Get Barakah: Tips to wake up in the morning for Fajr

Islamic Reasoning - Iftikhar Islam - Tips to wake up in the morning for Fajr

By: Iftikhar Islam

Many of us try “hard” to wake-up in the morning. But their “sweet sleep” didn’t allow them to leave the bed early. There are various reasons why people could not get up early in the morning. But the main and most important reason is: we do not follow the Sunnah of the Prophet. We have not realized the importance of Islam in our life.

If we have our flight at 3:00 in the morning, we wake-up at 2:00 – an hour before, many of them wake-up before that. Why do you wake-up early in the morning for flight, train and bus? Why do you wake-up in the morning when there is an examination? Why do you wake-up early at 6:00 or 7:00 in the morning to go to school, college, office, etc? But why don’t you get-up for Salah?? The Answer is simple.. Salah for you is not much valuable than all of your work.

Do you know what is the last will of Prophet (peace be upon him)? As-Salaah.. As-Salaah was the last will of the Prophet (peace be upon him). Even Hazrat Umar (r) was very particular in advising for salah.
Islamic Reasoning - Iftikhar Islam - Tips to wake up in the morning for Fajr
I am mentioning few tips for waking-up in the morning:

1. Realize the importance of Fajr: If you realize the importance of fajr, you will never miss it. Our beloved prophet (peace be upon him) said: “…The angels of the night and the angels of the day gather at the time of Fajr prayer…” [Saheeh Bukhari, 1:11:621] Further the prophet said: "No prayer is harder for the hypocrites than the Fajr and the 'Isha' prayers and if they knew the reward for these prayers at their respective times, they would certainly present themselves (in the mosques) even if they had to crawl." The Prophet added, "Certainly I decided to order the Mu'adh-dhin (call-maker) to pronounce Iqama and order a man to lead the prayer and then take a fire flame to burn all those who had not left their houses so far for the prayer along with their houses." [Saheeh Bukhari, 1:11:626]. There are various other Ahaadith which confirms the importance of Fajr Salaah.

2. Niyah (Willing to wake-up):
Niyah is very much necessary for every work, It stands as a back-bone and helps in achieving success. Niyah is just like setting your aim, planning, etc. If you are willing to wake-up than you will work for it.

3. Take the help of Alarm, friend, or elderly person, etc.: Set an alarm when you want to wake-up and keep the alarm far away from your bed so that you get out of the bed and stop it. Say “NO” to ‘another-10-minutes’. Ask your friend who wakes up early to ring you, or you can take the help of your parents, siblings, etc. Even elderly person in the family (or society) can be of a great help in waking up early.

4. Go to bed early: “Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise” says Ben Franklin. If you go to bed early it becomes easy to wake-up in the morning. You get sufficient sleep and you get up early. Hence, you will be more active and fresh whole day.

5. Drink water: Drinking water while going to bed will help you to wake-up early.

6. Read Dua: Seeking protection from Allah and thanking him is greatly essential. It gives you peaceful mind and allows you to sleep well. This not only helps you to wake up early but also keep you spiritually healthy.

7. Sleep according to Sunnah:
Sleeping according to Sunnah plays an important role in waking-up early. It also keeps you healthy.

Do not sleep after Fajr

Sleeping after Fajr Salah is a very common practice among the Muslim Ummah. And this is also one of the reasons for the backwardness of our community. Sleeping after fajr wastes your much of the productive time. Did you ever come across Prophet (peace be upon him) and Sahaaba (Companions) sleeping after fajr? You read a biography of any successful person; you find him/her utilizing his/her morning time. Every successful person wakes-up early and uses morning time for his productive work.

Whenever I meet a scholar or a senior daee, I have a habit of asking about their daily schedule. And the common thing in everyone’s life is utilizing the morning hours. The companions used to go for work in the morning and they were the one who ruled the world. They changed the life style of living and showed the entire world a new way of living. Every successful person utilizes morning hours.

What could be better than reading Quran?? Allah says “Keep up prayer from the declining of the sun till the darkness of the night and the morning recitation; surely the morning recitation is witnessed.” [Surah Isra (17):78]

About the Author:
Iftikhar Islam is an Admisnistrator-Founder of GPRF Network. A Public Speaker and a Da'ee well known for his articles on Islam and Social issues. He holds Post Graduation in Business Management and an ardent of Islam, Comparative Religions, Business Management and Law. | Know more|

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