Fajr is one of the five obligatory prayers in Islam. It commences by the dawn and lasts till the first indication of sunrise. Typically, fajr is in the early peak hours of the day. For Malaysia, Fajr is approximately between 5:30 to 7:00, depending on the time of the year. But what do we need to know about Fajr?
Fajr is not only one of the obligatory prayers, but it is also the first prayer of the day. As the first prayer of the day, specifically the first action of the day, it starts our day off on a positive note. It begins our day with the blessings of Allah (s.w.t) and the ease and tranquility in our hearts that we started off a new day on this dunya with a reminder of Allah (s.w.t). Allah (s.w.t) even grants those who pray Fajr with protection. In a hadith, narrated by Jundub ibn Abdullah (May Allah (s.w.t) be pleased with him), Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w) said “He who performs the Fajr will be under the protection of Allah”. Furthermore, narrated by Aisha (May Allah (s.w.t) be pleased with her) that Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) said “Two Rakahs of prayer before the fajr prayer are better than the world and whatever is in it”. Therefore, there is a plethora of rewards in performing Fajr prayers and sunnah prayers during the time. But what comes difficult is waking up to perform these prayers.
So we understand that Fajr prayers are important and rewarding but with it being so early, how exactly do we wake ourselves up to reap the benefits.
- Do it for Allah (s.w.t)
Just like any other prayer, Fajr is compulsory. Prayer is a pillar of Islam. It is what makes us Muslim and what connects us to Allah (s.w.t). Let us remind ourselves of Allah (s.w.t) through our prayers. With a firm intention to wake up for Fajr for the sake of Allah (s.w.t), Allah (s.w.t) will help you to wake up.
- Make sincere dua
Before going to sleep and once you have completed Ishak prayers, take some time to read the Quran or educate yourself more on Islam (which is Sunnah). And right before you sleep, make a sincere dua to Allah (s.w.t) to help you wake up for Fajr. Ask him to help you to wake up on time, to get up and to make wudhu for prayers. Purify your intention and do it for the right reasons.
- Sleep early
This should go without saying. Because Fajr is an early start to the day, it requires you to sleep earlier. One of the sunnah of the Prophet (pbuh) is to sleep early and wake up early. This way, not only will you have sufficient sleep, but you will also wake for Fajr. Not only that, you can wake up a little earlier (before Fajr) and offer Tahajjud prayers (which are so beneficial). This way, it is a win-win.
- Set multiple alarms
Some people can work with one alarm. Other people, like, absolutely cannot. I need multiple alarms to go off at multiple times. The sheer noise of multiple alarms is the only way I wake up. Therefore, do the same if you have difficulty in waking up. Better yet, disable that snooze button while you are at it. The snooze button seems like a good idea at first, but it will only cost you at the end.
- Have family or friends to help you
Sometimes, we need a little extra push or help. For those of you who are wed. Then ask your spouse to wake you up. If not, then ask your family or friends to help wake you up if you know that they are diligent. This way, both of you can reap the benefits.