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Fajr Reminders

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A timely reminder inshaa’Allaah as Fajr is very early these days…

Want to Enter Jannah:

A beautiful hadeeth about the importance of Fajr prayer.

من صلّى البردين دخل الجنة رواه البخاري الفتح 2/52. والبردان الفجر والعصر

“Whoever prays al-Bardayn will enter Paradise.” (1)

Al-Bardayn are Fajr and 3Asr.

Commentary: It is a must for every Muslim to offer every Salaat regularly but there are some prayers (Salaat) which cannot be performed punctually unless one takes special care of them. This is the reason some additional merits have been mentioned in this Hadeeth so that people exercise extra effort for performing them. Of these two is the Fajr prayer, the performance of which is more difficult than the other prayers because it occurs at a time of rest and deep sleep.

How the angels Find you?

Prophet sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam said:

“Angels come to you in shifts by night and by day. They meet at salah al-Fajr and salah al-3Asr, then those who had stayed with you at night ascend, and are asked by the One Who knows better than they: “How did you find My servants?”

They say, “We left them when they were praying, and we came to them when they were praying”.” (2)

It is narrated by Jarir bin 3Abdullah: “We were in the company of the Prophet sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam on a fourteenth night (of the lunar month), and he looked at the (full) moon and said:

“You will see your Lord as you see this moon, and you will have no trouble in looking at Him. So, whoever can, should not miss the offering of prayers before sunrise (Fajr prayer) and before sunset (3Asr prayer).” (3)

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Seriousness of Missing Salaat al-Fajr:

روى مسلم (657) عن جندب بن عبدالله رضي الله عنه قال : قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم :  مَن صَلَّى الصُّبحَ فَهُوَ فِي ذِمَّةِ اللَّهِ ، فَلا يَطلُبَنَّكُمُ اللَّهُ مِن ذِمَّتِهِ بِشَيْءٍ فَيُدرِكَهُ فَيَكُبَّهُ فِي نَارِ جَهَنَّمَ

Prophet sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam said: “Whoever prays fajr is under the protection of Allaah. Do not put yourselves in a situation where Allaah has to call you to account for your negligence, because whoever finds himself in this situation will be sorted out and then thrown on his face in the Fire of Hell.” (4)

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Shaykh Ibn 3Uthaymeen may Allaah have mercy on him said in Sharh Riyaadh al-Saaliheen (1/591): 

“This indicates that it is obligatory to respect the Muslims who affirm their Islam by praying Fajr, because no one offers Fajr prayer but a believer. And it is not permissible for anyone to transgress against them”. (5)

This hadeeth is also reported in Tabaraani::

“Whoever prays fajr is under the protection of Allaah. Do not put yourselves in a situation where Allaah has to call you to account for your negligence.” (6)

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Tips for waking up for Fajr:

Some practical steps that will help to pray Fajr regularly inshaa’Allaah:

  • Sleeping early
  • Not talking after Isha (as it is disliked)
  • To be taahir(clean) & saying the adhkaar before sleeping
  • Having a sincere intention & being determind.
  • Seeking help from one’s family & friends
  • Setting alarms for fajr (on phones, mobiles, clocks)
  • Throwing water in the face of sleeping person.
  • Switching on the lights to dispel sleep.
  • Not eating too much before going to sleep.
  • & most importantly making du3aa’ to Allaah subhanahu wa ta3aala, as it is one of the greatest source of strength & success in all things.
(Excerpted & summarized from the book by Shaykh Salih Munajjid.)

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References:
(1) Reported by al-Bukhari, al-Fath, 2/52)
(2) Al-Bukhaaree, al-Fath, 2/33
(3) Saheeh Bukharee [Book 60, Hadeeth: 374]
(4) Reported by Muslim, p. 454.
(5) Sharh Riyaadh al-Saaliheen (1/591)
(6) Reported by al-Tabaraani, 7/267; Saheeh al-Jaami’, no. 6344).
 
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Do Not Delay or “Get It Over With”

Allaahu Akbar, Allaahu Akbar!

The sound of the adhaan echoed throughout the neighborhood.

“Oh, its 3Asr already?!”

She absentmindedly thought in her head as she flipped channels with the remote.

“I ‘ll pray as soon as this show is over.”

she mumbled to herself, as she settled down to watch her favorite TV program.

And before she knew it, it was another show and then yet another, when all of a sudden, she realized how late it was…..the light outside had turned yellowish orange…..the birds were chirping loudly…. …the sun was almost about to set.

She hurriedly got up, made wudoo’ and did 4 quick rak3aat of 3Asr as fast as she could, so that she could ‘get it over with’.

Subhaan Allaah, how many of us are guilty of something like that?

Okay, may be it’s not television for all of us. For some of us, it’s cooking and cleaning, ‘busy’ with the kids. And for some it’s video games and play stations; while for others it’s talking on the phone, chatting on the internet, shopping, sleeping, you name it. Or it may be for just no reason at all.

We delay our prayer….and delay our prayer until the time for it is almost over and then we quickly peck the floor with our heads, thinking we are absolved of the obligation. In other words, we ‘just get it over with’.

But, Brothers and sisters, do you realize what the Prophet SalAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam called such a prayer? He called it the ‘prayer of the hypocrite’!

قَالَ سَمِعْتُ رَسُولَ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ يَقُولُ تِلْكَ صَلاةُ الْمُنَافِقِينَ تِلْكَ صَلاةُ الْمُنَافِقِينَ تِلْكَ صَلاةُ الْمُنَافِقِينَ يَجْلِسُ أَحَدُهُمْ حَتَّى إِذَا اصْفَرَّتْ الشَّمْسُ فَكَانَتْ بَيْنَ قَرْنَيْ شَيْطَانٍ أَوْ عَلَى قَرْنَيْ الشَّيْطَانِ قَامَ فَنَقَرَ أَرْبَعًا لا يَذْكُرُ اللَّهَ فِيهَا إِلا قَلِيلا . رواه أبو داود 350

Anas ibn Maalik said, “I heard the Messenger of Allaah SalAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam say: “That is the prayer of the hypocrites, that is the prayer of the hypocrites, that is the prayer of the hypocrites. One of them will sit until the sun turns yellow, and is between the horns of the Shaytaan, or on the horns of the Shaytaan, then he will get up and peck out four (rak3aat), in which he does not remember Allaah except a little.'” (1)

And its not just 3Asr. We tend to do that with all our prayers, delaying it until its time is almost up for no valid reason, except that we are just plain old lazy. Allaah says in the Qur’aan that laziness in prayer is a characteristic of the hypocrites.

“And when they stand up for al-salaah, they stand with laziness” (2)

So woe unto those performers of Salaah (hypocrites);those who delay their Salaah” (3)

3AbdAllaah ibn 3Abbaas said: (This means) those who delay their prayers from the proper time. (4)

In fact, do you know what the best deed in the site of Allaah is? Its prayer at its time.

The Prophet (SalAllaahu Alayhi wa sallam) was asked: “Which deed is best?”

He said: “Prayer done on time.” (5)

And yet we delay it, without thinking much of it. And obviously when we delay the prayer, we rush through it, not paying attention to the rukoo’ or sujood or the proper etiquette of prayer.

The Prophet SalAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam said: “The worst type of thief is the one who steals from his prayer”. he was asked: ‘O Messenger of Allaah, how can a person steal from his prayer?’ He said, ‘By not doing rukoo’ and sujood properly.”(6)

And he SalAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam said: ‘The one who does not do rukoo3 properly, and pecks in sujood, is like a starving man who eats only one or two dates; it does not do him any good at all.'” (7)

Subhaan Allaah!

And where are we with our Salaah?

The Prophet SalAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam used to move at a measured pace during salaah, allowing every bone to return to its place with each movement. And he commanded those who were not doing their prayer properly to do the same.

Remember the hadeeth about the person who rushed through his prayer? The Prophet SalAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam) told him three times: “Go back and pray, for you have not prayed.” Then he told the man: “When you go to pray, say takbeer, then recite whatever you can of the Qur’aan. Then bow until you are at ease in bowing, then rise until you are standing up straight. Then prostrate until you are at ease in prostration, then sit up until you are at ease in sitting. Then do that throughout the entire prayer.” (8)

Obviously if we wait till the last few moments to pray, we will not be at ease or be able to pay attention to what the Prophet SalAllaahu 3Alayhi wa Sallam) has instructed to do. Obviously, we will end up ‘stealing’ from the prayer.

And you know what, we may just rush through the Salaah, ‘getting it over with’, as some of us like to say, but who knows how much of it was even accepted by Allaah? For the reward that one gets for Salaah is in proportion to the degree of khushoo he has in the prayer.

The Prophet SalAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam said: “A slave may pray and have nothing recorded for it except a tenth of it, or a ninth, or an eighth, or a seventh, or a sixth, or a fifth, or a quarter, or a third, or a half.” (9)

We, as Muslim must hasten to prayer and with khushoo’, if we want to increase our Eemaan and good deeds. This is one of the attributes of the believers whose hearts are attached to their prayers. The Prophet SallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam would be attending to his family’s needs, then when he would hear Bilaal give the adhaan, he would stop whatever he was doing and rush to pray.

He SalAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam used to say, “Let us relax with it [the prayer], O Bilaal.”

He did not say, ‘Let us get it over with.’

And he SallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam said: “Five prayers which Allaah has made obligatory. Whoever does wudoo’ properly for them, prays them on time, does rukoo3 properly and has perfect khushoo3, it is a promise from Allaah that he will be forgiven, but whoever does not do this, has no such promise – if Allaah wishes, He will forgive him, and if He wishes, He will punish him.” (10).

Those of us who are lazy and do not pray until the time is up for no valid reason…those of us who just want to ‘get it over with’, should remember what our deeds will say to us when we are in our grave:

“for the believer’s deeds will say to him in his grave: “By Allaah, I only saw you quick to obey Allaah and slow to disobey Him.” But in the case of the munaafiq (hypocrite) and faasiq (evildoer), his deeds will say: “By Allaah, I only saw you slow to obey Allaah and quick to disobey Him.” (11)

written by Asma bint Shameem

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References:

(1) Abu Dawood
(2) soorah An-Nisaa’, v:
(3) soorah Al-Maa3oon, v:4-5
(4) Tafseer al-Qurtubee
(5) Bukhaaree, Muslim
(6) Ahmad and al-Haakim–saheeh by Albaani
(7) Tabaraani- hasan by al-Albaani
(8) Bukhaaree, Muslim
(9) Ahmad; Saheeh al-Jaami
(10) Abu Dawood, Saheeh al-Jaami’
(11) Ahmad – saheeh by al-Albaani

Salaah Is the Foundation

Salaah (prayer) is the second pillar from the pillars of Islaam. Prophet sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam said: “The first matter that the slave will be brought to account for on the Day of Judgment is the prayer. If it is sound, then the rest of his deeds will be sound. And if it is bad, then the rest of his deeds will be bad.” (1)

A reminder about safe guarding our salaah, which is one of the foundation of our deen. Beautiful explanation of some verses of Qur’aan by brother 3Abdul Nasir Jangda.

(1) Recorded by al-Tabaranee, classed as saheeh by shaykh Albanee,  Saheeh al-Jamee, vol.1, p. 503

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The prayer is better than the sleep!!

“and recite the Qur’aan in the early dawn (i.e. the morning prayer). Verily, the recitation of the Qur’aan in the early dawn is ever witnessed (attended by the angels)”. [soorah Al-Isra, v:78]


Praying Fajr reflects how much you love
Allah the Almighty


The happiness of that guy was tremendous when a well-known company accepted him to work for it. He was over the moon as he was the only accepted candidate.

He signed the contract that implies that he should agree on respecting the company working hours, delivering weekly reports about his work and activities, and accepting to be punished for any delinquency ….. read more

Soon later, the guy met his manager and said to him, “From tomorrow onwards, I will not come in time. And I will not deliver my weekly reports in time either; instead they will be delayed for a while. In spite of all that, I will not allow you to punish me, and you don’t have the right to kick me out from work.”

If we imagine such a situation, we will laugh at the behaviour of that guy. No-one will see him but an insane and a fool person. How come can someone want to take his rights whereas he is not committed to his own obligations?!

So, why most of us do the same strange action or even worse?

(As we commit a worse sin against the Law of Allah the Almighty.) How can a sane person allow himself to enjoy all Allah’s graces: such as food, drink, clothes and life pleasures; whereas he doesn’t offer Allah the simplest obligatory He obligates him to do, viz. Praying?!

And even if he prays, then he doesn’t pray in time or he prays like a rooster (i.e. he prays too hastily and carelessly). He neither complies with his praying nor apprehends what he says.
According to our web site visitors survey in the arabic section of IslamWay.com that included more than 4000 persons:


14% of them never pray Fajr in its time
16% of them rarely pray Fajr in its time
33% of them often pray Fajr in its time
35% of them always pray Fajr in its time

Subhan Allah!! We are not talking about jurisprudence about which scholars disagreed or even a Sunnah that one has a choice to do or not. We are talking about ABC Islam. We are talking about praying that Allah Almighty obligates on all Muslims – whatever their conditions are.

When Allah the Almighty ordered Muslims to pray He warned those who delay the prayer after its designated time, saying:

“So woe to the worshippers Who are neglectful Of their prayers” [Surat Al-ma’oon 107:4-5]
The interpreters said that what is meant by this verse is delaying prayer after its designated time.They also said : “woe” is a very deep sheer black valley in Hell. Don’t we believe in Allah’s Words?

A lot of Muslims nowadays neglect Fajr prayer as if they it was not there. That’s why they pray it much later than its time. In addition, some of them pray it immediately before the Noon prayer. Others may never pray it even for compensation (Qaddaa). So why all this laziness against what Allah the Almighty deserves?

Don’t we proclaim that we love Allah the Almighty more than any thing else? Once one of us loves someone a true love, he will be willing to meet him. He may keep thinking of him most of the time. Once he has a date with him, he canNOT sleep until he meets the one he loves. So, do those lazy prayers who do not pray Fajr prayer really love Allah?

Do they really respect His Orders?

Are they willing to meet Him?.

Let’s imagine that a multi-millionaire offered one of his employees $1000 every day, just on one condition, viz. the employee must call daily at his employer’s house in the morning as to wake him up then leave. Such a simple task may take the employee 10 minutes only. This marvellously generous offer will be valid as long as the employee keeps awaking his employer regularly. On the other hand, this offer will be cancelled permanently, and the employee will be asked to return all the money he received, if he neglects to awake his employer once without an excuse.

So, if you, my Muslim brother, were that employee , will you neglect to call at your employer’s house? Won’t you carefully intend to wake up daily to get the one thousand dollar? Won’t you – once you failed one morning – try with all means to prove that you were truly unable to wake up?.

Allah has the higher example, so what about you my dear brother towards your Lord, Allah the Almighty? He is the ONLY ONE who gives you your means of living and who bestowed you with every thing, whose blessings on you are utterly much more than millions of dollars daily. It is Him Who says:
“…if you try to count the blessings of Allah , you will fail….” [Surat Ibrahim: 14 : 34]

Doesn’t this Lord, the The Most Merciful, the Most Generous deserve that you wake up for Him every morning at about 5.30 a.m. so as to thank Him just in 5 or 10 minutes for His great blessings and his generous favours?

The judgement against those who neglect praying Fajr Prayer in time:

Allah the Almighty says:
“…for such prayers are enjoined on Believers at stated times.” [Surat Annesaa: 4 : 103]

  • Islam is a comprehensive way of life… It is like an agreement between The Great Lord and His humble servant. According to this agreement, the servant commits to certain obligations before Allah. With respect to these obligations, Allah would grant the servant rights and privileges. It is insensible that you agree to this contract, then, soon afterwards, you do whatever you like and neglect whatever you do not like. Allah Almighty says in the Quran:
    ” O ye who believe! Enter into Islam whole-heartedly; and follow not the footsteps of the Evil One; for he is to you an avowed enemy.” [Surat Al-baqara: 2 : 208]
    The interpreters said: this means to accept Islam with all its legislation and rules. Allah got exasperated with the people of Israel when they performed what they liked from His religion and neglected the rest. That’s why He addresses them saying:
    “…Then is it only a part of the Book that ye believe in, and do ye reject the rest? But what is the reward for those among you who behave like this but disgrace in this life? And on the Day of Judgment they shall be consigned to the most grievous penalty. For Allah is not unmindful of what ye do.” [Surat Al-baqara: 2 : 85]

As far as one’s punctuality on attending prayers is considered, The Prophet (peace be upon him) sees those who do not punctually attend Fajr (dawn) and Ishaa (night) Salat in congregation as being sheer hypocrites “Munafeqeen”. So what do you think of those who do not pray Fajr at all, neither in congregation nor alone (at home)?

  • The Prophet (pbuh) said: “There is no prayer more difficult to attend for hypocrites than Fajr and Ishaa. And if they knew what’s in them (i.e. the good reward – thawab) they would attend them even if they had to come crawling.” (Narrated by Bukhari)
  • Allah Almighty mentions that He disavows whosoever neglects the obligatory Salat. Besides, The Prophet (pbuh) said: “Do not ever leave Salat on purpose because whoever does so then he is disavowed by Allah and His Messenger.” (Narrated by Imam Ahmad)

So do you like, Oh Muslim brother and sister, for the closest one to you to disavow you? So how do you neglect the Salat and cause Allah to be disavow you?

Well….now what have I to do?

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