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Ruling 1000

In the third and fourth rakʿahs, it is recommended that after al‐tasbīḥāt al‐arbaʿah one seeks forgiveness by saying, for example:

أَسْتَغْفِرُ اللّٰهَ رَبِّي وَ أَتُوبُ إِلَیْهِ

astaghfirul lāha rabbī wa atūbu ilayh

…or:

اَللّٰهُمَّ اغْفِرْ لِي

allāhummagh fir lī

O Allah! Forgive me.

If before seeking forgiveness and bending for rukūʿ one doubts whether or not he has recited Sūrat al-Ḥamd or said al‐tasbīḥāt al‐arbaʿah, he must recite Sūrat al-Ḥamd or say al‐tasbīḥāt al‐arbaʿah. And if he doubts it while seeking forgiveness or after it, then again he must, based on obligatory precaution, recite Sūrat al-Ḥamd or say al‐tasbīḥāt al‐arbaʿah.