Ramadan is a special month for Muslims as it was the month that the Qur’an was revealed to prophet Muhammad (PBUH) through Angel Jibraeel.
During this month, one should make increased dua as this month holds many blessings. There are also specific times to make certain duas, such as the time of starting and ending a fast.
The dua that should be read at Suhoor time is: ‘Wa bisawmi ghadinn nawaiytu min shahri Ramadan.’ This translates to ‘I intend to keep this fast for tomorrow in the holy month of Ramadan.’
The dua for breaking the fast at Iftar time is: ‘Allahumma inni laka sumtu wa bika aamantu wa alayka tawakkaltu wa ala rizq-ika-aftartu.’ This means ‘O Allah! I fast for You, I trust You, I put my faith in You, and I break the fast with Your sustenance.’
Duas for the Last 10 Days of Ramadan
The dua to be read on Laylatual Qadr is: ‘Allahumma Innaka Aafuwon Tuhibu AlAaffwa Faafu Aanni’, meaning ‘Oh Allah! You are highly forgiving, and you love to forgive people, so please forgive me.’
In the last ten days you can also read a dua for guidance: ‘Allāhumma Innī As’aluka al-Hudā Wat-Tuqā Wal-Afāfa Wal-Ghinā.’ This dua asks: ‘O Allah, I ask You for guidance and piety, and abstinence (from the unlawful) and modesty, and contentment and sufficiency.’
Throughout the 30 days of Ramadan, there are many duas to read
The following dua should be read in the first 10 days (the first third) of the month: ‘Rabbi ighfir warham wa anta khayrur raahimeen’. This means: ‘My Lord, forgive me and have mercy, and you are the best, most merciful.’
The following dua should be read in the second 10 days (the second third) of the month: ‘Astagfirullaha rabbi min kulli zambiyon wa-atoobuilaiyh'. This means ‘I ask forgiveness of my sins from Allah who is my Lord and I turn towards Him.’
The following dua should be read in the final 10 days of Ramadan: ‘Allahuma Ajirnee minan naar’. This means ‘O Allah! Save me from the Hell – Fire.’
Importance of Good Deeds in Ramadan:
In this month, our good deeds are multiplied: “Whoever does something good in this month, Allah (swt) multiplies it by 70.” (Tirmidhi)
There are several voluntary acts of worship you can do this Ramadan to make the most of this blessed month, including:
- Read more Qur’an - every letter holds more reward in Ramadan.
- Pray in the Masjid – every step you take towards a place of prayer is a good deed.
- Pray more sunnah and Nafl prayers including Taraweeh and Tahajjud.
- Donate a wheelchair to a hospital – you will get reward for patients who use it (Sadaqah Jariyah).
- Donate to charity - “Allah, the Exalted, says, ‘Spend, O son of Adam, and I shall spend on you.’” – Prophet Muhammad, upon him be peace (Al-Bukhari and Muslim).
Donate to Orphans in Need this Ramadan to invest in your Aakhira and reap the rewards of Ramadan. Prophet Muhammad, upon him be peace, said, “Protect yourself from hell-fire even by giving a piece of date as charity.” (Al-Bukhari and Muslim)