Increase in istighfar [seeking forgiveness] for you do not know when Allah’s mercy will descend

Question

What is the reference for this Hadith?

Be abundant in seeking Allah’s forgiveness. In your homes, at your table, on your travel, in the market place, in your gatherings. Wherever you may be, for you do not know when the Forgiveness [mercy of all will descend.]

 

Answer

This narration is recorded in Nawadirul Usul of Imam Hakim Tirmidhi and Shu’abul Iman of Imam Bayhaqi (rahimahumallah) with slight variations in the wording as the statement of Hasan Al Basri (rahimahullah).

Hasan Al Basri (rahimahullah) said: “Increase in seeking forgiveness in your homes, at your tables, on your pathways, in the marketplaces and in your gatherings and wherever you may be, for you do not know when the blessings/forgiveness of Allah will descend.”

(Nawadirul Usul: 966 and Shu’abul Iman: 647)

 

The narration is suitable to quote as the statement of Hasan Al Basri (rahimahullah).

 

And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.

 

Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala

 

Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar