- Dua for the crescent moon
- Dua for fasting
- Three Ashras
- First Ashra dua
- Second Ashra dua
- Third Ashra dua
- Laylat Al Qadr
- Personal Ramadan duas
The Holy Month of Ramadan in Dubai will be starting soon with the sighting of the crescent moon and will last for the next 29 to 30 days. It’s an extremely spiritual time for Muslim devotees with fasting being obligatory for every healthy Muslim during Ramadan from dawn till dusk. This is also the time for Muslims to practise abstinence from extreme emotions such as anger and not committing any immoral acts. Other acts of worship, like contributing to charity and reading the Quran, are also encouraged during the holy month.
Ramadan is divided into three Ashras (stages), each lasting ten days. In this post, we will cover the Ramadan duas (prayers) for each Ashra. This will include other common prayers for the holy month with their English transliterations and translations.
Ramadan Duas in English
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
Suhoor or the pre-dawn meal is a significant element during Ramadan as it is the last meal before the sun rises and the fast begins. The Iftar is the evening meal with which Muslims break their fast at 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
The month of Ramadan offers Muslims the chance to seek salvation with each Ashra representing its own form of recompense. There are three Ashras in Ramadan each of which has a separate dua. The first Ashra, or 10 days, represents mercy, the next forgiveness and the last salvation from the 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
Known as the Night of Destiny, Laylat Al Qadr commemorates the night that the Holy Quran was first revealed to Prophet Mohammad. In addition to dikhr (remembrance of Allah) and recitation of the Quran, some Muslims perform I’tikaf, an Islamic practice including a period of staying in a mosque for a couple of days and devoting themselves to worship. 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
In addition to the aforementioned Ramadan duas, these prayers can also be recited as Tasbeeh prayers during Ramadan. Tasbeeh is any verse which is repeatedly recited 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
This brings us to an end of our list of common Ramadan duas that can be recited during the Islamic month of fasting. To prepare yourself for the Islamic month, check out our guide for prayer times in Dubai for April. To make the best of the revered month, check out how you can lead a healthy lifestyle during Ramadan in Dubai. Want to know how Ramadan is observed in different parts of the world? Consider our guide for global Ramadan traditions.
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