How to make the most of each third (Ashra) of Ramadan
The Prophet Muhammed ﷺ said: “This is a month, the first part of which brings Allah’s Mercy, the middle of which brings Allah’s forgiveness, and the last part of which brings emancipation from the hellfire.” [Bukhari]
Ramadan is split into 3 thirds each lasting 10 days:
• 1st Third of Mercy
• 2nd Third of Forgiveness
• 3rd Third of Emancipation from the hellfire.
Each third has its own special dua in which it is highly encouraged to recite regularly. The duas are as follows:
The First Third of Ramadan
It is widely encouraged to recite the following dua during days 1-10 of Ramadan:
رَبِّ اغْفِرْ وَارْحَمْ وَأَنْتَ خَيْرُ الرَّاحِمِينَ
Rabbi ighfir warham wa anta khayrur raahimeen.
O my Lord! Forgive me and have mercy and You are the Most Merciful.
[Surah Al Muminun:118]
The Second Third of Ramadan
It is widely encouraged to recite the following dua during days 11-20 of Ramadan:
اَسْتَغْفِرُ اللہَ رَبِّی مِنْ کُلِّ زَنْبٍ وَّ اَتُوْبُ اِلَیْہِ
Astagfirullaha rab-bi min kulli zambiyon wa-atoobuilaiyh.
I seek forgiveness from Allah for all my sins and turn to Him.
The Final Third of Ramadan
It is widely encouraged to recite the following dua during days 21-30 of Ramadan:
اَللَّهُمَّ أَجِرْنِي مِنَ النَّارِ
Allahumma Ajirna min-an-naar.
O Allah, protect us from the fire.
It is virtuous to seek much forgiveness in Allah all-year long. This is a practise we should carry through beyond Ramadan – to always ask Allah to shower his Mercy and forgiveness upon the Ummah. Ensure that not a third of Ramadan passes by except that you help those in need. Showing compassion and concern for Muslims fasting through Ramadan in war zones surely earn’s Allahs’ Mercy and Forgiveness! Click the button below to find out how you can help: