Ramadan Du'a

  • بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

    Ramadan Mubarak!

    The following is a du’a that is constantly read in Tarim, Hadhramawt, throughout the blessed month of Ramadan. This beneficial du’a has been translated and made available through Sidi Amin Buxton (Allah preserve and increase him):

    Sayyiduna Salman narrates that the Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him and grant him peace) spoke to the Companions on the last day of Sha`ban. He informed them that they were about to enter a great and blessed month, a month in which there is a night better than a thousand nights. He mentioned some of the merits of the month of Ramadan. Then he said: “Do four things in abundance: two things with which you please your Lord, and two things which you cannot do without. As for the two things with which you please your Lord: your testification that there is nothing worthy of worship other than Allah and your seeking His forgiveness. As for the two things which you cannot do without: your asking Allah for Paradise and seeking refuge in Him from the Fire.”1

    The Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him and grant him peace) taught al-Sayyida `A’isha to say on Laylat al-Qadr:

    “O Allah, truly You are all-Pardoning, You love to pardon so pardon us.”2

    On the basis of these two hadiths the scholars and people of Tarim repeat the following du`a throughout the month of Ramadan:


    أشْهَدُ أن لا إلهَ إلا الله نَسْتَغْفِرُ الله نسأَلُكَ الجنَّةَ ونَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنْ النَّار (3)

    Ashadu alla ilaha illallah, nastaghfirullah, nas’aluk’l-jannata wa na`audhu bika min an-nar

    I testify that there is nothing worthy of worship other than Allah and we seek the forgiveness of Allah. We ask You for Paradise and take refuge in You from the Fire.” (3 times)

    اللهمَّ انَّكَ عَفُوٌ تُحبُّ العفْوَ فَاعْفُ عَنَّا (3) يا كريم

    Allahumma innaka `afuwun tuhibbu-l’`afwa f`afwa `anna

    “O Allah, truly You are all-Pardoning, You love to pardon so pardon us” (3 times). On the third time say “O Most Generous” (Ya Karim).

    1 Narrated by Ibn Khuzayma

    2 Narrated by Ahmad, Ibn Majah and Tirmidhi with a sahih chain of transmission


    August 10th, 2010 | AbdulKarim | 9 Comments |

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  • Savera 08.10.2010

    Jazaka Llahu khayran

  • Jazaka Llahu khayran.

  • Ramadan Mubarak! Thank you for the dua and the hadiths.

    Ya Haqq!

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  • al-salamu alaikum

    Thank you for sharing these beautiful duas with us. May Allah bless you always.

  • I was wondering whether your transliteration for the second supplication had an error or was there an error in the Arabic? I doubt the latter but what do I know.

    You’ve written:
    Allahumma innaka `afuwun (‘afuwwun) tuhibbu-l’`afwa f`afwa `anna

    After the fa-particle, do we not have a verb in the imperative mood whose ending is weak thus the original “waw” ending is omitted since it’s derived from the jussive case? Should not the transliteration read as ” fa’fu ” = ” fa ” + ” i’fu ”

    From what you’ve written in the transliteration, it seems as if you’ve used the “fa as-sababiyyah” therefore making the noun “al-’afwu” manSuub thus, “al-’afwa” but this cannot be the case since you would have most likely written fa and then the alif-laam particle of definiteness thereafter.

    Please forgive me if you think I’m being unnecessary technical. I grew up around people who taught these supplications incorrectly due to cultural accents when speaking the language so I can get very technical because I’m trying to stray away from that. Also, I’ll assume that many of your readers don’t yet have a mastery of the Arabic language and thus rely on the transliteration, especially those who may be new to the Path. And I know you all know your Arabic very well maashaa’allaah. I love this website. Thank you for your service.

    Assalaam ‘alaykum

  • Bismillah
    Wa alaykum as-salam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh

    You are correct, may Allah reward you.

    Was-salam,
    AbdulKarim

  • jazakallahu khairan.

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