Episode 6: The master way of asking for forgiveness from Allah (1-3)
Among the invocations during the two ends of the day
Surely, amongst the magnificent invocations and blessed supplications which are benefiting for Muslims to preserve every morning and evening is that which is authenticated in Sahih Al-Bukhari from the hadeeth of Shaddad ibn Aws (may Allah be pleased with him) that the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said: the master way of asking for forgiveness from Allah is to say: (Oh Allah! You are my Lord! None has the right to be worshipped but You. You created me and I am Your slave, and I am faithful to my covenant and my promise as much as I can. I seek refuge with you from all the evil I have done. I acknowledge before you all the blessings you have bestowed upon me, and I confess to you all my sins. So I entreat you to forgive my sins, for nobody can forgive sins except you" whoever says 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.'
This is an amazing supplication, which combines between meanings of repentance, humility towards Allah the Blessed and Most High as well as turning to Him regularly. Thus the messenger of Allah described it as the master of seeking forgiveness. That's because this special supplication has surpassed all other forms of seeking forgiveness in virtue. It is above them in rank while one of the meanings of master is: the one who surpasses his people in goodness and is above them. The reasons that makes this supplication more virtuous in other ways of seeking forgiveness is that the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) began it with praising Allah and recognizing that he is a slave of Allah with a Lordship and a creation that belongs to Allah (the magnificent and glorious one). Likewise, he mentions that Allah deserves worship and none deserving in worship except Him. The prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) states that he is keeping to his promise and faithful to his covenant to have faith in Allah, His books and all prophets and messengers. He admits that he does so according to the best of his ability.