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!


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

  1. Dearest Irving:
    As-salaam ‘alaikum

    This is spectacular. Thank you for posting it… Your heart is one of the lights of the north… masha’Allah. Ramadan kareem.

  2. Irving says:

    Alaikum Salaam Dearest Daniel Abdal-Hayy:

    Thank you for the kind words, though my heart is but a poor reflection of my Master, the qutb of loving-kindness, Dr. Alireza Nurbakhsh, Master of the Nimatullahi Sufi Order, may Allah bless him and guard his secret. Amin.

    Ya Haqq!

  3. aoa


    Thanks for this timely reminder and I love the 30 dua’s for Ramadan…




    Ramadan is burnished sunlight on the
    cheek of the Beloved at the

    first dawn of creation

    first fruits burst on first green
    branches in the first Garden

    their ripening a whole
    lunar month without being picked

    till they burst with the
    celestial pleasure of pure being

    Ramadan hunkers down in the extreme
    depths of heaven and earth


    as deep in the earth as the sky
    bound together with immaterial

    coils in the
    knot of our fleshly hunger

    It’s a luminous door down a long hall in a
    yearly wall in space

    past rooms of resplendent solitudes and
    incantatory gatherings with a

    vision at the end of a tall silver stag whose
    antlers are flames lighting our

    way to inconceivable pastures
    where endless bounty abounds

    A weighty touch from an emptiness that
    strikes sparks in our hearts

    a turning from one light to another
    even brighter than ocular radiance

    Lick the tongue of it with our tongues!

    Clear the throat of it with our throats!

    Surround the sight of it in a blind blizzard of
    overpouringness into our

    suddenly increased dimension
    as we stand a bit shakily at His

    praising His Name

    10 Ramadan

  5. Irving says:

    Really beautiful, brother Daniel Abdal-Hayy :) Thank you so much for enhancing the blog with your poetry :)

    Ya Haqq!

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