The Holy Month of Ramadan will begin in Dubai with the sighting of a crescent moon. It will continue for 29 to 30 days. Ramadan is a very spiritual time for Muslims. Every Muslim must fast from dawn to dusk during Ramadan. Muslims can also practice abstinence from anger and other immoral actions during Ramadan. Other acts of worship such as reading the Quran and contributing to charity are encouraged during this holy month.
Ramadan can be divided into three Ashras, each lasting ten consecutive days. This post will discuss the Ramadan duas, or prayers for each Ashra. You will also find English translations and transliterations of other prayers that are common for this holy month.
RAMADAN DUA FOR SIGHTING THE CRESCENT MOON
Ramadan officially begins by the sighting of the crescent moon. The dua to recite after seeing the Ramadan moon is:
- Dua: “Allahuakbar! Allahumma, ahillahu ‘alaina bil-amni wal-imani was-salamati wal-Islami wat-taufiqi lima tuhibbu wa tardu. Rabbuna wa rabbukallah
- English translation: Allah is the greatest! O Allah, let the crescent moon loom above us in safety, faith, peace and Islam and bless us with the ability to succeed in all that you love and are pleased with. Our Lord and your Lord is Allah.
RAMADAN DUA FOR FASTING
The pre-dawn meal Suhoor, also known as the Suhoor, is an important element of Ramadan. It is the last meal before dawn and the fast begins. Iftar is the evening meal Muslims use to break their fast after sunset.
Here are the Duas which Muslims recite before keeping and breaking the fast:
- Dua for Suhoor: Wa bisawmi ghadinn nawaiytu min shahri Ramadan
- English translation: I intend to fast tomorrow in this month of Ramadan
- Dua for breaking fast in Ramadan: Allahumma inni laka sumtu, wa bika aamantu, [wa ‘alayka tawakkaltu], wa Ala rizqika aftartu
- English translation: Oh Allah! I fasted for You and I believe in You [and I put my trust in You] and I break my fast with Your sustenance.
RAMADAN DUAS FOR THREE ASHRAS
Muslims have the opportunity to seek redemption during Ramadan, with each Ashra being its own form for recompense. Ramadan has three Ashras, each with a different dua. The first Ashra (or 10 days) represents mercy, forgiveness, and salvation from hellfire.
DUA FOR FIRST ASHRA
The first 10 days of Ramadan signify Allah’s mercy with the purpose to practice mercy towards other brethren. Here is a dua for first 10 days of Ramadan:
- Ramadan first Ashra dua: Rabbi ighfir warham wa anta khayrur raahimeen
- English translation: O my Lord! Forgive me and have mercy and You are the best, most merciful
DUA FOR SECOND ASHRA
The second Ashra is a time for forgiveness. During this stage, Muslims ask for Allah’s pardon and seek repentance from sins. The dua that can be recited during the second Ashra is:
- Dua: Astagfirullaha rab-bi min kulli zambiyon wa-atoobuilaiyh
- English translation: I ask for forgiveness from Allah, my Lord, from every sin I committed
DUA FOR THIRD ASHRA
The third and last Ashra ends on the 29th or 30th of Ramadan and holds special significance for Muslims since it represents protection from the hellfire. Additionally, the most important night of the Islamic calendar, Laylat-ul-Qadr, also falls during this time. The dua for the last 10 days of Ramadan is:
- Dua for third Ashra of Ramadan: Allahumma Ajirni minan naar
- English translation: O Allah, save me from the hellfire
DUAS FOR LAYLAT AL QADR
Laylat Al Qadr, also known as the Night of Destiny is a celebration of the night when the Holy Quran was revealed to Prophet Mohammad. Some Muslims also perform dikhr (remembrance and recitation) of the Quran.
The dua to be recited during Lalat Al Qadr is:
1 – Dua: Allahumma innaka afuwwun tuhibbul ‘afwa fa’fu anni’
English translation: O Allah, You are the One who pardons greatly, and loves to pardon, so pardon me
2 – Dua: Astaghfir ullah-alladhi la ilaha illa Huwal-Haiyul-Qayyumu, wa atubu ilaihi
English translation: I seek forgiveness from Allah, being that there is no god except He, who is living, eternal and I turn towards Him in repentance
3 – Dua: La hawla wala quwwata illa billah
English translation: There is no power nor strength except that gained through Allah
4 – Dua: La ilaha illa anta subhanaka inni kuntu minaz zalimin
English translation: There is no deity except You, exalted are You. Indeed, I have been of the wrongdoers
5 – Duas: AllahumMaghfirlee walil mu’mineena wal –mu’minat wa lil-muslimeena wal muslimat
English translation: O Allah! I ask for your forgiveness and for the forgiveness of believing men and woman and the Muslim men and women
PERSONAL PRAYERS IN RAMADAN
These prayers, in addition to the Ramadan duas mentioned above, can be used as Tasbeeh prayers during Ramadan. Tasbeeh refers to any verse that is repeated in order to glorify Allah.
Here are some good duas for Ramadan that can be recited during the holy month:
1 – Dua: Ya Hayyu Ya Qayyum! Bi rahmatika astagheeth
English translation: O the ever living one! I seek help by your mercy
2 – Dua: Allaahumma inni audhu bika min sharri ma ‘amiltu, wa min sharri ma lam a’mal
English translation: O Allah! I seek protection from You from the evil I have committed and the evil that I have not done`
3 – Dua: Rabbi irhamhuma kama rabbayanee sagheera
English translation: My Lord! Bestow on them (parents) Your mercy as they did me when I was young
4 – Dua: Allahuma ‘innee as ‘aluka fi’lal-khayraat wa tarkal-munkaraat wa hubbal masakeen
English translation: Oh Allah! I ask you to help me in the performance of good deeds, abandon bad deeds and the love of the poor and needy.
5 – Dua: Allahumma ashfi mardana wa mard al muslimeen
English translation: Oh Allah! Heal and cure our sick and the sick Muslim believers