Maghfirah: is for Allah to forgive you for the sin but the sin will still be registered on your book of deeds. Maghfirah is Allah’s forgiveness for your sin but on the Judgment Day it will be written on your record, Allah will ask you about it but HE won’t punish you because of it
‘Afuw: is for Allah to forgive you for the sin and delete it from your book of deeds as if it did not happen. ‘Afuw is Allah’s pardon for your sin as it will be completely erased from your record and Allah won’t ask you about it on Judgement day
Prophet (salla Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said that, the best Duaa to make on Laylatul Qadr is:
“Allahumma innaka ‘afuwwun tuhibbul ‘afwa fa’fu ‘annee”
(Ahmad, Ibn Majah, and Tirmidhi)
O Allah, You are The One Who pardons greatly, and You love to pardon, so pardon me.
Make sure to recite this dua all the time and as much as you can on daily basis. Imagine yourself standing on the day of Judgment being held accountable for your deeds, and you’re not pardon or guaranteed your entry to Jannah.
Just when you thought its over for you there comes a light out of the blue indicating that you have mountains of Hasanat (rewards) in your record. Do you know from where these mountains of rewards come from?
Because in the world you kept reciting : ”SubhanAllah wa bihamdihi SubhanAllah al ‘Adhim”
Prophet Muhammad ﷺ said: “Two words are light on the tongue, weigh heavily in the balance, they are loved by Al Rahman, (The Most Merciful. One): سُبْحَانَ اللّهِ وَ بِحَمْدِهِ ، سُبْحَانَ اللّهِ الْعَظِيمِ – SubhanAllahi wa biHamdihi, Subhan-Allahi ‘l-`adheem (Glory be to Allah, and Praise, Glory be to Allah, the Supreme)
(Bukhari , Muslim)
Can you imagine how much your reward will be multiplied if you share this information about the virtue of this remembrance with your friends and they keep saying it (SubhanAllah wa bihamdihi SubhanAllah Al Adheem) because you guided them to do good?
Be the One Who Guides Others to Good Deeds.