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 Third Ashra?
Ramadan is split into three Ashras, and the third Ashra refers to the final 10 days of Ramadan. These days are for seeking refuge from the Fire of Jahannam.
To avoid Hellfire, we should strive to please Allah (SWT) and follow his commands. Every good deed will hold rewards and will be paid back to us in full on the Day of Judgement, so we should try to continuously perform good deeds, no matter how small they may seem.
What to do During the Third Ashra
- Worship during the nights so that you are guaranteed to reap the rewards of Laylatul Qadr, The Night of Power.
- Observe I’tikaaf - segregate yourself from others and focus on your own relationship with Allah (SWT).
- Give charity – good deeds done in the month of Ramadan hold 70x more reward than other months.
- Make dua seeking refuge from the Fire.
Third Ashra Dua
In these last 10 days of Ramadan, one should recite the following dua:
‘Allahuma Ajirni Minan Naar’
This translates to: ‘O Allah! Save me from the Hellfire’.
The third Ashra is in the last 10 days of Ramadan, meaning that Laylatul Qadr falls on one of the nights. We should recite this dua every night to ensure we ask Allah (SWT) for his protection from Hellfire on this special night – The Night of Power.
Give Charity to Avoid Hellfire
Never underestimate the power of your charity or your duas for those suffering around the world.
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)
Donate to Orphans in Need
Many people around the world are less fortunate, and face struggles harder than we might ever face. In these last 10 days of Ramadan, donate to charity to seek refuge from the Fire. Donate here.