَ وَوَعْدِكَ مَا اسْتَطَعْتُ، أَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنْ شَرِّ مَا صَنَعْتُ، أَبُوءُ لَكَ بِنِعْمَتِكَ عَلَىَّ وَأَبُوءُ لَكَ بِذَنْبِي، فَاغْفِرْ لِي، فَإِنَّهُ لاَ يَغْفِرُ الذُّنُوبَ إِلاَّ أَنْتَ ‏"‏‏

Sahih al-Bukhari 6306

According to Quran:

رَبَّنَا ظَلَمْنَآ أَنفُسَنَا وَإِن لَّمْ تَغْفِرْ لَنَا وَتَرْحَمْنَا لَنَكُونَنَّ مِنَ ٱلْخَـٰسِرِينَ

[Qurʾān: 7:23]

What is the Dua for Forgiveness from Allah?

I seek forgiveness from Allah through the phrase "Astaghfirullah." أستغفر الله، وأتوب إليه‏

Allah says in Quran in Surah 27, verse 46:

“Why do you not seek forgiveness with God, so that you may receive [His] mercy?” [Qurʾān: 27:46]

Dua for Forgiveness and Mercy

“Seek forgiveness with God! Certainly, God is Ever Forgiving [and] Merciful.” [Qurʾān: 73:20]

Dua for the Forgiveness of Major Sins in Islam

Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) said: The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said,

"By the One in Whose Hand my soul is! If you do not commit sins, Allah would replace you with a people who would commit sins and seek forgiveness from Allah; and Allah will certainly forgive them."

[Muslim] Riyad as-Salihin 1871

In another place, Hadith said:

اللَّهُمَّ إِنَّكَ عَفُوٌّ تُحِبُّ الْعَفْوَ فَاعْفُ عَنِّي ‏"‏ ‏.‏

"Say: 'Allahumma innaka 'afuwwun tuhibbul-'afwa, fa'fu 'anni (O Allah, You are Forgiving and love forgiveness, so forgive me).'"

Sunan Ibn Majah 3850

The above dua (supplication) is told by the Messenger of Allah for Laylatul-Qadr the night in which Muslims seek forgiveness.

It is important to fulfill the following four conditions when making a specific dua for forgiveness for a particular sin:

  • admit it,
  • express regret,
  • seek forgiveness,
  • and promise not to repeat it.

Dua for the Forgiveness of Minor Sins in Islam

It's important to keep in mind that good deeds have the power to undo bad deeds. Abu Dharr (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said to me,

"Shall I tell you the expression that is most loved by Allah?" It is 'Subhan-Allahi wa bihamdihi' (Allah is free from imperfection and His is the praise)'." [Muslim]. Riyad as-Salihin 1412

Whoever says, 'Subhan Allah wa bihamdihi,' one hundred times a day, will be forgiven all his sins even if they were as much as the foam of the sea. These two words are so lighter on the tongue but too heavy on the scale.

Dua for the Forgiveness of Parents

And lower to them the wing of humility out of mercy and say, "My Lord, have mercy upon them as they brought me up [when I was] small." [Quran:17: 24]


Seeking forgiveness opens the doors to Allah's boundless mercy. As humans, we may falter, but the path of repentance allows us to correct our mistakes and draw closer to our Creator. By incorporating powerful duas for forgiveness into our daily lives. Never lose hope in Allah's mercy as mentioned in the light of the Quran and sunnah above. Your dua for forgiveness will be accepted Insha’Allah

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