Getting up for Fajr

The following is the prescription that has been given with respect to getting punctual with Fajr…

In summer, when Fajr is very early, many complain about their inability to get up for Fajr Salaat. …In winter, when Fajr is relatively late, many complain about their inability to get up due to the cold…

As the cliché goes: ‘Where there’s a will, there’s a way.’ …If one is sincere in wanting to perform the Fajr Salaah (or any Salaah), then come any season, any type of weather, any condition or any circumstance,

the person will do all that which is within his capacity, to fulfill the rights of Allah Ta’ala.

Due to the weakness being so common, the following are prescriptions to remedy the problem of missing the Fajr Salaah:

>>   An alarm clock should be kept a distance away from the bed. Instead of just switching it off and going back to sleep, you will have to get out of bed to switch it off.

>>  If you are a deep sleeper, then use two alarm clocks, with loud alarms. Place one on either side of you – and at a distance.

>>   If your hearing is good in one ear, and weak in the other, then place the clock on that side, where you will hear it loud and clear.

>>   Sincerely make du’aa before sleeping: ‘O Allah, I want to get up for Fajr Salaat. Please give me the taufeeq to do so.’

>>   Tell those at home, who also awaken for the Fajr Salaat, to get you up, even if it means shaking you up.

>>   Request a friend to give you a few rings in the morning – 20 or 30 minutes before Fajr. It will not cost him any money since you know that he is ringing you for Fajr Salaat, and you won’t pick up the receiver.

>>   Do not stay awake till 2 o’clock in the morning – involved in entertainment or pastimes: watching television, surfing the Internet, reading novels, etc., or in any activity, even ‘mubah (permissible) which would then make it difficult to get up for Fajr. In such cases, go to bed early and begin the day early.

>>   Shaytaan makes a person feel lazy at Fajr. On awakening, read the masnoon dua: ‘All praise is due to Allah who has given us life after death (i.e. sleep). And to Him will we be raised and returned.’

Then read :  ‘La haula wa la qoowata illa billah.’

and Ta’awwuz:  ‘I seek protection in Allah from Shaytaan, the accursed.’

Even though these are suggested prescriptions, the condition of a Mu’min (Believer in Allah Ta’ala) is that he or she is also ‘Aashiq’  (a sincere lover) of Allah Ta’ala. …Since when is an Aashiq ghaafil (negligent) in pleasing his or her Beloved?

If those who say that they cannot get up for the Fajr Salaah have to read an advertisement in a newspaper by a gold coin company, that all customers who arrive between 3 a.m. and 4 a.m. at their premises will receive a Kruger Rand, free. Will they then sleep or camp there the night? …Whereas a gold coin has no worth in comparison to the value of Salaah. 

If a concerted and sincere effort was made to get up for the Fajr Salaat, after having adopted the above-mentioned prescriptions, and still the person was unable to make it for Fajr with Jamaat, then Insha-Allah, he will not be questioned on the Day of Qiyaamat.

[1] Fajr: Prayer performed after true dawn and before sunrise. It is mentioned in a Hadith: ‘One who performs the Salaat at Fajr comes under the security of Allah…’
[2] Hazrat Abu Hurairah (radhiyallahu anhu) reported that Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam) said: ‘There isn’t any Salaat which  is (heavier) more difficult on the munafiqeen (hypocrites) than Fajr and Esha.’


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