During the holy month of Ramadan, Muslims all around the world observe fasts. Ramadan is about more than just fasting from dawn to sunset; Muslims are encouraged to increase their prayers and charitable giving. The 1st Ashra of Ramadan, according to Prophet Muhammad, brings God’s kindness, the middle ten days (2nd Ashra)His forgiveness, and the next ten days save one from the fires of Hell.
It is impossible for a person to seek forgiveness from God and not be forgiven. When God allows one to conceal one’s flaws and shortcomings, one must quickly replace them with righteous and virtuous activities; otherwise, Satan will fill the vessel of one’s heart again. Helping those in need is one type of good action. Millions of people are hungry, and it is our responsibility as Muslims to assist them.
2nd Ashra of Ramadan– Days of Forgiveness
The second Ashra of Ramadan begins on the 10th of Ramadan and ends on the 20th of Ramadan. This Ashra is called days of forgiveness (Maghfirat). Any sinner, no matter what he has done, might request forgiveness from the Omnipotent, ALLAH, in this Ashra. The second Ashra of Ramadan is dedicated to seeking forgiveness; consequently, in addition to asking forgiveness throughout the month, a Muslim must ensure that the second Ashra is dedicated to this goal and that any actions that evoke Allah’s Forgiving nature be performed during this Ashra.
Dua for 2nd Ashra
اَسْتَغْفِرُ اللہَ رَبِّی مِنْ کُلِّ زَنْبٍ وَّ اَتُوْبُ اِلَیْہِ
“Astagfirullaha rab-bi min kulli zambiyon wa-atoobuilaiyh”
“I seek forgiveness from Allah for all my sins and turn to Him.”
Lessons for Second Ashra
While you want Allah’s forgiveness, pardon others around you as well. Allah adores those who seek forgiveness and forgive others. In actuality, second Ashra’s objective is to cultivate appreciation and forgiveness. Forgiving others is the greatest deed a Muslim can perform, thus forgive others in order to get Allah’s forgiveness.
- Allah multiplies our good actions, erases our sins, and enhances our position throughout the month of Ramadan. Ask forgiveness over and over in this Ashra of forgiveness, reciting “Astaghfar” as many times as you can.
- Do more and more charitable acts in order to receive Allah’s compassion. Arrange “iftars” for the poor and honor their legal requests.
- By spending more time at the mosque during this Ashra, you can improve your “Taqwa” (Divinity) and piety.
- In this Ashra, we should try to keep calm. We should avoid being enraged and instead strive to empathise with our fellow humans.
- We should spend our time with those who need us the most—our parents, relatives, elderly, or needy people—to get the most out of the second Ashra and in the appropriate way.
- Pray the Taraweeh prayer. It will bring you closer to Allah and prompt you to make an appropriate request for pardon.
- Continue to be nice to others in this Ashra. Follow in the footsteps of our Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W.). Kindness attracts Allah’s attention.
- We regard the second 10 days of Ramadan to be the days of Allah’s forgiveness. Allah is looking for those who want forgiveness and are willing to live a good life.
- Attempt to contact people who are furious with you during the second Ashra. Forgive those who have wronged you; let go of all vengeance and forgive for Allah’s sake.
- Most importantly, learn to be patient and kind. This will instill kindness in you, and you will be more generous than you have ever been.
Importance for 2nd Ashra of Ramadan
What is the best way to seek Allah’s (SWT) forgiveness? We’ll get to that in a minute, but for now, let’s concentrate on why the second Ashra of Ramadan is so important to every Muslim. These ten days connect the beginning (mercy) and the end (judgment) (refuge). It is self-evident that seeking Allah’s (SWT) pardon without repenting for your past misdeeds is a pointless endeavor if you intend to repeat the same mistakes in the future. As a result, these 10 days of forgiveness are critical. They provide a Muslim the chance to make a compelling argument for being spared from the fires of hell.
2nd Ashra of Ramadan in Light of Ahadees
The hadith provides us with insight into the topics of each Ramadan ashra. The Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said:
“It (Ramadan) is the month in which mercy is at the starting, forgiveness is at the centre, and liberation from the flames (of hell) is at the conclusion.”
It is important to recognize the importance of begging Allah’s (SWT) forgiveness before and after each prayer. Wishing something in your heart but without including it in your supplications is less likely to result in the desired result! Although some of you may already be aware, we thought it would be beneficial to review the dua for the second Ashra of Ramadan. From Arabic to English, the literal translation is as follows:
“I implore Allah, my Lord, for forgiveness of my misdeeds, and I turn to Him.”
In a hadith, Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) remarked on the subject of forgiveness:
“If anybody begs forgiveness from Allah on a regular basis, Allah will provide for him a way out of every sorrow and a respite from every concern, as well as nourishment from places he does not anticipate.” (Abu Dawud)
Asking forgiveness, according to this hadith, is not simply a way of penance and cleaning and cleansing one’s spirit; rather, seeking forgiveness leads to a person’s life being easier and Allah Almighty supplying nourishment from sources that the person least expects. As a result, forgiveness is more than just a way to cleanse one’s conscience and spirit; it’s also a way to improve one’s life now and in the future.
There is no need for how many times it should be repeated during the day, but making it a practice to say it before and after each prayer sounds like a good idea.
The second Ashra, or the middle of Ramadan, is a period when Allah’s (SWT) forgiveness is at its pinnacle, and it is the finest time to seek Almighty Allah for forgiveness for all of one’s misdeeds. After you’ve completed Tauba, make sure you don’t commit the same faults again. During this time, ask forgiveness as many times as you can, for Allah Almighty loves Tauba and forgives those who seek his forgiveness. If you want Allah’s (SWT) forgiveness, attempt to forgive all of your loved ones throughout these days, as Allah Almighty adores Maghfirah.
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