A Special Ramadan Du’a (Prayer)

Salaam and Greetings of Peace:

Ramadan Mubarak!

The following is a du’a that is constantly read in Tarim, a town in the Wadi Hadhramawt, Yemen, throughout the blessed month of Ramadan. This beneficial du’a has been translated and made available through Sidi Amin Buxton (Allah preserve and increase him):

Sayyiduna Salman narrates that the Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him and grant him peace) spoke to the Companions on the last day of Sha`ban. He informed them that they were about to enter a great and blessed month, a month in which there is a night better than a thousand nights. He mentioned some of the merits of the month of Ramadan. Then he said: “Do four things in abundance: two things with which you please your Lord, and two things which you cannot do without. As for the two things with which you please your Lord: your testification that there is nothing worthy of worship other than Allah and your seeking His forgiveness. As for the two things which you cannot do without: your asking Allah for Paradise and seeking refuge in Him from the Fire.”1

The Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him and grant him peace) taught al-Sayyida `A’isha to say on Laylat al-Qadr:

“O Allah, truly You are all-Pardoning, You love to pardon so pardon us.”2

On the basis of these two hadiths the scholars and people of Tarim repeat the following du`a throughout the month of Ramadan:

أشْهَدُ أن لا إلهَ إلا الله نَسْتَغْفِرُ الله نسأَلُكَ الجنَّةَ ونَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنْ النَّار (3)

Ashadu alla ilaha illallah, nastaghfirullah, nas’aluk’l-jannata wa na`audhu bika min an-nar

“I testify that there is nothing worthy of worship other than Allah and we seek the forgiveness of Allah. We ask You for Paradise and take refuge in You from the Fire.” (3 times)

اللهمَّ انَّكَ عَفُوٌ تُحبُّ العفْوَ فَاعْفُ عَنَّا (3) يا كريم

Allahumma innaka `afuwun tuhibbu-l’`afwa f`afwa `anna

“O Allah, truly You are all-Pardoning, You love to pardon so pardon us” (3 times). On the third time say “O Most Generous” (Ya Karim).

1 Narrated by Ibn Khuzayma

2 Narrated by Ahmad, Ibn Majah and Tirmidhi with a sahih chain of transmission.

-  from Abdul Karim’s blog, Interpreter’s Path.

Note: Wadi Hadhramawt is a 220-mile wadi (seasonal river valley) which has a collection of 31 small sultanates with Aden in the middle. Hadhramawt is the biggest wadi in the Arabian Peninsula and runs for 99 miles through a stony desert. This area has been settled since at least the 3rd century AD and brilliant green fields ran alongside the wadi.

Ya Haqq!

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7 Responses to A Special Ramadan Du’a (Prayer)

  1. Amirhossein says:

    Merci Thank you very much merci Ya Hagh may this Ramadan and specially nights of Ghadar God make us to understand and via it Hug Allah and he always be nice with us….Ya Ali Ya Hagh

  2. As Salaam ‘alaykum br. Irving

    Thank you so much! On this particular day I am in need of such good words and hope. :)

    salaams
    widad

  3. Thommy Juniardi says:

    We always recite those duas together every night after shalat tarawih and witr in our mosques in Indonesia. It’s the best duas to recite in this holy month of Ramadan….

  4. Abdul Muneer says:

    Assalamu Alaikum bhai,
    Thank you for the Arabic text. People at Kerala recite these Duas after all prayers through out Ramadan.

  5. [...] starting to reap the rewards of your self-restraint. If you like this poem, you may also like this link, a special prayer  (du’a) to be said during Ramadan. Although I don’t know much about Sufism, I do find that the poetry speaks to my soul and is [...]

  6. Abdur Rahman says:

    Salams Baba Darvish!

    Thank you! These are beautiful. :)

  7. Feriyal Avarukh says:

    Thanks for the retrospective reminding of the Master’s unforgettable miracles. May his soul ever rest in piece.

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