It’s the last ten days of Ramadan.
The home stretch.
The part where you are caught between looking forward to the end of fasting, searching for laylatul qadr, and thinking about all the goodies of Eid.
Before you start to skip one or two taraweehs or put up the Eid decorations, let’s take a moment to see how we can maximise the rewards of these last ten days.
“This is a month, the first part of which brings Allah’s Mercy, the middle of which brings Allah’s forgiveness and the last part of which brings emancipation from hellfire” [Sahih Bukhari].”
Going back to this hadith, now is the time to ask Allah (swt) to save us from the hellfire, because after all the luxuries that He is blessing us with right now, ain’t no one wishing to go to hellfire and miss out on all the awesome luxuries that we have been promised in Jannah.
So, these last days of Ramadan, let’s do our future Jannah selves a favour by seeking protection from the fire.
Why should you pray for protection from the hellfire?
Imagine that I promised you a 5-star all-expense paid trip to Bora Bora where you can enjoy the beautiful lagoon in your new burkini. But I am such a busy person and to get this, you must remind me every day for the next 10 days. What would you do?
Except you are an anti-social couch potato who would rather watch Netflix than dip their toes in clear beach waters, my phone number is probably the first thing that you will dial every morning. That’s just how these last 10 days of Ramadan is going to be.
Not that Allah (swt) is busy such that He needs to be reminded about His promise of Jannah, but that we need to be up every morning asking Him to save us from the fire so that we can be of the people of Jannah.
That’s how He knows how badly we want all that gold reclining chairs and rivers of milk and honey in Jannah.
So… to the prayers for protection from fire. Here are some which are as usual either short and easily memorisable, or long and comprehensive.
رَبَّنَا اصْرِفْ عَنَّا عَذَابَ جَهَنَّمَ ۖ إِنَّ عَذَابَهَا كَانَ غَرَامًا (Qur’an 25:65)
“Rabbana isrif ‘anna ‘athaba Jahannam, inna ‘athabaha kana gharama”
“Our Lord, avert from us the punishment of Hell. Indeed, its punishment is ever adhering”
اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي أَسْأَلُكَ رِضَاكَ وَالجَنَّةَ ، وَأَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنْ سَخَطِكَ وَالنَّارِ
“Allaahumma innee as-aluka Ridaak wal Jannah wa Audhubika min sakhatik wan-naar”
“O Allaah, I ask of Your pleasure and for Paradise, and I seek refuge from Your displeasure and from the Hellfire.”
اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي أَسْأَلُكَ الْجَنَّةَ، وَمَا قَرَّبَ إِلَيْهَا مِنْ قَوْلٍ أَوْ عَمَلٍ، وَأَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنَ النَّارِ وَمَا قَرَّبَ إِلَيْهَا مِنْ قَوْلٍ أَوْ عَمَلٍ
“Allaahumma innee as-aluka al – Jannah, wa maa qarraba ilayhaa min qawl aw ‘amal, wa Audhubika min an-Naar wa maa qarraba ilayhaa min qawl aw ‘amal.”
“O Allaah, I ask of You for Paradise and that which brings me closer to it of statements or actions. And I seek refuge with You from the Hellfire and that which takes me closer to it of statements or actions.”
رَبَّنَا آتِنَا فِي الدُّنْيَا حَسَنَةً وَفِي الْآخِرَةِ حَسَنَةً وَقِنَا عَذَابَ النَّارِ (Qur’an 2:201)
“Rabbana atina fid-dunya hasanatan wa fil ‘akhirati hasanatan waqina ‘adhaban-nar.”
“Our Lord, give us in this world [that which is] good and in the Hereafter [that which is] good and protect us from the punishment of the Fire.”
اَللَّهُمَّ أَجِرْنِي مِنَ النَّارِ
“Allahuma Ajirni minan naar”
“O Allah, save me from the fire (Jahannam).”
This is the shortest of all the duas, and like I always say, you wouldn’t even look weird reciting this to yourself anywhere.
Think of all the times that you can say these duas as you go about your day. Think of waking up in the next 10 days and asking Allah (swt) for the unimaginable castles of Jannah.
Think of the beauty of Jannah and be motivated to make every one of these duas a part of your life.
May Allah (swt) accept every single one of our duas and make this Ramadan beneficial for us. Ameen