The Virtues of Istighfar ( saying Astaghfirullah )

In the name of Allah
Assalamu aleikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu

 It was reported that a man came to Hasan al-Basri complaining about barrenness with regards to his garden, he replied: ‘Make Tawbah.”. Then another man came to Hasan, complaining about poverty, he replied: “Make Tawbah.” Then another man came asking him to pray that Allah gives him a son, he replied …“Make Tawbah.”Hasan’s companions witness the three answers that he gave, so they asked him: three different men asked you three different questions and you gave them the same answer!! He replied: I didn’t say anything by my own, Allah the most high says :

فَقُلْتُ اسْتَغْفِرُوا رَبَّكُمْ إِنَّهُ كَانَ غَفَّارًا
يُرْسِلِ السَّمَاء عَلَيْكُم مِّدْرَارًا
وَيُمْدِدْكُمْ بِأَمْوَالٍ وَبَنِينَ وَيَجْعَل لَّكُمْ جَنَّاتٍ وَيَجْعَل لَّكُمْ أَنْهَارًا
“Saying, ‘Ask forgiveness from your Lord; for
He is Oft-Forgiving; He will send rain to you in abundance; “‘And Give
you increase in wealth and sons; and bestow on you gardens and bestow on you rivers (of flowing water)”

” Ask forgiveness from your lord: Verily, He is oft-Forgiving He will
then send rain to you in abundance and give you increase in wealth and
children and bestow on you gardens, and bestow on you rivers.” Surah
Nuh, 10-12

Imam al-Qurtubi stated, ” In this verse, are clear proofs that asking
for forgiveness is a cause of the descent of rizq/wealth and rain.”

Tafsir al-Qurtubi, v18,p.302.

It is narrated that, The Prophet (peace be upon him) said:
"If anyone[b] continually asks pardon[/b], Allah will appoint for him
a way out [/b]of every distress,
and [b]a relief [/b]from every anxiety,
and [b]will provide for him from where he did not reckon."
[Abu Dawud Book 8, Number 1513]

One of the narrators of a Hadith was asked about the manner in which forgiveness is to be sought, to which he answered:
“The Messenger of Allah (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) used to say:
‘Astaghfirullah! Astaghfirullah!
(I beseech Allah for forgiveness, I beseech Allah for forgiveness)’.”
[Sahih Muslim]
A Moving story about a Baker and Imam Ahmad 
This story about “Istighfar” is from the life of Imam Ahmed Bin Hanbal, who is considered as a renowned scholar of Islamand a famous theologian. 
Imam Ahmed is also considered to be the founder of the Hanbali school of fiqh (Islamic jurisprudence) and is one of the most celebrated Sunni theologians, often referred to as the “Sheikh ul-Islam” or the “Imam of Ahl al-Sunnah.” 
During his old age, while Imam Ahmed was traveling he stopped by a town. After the prayers, he wanted to stay for the night in the masjid yard because he didn’t know anyone in the town.
Owing to his humility, he hadn’t introduced himself to anyone thinking that if he did, he would be welcomed by many people.
Failing to recognize Ahmed bin Hanbal, the caretaker of the mosque refused to let him stay in the mosque. As Imam Ahmed was quite old, the caretaker had to drag him out of the mosque. On seeing this, a baker from a nearby place felt pity for this man (Imam Ahmed) and offered to be the host to him for the night. During his stay with the baker, Imam Ahmed observed that the baker would constantly recite Istighfar (seek forgiveness from Allah). Imam Ahmed asked the baker if the constant practice of saying Istighfar had any effect on him. The baker responded by telling Imam Ahmed that Allah had accepted all of his duas (supplications), except one. When he asked him what dua was it that hadn’t been accepted, the baker replied that he had been asking Allah to provide him the privilege to meet the famous scholar Imam Ahmed bin Hanbal. 
On this, Imam Ahmed bin Hanbal said that Allah had not only listened to his dua but had dragged him onto his (the baker’s) doorsteps.
A beauftiful and short reminder about the virtue of Istighfar (seeking forgiveness) by Dr. Mohammed Al-Habdan which everyone should listen to. Subhanna Allah,
How incredible is our religion ! Subhan Allah ! Allahu Akbar !
My own testimony on power of Istighfar
Praise and thanks be to Allah, there is no God but Allah , Mohammad is HIS slave and Messenger !
Many of you may not know me well because I normally do not talk about myself
I was suffering from the same problem to have a child for about 5 years. Then I started to pray midnight prayers seeking for Allah's forgiveness and help. 
On one Ramadan ( after I had prayed for about a month of Midnight prayers with sincerity ) Allah blessed me a beautiful daughter, alhumdulillah.
It was indeed a great gift from Allah with Mercy we never expected, alhumdulillah.
I testify there is no God but Allah ,Mohammad is HIS slave and messenger.
 Allahu Akbar to being able to share this true story of mine. 
Hopefully it may touch your heart , open your mind and benefit you in any way.
May Allah accept it ,ameen 
Your sister in Islam -
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