The holy month of Ramadan is almost upon us, and it makes all the sense in the world to prepare for it in advance. The month is full of blessings and countless rewards for those who spend every day of it in the remembrance of Allah (SWT). These 29 or 30 days can help Muslims wash away all their previous forgivable sins and have a fresh start. The period is the most crucial one in the Islamic calendar! And the Ramadan apparatus works in such a way that any Muslim can accomplish the aforementioned goals, all that is needed is some sincere effort! In this discussion, we talk about the second phase, or ashra of Ramadan, and see how the charity can help a Muslim in seeking Allah (SWT)’s mercy.
The second ashra of Ramadan: An overview
The month of Ramadan is split into three periods, each of ten days. Each of these three ashra has a specific theme, around which the focus of prayers is orchestrated during the given period. The first ashra of Ramadan is that of mercy, the second of forgiveness, and the third of refuge from hellfire. However, in this discussion, we will be focusing on the second ashra only, and see why is it important for Muslims.
Our lives have become infested with worldly desires to such an extent that the fine line which separates right from wrong is a dot to us now. In the pursuit of the world, we have come that far away from reality! All year, we indulge in forbidden practices which weaken our connection with Allah (SWT). But how benevolent and forgiving is the Almighty! By providing us with the holy month of Ramadan, Allah (SWT) gives every Muslim a chance of reflection and repentance on our deeds. The second ashra of Ramadan is the best time to engage in the aforementioned acts, the sole objective of which is to seek Allah’s (SWT)’s mercy.
Importance of the second Ashra of Ramadan
How Allah’s (SWT)’s forgiveness can be sought? We will come to that bit in a minute, but for now, let us build further on the prime importance which the second ashra of Ramadan has for every Muslim. These ten days link the start (mercy) and the end (refuge). It is quite obvious that without repenting on your past, it is nothing but a futile effort to seek Allah’s (SWT)’s forgiveness if you are intent on committing the sins in the future as well. Hence, these ten days of forgiveness have a make or break status. They provide a Muslim with an opportunity to make a strong case for refuge from the hellfire. Hence, the sole objective of every prayer and supplication, obligatory or additional, should be seeking Allah’s forgiveness. It makes all the sense in the world to get yourself cleansed spiritually before you ask the Almighty for something!
Second ashra of Ramadan in light of Hadith
The knowledge from the hadith enlightens us on the themes of each Ramadan ashra. The Holy Prophet (PBUH) said:
“It (Ramadan) is the month, whose beginning is mercy, its middle, forgiveness, and its end, emancipation from the fire (of hell)”
Bihar al-Anwar, Vol.: 93, Pg.: 34
It is important to understand that asking for Allah’s (SWT)’s forgiveness before and after every prayer is extremely crucial. Merely wishing something in the heart without making it a part of your supplications is less likely to achieve the desired objective! Some of you might already know this, but we felt it would be nice to revise the dua for the second ashra of Ramadan. Its literal translation from Arabic to English is as follows:
“I ask forgiveness of my sins from Allah who is my Lord and I turn towards Him.”
There is no compulsion as to how many times it should be said during a day but making a habit of saying it before and after every prayer sounds like a great idea. What do you think?
Is second ashra the most ideal time for charity?
During the first ashra of Ramadan, the focus is concentrated on starting the holy month in its right spirit. Transforming the daily life schedule and patterns in accordance with the Ramadan timings can be a challenging task at first. Similarly, the third ashra is a busy time for Muslims as well. Important events like The Night of Decree and Itikaf can consume all of the time during the last ten days of Ramadan. That leaves us with the second ashra for calculating and donating your charity.
Yes, charity. Helping those who need our help in distress and discomfort is sure of pleasing Allah (SWT). And we cannot stress enough how it will impact your chances of being forgiven by Allah (SWT). So, donating to charity during the second ashra of Ramadan makes all the sense in the world.
Where are you with your calculations?
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Schedule your Ramadan donations: