Ramadan, the ninth month in the Islamic Calendar, is a month of worship for Muslims. In this month, Muslims fast during the day, worship at night and strengthen their relationship with Allah (SWT).
This month is a blessed month for Muslims. Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with him) reported that the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said: “When Ramadan enters, the gates of Paradise are opened, the gates of Hellfire are closed, and the devils are chained.” (Al-Bukhari and Muslim)
The month, which consists of either 29 or 30 days, is split into three parts: three Ashras.
What is the Second Ashra of Ramadan?
The second Ashra refers to the second lot of 10 days of Ramadan, so this is the 10th-20th day of Ramadan. It may last nine or ten days, depending on how long Ramadan is.
These 10 days should be used to seek Allah’s (SWT) forgiveness for our sins, no matter how big or small they are. This can be done by doing Istighfar. Repeatedly say ‘Astaghfirullah’ to ask for Allah’s (SWT) forgiveness. This means ‘I seek forgiveness from Allah’.
Dua for Second Ashra
In the second Ashra, one should recite the following dua:
Astaghfirullah Rabbi Min Kulli Zambin Wa Atoobu Ilaih
This translates to: “I ask forgiveness of my sins from Allah, who is my Lord, and I turn towards Him.”
What To Do During Second Ashra
Giving charity in this month can be a means of seeking forgiveness for our sins. ‘Charity extinguishes sinful deeds just as water extinguishes fire.’ (Ibn Majah)
Other acts of worship you can do in these 10 days include:
- Making dua to Allah (SWT) for your own forgiveness as well as the forgiveness of others.
- Treating others well and seeking their forgiveness if you wronged them.
- Forgiving others if they wronged you so that Allah (SWT) may forgive you.
Donate to Orphans in Need
Giving to charity only benefits you, so Muslims should strive to donate more to charity in these 10 days. Charity can be given in many forms, including by smiling, which is sunnah!
“A charity is due for every joint in each person on every day the sun comes up: to act justly between two people is a charity; to help a man with his mount, lifting him onto it or hoisting up his belongings onto it, is a charity; a good word is a charity; and removing a harmful thing from the road is a charity.” (Al-Bukhari, Muslim)
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