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Du’a for protection from Shirk

Question

Is this Hadith correct:

“If someone reads the following du’a three times, then his shirk related sins will be forgiven,

Allahumma ini aujubika un ushrika bika wa ana a’lamu wa astaghfiruka lima la a’lamu.”

 

Answer

I managed to locate the following Hadith that is closest to the wordings of the du’a in question:

Sayyiduna Abu Bakr (radiyallahu’anhu) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu’alayhi wasallam) said:

‘Shirk (polytheism) is more subtle than the movements of an ant. Should I not show you’ll [a du’a] that will remove minor and major forms of polytheism?

Recite: Allahumma inni a’udhu bika an ushrika bika wa ana a’lam, wa astaghfiruka lima la a’lam.

O Allah, I seek refuge in You from ascribing any partner to you knowingly. I also seek your protection from unknowingly [ascribing partners to you].

(Musnad Abi Ya’la, Hadith: 55-56)

 

Note 1: There are other versions as well that support this.

Refer: Musannaf Ibn Abi Shaybah, Hadith: 30163, Targhib, Hadith: 57 and Majma’uz Zawaid, vol. 10 pg. 223-224.

 

Note 2: The narrations that I have referred to, do not mention that ‘shirk related sins will be forgiven’ as stated in your query. Rather, they state that one who recites this [in some narrations: thrice] will be protected from both forms of Shirk.

 

 

And Allah Ta’ala Knows best,

 

Answered by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar