Whoever Says: Astaghfirullah (I ask Allah for Forgiveness) Sincerely, Allah Almighty Forgives that

Question :
Is it true that Allah Almighty forgives every person who says Astaghfirullah?

Answer :
If a person says Astaghfirullah with a truly sincere intention to achieve forgiveness and if the conditions of repentance are met, Allah Almighty forgives that person; indeed, Allah Almighty loves for a person to do so:
Truly, Allah loves those who turn unto Him in repentance and loves those who purify themselves.
"Truly, Allah loves those who turn unto Him in repentance and loves those who purify themselves."
Al-Baqarah 2: 222.
The Prophet Peace Be Upon Him informed us that Allah Almighty is as pleased when one of his creature repents, just as a man who finds his camel after he lost it while it was carrying his food and drink. He searches for it, but since he doesn't find it, he rests under a tree waiting for death to overtake him. Suddenly, he wakes to find the bridle of his camel tied to the tree. He takes the bridle and he says, "O Allah, You are my servant, and I am you lord." Because of the intensity of his joy, he erred. And nobody can estimate the level of this joy except for the person who suffered similarly went through this experience.
Allah Almighty loves that His servant repent to Him and seek His forgiveness, so He ordered us to ask forgiveness from Him in a number of verses in His book. Istaghfar or seek forgiveness means to seek Al-Maghfirah and Al-Maghfirah means covering a sin and overlooking it. It is derived from the word Al-Mighfar, which covers a person's head during battle and protects him from arrows. So the root word combines the meanings of covering and protecting. Similarly, Al-Maghfirah combines both meanings - covering the sin and protecting its doer from its punishment.
Ibn 'Uthaimin

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