We all know that waking up for Fajr is the most difficult task for every Muslim. Snoozing the alarm for five minutes more to sleep, waiting for your mom or dad to wake you up, making excuses for delaying Fajr prayers and the time passes! But if you are feeling guilty after missing your prayers, it means that Almighty Allah wants you to keep working on making a connection with Him. Hence, here are a few steps which can help you to get out of bed and offer your Fajr prayers on time.
1. Change Your Sleeping Habits
It is mentioned in Hadiths that Holy Prophet (PBUH) discouraged sleeping before Isha prayers because it affects your sleeping routine and you won’t get up for Fajr on time. Take a nap after lunch, it will help you to wake up fresh in Fajr.
Abu Barzah narrated: “The Prophet would dislike to sleep before Isha and to talk after it.” – Jami’ at-Tirmidhi Book 2, Hadith 20
2. Recite Quran Before Sleeping
It was the habit of the Prophet (PBUH) to recite the Quran before resting for the night. Holy Prophet (PBUH) recites Surah Sajda, Surah Mulk, Surah Isra, Surah Zumr, last two verses of Surah Baqra, 4 Quls, last five verses of Surah Kahf before sleeping. If you are struggling to wake up for Fajr prayers, recite these verses.
3. Ask Your Parents Or A Close Friend To Wake You Up For Fajr!
It was narrated that Abu Hurairah said: The Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said: ‘May Allah have mercy on a man who gets up at night and prays and wakes his wife, and she prays; and if she refuses he sprinkles water in her face. And May Allah have mercy on a woman who gets up at night and prays and wakes her husband and he prays; and if he refuses, she sprinkles water in his face – Darussalam, Vol. 1, Book 5, Hadith 1336
Allah says in the Holy Quran that,
And cooperate in righteousness and piety, but do not cooperate in sin and aggression. And fear Allah; indeed, Allah is severe in the penalty – (Surah Maida, verse 2)
4. Keep In Mind the Rewards Of Namaz e Fajr
Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said, “He who The observes Al-Bardan (i.e., Fajr and ‘Asr prayers) will enter Jannah.” – Al-Bukhari and Muslim, Book 9, Hadith 57
5. Keep In Mind The Punishment of Missing The Fajr Prayers
Abu Zuhair ‘Umarah Ruwaibah (RA) reported: I heard the Messenger of Allah (PBUH) saying: “He who performs Salat (prayers) before the rising of the sun and before its setting, will not enter the Hell.” – Muslim, Book 9, Hadith 58
It was narrated that Abu Hurairah said: The Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said: ‘The most burdensome prayers for the hypocrites are the ‘Isha’ prayer and the Fajr prayer. If only they knew what (reward) there is in them, they would come to them even if they had to crawl” – Sunan Ibn Majah 797Book 4, Hadith 63
There are thousands of hadiths quoted by Islamic scholars on the importance of Fajr prayers but obviously, it’s all about your willpower and intentions. If you really want to offer Fajr prayers, Almighty Allah will help you and if you are not willing to wake up, nobody can do that. According to our beloved Holy Prophet (PBUH), if we do not offer Fajr prayers we’ll wake up with a mischevious and lazy heart.
“Satan puts three knots at the back of the head of any of you if he is asleep. On every knot, he reads and exhales the following words, ‘The night is long, so stay asleep.’ When one wakes up and remembers Allah, one knot is undone; and when one performs ablution, the second knot is undone, and when one prays the third knot is undone and one gets up energetic with a good heart in the morning; otherwise one gets up lazy and with a mischievous heart.” – Sahih al-Bukhari 1142, Book 19, Hadith 23
And verily, Allah knows the best!