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Duas for the last 10 days of Ramadan – Arabic and English translated

The last ten nights of Ashra-e-Nijat (Days for seeking refuge) are the most revered nights in Islam. Within the darkness of these nights hides the light Muslims must seek – Laylatul Qadr, the Night of Divine Decree.

According to Islamic history, it is one of the odd nights in the last Ashra of Ramadan in which Angel Jibril (AS) brought the first revelation in Cave Hira and commanded Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) to recite the first word of the Holy Quran, “Iqra.”

It is believed that within the last ten nights of Ramzan, Allah SWT’s mercy, compassion, and blessings encircle His worshippers. Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) has instructed the Muslim Ummah to pray, ask for forgiveness, make dua, observe Itikaf, and seek Divine light in the last ten days of Ramadan.

To help you maximise your worship and earn great rewards from Allah SWT, in this article, we will be teaching you the duas for the last 10 days of Ramadan. So, without further ado, let’s dive in.

What are the last 10 days of Ramadan and what significance do they hold in Islam?

The last ten days of Ramadan have a special place in Islam. These ten days not only hold Laylatul Qadr, the most auspicious night in Islam, but they also give us an opportunity to reflect on our lives and become more responsible Muslims and human beings.

Allah SWT in the Holy Quran says, “Surely, we have revealed to you the Grand Night, and what will make you comprehend what the Grand Night is? The Grand Night is better than a thousand months. The Angels and the Spirit descend in it by the permission of their Lord for every affair. Peace! It is till the break of the morning.” (Holy Quran 97:5)

Abu Hurairah (RA) narrated that Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said, “When the last one-third of the night remains, our Lord, the Glorious One, descends towards the lower heaven and proclaims: Is there anyone supplicating to Me so that I grant his supplication? Is there anyone begging of Me for anything so that I grant him his wish? Is there anyone who seeks My forgiveness, so I forgive him?” (Al-Bukhari and Muslim)

Abu Salama bin Abdur Rahman narrated, “I asked Abu Said Al-Khudri, “Did you hear Allah’s Apostle talking about the Night of Qadr?” He replied in the affirmative and said, “Once we were in Itikaf with Allah’s Apostle in the middle ten days of (Ramadan), and we came out of it in the morning of the twentieth, and Allah’s Apostle delivered a sermon on the 20th (of Ramadan) and said, ‘I was informed (of the date) of the Night of Qadr (in my dream) but had forgotten it. So, look for it in the odd nights of the last ten nights of the month of Ramadan. I saw myself prostrating in mud and water on that night (as a sign of the Night of Qadr). So, whoever had been in Itikaf with Allah’s Apostle should return for it.’ The people returned to the mosque (for Itikaf). There was no trace of clouds in the sky. But all of a sudden, a cloud came, and it rained. Then the prayer was established (they stood for the prayer), and Allah’s Apostle prostrated in mud and water, and I saw mud over the forehead and the nose of the Prophet.” (Sahih Bukhari)

What are the last 10 days of Ramadan called?

Within the last ten days of Ramadan hides Laylatul Qadr (The Night of Power), the night in which Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) received the first revelation of the Holy Quran. It is believed that the sacred event of revelation of the Quran took place on one of the odd nights (21, 23, 25, 27, or 29) which fall during the third Ashra of Ramadan.

What should You be doing during the last 10 days of Ramadan?

Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said, “Whoever stays up and prays on Laylat al-Qadr out of faith and in the hope of reward, his previous sins will be forgiven.” 

Therefore, Muslims worldwide follow the Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and try to stay awake within the nights of the last Ashra of Ramadan. Whether at home or at the neighbourhood mosque, Muslims spend their time reciting the Holy Quran, worshipping Allah SWT, giving charity and asking for forgiveness.

Furthermore, in the last ten days of Ramzan, Allah SWT’s Messenger (PBUH) used to observe Itikaf in a mosque. During this time, Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) barely slept, and he (PBUH) would spend his days and nights worshipping Allah SWT, making as much dua and zikr as possible. Similarly, you should also try to pray as much as possible within the last 10 days of Ramadan as the reward is worth it.

Hazrat Aisha (RA) reported, “With the start of the last ten days of Ramadan, the Prophet used to tighten his waist belt (work hard) and used to pray all night, and used to keep his family awake for the prayers.” (Al-Bukhari) 

When Are the Last 10 Days of Ramadan in 2023?

guide on the duas for the last 10 days of ramadanRamadan 2023 is expected to begin on March 22nd 2023 (Wednesday) till April 20th 2023 (Thursday). However, these dates might vary depending upon the sighting of the moon.

According to the tentative dates, the last 10 days of Ramadan 2023 are expected to begin during the evening of April 10th, 2023 (Monday) and end on the evening of April 20th, 2023 (Thursday).

Dua for the Night of Power

Aisha (RA) reported that when she asked Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) which dua to recite on Laylatul Qadr, the Messenger (PBUH) of Allah SWT recommended the following dua.

It is one of the best duas for you to recite in the last ten days of Ramadan. Therefore, try to recite this as much as possible, especially at night, to receive Allah SWT’s mercy: 

الْلَّهُمَّ اِنَّكَ عَفُوٌّ تُحِبُّ الْعَفْوَ فَاعْفُ عَنِّي

 

Transliteration: Allaahumma innaka ‘afuwwun, tuhibb al-‘afwa, fa’fu ‘anni

Translation: “O Allah, You are the Most Forgiving, and You love to forgive, so forgive me.”

 

Dua for After You’ve Fasted

When breaking your fast, recite the following to dua to seek the blessings of Allah SWT.

 

‏‏ ذَهَبَ الظَّمَأُ وَابْتَلَّتِ الْعُرُوقُ وَثَبَتَ الأَجْرُ إِنْ شَاءَ اللَّهُ

 

Transliteration: Dhahabaz Zama’u wab tal latil uruqoo wa thabbatal ajru inshaAllah

Translation: Thirst has gone, the arteries are moist, and the reward is sure if Allah wills.

 

Dua for Forgiveness

There is no better time to ask for forgiveness than the last ten days of Ramadan. Therefore, recite this dua as much as possible as even the Prophet (PBUH) has recommended it as the best dua for recitation in the last Ashra of Ramadan.

 

الْلَّهُمَّ اِنَّكَ عَفُوٌّ تُحِبُّ الْعَفْوَ فَاعْفُ عَنِّي

 

Transliteration: Allaahumma innaka ‘afuwwun, tuhibb al-‘afwa, fa’fu ‘anni

Translation: “O Allah, You are the Most Forgiving, and You love to forgive, so forgive me.”

Dua for Protection

It is vital to ask Allah SWT for protection during the Holy month of Ramadan. Therefore, recite this dua everyday if you want to seek protection from Hellfire.

 

اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي أَسْأَلُكَ رِضَاكَ وَالجَنَّةَ ، وَأَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنْ سَخَطِكَ وَالنَّارِ

 

Transliteration: “Allaahumma innee as-aluka Ridaaka wal Jannah wa a’audhu’bika min sakhatika wan-naar”

Translation: O Allah, I ask of Your pleasure and for Paradise, and seek refuge from Your displeasure and the Hellfire.

Dua for Guidance

In the last 10 days of Ramadan, Allah SWT comes close to his worshippers and accepts duas with contentment for striving towards Him. Hence, there is no better time to seek guidance than Ashra-e-Nijat.

 

اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي أَسْأَلُكَ الهُدَى وَ التُّقَى وَ العَفَافَ وَ الغِنَى

 

Transliteration: Allāhumma Innī As’aluka al-Hudā Wat-Tuqā Wal-Afāfa Wal-Ghinā

Translation: O Allah, I ask You for guidance and piety, and abstinence (from the unlawful) and modesty, and contentment and sufficiency.

 

Dua for Direction

During the last Ashra of Ramadan, you should renew your intentions and ask Allah SWT to show you the right path and guide you so you can continue to be good and just.

 

اللَّهُمَّ اهْدِني ، وسَدِّدْنِي

 

Transliteration: Allaahummah-dinee wa sadd-dadnee

Translation: O Allah! Direct me to the Right Path and make me adhere to the Straight Path

 

Dua for Wisdom

Recite the following dua for wisdom throughout the last Ashra of Ramadan to ask Allah SWT to protect Muslims worldwide and bless you with the knowledge to understand the religion better and be faithful to Islam.

 

اللَّهُمَّ انْفَعْنِي بِمَا عَلَّمْتَنِي وَ عَلِّمْنِي مَا يَنْفَعُنِي وَ زِدْنِي عِلْمًا

 

Transliteration: Allaahum-manfa’nee bimā ‘allamtanee wa ‘allimnee mā yanfa’unee wa zidnee ‘ilmā

Translation: O Allah, benefit me with what You have taught me, and teach me that which will benefit me and increase me in knowledge.

 

Dua for Parents

You owe everything in your life to your parents. They are indeed the most significant and special people in your life. Therefore, you must dedicate these blissful 10 days of Ramadan to making dua for your beloved parents. Recite the following dua to share Allah SWT’s blessings with those who raised you:

 

 رَّبِّ ارْحَمْهُمَا كَمَا رَبَّيَانِي صَغِيرًا

 

Transliteration: Rabbi irhamhuma kama rabbayani sagheera

Translation: My Lord, have mercy upon them (parents) as they brought me up [when I was] small.

 

Dua for Deceased Loved Ones

If you have recently lost someone and are still grieving, the best way to remember them is to make dua for the ones who have passed away. There is no better time to do so than the last Ashra of Ramadan. Recite this dua and ask Allah SWT to forgive them and bless them with Jannah in the Hereafter.

 

اللَّهُمَّ اغْفِرْ لَهُ الَّلهُمَّ ثَبِّتْهُ

 

Transliteration: Allaahum-maghfir lahu Allaahumma thabbithu

Translation: O Allah, forgive him. O Allah, strengthen him.

Dua for Better Health

The pandemic has taught us that life is uncertain, so your health should be your first priority. Therefore, recite the following dua in the last ten days of Ramadan to have a healthy future:

 

اللّهُـمَّ عافِـني في بَدَنـي ، اللّهُـمَّ عافِـني في سَمْـعي ، اللّهُـمَّ عافِـني في بَصَـري ، لا إلهَ إلاّ أَنْـتَ. اللّهُـمَّ إِنّـي أَعـوذُبِكَ مِنَ الْكُـفر ، وَالفَـقْر ، وَأَعـوذُبِكَ مِنْ عَذابِ القَـبْر ، لا إلهَ إلاّ أَنْـتَ

 

Transliteration: Allaahumma ‘aafinee fee badanee, Allaahumma ‘aafinee fee sam’ee, Allaahumma ‘aafinee fee basaree, laa ‘ilaaha ‘illaa ‘Anta. Allaahumma ‘innee ‘a’oothu bika minal-kufri, walfaqri, wa ‘a’oothu bika min ‘adhaabil-qabri, laa ‘ilaaha ‘illaa ‘Anta.

Translation: O Allah, make me healthy in my body. O Allah, preserve for me my hearing. O Allah, preserve for me my sight. There is none worthy of worship but You. O Allah, I seek refuge in You from disbelief and poverty, and I seek refuge in You from the punishment of the grave. There is none worthy of worship but You.

Surah Al Qadr

بِسْمِ ٱللَّهِ ٱلرَّحْمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ

إِنَّآ أَنزَلْنَـٰهُ فِى لَيْلَةِ ٱلْقَدْرِ

وَمَآ أَدْرَىٰكَ مَا لَيْلَةُ ٱلْقَدْرِ

لَيْلَةُ ٱلْقَدْرِ خَيْرٌۭ مِّنْ أَلْفِ شَهْرٍۢ

تَنَزَّلُ ٱلْمَلَـٰٓئِكَةُ وَٱلرُّوحُ فِيهَا بِإِذْنِ رَبِّهِم مِّن كُلِّ أَمْرٍۢ

سَلَـٰمٌ هِىَ حَتَّىٰ مَطْلَعِ ٱلْفَجْرِ

 

Transliteration: Bismillah hir rahman nir raheem

Innaa anzalnaahu fee lailatil qadr

Wa maa adraaka ma lailatul qadr

Lailatul qadri khairum min alfee shahr

Tanaz zalul malaa-ikatu war roohu feeha bi izni-rab bihim min kulli amr

Salaamun hiya hattaa mat la’il fajr

 

Translation: In the name of Allah, the Entirely Merciful, the Especially Merciful.

Indeed, We sent the Qur’an down during the Night of Decree.

And what can make you know what is the Night of Decree?

The Night of Decree is better than a thousand months.

The angels and the Spirit descend therein by permission of their Lord for every matter.

Peace it is until the emergence of dawn.

Summary – Duas for Last 10 Days of Ramadan

With the holy month of Ramadan, we are reminded of the importance of the last ten days of Ramadan. It was one of these nights that the Holy Quran was revealed to Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), and though we do not know the exact day, we know for sure that the last Ashra brings immense rewards and forgiveness of Allah SWT by way of The Night of Power.

Hence, we should pay special attention to these nights and spend them praying, making dua, giving zakat, reciting the Holy Quran, and trying to become better Muslims.

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