Welcome to the middle of Ramadan! The part where the taraweeh high is slowing down, congregation lines are thinning and you can’t remember the last time you filled your Ramadan journal. That last part is actually just me.
It’s the second ashara, the middle ten days that is for seeking Allah (swt)’s forgiveness, and even though the momentum may be slowing down, now is actually the time to rev up the Ibadah engine.
Think of all your sins. The ones you are sure you committed. Think of all the times you’ve done something and even you know that nah, this is wrong.
Think of all those times when you’ve missed a salah due to a busy day, or backbite a sister while ‘catching up’ with your friends.
Think of anything that you know may be displeasing to Allah (swt), and you can see why we really need this middle ten. I know that these things may be difficult to admit to ourselves, but hey, we are trying to be better people here.
“And seek forgiveness for your sins, and also for the believing men and women (47:19).”
I know that you probably have several dozen duas lined up for Ramadan. Or like me, you are using the duas that you already know while trying to keep up with what everyone else is doing this Ramadan.
Either way, for a Muslim, there are duas that can help us to seek Allah’s forgiveness to the max in Ramadan.
اللَّهُمَّ إِنَّكَ عَفُوٌّ تُحِبُّ الْعَفْوَ فَاعْفُ عَنِّي
“Allahumma innaka ‘afuwwun tuhibbul-‘afwa, fa’fu ‘anni”
(O Allah, You are Forgiving and love forgiveness, so forgive me)
This is easy to say as you strap up your child for the morning school run. It is easy to say as your get on the bus to go to school, or while in front of your computer in the office.
قُلِ اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي ظَلَمْتُ نَفْسِي ظُلْمًا كَثِيرًا وَلاَ يَغْفِرُ الذُّنُوبَ إِلاَّ أَنْتَ فَاغْفِرْ لِي مَغْفِرَةً مِنْ عِنْدِكَ وَارْحَمْنِي إِنَّكَ أَنْتَالْغَفُورُ الرَّحِيمُ ”
“Allāhumma innī ẓalamtu nafsī ẓulman kathīran wa lā yaghfirudh-dhunūba illā anta faghfirlī maghfiratan min `indika warḥamnī innaka antal-Ghafūrur-Raḥīm”
(O Allah, I have wronged myself much, and none forgives sins except You. So forgive me with forgiveness from You, and have mercy upon me, indeed, You are the Forgiving, the Merciful)
As you lay your forehead in sujood in middle of the night (while probably half awake and hungry), remember this dua and ask for forgiveness.
رَبَّنَا فَاغْفِرْ لَنَا ذُنُوبَنَا وَكَفِّرْ عَنَّا سَيِّئَاتِنَا وَتَوَفَّنَا مَعَ الْأَبْرَارِ
Rabbanaa faghfir lana thunoobana wa kaffir ‘anna sayyiaatinaa wa tawaffanaa ma ‘al abraar.
(Our Lord, so forgive us our sins and remove from us our misdeeds and cause us to die with the righteous)
Every time you conclude a salah before you jump up and off to the next class or the next thing on your to-do list, take a moment to recite this dua.
رَبَّنَا اغْفِرْ لَنَا ذُنُوبَنَا وَإِسْرَافَنَا فِي أَمْرِنَا وَثَبِّتْ أَقْدَامَنَا وَانصُرْنَا عَلَى الْقَوْمِ الْكَافِرِينَ
Rabbanagh firlana thunoobana wa israfana fee amrina wa thabbit aqdaa mana wan surna alal qawmil kafireeen.
(Our Lord! Forgive us our sins and the lack of moderation in our doings, and make firm our steps and succour us against those who deny the truth)
“I seek forgiveness from Allah”
The easiest and most popular way of seeking forgiveness. A prayer that is part of every Muslim lifestyle. It’s short, easy to memorise and remember. And you won’t even look like the Muslim weirdo if you recite this to yourself in class, at the grocery store, at the gas station, during your commute, and literally anywhere else.
As we settle into these middle days of Ramadan, challenge yourself to seek for forgiveness at least 70 times a day, just like the holy Prophet (saw)!
Share your favourite duas, love to hear them.