FIRST ASHRA* (First ten days 1-10)
The first ten days of the Blessed Month of Ramadan are the days of Mercy.
We should seek Allah’s Mercy in these days.
Rab-bigh-fir war-ham wa Anta Khair-ur-Raahimeen (Surah Al Muminun:118)
Translation: My Lord, forgive and have mercy for You are the Best of those who show mercy
Allahumma arhamni Ya Arham-mar-Rahimeen
Translation: O Allah have mercy on me, and You are the Most Merciful of those who show mercy
Ya Hayyu Ya Qayyumu Birahmatika asta-ghee-thu
Translation: O Ever Living, O Self-Subsisting and Supporter of all that exists, by Your mercy, I seek your help
SECOND ASHRA (Second ten days 11-20)
The second ten days of Ramadan are the days of Forgiveness.
We should seek Allah’s forgiveness and repent for all sins.
Allahum-magh-fir-li dhunoobi Ya Rabbal Alameen
Translation: O Allah forgive me my sins, O Lord of the Worlds
Rabbana Fagh-fir-lana dhunoobana wa kaf-fir-‘anna sayyi-aatina wa ta-waf-fana ma-‘al abraar
Translation: Our Lord, forgive us our sins and expiate from us our evil deeds and make us die (in the state of righteousness) along with the pious believers
Astaghfarullah-alladhee laa ilaaha illaa huw-al Hayyul Qayyoomu wa atoobu ileih
Translation: I seek Allah’s forgiveness, there is no god except Him, The Ever-Living, The Self Subsisting and Supporter of all, and I turn to Him in repentance
THIRD /LAST ASHRA (Last ten days 21-30)
The last days of Ramadan are to seek Refuge in Allah from the Hellfire.
Allahumma Ajirni min-an-naar
Translation: O Allah, save me from the Fire
DUA for LAYLA-tul-QADR (to be read in the last ten days):
Allahumma innaka ‘affuwan tuhibbul ‘afwa fa’fu’-anni
Translation: O Allah, indeed You are the Forgiver, You love forgiveness, so forgive me.
Source: The Friday Note
* Ashra is the Arabic term for 10/ten