Wa `alaykum as-Salamu wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh.
In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.
All praise and thanks are due to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger.
In this fatwa:
1- As for performing Fajr on time, try to sleep early so that you don’t wake up tired and fall back to sleep. If you have work that you have to do late at night, try to do it in the morning after your Fajr Prayer. Your mind will be much clearer.
2- Also, ask someone in your house to wake you up to pray with you. If you live by yourself, one of the very effective ways is to agree with a friend of yours to wake each other over the phone to pray Fajr on time. You will be helping each other in an important act of worship.
3- Also, put the alarm far from your bed, because the most difficult thing is to actually get up out of the bed. Therefore, by getting up to turn it off, you can simply go to the bathroom, wash, and pray.
Also on this issue, the eminent Muslim scholar, `Abdullah ibn Abdur-Rahman Al-Jibreen, states:
Prayer has a certain time at which a Muslim should offer it. Allah says, “Worship at fixed hours has been enjoined on the believers.” (An-Nisaa’ 4:103)
Also, the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) warned against ignoring offering Prayers at their due times.
Our Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) is our exemplar who provided the best example in spending long hours of the night in Prayer and waking in time for Fajr Prayer. This record was authentically known of him both in his teachings and his living example as he did not like sleeping before Ishaa Prayer and discouraged his followers from useless talk after it.
In this he was followed by his Companions and all the Muslims up to a time not very far from our own days.
They knew the reasons which cause laziness and lessen motivation to observe Prayers on time and warned people against them so much that some of them are reported to have said: “If you are unable to pray at night, then that is a clear sign that your sins have shackled you and deprived you of good deeds”.
Al-Hasan Al-Basri was once asked: “Why is it that we cannot uphold Prayers at night?” He answered: “You are shackled in your own sins”.
Motivation is presently lacking among Muslims. Otherwise, they would not have given in to sleep even if they had to stay awake in the first part of the night. When one of them is required by his work arrangements or for his own worldly benefit to wake early at dawn, he would no doubt take the necessary precaution not to miss his appointment.
He will forsake his peace of mind and have a restless sleep just for fear that he might be punished or have his salary reduced.
When it comes to Prayer, they have no excuse especially when in our modern times Allah has provided us with alarm clocks which would be set at any time we wish. The problem, therefore, is one of laziness. Such people do not know what they are missing.
The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said with respect to those who do not observe `Isha’ and Fajr Prayers, “Had one of them known that he would find a wholesome meal or two good targets, he would have come for `Isha’ Prayer.”
All in all, for him who sincerely wants to purify his soul from the attributes of the hypocrites, let him steer clear of laziness, be active, put into practice the action inspiring instructions laid out in our religion, accustom himself to taking the initiative and realizing what he and everybody in his position are missing in terms of the health of the body and great reward from Allah.
Only then will his performance improve, insha’ Allah, and he will make up for what he has missed and follow the lead of the best of generations.
Allah Almighty knows best.
Editor’s note: This fatwa is from Ask the Scholar’s archive and was originally published at an earlier date.
Source: Excerpted, with slight modifications, from, islamworld.net
Things to Say/Pray When You First Wake Up (morning prayers)
Here are a few of my morning prayers. I thought perhaps some of you might like to make them your own. Feel free to select the ones that you like and adopt them. I’ll be posting some of my favorite scriptures in the next few days, so if you like my prayers you may also like my favorite scriptures.
This is a day the Lord has made!
I shall rejoice and be glad in it!
God, whether I get anything else done today,
I want to make sure that I spend time loving You and loving other people
Because that’s what life is all about.
This is going to be a great day!
Thank you Lord, for guiding and directing my steps.
Thank you Lord, for bestowing your favor upon me.
Thank you Lord, for having your goodness and mercy follow me.
I am excited about today!
Because of You, circumstances are changing in my favor.
Because of You, I am at the right place at the right time.
Because of You, doors of opportunity are opening for me.
Because of You, I am rising above life’s challenges.
Good things are coming my way.
Jesus is my Lord and Savior and all of my sins,
past, present and future have already been paid for.
Thank You Lord!
Divine Father, Holy Mother, move me.
Take me this day to my highest good.
Make me aware of all that will guide me
Toward my Heart’s Desires. Amen
In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
Good morning Lord.
I love You. I need You. And I believe in You.
I know that You are with me always.
Please help me with each and every situation that confronts me,
to always see your light and to always choose to follow it.
I’m sorry for what I have ever done wrong to hurt You or any others.
Please help me to do better.
Thank You for the many blessings that You have bestowed upon me and my loved ones.
Many of which we take for granted everyday.
Please help us all to recognize and appreciate them.
I would especially like to thank You for my health, my wealth, my wife, my children, all
other family members and all other relationships.
I’d also like to thank You for the health and wealth of my wife, my children and all other
family members and all others who use them wisely. Please help us all to do so.
Please surround me and all of my loved ones with your protection.
Keep us all safe from harm. I ask all this in the name of Your Son Jesus. Amen
I believe that this is going to be a wonderful day.
And that I can successfully handle all problems that will arise today.
I feel good physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.
It is wonderful to be alive.
I am grateful for all that I have had…
for all that I now have…
and for all that I shall have.
Things are NOT going to fall apart.
God is here and He is with me and He will see me through.
I thank God for every good thing.
Through God I can do all good things
but without Him I am lost.