What Does Ashra Mean?
The word Ashra is originated from an Arabic word which means ten. Everyone knows about the three Ashras of Ramadan and each to till ten days according to the Islamic calendar.
- First Ashra: (First ten days of Ramadan) – Days of Mercy
- Second (Second ten days) – Days of Forgiveness
- Third (Last ten days) – Days to seek refuge from Hellfire
Third Ashra of Ramadan – Seeking Refuge
These are the days to attain safety from hellfire by offering special prayers in the last ten days of Ramadan. These last days unveil those days which is known as the mother of all spiritual days ‘Laylat al-Qadr’. The blessings of Ramadan land onto this great night to ask for maximum forgiveness and refuge from past sins.
These ten days also are known as Najat as a night comes in this month whose reward is the highest among rest of the days. This night according to Quran is better than the thousands of months.
What do Muslims do in Third Ashra?
Muslim do Zikr and recitation of Quran do Itikaf, observe Nawafils, special long prayers and Salah Tasbeeh to get saves from the fire of hell and invoke Allah’s mercy.
When the Days of Refuge Starts in Ramadan?
It starts at 21st and ends on 29th or 30th of Ramadan. This is more superior to first two ashras due to its mentioned significance in Quran for the fact that Allah revealed Holy Quran on Prophet Muhammad (P.B.UH). Allah Almighty said to Muslims search the night in which He sent the Quran.
What Prophet Muhammad did on Those Ten Nights?
Our beloved Prophet (SAW) devoted Himself completely to prayer and other forms of worships during the last 10 days of Ramadan and recommended other people also to do the same.
There is a hadith about the routine of the Holy Prophet (SAW): “Allah’s Messenger used to exert himself in devotion during the last ten nights to a greater extent than at any other time”
Here’s What You Have to Recite
This is dedicated for Muslims to escape hell as The Prophet (SAW) said: “All past sins are forgiven to those who spend the night in the vigil of Destiny with devout faith and hope of reward” (Muslim)
Your To-Do-List in Third Ashra
- Read Quran
- Offer special prayers (excessive Dhikr)
- Do charity
- Observe Lailat –ul- Qadr