As we reach the middle of Ramadan, in many communities, things are a little quieter. The early crowds have subsided and the crowds of the last 10 nights haven’t started yet.
But this isn’t the time to get lax: We’ve entered the days of forgiveness.
Shaddad ibn Aws said that the prophet Muhammad said the following dua is the best way to ask for forgiveness:
“O Allah! You are my Lord! None has the right to be worshipped but You. You created me and I am Your slave, and I am faithful to my covenant and my promise as much as I can. I seek refuge with You from all the evil I have done. I acknowledge before You all the blessings You have bestowed upon me, and I confess to You all my sins. So I entreat You to forgive my sins, for nobody can forgive sins except You.”
Here’s another beautiful and comprehensive – though short – dua for forgiveness:
“Allahummaghfir lee thanbee kullahu, diqqahu wa jillahu, wa ‘awwalahu wa ‘aakhirahu wa ‘alaaniyata hu wa sirrahu.”
“O Allah, forgive me all my sins, great and small, the first and the last, those that are apparent and those that are hidden.”
And one more:
“O Allah, you are forgiving, and you love forgiveness, so forgive me.”
May all of your prayers be accepted!