How to pray Fajr on time.
As we all know a Muslim is required to pray 5 times a day, at different times. First before sunrise, second at noon, third at mid afternoon, fourth at sunset and fifth and final at night time. The first of these prayers which is to be performed before sunrise is called “Fajr”. Fajr time varies through out the year but it can be times such as 4, 5, or 6 am.
Many of us find it difficult to wake up on time to perform this prayer even if we have an alarm clock.
The prayer in Islam is called “as-salat” and for one to be consistent with it, it is better that they fully appreciate what it is. The prayer is a time where the Muslim, the servant of Allah, suspends his focus on the world and turns his attention to his master, the supreme creator of the heavens and the earth. The one who gave him life, who gave him the limbs with which to work, the eyes with which to see and who gives him his sustenance. The Muslim mentally. verbally and physically focuses on his lord. He stands up, sits and also prostrates in a manifest sign of complete and utter submission. The prayer is such a beautiful thing, for the creator has said that we do not need to go through any intermediary to address him, nor are we so lowly and impure that he will not let us address him. After the prayer the Muslim then raises his hands in du’a (supplication) with his eyes at times looking at the heavens and may ask his master for whatever he wishes or needs, be it help with an affair, a good job, for forgiveness, a partner and anything that is permitted.
The prayer helps to give us strength, forebearance and energy in a difficult world full of challenges.
The Fajr prayer is difficult for many due to the early time at which it must be done. There are different ways of overcoming this. One way is to focus on the benefits and reward of this prayer.
Hadith: ““One who performs `Isha’ prayer in congregation, is as if he has performed Salat for half of the night. And one who performs the Fajr prayer in congregation, is as if he has performed Salat the whole night.”
(Reported in Sahih Muslim).
In addition to this there are ahadith which mention how the one who prays Fajr is under’s Allah protection.
Praying this prayer on time will bring extra blessings and reward in your life. If we were to be told that we could do something which would result in a huge pay rise, or that every morning we would have a sumptuous breakfast then our motivation would definitely increase greatly. So is the case with the Fajr prayer. The problems, difficulties we face in life are often the results of things that we do, sins that we commit and we must look inwards to see things that we are doing wrong and can improve. Fajr is a beautiful time, a time of fresh air. I remember sometimes having woken up and started walking outside, the environment is much different and there is a feeling of serenity, a feeling that we are on the verge of a new day, a new fresh start.
A mosque during Fajr time.
Let us now turn to what we can do to help us pray Fajr on time.
1. Buy an alarm clock. Many of us already do this, then one piece of advice is to keep the alarm clock as far away from you as possible so that you cannot just turn it off.
2. Sleep early. Modern science shows us that sleeping early is beneficial for us and more in tune with nature and producing the best form us both physically and mentally.
3. Recite the last 4 verses of Surah Kahf, the 18th surah of the Quran, before you go to sleep.
4. You can also pray 2 rakahs and then sincerely ask Allah to wake you up for Fajr.
5. Tell your mind strongly and confidently that you will wake up for Fajr.
6. Upon hearing the alarm clock, and then waking up remember Allah or try to say his name whether it be just Allah, or Allahu Akbar or Subahanallah.
“Abu Hurairah reported that Allah’s Messenger (may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said, “The Satan knots three knots on the nape of the head of every one of you when he goes to sleep. On every knot he utters, ‘There is a long night for you. So sleep.’ If he gets up and remembers Allah, one knot is loosened; when he performs ablution another knot is loosened and when he observes prayer the third knot is also loosened and he gets up in the morning in an active and delightful mood. But if he does not do so, he gets up in the morning as spiteful and lazy.” (Hadith reported in Bukhari).
7. Wake up an hour or two earlier than Fajr if possible and use your time constructively in that period until Fajr itself, be it in performing Tahajjud (the late night prayer) reading Quran or Islamic literature, or even something related to your studies or secular interests.
Try these things and may Allah give you and me success in this matter, and in this world and the hereafter.