when something terrible happens by the hand of our own…………sincere repeated repentance from the heart and the lips must follow for us as individuals and as a member of the larger Ummah ……………
Imam Ahmed Ibn Hanbal said and I paraphrase: Ya Allah take me as ransom and forgive the sins of my brethren.
اللّهـمَّ أَنْتَ رَبِّـي لا إلهَ إلاّ أَنْتَ، خَلَقْتَنـي وَأَنا عَبْـدُك، وَأَنا عَلـى عَهْـدِكَ وَوَعْـدِكَ ما اسْتَـطَعْـت، أَعـوذُ بِكَ مِنْ شَـرِّ ما صَنَـعْت، أَبـوءُ لَـكَ بِنِعْـمَتِـكَ عَلَـيَّ وَأَبـوءُ بِذَنْـبي فَاغْفـِرْ لي فَإِنَّـهُ لا يَغْـفِرُ الذُّنـوبَ إِلاّ أَنْتَ.
“Allaahumma anta rabbee laa ilaaha illaa ant, khalaqtanee wa anaa ‘abduk, wa anaa ‘alaa ‘ahdika wa wa‘dika mastata‘t, a‘oodhu bika min sharri ma sana‘t, aboo’u laka bini‘matika ‘alayya wa aboo’u bidhambee, faghfir lee, fa’innahu laa yaghfiru-dhunooba illaa ant.”
“Ô Allaah, You are my Lord, none has the right to be worshipped except You. You created me and I am Your slave and I abide by Your covenant and promise as best I can. I take refuge in You from the evil which I have committed. I acknowledge Your favor upon me and I acknowledge my sin, so forgive me, for verily none can forgive sins except You.”
Rasoolullaah (sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said: “The best of istighfaar (seeking forgiveness) is … “Whomsoever says it during the day, with conviction, and then dies that day before night falls will be of the people of Paradise. And whomsoever says it at night, with conviction, and then dies before day break will be of the people of Paradise.”
ONCE in the morning and evening (Hisnul Mubarak page 113)*