you away and brought a people who seek Allaah's forgiveness, and He would forgive them." 3 He would have taken you away and He would have brought a people who seek Allaah's forgiveness, and He would forgive them - this shows the extent to which Allaah, the Majestic and Most High, loves the seeking of forgiveness and that He loves those who ask for His forgiveness. Amongst the perfect Names of Allaah, the Majestic and Most High, is Al-'Afuww - ‘He who pardons,' and Al-Ghafoor - ‘He who forgives,' and Al-Ghaffaar - ‘The Oft-Forgiving.' Allaah, the Majestic and Most High, loves that we call upon Him by His names and that we worship Him by that which His names demand. As He Himself said:
“And Allaah has the most excellent and perfect names, so worship and invoke Him by them” Soorah al-A'raaf (7):180. Also, the Prophet ! said in a hadeeth reported in the two Saheehs' from Aboo Hurairah #, "Allaah has ninety-nine names, a hundred except one. Whoever memorises and is mindful of them (ahsaahaa) will enter Paradise." 4 However, ‘... memorising and being mindful of them ...' (ihsaa), is not merely to take these names upon a piece of paper and to recite them - as some people do. In fact, the scholars have explained that ihsaa of the names comprises three levels. The first of these is to memorise the names. The second is to understand their meanings. And the third is to call upon Allaah by these names and to act as they demand.
Eng. Transl. vol. 4, no. 6522. Al-Bukhaaree, Eng. Transl. vo1. 8, no. 419 and Muslim, no. 6476. 4
The way to ask forgiveness from Allah Almighty!