Always Seek Forgiveness

Mohammed Aslam


An absolutely beautiful narration about Imam Ahmad ibn Hanbal.


One day, he was travelling and he had nowhere to stay so he went to a masjid and began to rest, but the time for locking up the masjid came and the caretaker started to kick up a fuss and kicked him out (yes it happened in his time too). Whilst he was stranded, he saw a baker who didn't know who he was. The baker invited him to his house and whilst on the way home, all the baker said was, 'Astaghfirullah! Astaghfirullah! Astaghfirullah!' - He fed Imam Ahmad and then let him rest. In the middle of the night, he awoke and he heard the baker alone saying, 'Astaghfirullah!' continuously.


Imam Ahmad knew that the one who seeks forgiveness constantly is granted every wish according to the Qur'an so he said to the baker, 'Tell me, have you ever had a du'a not accepted?' - The baker said, 'Every du'a I ever made has been accepted except one. I have always asked Allah to allow me to meet an Imam called Imam Ahmad. He is meant to be the greatest Imam of this ummah! I am still waiting to see him! - Imam Ahmad began to laugh and said, 'Subhan'Allah! Allah allowed me to travel and He then took me out of the mosque and brought me to your door!' - Always seek forgiveness and Allah will fulfil your every wish.

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