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  1. Assalamu alaikum from Uzbekistan.

    I was looking for sources that look at self-improvement from Islamic perspective. Eventhough, our Deen is based on constant self-improvement, with the matter of time, we lost that spirit of constant greater jihhad, alas. Thanks for your efforts to bring that spirit back to our ummah.

  2. @Sardor – JazakAllah Khair for your support! Please do send me any suggestions, topics you wish to see covered.

  3. Assalaam ‘alaikum.

    Jazak Allahu khayr for the great first post. Just a note that the link "Part 2" is linked to this same page and not the actual page 2!

    Wa salaam,
    -Gezim

  4. Walaykum Salam, Gezim,

    The link has been fixed.

    Jazak Allah for bringing it to our attention,

    ProductiveMuslim

  5. I just discovered this website 20 minutes ago and have learned 10 new things! Jazakallah Khair. May ALLAH SWT forgive all your sins and grant you the highest level in Jannah for your efforts. Ameen. Keep up the good work.

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      QURAN AND PRODUCTIVITY
      Proactivity of the Yaseen Man

      “And there came a man running from the farthest part of the town. He said: “O my people! Obey the Messengers”.
      “Obey those who ask no wages of you (for themselves), and who are rightly guided”.
      “And why should I not worship Him (Allah Alone) Who has created me and to Whom you shall be returned?”
      “Shall I take besides Him alihah (gods)? If the Most Gracious (Allah) intends me any harm, their intercession will be of no use for me whatsoever, nor can they save me.”
      “Then verily, I should be in plain error”.
      “Verily! I have believed in your Lord, so listen to me!”.
      It was said (to him when the disbelievers killed him): “Enter Paradise.” He said: “Would that my people knew”.
      “That my Lord (Allah) has forgiven me, and made me of the honoured ones!”.
      (Surat Yaseen – Chapter 36, Verses 20-27)

      The verses above show the proactive nature that every ProductiveMuslim should have in giving dawah to people. Here’s a man (we call him the Yaseen man because the story is mentioned in Surat Yaseen), who had no need to go and proclaim his faith to his people; he could have easily sat at home, comfortably believing in Allah (Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala) and letting the Messengers deal with the people. But he came running from the farthest part of town and started giving dawah. And what’s more amazing, after they killed him, and he was given Paradise, he still remembered them and said: “if only my people would know”.

      Such proactivity is missing in many Muslims these days. We’re happy to sit comfortably in our homes and never proclaim our faith to anyone nor perform any action which would have lasting social impact. We claim to be ‘peaceful’ people, yet what sort of people do not care of the eternal peace of their neighbours nor invite them to the beauty of Islam? Or don’t strive hard and work tirelessly to take care of the poor, the orphans and the widows?

      As ProductiveMuslims, we should develop a sense of proactivity and leave a social impact to those around us; this sense that it’s your responsibility to call your people, your neighbours, your society to all that’s good, including the message of Islam. Yes, it wouldn’t be easy. Perhaps you will get hurt along the way. But life’s too short to live a fearful and inactive life. The Yaseen-man knew he would probably get killed, but he weighed his options and chose to do the best action – to seek the pleasure of Allah (Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala).

      SEERAH AND PRODUCTIVITY
      Two Types of Proactivity

      It is narrated by al-Mughira that the Prophet (Peace be upon him) used to stand (in the salah) or perform salah until both his feet or legs swelled. He was asked why (he offered such an unbearable salah). He replied: “Should I not be a thankful slave (to Allah)?” [Bukhari]

      People tend to be productive for 2 different reasons:
      1. Some are productive because they have to, E.g. being productive at work so you won’t lose your job, being productive at school/uni so you won’t fail.
      2. Others are productive out of thankfulness.

      The Prophet (Peace be upon him) was productive for the latter reason. He was a thankful slave of Allah (Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala) and his gratitude drove him to be productive in every aspect of his life.

      When you’re productive because you have to, it will only get you so far, and eventually you won’t be able to continue as you may lose focus or grow tired of pushing yourself. But when you’re productive out of thankfulness to Allah (Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala) for all the blessings He bestowed upon you, it’s as if you have a burning fire within you that’s constantly fueling you to stay productive in anything you do. Whether it’s worship, work, family, or working in your community, you’ll constantly want to give your best and nothing short of excellence as a slave of Allah (Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala) like the Prophet (Peace be upon him) used to do.

      PRODUCTIVE ANCESTORS

      Productivity Lessons from Ibn al-Jawzi (may Allah have mercy on him)

      It is said that the best use of time and way to draw closer to Allah is through seeking knowledge. Of the prominent scholars who displayed such excellence in the pursuit of knowledge was Imam Abu’l-Faraj ibn al-Jawzi, he was born in 508AH and died in 597AH. He lived for 89 years and wrote over five hundred books.

      Here is some of Ibn al-Jawzi’s biography in order to perceive how he was very aware of time and its value. He, may Allah have mercy on him, wrote in one of his books: ‘One must know the value of his time and its great importance, so that he should not waste even one moment except in worship, and should use it for the best, in order of priority, in speech and action. One’s intention to seek goodness must ever be present, with no slackness, as much as the body is able to bear, for as the hadith says: “The intention of the believer is better than his action”. [Al-Tabarani] (1)

      Our productive predecessors highlight that most people nowadays waste time in useless matters. Only the successful realise the nobleness of time; Ibn al-Jawzi (rah) said: “I saw many people who do not know the true meaning of life. For there are those who have been blessed by Allah by being rich and not needing to work, and you find them sitting in the markets most of the day looking at people, watching many an evil thing. Some of them play chess, others pass their time telling stories..”

      “I discovered that Allah, Glorified be He, did not guide people to the realisation of the nobleness of time and the importance of times of health, except the successful ones whom He blessed and guided, And no one will be granted such goodness except persons of the greatest fortune.”
      [Excerpt from ‘The Value of Time’ p 32-34]

      Lessons:

      1. Reflect on your purpose in life
      2. Be grateful for good health
      3. Make dua for Allah to bless your time
      4. Minimise time spent in social gatherings
      5. Leave irrelevant matters

      (1) Noted as a weak hadith.

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      New Posts:

      Productivity Lessons from the Hijrah (Part 1)
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      Did Muhammad (peace be upon him) Multi-task?: http://www.productivemuslim.com/did-muhammad-peace-be-upon-him-multi-task/

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    • Increasing Productivity: Lesson No. 2- Noble Company
      Dec 10, 2010 11:55 pm | ProductiveMuslim

      A few days ago, I participated in a charity fundraiser, the 841 Challenge,
      part of a campaign to raise £25,000 for Mercy Mission. The mission was very
      simple, to try and cross 8 European countries within 4 days. The time flew,
      as did our shuttle, as we managed to get across 8 European countries within
      the time set, through great team work, and pretty much keeping the car
      running most of the time.

      The trip was a great success, not because we successfully completed the
      trial, not because we raised thousands of pounds for charity, not because we
      planned out the biggest project Mercy Mission will launch in 2011
      insha’Allah through this, but because I matured my understanding of the
      importance of relationships.

      When I went about setting myself a challenge to raise money for the
      charitable organisation I live my life with, Mercy Mission, I had a couple
      of people who emerged immediately, as people eager to help. And help they
      have. From the point of concept to delivery, they have been critical in
      ensuring that the objectives have been realised, and insha’Allah this will
      be written in their scale of good deeds.

      Allah Subhanhu wa Ta’ala says:

      _”Cooperate in righteousness and God-consciousness”. [Quran 5:2]_

      And to be honest, Allah (Subhanahu wa Ta’ala) has blessed me over the last
      ten years to meet the people who apply this verse in their lives, and the
      two I have taken the trip with just solidified my already concrete faith in
      this.

      As we look to get more from our day, time, existence, it is of paramount
      importance that we both recognize and actively seek out those relationships
      which will allow us to be more productive. Our individual contribution to
      humanity will never be optimized without the right company, and therefore,
      we need to actively build and mature the nobility of our company.

      The brothers I have taken my trip with, have humbled me with their
      sincerity, generosity, and commitment to the greater good in the face of
      adversity. Their company has been a privilege and even as I write this, I
      reflect on how I would not have been able to entertain this challenge if
      Allah (Subhanahu wa Ta’ala) not blessed me with their company. The Messenger
      of Allah (peace be upon him) has said: “Allâh supports His slave as long as
      the slave is supportive of his brother.” [Muslim]

      And this came through every moment of the trip, both before and during. The
      trip had some very difficult times, as I assure you driving through the Alps
      in the winter is difficult enough, let alone at night, in freezing
      temperatures, with limited visibility. Having a solid co-driver made the
      difference.

      The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “The believer to the believer is like
      a solid building, one part supports the other.” [Bukhari & Muslim]. And he
      interlaced his fingers to demonstrate this. I assure you, when sleep was
      trying to make us pull up and stop, and potentially compromise the ability
      to succeed, it was the team spirit that kept our morale high, and at times
      RedBull too (!)

      Therefore, the point to consider here is, does the company you keep add
      value to your life now and your hereafter? Does the company you keep remind
      you of Allah (Subhanahu wa Ta’ala)? Does the company you keep call you to
      good deeds? All these are questions we need to consider, and the some of the
      criteria with which we should measure each contact in our phone book
      against. If you are with people that are competing for good, you will find
      you are inclined to doing a greater amount of good, and vice versa. This is
      why we find we are ‘on the religion of our companions’, and thus those
      around us can have a profound impact on our lives.

      One of the companions (may Allah be pleased with him) famously shared with
      the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him), how in his company his emaan was
      so high and his desire for good, however when away from our beloved his
      state was different. And ultimately to a lesser degree we as individuals
      will all have this, that when we are with noble company, we have a greater
      desire to do good and concerted effort to stay away from satanic whisper.
      This is natural, but also is something we should use in our favor, and make
      our friends from the noble people, and build our productivity with other
      people who call to goodness.

    • Interview with Productive Muslim – Dr. Abu Ameenah Bilal Philips
      Dec 12, 2010 09:22 pm | ProductiveMuslim

      _Alhamdulillah, We had the privilege to speak to Dr. Bilal Philips to get an
      insight into productive life._

      Abu Ameenah Bilal Philips was born in Jamaica, but grew up in Canada, where
      he accepted Islam in 1972. He completed a diploma in Arabic and a B.A. from
      the College of Islamic Disciplines (Usool ad-Deen) at the Islamic University
      of Madeenah in 1979. At the University of Riyadh, College of Education, he
      completed a M.A. in Islamic Theology in 1985, and in the department of
      Islamic Studies at the University of Wales, he completed a Ph.D. in Islamic
      Theology in 1994.

      Abu Ameenah taught Islamic Education and Arabic in private schools in Riyadh
      for over ten years and for three years he lectured M.Ed. students in the
      Islamic Studies department of Shariff Kabunsuan Islamic University in
      Cotobato City, Mindanao, Philippines. Since 1994 he has founded and directed
      the Islamic Information Center in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (which is now
      known as Discover Islam) and the Foreign Literature Department of Dar al
      Fatah Islamic Press in Sharjah, UAE. Presently, he is a lecturer of Arabic
      and Islamic Studies at the American University in Dubai and Ajman University
      in Ajman, UAE.

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    • Race Towards Good Deeds
      Dec 13, 2010 11:49 pm | ProductiveMuslim

      A neighbour of mine had a knee operation about a month ago, and for a month
      I’ve been telling myself to go visit him. Everyday I delayed it till the
      next day, and never got around it. Last week, I made the utmost preparation
      to go see him and I told myself “No excuses! I have to visit this
      brother.” I go pray Maghreb planning to see him after salah and subhanaAllah
      – there he was in the mosque before me with the rest of the brothers feeling
      better and able to walk.

      _May Allah forgive me_

      I felt so bad, and couldn’t stop rebuking myself for missing such a huge
      reward and opportunity to visit a neighbour, a Muslim brother, in his time
      of need. I remembered the Hadeeth Qudsi where Allah (Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala)
      would say to a person on the Day of Judgement: “O son of Adam I was sick and
      you did not visit Me. He would say: O my Lord; how could I visit You and You
      are the Lord of the worlds? Thereupon He would say: Didn’t you know that
      such and such servant of Mine was sick but you did not visit him and were
      you not aware that if you had visited him, you would have found Me by
      him?” (Muslim).

      _May Allah forgive me_

      Sometimes we keep putting off good deeds, and delay performing them but can
      any of us guarantee we have tomorrow? I remembered the hadeeth of the
      Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) which promised great reward for someone
      visiting the sick, He (Peace be upon him) said: “There is not a Muslim that
      visits another in the morning except that 70,000 angels ask forgiveness for
      him until the night, and if he visits him at night then 70,000 angels ask
      forgiveness for him until the morning, and he will have earned a garden in
      paradise” (At-Tirmidhi).

      _May Allah forgive me_

      Reflecting deeply on the failure to hasten towards good deeds on this
      occasion, I remembered the hadeeth, where the caller of heaven would say to
      the person visiting the sick: “You have done well and your walk was good
      also, and you have earned a place in paradise” (At-Tirmidhi and Ibn Majah).
      So why do we still not run towards opportunities to do good deeds presented
      before us?

      _May Allah forgive me_

      Brothers and sisters, the most important lesson to take away is that we
      should not delay, and hasten towards good deeds.

      Allah says in the Quran: “Be quick in the race for forgiveness from your
      Lord, and for a Garden whose width is that (of the whole) of the heavens and
      of the earth, prepared for the righteous” (Al-Imran, Chapter #3, Verse
      #133). We should not forget that our brothers and sisters in Islam have
      rights over us, and there should be no excuses to seek those good deeds out.
      You might have a busy life, but if you want to know what true productivity
      means in Islam, it’s making sure that you do not miss these
      “opportunities” and “golden” moments to be with your brother and sister in
      their time of need. Ultimately it might be an act which saves you in the
      Hereafter. Make time for them and Allah (Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala) will reward
      you, bless you, and make time for you inshaAllah.

      I hope that this message to race towards good deeds reaches you and and that
      it becomes a mean for Allah to forgive me.

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    • TIP 1
      Use an alarm which uses the adhan. Most people have mobile phones and can download it and set it as the alarm tone. The adhan will wake you up; giving you the best reminder and motivation, whilst at the same time maybe it’ll scare the shaytan/shayateen away (they start breaking wind and run off when they hear the actual adhan)

      TIP 2
      Have 2 alarm clocks (or even 3!); put one next to you and the other(s) away from you in a different locations in the room. The final alarm is the loudest and still set well before fajr time expires, or congregation finishes. I use this strategy when I want to catch an important meeting, go travelling, esp. to catch a plane!

      TIP 3
      Slowly train yourself to wake up with one alarm only (ideally with an adhan for its benefits).

      TIP 4
      As soon as you hear the alarm, imagine yourself being set on fire and run to do wudhu to extinguish the fire away! Also think about how much reward you will gain. Most importantly, thank Allaah for reviving your life and giving you another day’s chance – there was no guarantee that you would ever wake up! Think of it like this – it was 50/50, and it will always be, as soon as you sleep – you may never wake up in this once in a lifetime dunya again! Try to imagine different things so as to vary your thoughts and not to get bored

      TIP 5
      If you’re really struggling get up, get someone to sprinkle water on you to wake you up (there’s a hadith on this) – both spiritual and physical benefit – water extinguishes fire!

  6. MashAllah :) … i was wondering to have this wonderful information … i would implement it from today … inshAllah … may Allah SWT forgive us for our sins….

  7. Mashallah Very helpful. I can vouch for some of your tips cause they are some of the ones I have been using since I started to really take the deen seriously alhamdillah and they work! If we make a sincere intention to Allah he will help out.

    I will share some cool feeling in the hopes of inspiring others inshallah;
    I have also found it that if your consistant, you automaticly wake up and maybe it is the angels like you mentioned cause, the alarm has not gone off yet, but you wake up, It Feels SOOO good mashallah. Also I have had some creepy stuff happen too lol one time I was certain somebody brushed up against my blanket and I was completly asleep but when that happend I woke straight up and got ready for Fajr, kinda weird (there was nobody in the room) also anothe crazy instance was where something fell in my closet right before the alarm went off, I was sleeping and all of sudden, I hear that and get right up!!! Feeling very strange and sorta frightened lol but Alahmdillah it’s a blessing… Inshallah may Allah strength you and all of us to wake up for Fajr everyday.

    I heard some non muslim say one time about the Eid prayer that “if the muslims flocked to Fajr prayer like the flock to the Eid prayer then we would have a serious problem”

    A.S WRWB

  8. i really like your post
    insha2 Allah i will try these tips

    glad that i came over this beautiful site
    you should promote it more

  9. mashallah ur website is awesome,innovative and very informative….may ALLAH (swt)reward all of u involved,,for ur sincere efforts in practicing and preaching Islam.
    one point which i found very novel is that u tell us that we can wake up to pray fajr,no matter wat time we sleep.eye-opener point……coz many articles i read elsewhere always suggest that we shd sleep early to wake up early…and for a late sleeper like me,it seemed liked an impossible task…coz for ppl like me,it’s more difficult to sleep early than to wake up early…and many end up thinking and justifying that its not possible to pray fajr just coz our bodies r wired to sleep late…. but this advice of urs definitely proves that there’s just no excuse for missing fajr!!

  10. Tips from my experience:

    Make the shdule for the next day ( what you will do after fazr ect until you sleep a night)

    Make Dua to Allah (swt) to help you wake up

    put the alarm away from your bed

    after turning off the alarm go stright to the bathroom dont give time to yourself for thinking about going back to sleep.

    and dont think about sleeping after fazr before sunrise ( i know it is hard but it will come with the pratice)

  11. syukran, for the good tips…
    alhamdulillah today i managed to wake up for qiamullail..
    the tips? make dua to Allah, put the alarm on and make sure it is loud and with islamic ringtone…insyAllah, with our sincere effort Allah will wake us up…

  12. if you can resist the urge to goto bed late/schedule your activities such that you goto bed before 11pm then you won’t need to worry about not waking up. wallahu alam

  13. Masha’Allah. May Allah Ta’ala grant you and all those involved in this website sincerity and acceptance and may Allah Ta’ala make it a means of your entry into Jannah. Today was the first time that I came onto the site and Alhamdulillah was very impressed. Another great article that aided me in getting up for Fajr was on http://www.yunuspatel.co.za which is also filled with great talks in English. Here is the link http://yunuspatel.co.za/articles-getting-up-for-fajr.php

  14. Why some people are more productive at night? They do work until late night that make them late to wake up for fajr. The common reason they give is they cannot do their work at day time, so they must do at night.

  15. Mashalla ….. this site is awesome
    i found this site through facebook…..
    very motivational effects…….
    God bless u all………..

  16. if we don’t hear the fajr adhan it is because shaytaan had piss into our ears. therefore, force yourself to get out of bed to save yourself from this opportunistic act of shaytaan..

  17. i hope that I will wake up tomorrow…:)
    i hope i can fight against sheytan…!!!
    thanks for the tips :)
    God bless you all (insaAllah..)

  18. Salam bro,
    I really loved when u mentioned pzizz.com, I sooo long to get those short naps in the middle of the day to keep me going. but just checkd this pzizz thing and found out that they use music to calm u down to sleep. which version did u use? do they have one without music in it?

    • The way Pzizz works is that it uses an audio system that combines a number of sounds (some natural, some music) coupled with the narrator’s very soothing and calming voice…to create the calming natural effect and walk you through a nap/sleep routine. I used it for about a 2-3 months mainly to train my mind to get used to 20 minute naps and ever since I’ve been falling into 20min power naps effortlessly without Pzizz anymore, aH.

    • The way Pzizz works is that it uses an audio system that combines a number of sounds (some natural, some music) coupled with the narrator’s very soothing and calming voice…to create the calming natural effect and walk you through a nap/sleep routine. I used it for about a 2-3 months mainly to train my mind to get used to 20 minute naps and ever since I’ve been falling into 20min power naps effortlessly without Pzizz anymore, aH.

  19. One more important point which I believe that should have been included in the article is to avoid doing any non-beneficial activity after Isha. By this I mean, things like watching news, reading newspaper, reading magazine, idle chatting, playing games, etc. Also, finish your dinner before Isha time which is also a Sunnah of our beloved messenger (Sallallaahu Alaihi Wa Sallaam). This will help you to sleep early so that you can finish your 7-8 hours of sleep comfortably before Fajr and you will not have much difficulty getting up at Fajr time.

  20. Mashallah, the article is enough of a guide, but here’s two more that I found on other sources besides these:

    1) Take Dinner Several Hours Before Going to Bed
    2) The Bed Should be Clean (this will help you sleep well. If there are unnecessary items/particles on your bed it will keep waking you up again and again all night)

  21. I am thinking about buying Pzizz. I never listened to it before, so I dont know much about it. Is there any issues of Pzizz being halal or haraam from a music point of view? 

  22. JazakAllah Khayr/JazakiAllah Khayr. Thank you so much I think this helps so much I just found this website by a sec. That helps everyone: muslim, new to Islam, everyone: child, adult, or like me I am a muslim but I had so hard time to wake up for fajir I thought about the internet will be so good to give ideas what to do before sleeping and waking up for fajir like Dua or reading Qura’n. Thank you so much one more time.

  23. ALSO…if you use an alarm, try to get the sound of adhan on it instead of regular alarm music or random noises (if you can) :)

  24. yes indeed these tips are very helpful
    have a huge problem waking up for fajr no matter how hard i try but inshallah i will try these 

    thank you  

  25. assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh ikhwan, jazakumullahu khair for all the comments and those at productive muslim for creating this great website. ive been trying my up most best to put these advice’s into practices but have been finding it difficult to be consistent in attending jammat at my local masjid for isha  is [11pm] and fajr  is [3:30am] and then trying saying up after fajr. Ive had few days of success[alhamdulia] then a few days of fatigue. I work Monday to Friday 9-5:30 but when i say up after fajr i work on the route adviced by productive muslim i.e.recite quran/read islamic material/memorization and planning my day with tasks i then go into work for 7:30am and work on progressing my carrier.

    im going to still keep making dua and applying all the advice’s that have been suggested. but if someone could please recommend me anything i can do to achieve this beautiful way of being a productive muslim i will be greatly indebted to you and you will be in my duas. 

    my be productive muslim could create an article for morning routine for summer and winter?

  26. assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh ikhwan, jazakumullahu khair for all the comments and those at productive muslim for creating this great website. ive been trying my up most best to put these advice’s into practices but have been finding it difficult to be consistent in attending jammat at my local masjid for isha  is [11pm] and fajr  is [3:30am] and then trying saying up after fajr. Ive had few days of success[alhamdulia] then a few days of fatigue. I work Monday to Friday 9-5:30 but when i say up after fajr i work on the route adviced by productive muslim i.e.recite quran/read islamic material/memorization and planning my day with tasks i then go into work for 7:30am and work on progressing my carrier.

    im going to still keep making dua and applying all the advice’s that have been suggested. but if someone could please recommend me anything i can do to achieve this beautiful way of being a productive muslim i will be greatly indebted to you and you will be in my duas. 

    my be productive muslim could create an article for morning routine for summer and winter?

  27. Salam ‘alaikum brother,
    Did you buy the entire Pzizz software or just the powernap download?
    Jazak Allah khair!
    Wassalam,
    Callista

  28. Salam ‘alaikum brother,
    Did you buy the entire Pzizz software or just the powernap download?
    Jazak Allah khair!
    Wassalam,
    Callista

      • Jazak Allah khair, Abu. On the site you can now download a Powernap audio for only $10… but then it’s just the same mp3 every time. If you want to use the software with the algorithms for a different experience every time, it’s $89. What do you suggest? :)

        • I’ll be honest, the mp3 player is quite effective to “train your mind” to power nap. You’ll only need to use it for a month or two before you become a “natural” power-napper iA! As I mentioned above, I don’t use pzizz anymore because my mind is trained and I can effectively take 20m powernaps nowadays with just my alarm to wake me up in 20m.

          • Yayy! Good to know. I’ll get the powernap mp3 inshAllah. Jazak Allah khair!

  29. inshallah i will connect to it and work for it…from this right second i’m with this positive mind that i’ll wake up at fajr with these intentions…jazakallahu khaira….

  30. After reading this article I’m going to have some new great experience Inshallah. Jazakallahu Khairan Wa Hasan Al Jaza :)

  31. Mashallah! The article is very useful! Scenario 2 is my case to wake up in the morning for fazr… I also drink plenty of water before go to bed…..

  32. Have a conviction that you will get up for fajr prayer and pray to Allah for help. You will idefinately get up in time not only to pray but remain fresh as well. No alarm is required if you have a strong desire and conviction.

  33. This  is a very useful article!! Especially if you have small children who don’t let you do much during the day, waking up early enough for Fajr really gives you a lot of extra time to be productive!! 

  34. Assalamu Alaikum WRB
    Really wonderful and useful informations, besides some of which we are practicing.  I am going to share to my contacts/friends.  Jazakkallahu Khair!,  keep it up your sincere services to our Ummah.

  35. Assalamu Alaikum WRB
    Really wonderful and useful informations, besides some of which we are practicing.  I am going to share to my contacts/friends.  Jazakkallahu Khair!,  keep it up your sincere services to our Ummah.

  36. To wakeup early i sleep early and place my mobile with alarm set on it far away from my bed so that when it will ring ill walk towards it to set if off and thats how i will be able to wakeup for tahajud Alhamdu-lillah!! Trusting on Allah plays major role in waking up for fajir or tahajud.We can ask ALLAH to wake us early for fajir and Alhamdu-lillah i always try this and i wakeup before my alaram rings lol .Another tip for waking up early is not to eat anything before going to sleep.

    • yeah,  AlHAMDULILLAH i also use the same technique of putting mobile with alarm at a far place …and Alhamdulillah it works :)

  37. Thanks for sharing such productive tips, in such a structured format brother. I have always done the same with myself and it gave me such a boost in my iman as well as my regular life. 

    But i wanted to share with u that i have not been able to keep up the fight with myself and imagine and think about Allah and my deen with the same intensity since the last 2 years….
    I had been quite a productive muslim since the time i had accepted islam and started to follow it around 7 years ago. i’d managed to fight with myself (and liked it) for 5 yrs., but i don’t know why my focus is diminishing. I still pray 5 times a day, but most of my fajr prayers are late. I’ve lost constancy in anything and due to this i’m not able to feel right.

    Please share with us a strategy, in ur future blogs, to “keep it up” and have constant intensity/passion in our deen and duniya.

    JazakAllah Khair,
    Omar

  38. Jazakallahukayr brother.

    I have a very small, but effect tip:

    ***PUT YOUR ALARM CLOCK AS FAR AWAY FROM YOU AS POSSIBLE***

    Why is this? Because, if you put it far away, you would have to physically get out of bed in order to turn it off. And by the time you’ve done that, you’re already 80% awake!
    The whole problem with the fight with the alarm clock is the fact that far too many of us put it within reach, so this just makes Shaytaan’s job easier. He probably thinks ‘Oh these Children of Adam are so stupid, they make my job easy. Half of my job is done, so long as they put their alarm clocks near enough to turn off, whilst they are still in bed. Mwaa ha ha ha ha ha haaaaa. 

    So, keep your alarm on as loud as possible, and keep it as far away from you as possible. Minimum distance from your bed should be 1.5 meters. 
    I always keep mine 2.5 meters away from me, and Alhumdulillah, I have been able to wake up for Fajr successfully every time.  

  39. Jazakallahukhair for the tools and reminders, may Allah add it to your scale of good deeds. One little thing I’d like to add is regarding the sleep cycle. It could be from 1 1/2 hrs – 2 hrs. The average person generally has 4 cycles per night/day or 7-8hrs of total sleep. Great advice on the nap, it’s more beneficial than any energy/caffeine drink, unless you combine the two (it takes time for the drink to kick in so when you awake from the nap, you’ll have even more of an extra boost) ;) Here is a great article on napping, hope it helps insh’allah :D

    http://www.boston.com/bostonglobe/ideas/naps/

  40. Assalamu’alaikum.. A teacher of mine advised me to pray to Allah and in the name of The Almighty, ask the angles that are incharge of writing down our deeds to wake me up at a certain time the next day. I do this before i went to sleep.. Its very effective.. (well, to me it is.. I hardly need the alarm to wake me up)

  41. I used to have the clock radio on an islamic frequency on the other end of the room not next to my bed, so when Fajr time came I used to wake up to Islamic nasheeds to get me into the mood, and I had to physically get out of bed to turn it off. It worked, I had totally forgotten about it until I read your article. I learnt so much just by listening to the morning islamic programmes, they were very uplifting.

  42. Assalam alaikum,
    A friend once told me to recite the last five verses of suratul khaf before going to bed, then focus my mind on the time i desire to wake up and insha Allah i’ll wake up at that particular time.I’v not tried it cos Alhamdulillah  my alarm has never disappointed me. Someone out there try it and lets have a feedback.

  43. I love the tips mashAllah great article!! and i definitely love how u ended it with the breakfast tip coz i’m a breakfast person too!! Jazaka Allahu Khauran!!

  44. Assalaamu Alaikum Brother!
    Barak Allahu Feek wallah this article is truly inspiring and beneficial! May Allah reward you for teaching us..alhamdulillah..these are great tips!
    Jazakallahu Khairan

  45. wow!
    those will surely help and what motivates me even more is the rewards!!awesome no way im gonna miss it!ill do my best and i shalluse these tools and secrets!thnx alot!

  46. i sleep after fajr and then wake up 2 hrs before asar….thats really a bad routine but i cant help it out! plss give tips!

    • Dear Sister,

      We pray that Inshaa Allah you will be able to sort your schedule out properly, but do make sure to go through a hadeeth of our beloved Prophet (PBUH) about 4 things that get a person sick/ troubled, 1.EXCESSIVE SLEEPING 2. TALKING ALOT 3. EXCESSIVE EATING & 4. ALOT OF SOCIALIZING. I mean if you keep this as an objective that you need to achieve in order to comply to what our Prophet (SAW) had to say for an average good muslim, tust me you will get them all out of your body and lifestyle…Hope i was able to explain abit to u! Ma3aslama & Jazakallah Khair!

  47. Amazing Indeed!!SubhanAllah!!!!Before I came across this article..My status on FB was gonna be “Fajr Doesnt require an alarm but SHEER DETERMINATION!!SO pray To the Almighty Fervently before u get to bed!!!”
    Absolutely Amazing Co-Incidence!!

  48. It’s a very useful article masha’Allah, but do you know how to modify pzizz so that we don’t have to hear the music? After all, regardless how much it helps, music is music and music is haraam. I used to fall asleep listening to the Qur’an but… I’m not sure if this is a good thing.

  49.  Jazakom Allahu Khairan for discussing such a significant interesting topic….
    Elhamdullah, my main problem is NOT in waking up for Fajr but it’s about staying up after Fajr for the rest of the day …. would you please give us an idea of HOW to STAY up after the Fajr prayer to invest the early hours of the day. 

  50. absolutly wonderful boost for muslims ensuring we dont start our day by missing fajr , i wud like to share my experience ; i really find it hard to remain awake if i wake up half an hour or even 15 to 20 minutes early for fajr .I hope inshallah after using ur tips i ll make it . thanks

  51. salllam

    my advice to ask allah sincere at duaa espicialy at wter preayer time and made estikaharah prayer ask him to support you in fajar wake up journey mashallah it is work,,

  52. MashaAllah, thanks a lot foor useful advice.. Usually, I wake up for fajr alhamdulillah, but i go to sleep again after it.. I was thinking about stopping this habbit.. After reading this article, I will be sincere with myself and I can find some more energy in me to use after fajr time for some produtive activities as reading, some workouts and wonderful breakfast as recomended above.. Jazakallohu hoyron, Abu Productive.

  53. MashaAllah, thanks a lot foor useful advice.. Usually, I wake up for fajr alhamdulillah, but i go to sleep again after it.. I was thinking about stopping this habbit.. After reading this article, I will be sincere with myself and I can find some more energy in me to use after fajr time for some produtive activities as reading, some workouts and wonderful breakfast as recomended above.. Jazakallohu hoyron, Abu Productive.

  54. Jazak Allah khair – wonderful article.

    A tip from me is to place your alarm where you can not hit the snooze button… then you have to get our of bed to turn it off. Another tip is to say the istiadha and spit to the left upon waking.

  55. “and you know that He requests that you get up in the morning and pray to Him”
    Assalamualikum,
                             Very good analysis and profound article ,mashallah may allah reward u people but there is a small mistake . Allah(swt) does’nt request us to pray fajr rather he commands . Please do correct me if i am wrong

  56. Jazzakala. Dear brother mashala your website is amazing and a real energy booster.your experiences you talk about seems coming from myself.your videos are Excellent my kids also enjoy them much .May Allah swt ease your difficulties in this world and reward you with the best in the next world .May Allah swt grant you a long and healthy life. InshAllah. Assalam u Alaikum. Wr Wb. Zaidi

  57. to wake up early, one of alternative way is make your day full with activities, so that you will feel tired after that, and at the night, you can sleep earlier and keep tight. that’s one of solution

  58. If all above fails, try the following:
    Promise Allah before sleeping that you will do your best to wake up early to say your morning prayer on time and seek His help to keep your promise.
    This has always worked for me without fail. Alhamdulliah.

  59. PRODUCTIVE MUSLIM MODERATOR:

    I like watching ‘ProductiveMuslim Weekly Naseeha’ the old episodes on youtube. I request you please start that again it’s very short and is useful also. Please start posting more such videos

  60. I find having a very ‘effective’ alarm clock works. Either put it on the other side of your room or get one of those alarm clocks that run around.
    Also on an islamic note, I always found making the ‘niyyah,’ the intention before you sleep to wake up for fajr the most effective :) 

  61. Seems like a good website with a unique focus on the daily lives of Muslims. This is my first time here and I have been here for only 15 minutes. What I like about the website is that it provides practical tips for being an active and a practicing Muslim without having to read plenty of books, or browse a thousand websites. (I don’t mean reading and researching is bad, it’s just sometimes you want to simply get to the point!)

  62. Seems like a good website with a unique focus on the daily lives of Muslims. This is my first time here and I have been here for only 15 minutes. What I like about the website is that it provides practical tips for being an active and a practicing Muslim without having to read plenty of books, or browse a thousand websites. (I don’t mean reading and researching is bad, it’s just sometimes you want to simply get to the point!)

  63. salam,
    this article is really, really helpful! i’ve always had this problem. i’m gonna try out those tips. thanks a lot! 

  64.  I THINK THAT JUST Sincerity I find it usefuL ALLtimes to talk to myself about it
    before going to sleep and say: “I will wake up for fajr, i don’t care
    how, but I’ll definitely will!”

  65. i discovered ds website yesterday n am grateful to Allaah for ds, u ar really doing a great work, may Allaah S.W.T accept it as an Ibaadah for u and reward u wt Al jannah,amion

  66. someone i know sugested dis site ,its really good, n i m looking 4ward to be a good girl.thanks a lot.may ALLAH reward u 4 ur work.

  67. Jazakallah khair for this, this should be useful inshallah! Though, you advice not to sleep before Witr, but isn’t Witr best prayed latest? I remember reading that it’s best to read Qiyam-ul-Layl/Tajjahud in the last 1/3 of the night. So between Isha and that last 1/3 of the night, you sleep, then wake up and pray, and then end with Witr. Then sleep again until it’s time for Fajr. 

  68. I have to admit, i rarely am able to wake up early for fajr. One day, i even woke up early, and knew it was Subuh, but fell back asleep! :( Nauzdubillah. Later when i awoke, i felt very very guilty. I knew I had to do something about it. So i decided to fast that day. But not just fasting against food, and other things, but also to control my nafsu. I figured, oversleeping in the morning is definitley partly due to my nafsu, listening to shaytan’s whispers. And the Prophet said, the best way to control your nafsu is to fast. So i fasted. And Alhamdulillah, i found myself waking up the next day, very early in the morning. I looked at my clock, it was around the time of Fajr. So I got up and prayed Subuh. Suddenly while i was praying, i heard the Azan of Fajr from the nearby Mosque. Confused, i broke my solat, and checked my roommates’ clock. Turns out, my clock was early by 20 minutes, and it had actually just entered the time of Fajr. I sat there and listened to the Azan… “Asolatu khairu minannaum”. “Prayer is better than sleep, prayer is better than sleep”. I smiled, and wept. Afterwards, i performed my Fajr at the mosque, alhamdulillah. Subhannallah, when you really ask for it, Allah grants it for you :’)

  69. IF YOU WANT TO KNOW YOUR SELF A GOOD MUSLIM OR NOT , CHECK YOUR SELF WHILE YOU ARE A LONE  , ALSO fAJAR PRAYER

    JAZAKOM ALLAH KOL KHAIR

    I CANT FIND WORDS TO EXPLAIN MY FEELING WHEN I FOUND THIS WEBSITE , I HAVE LEARNED  MANY GOOD THINGS

    WAITING FOR THE ARABIC VERSION 

  70. Another worldly trick, this is sad but true but is almost a guarantee,  Get a job that requires you to be up before fajr and out the house 10 to 20 minutes after fajr.

  71. Thank You SO MUCH!!! These tips really helped me and made me more aware of a few things!!!! And the 1.5 hr trick!! Amazing!!

  72. JAZAKALLAHUKHAIR apka article padhne ke baad mera emaan taza hogaya ALLAH tamam musalmano par apni rahemat nazil farmae aameen

  73. What about people who suffer from sleeping sisorders? I suffer from mild Delayed Sleep Phase Disorder, meaning my sleep rhythm begins at a socially unacceptable hour (usually between 2-2.30am). While I do get up for work at 8 am, I don’t feel rested. And getting up for Fajr is a daily battle with hits and misses. I make up the lost sleep on weekends, as is the norm for anybody who loses sleep regularly. So for me it’s a shameful but genuine issue, most days I know I won’t make it though some days miraculously I do! 

  74. As Salaamu Alaikum, Jazaak Allahu Khairan for sharing these tips.

    I would like to add these…
    THE MOST RICHEST PEOPLE IN THIS WORLD ARE The ONES who pray the two Rak’ahs before Fajr:
    “The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him)

    ‘A’isha (R.A) reported Allah’s Messenger as saying: The two rak’ahs at
    dawn (Before Fajr) are better than this world and what it contains.
    Sahih Muslim Book # 004, Hadith # 1573

    Still wanna keep sleeping ?

    Ibn al-Qayyim (May Allah have mercy on him) said:
    There was consensus among the Sahaabah and we will quote what they said:

    We have mentioned the words of Ibn Mas’ood above: “I saw us (at the
    time of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him)) and no
    one stayed behind from these prayers except a hypocrite who was known
    for his hypocrisy.”

    The importance of it is such that…

    ‘A’isha (R.A) reported: I have never seen the Messenger of Allah
    (may peace be upon him) hastening as much in observing supererogatory as
    two rak’ahs before the (Fard) of the dawn prayer (Fajr).
    Sahih Muslim Book # 004, Hadith #1572:

    So once we know of this hadith, Insha Allah we will never miss the Fajr Salaah and the 2 Sunnah Rakahs before Fajr :)

    May Allah make us steadfast in offering all the Salaah on its fixed times !

  75.  They forgot to mention the no brainer i.e. TO SLEEP EARLY (soon after ‘Isha). Nothing can beat this “tool”, not just for waking up for Fajr but most likely, even making it for Tahajjud. Shaitan has convinced us that somehow there are more than 60 minutes per hour at night than in the morning :-) Why can’t we do everything we stay awake doing at night–in the morning? 

  76. As salamu alaikum,

    thank you for this important matter.

    One question I got:

    You say that we should read Sura 32 & 67 before going to sleep.
    I couldn’t find the source by myself – can ypu pls let me know where to find it?
    No offense – but I am new in islam alhamdulilah and I am just curious.

    Thanks.

    Ua salam from germany
    Sister Liena

  77. assalamualaikum warahmatull, I just wanted to share a useful website that really helps me get enough sleep (so I can wake up for fajr on time insha Allah and feel rested!). It is the same idea as the 1.5 hour sleep cycle but it maps it out for you, i.e if I have to wake up at 4 am for tahajjud salah then it tells me:
    You should try to fall asleep at one of the following times:7:00 PM or 8:30 PM or 10:00 PM or 11:30 PMSo this is a great program and I highly recommend it!

    http://sleepyti.me/

    May Allah bless us and help us wake up on time (: Ameen

  78. Assalamu-aleykum!!!! Jazakullah Khair for this great web-site, bro.
    I liked the idea of Promise yourself a grand breakfast if you wake up for Fajr, I think it can work for me, but I don’t have idea what kind of breakfast is that? usually I just have serial and eggs for breakfast, and I don’t really have any appetite in the morning, but I like good food! :)

  79. Zazak Allah gire! SubanaAllah I’m struggeling to wake up for Fadjr. I’ll take your advice an up it to use.

    Wa salam alikoum

    iSam

  80. Just one question. I’m working from 9AM till 6PM, when I get home, I have to start making diner (together with my wife), sometimes I even want to go to the gym.
    How can I fit a afternoon nap in this situation?

  81. Mashallah! good work. One thing, that i used to use myself, is to remember the Hadith that the one who skips Salat-ul-Fajr and Salat-ul-Isha is a Munafiq. so i become half munafiq if i leave Salat-ul-Fajr and dont make effforts for it.

  82. As salamu alaikum,
    MashaAllah, this is wonderful advice.  May Allah reward you generously for all of your hard work.  I am a mother of two small children under 3 years of age and find my old routine of staying up after fajr, reading Qur’an, etc. is basically not happening since having the kids.  I was wondering if you or any one can address this issue with any suggestions specific to this situation.  JazakumAllahu khairan.

    • Walykum assalam Sister!

      Forwarded your question to the content team so that they could address this in a post inshaAllah!

  83. Masha’Allaah what a master piece of advice on waking up for FAJR prayers…..no short cut to waking up…..May Allaah Make it easy to all of us and start doing it with DEDICATION AT HEART…the fajr prayer…..

    To add a point one may make a habit of doing TAHAJJUD prayers in the late hour of night from 4.30 a.m EVEN 2 or 4 raka’s is better tha none….. then READ QURAN until FAJR PRAYER COMMENCE by 5.30 a.m, depending with one country/town…..make it your daily routine too…Allaah knows best….

  84. may Allah reward you, once I `d missed fajr prayer at the mosque, so my neghbour remembered me the history of a sahaba in Umar`s khalifat , who didn`t attend to the mosque once at the month. Umar may Allah pleased with him asked that sahaba      
    about his absence once a month, so that sahaba described shamefully that he had only one dress to wear, and once in month he had to wash that dress and he had`nt another one to put on and go to the mosque, that`s why he had to stay at home. That sahaba was a major of the city, imagine major who had only one dress. Why then we do not sometimes pray fajr at the mosque?

  85. I have a question, if anyone has any useful comments. I live in Portland, Oregon, USA, where at the height of summer, Fair comes in around 3:22am (sunrise around 5:20am) and Isha comes in at 11pm- about 4 hours 20 minutes a part. We have young children who often sleep in the bed with us, and it can be a disaster setting an alarm to wake up for Isha and then for Fajr.

    What I have done to preserve my sanity, especially during summer Ramadan, is to sleep through Isha, and wake up just before fair to pray Isha and then Fajr. Or to pray Isha the moment it comes in, and insha’llah wake up to pray Fajr right before sunrise. I know it’s not ideal, but I don’t go back to sleep easily, and as the sole wage-earner I’m afraid to completely destroy my sleep for more than a month each year.I don’t think there’s any easy fix, but just curious what others in more extreme north/south latitudes in these situations? Is there something I’m maybe missing? I wasn’t raised Muslim, so curious what wisdom the global ummah has in this regard.

    • Assalamu alaik my dear brother.The reward from your prayer inshaallah must be more than our area. You`d better pray in time. As for waking up; for ex. I have also three children and I set athan for alarm of my phone. The sound of athan inshaallah would do no harm. Except it there is  a man in my neighbourhood with whom I decided to call each other in case of getting up earlier. 

      • I hear you, brother. I’m trying! May Allah support me in my intentions. Thank you for your support.

    • Salams,

      With Ramadan coming in the summer this year, the routine is bound to be a little unusual! But inshaAllah we’ll get through it. May Allah swt accept it from us.
      Here is a “suggested” routine. Feel free to take what suits you from it, iA.
      11.30pm – 2.30am: Sleep (This comprises of 2 x 90m sleep cycles which means you’ll wake up feeling refreshed at 2.30am compared if you woke at other time. Google “Sleep Cycles” to understand what I’m talking about and use this website to figure out when to sleep/wake up: http://sleepyti.me)

      2.30am – 3.30am: Fajr + Quran + Dhikr

      3.30am -6.30am: Sleep (Again, this is another 2 x 90m sleep cycles)

      6.30am – 7.00am: Get ready for work + Breakfast

      7.00am – 8.30am: Commuting

      8.30am – 9.00am: Breakfast (either eat a packed breakfast which you prepare the night before and hence can grab and go in the morning, or you eat nearby your work)

      9.00am : Start work (you may want to pray 2 rak’ah “duha” prayer between
      9am – 12pm. This is a sunnah prayer which Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon
      him) used to do and your day will feel so much nicer, trust me!).

      12.00pm: Nap for 20m (I’m not sure if you can find a quiet spot and nap for
      20m, perhaps in a prayer room. )

      12.20pm – 12.40pm Dhuhur prayer.

      If you can’t nap at work. If you leave work at 5.00pm and arrive home at
      around 6.30pm (assuming a 90m commute back). You can have a nap around this
      time for not more than 20 or 40minutes max.

      • I like your reply. And, actually, I have a fair amount of freedom- I have my own company and I work out of my home, so I can nap if necessary… I’m saving this as a thoughtful guide. Helpful!

  86. A very good article. Thanks for sharing. It’s all about our mindset. No excuses for not wake up for Fajr prayer. Where there is a will, there is a way :-)

  87. Salam
    I think this can help too.
    Drink some warm milk before sleeping to get comfortable sleep. Also, we can keep cookies and milk beside us, so that we get instant glucose intake and charge up. when you wake up, immediately jump out of your bed :) Hope it works

  88. What a coincidence. I also have something to share in this matter. For these past few weeks, I’m using an Android app called Alarm Clock Xtreme Free. This application helps me to wake up and stay up at the sound of the alarm. The helpful feature of the application is the “Solve Math Problems to Snooze/Dismiss”. Whenever the alarm went off, I need to solve some math questions before I can hit snooze or dismiss.

    How is this helpful? From what I know, it is easier to stay awake when our brain is working. Solving math problems to stop the alarm is an effective way to start my brain. This may not work for everybody, but it sure works for me.

    Aside from that, I also avoid staying up too late at night. No matter how many math problems I solved, I’ll still face difficulties waking up when I’m lacking sleep. So a good (and sufficient) night sleep + 8 math problems is a good combination to help me wake up for the Fajr prayer.

    That is all. Quite practical, right? I hope I’m sharing something beneficial here. :)

    Wallahu a’lam.

  89. asalamoalaikm
              putting an alarming device even if it is ur mobile at a distance..that when it alarms u should get up from the bed ,walk few steps to off the alarm…. alhmdulillah ,it benefits me

  90. InshaAllah tonight I’m willing to wake up for Fajr and follow these tips to keep the rythm until Ramadan inshaAllah. Jazaka Allahu khayran.
     

  91. Salaam Aleikom, I have discovered a fool proof way to make sure to get up for fajr inshaAllah. Put an alarm clock in the bathroom and keep the door open. When the alarm goes off at fajr time, the bathroom echos it throughout the house, so when you go to the bathroom to shut it off, you have found yourself standing in front of the sink. So next step is to do ablution! (which is always the hardest part after waking up) InshaAllah kheyer :)

    •  I also wanted to add a story to my comment above about qyam ul layal.
      Abu Bakr(ra) told the prophet (saw) “I wake up before fajr after having slept to pray qyam in the late night, early morning” and Umar (ra) told the prophet (saw) “I pray qyam after I pray Isha” So the Prophet (saw) said “One of you is careful and one of you is determined.” Meaning that both were right. The point is, no matter how you pray qyam, DON’T MISS IT InshaAllah. Abu Bakr (ra) was determined and knew that even after he had slept, he would be able to wake before fajr to pray qyam. Umar (ra) was careful because he wanted to make sure not to miss it so he prayed it before sleeping to be on the safe side. Pick a method and be content in it InshaAllah and you will see the change in your life, and the increase of Iman InshaAllah taela.

  92. Amazing article! I wanted to add some things InshaAllah. I have found that a fool proof way to make sure and get up for fajr is to put the alarm clock in the bathroom, and leave the door open. In fajr, when the alarm clock goes off, the bathroom echoes it throughout the entire house, and when you rush in to shut it off, you have already found yourself standing in front of the sink, so all you have to do is Wudu (which is the hardest step after waking up)
    I wanted to relate a story about Qiyam ul Layal as well InshaAllah,
    Abu Bakr (ra) told the Prophet (saw) “I wake up in the late before fajr and pray qiyam.” and Umar (ra) said “I pray Qiyam after I pray Isha” So the Prophet said: “One of you is determined and one of you in careful” Meaning that both ways of praying were fine. So no matter the time you pray, just make sure to pray it. Abu Bakr was determined and knew that he would be able to wake up to pray qiyam before fajr, and Umar was careful, he prayed it after Isha to be on the safe side in case he would not wake up for it. It is truly a gift that we should strive not to miss InshaAllah. Get into the habit of Fajr first though so that you are strong in your obligations so that you will always be successful in the extras InshAllah.
    Salaam Aleikom

  93. Kara this is fantastic writing.  Lots of knowledge and insite.  I see you really put thought into this.  I am very proud of you.  Keep on believing and writing, your failth beams from you.  Call me soon!      Love you bunches, Mom  xoxo

  94. Alhamdulillah, may Allah (swt) reward you for this useful knowledge that we can all benefit from.  Sincerely, your sister in this perfect din…

    Jacquie Muhammad

  95. Great advice and tips.. straight to the point and concise. Very nice style. Please keep it up! Barakah Allah fikum…

  96. Alsalamu Alikom ..

    Masha’Allah =))
    I Have An Idea For TEENAGERS !!
    Planning For A Football Match After Fajr Prayer May Help ;)
    It Helps Me And My Friends :)

  97. Asalam alikom, I would like to give a way to wake up fajir it’s my experince and another brothe experince to, make lots of istighfar during the day and night befor you sleep, I used to find difficult to wake for fajir but saying Astaghfir Allah all the time during the day I wake up easly to fajir even I am waking up for tahjud at the end of the night may Allah help us and benefit us all Ameen

  98. My dog is conditioned to get fed when adhan alarm sounds. He’ll start barking if his breakfast doesn’t come. LOL -Juan (Albuquerque NM, USA)

  99. Assalamu Alaikkum,
    Mashallah! very nice & useful article ,
    Jazakallahu khair for sharing :D

    Drinking a lot of water before going to bed also a trick to wake up early :)

  100. Barak Allahu Feek AbuProductive!!!! May Allah reward you immensely! I want to start fresh and become productive in m life and I feel and have hope that this will help me a lot!

  101. article = level. Subhan Allah. May Allah help us all in overcoming our laziness for fajar and make us a part of his momineen

  102. I discovered this today 07/01/2013, brother you are brilliant!!! May Allah reward you for your contributions and forgive you your sins, bless you daily in this life and the hereafter. I am very grateful for this post, please keep on continuing, wisdom is always sought. Sallam brother :)

  103. waking up for fajr is simple. Remember in the ADAAN ( khair ul menin noom )salat is better then sleep with enomous benifits when rizq is being distributed by Allah Talla at fajr . why should one wants to be left behind when you have more chance of your dua being accepted .

    Salat is better then sleep

  104. A strange feeling that is capturing a moment while still in bed seems that I am in another place far away from home yet it feels like I belong there.
    I hear a soft and tender voice in a language that is not strange to me, a voice that in moments placed a peaceful state in my heart.
    The voice transports me to another land, and now my eyes are closed and my body fighting to be awake, and here is one more time.
    The softly sound of his words in the back of my head calling for prayer repeatedly saying:
    God is The Greatest God is The Greatest,
    I bear witness that there is no god but “The God”
    I bear witness that Muhammad is the Messenger of “The God”
    Come to Prayer Come to Success, Prayer is Worthy than Sleep
    God is The Greatest God is The Greatest
    There is no god but “The God”

    The echo of those words bounces on the walls of my heart reaching out to each cell of my brain with;
    in the name of The God “Allah” the Most Merciful and the Most Compassionate, The Creator of Mankind and all existence,
    come to pray the time is now; He that created you and all of our existence, come to pray the time is now.
    My body started trembling my heart heavily pounding, now with open eyes and thankful to be alive to be part of this day, how glorious is My Lord,
    He that is giving me another opportunity to enjoy my home my dear husband, thank you “Allah”, thank you for your blessings.

    Still with open eyes, and now my body searching to scape from the bed, and again my heart seems to be running of excitement,
    the reciter is almost at the end of the prayer call, I know this is the time to get up, but, I can’t feel my legs!
    What is happening? What is this indescribable immobilize feeling, I can’t move!! I scream but it was all inside my head.

    It was the fight of my life, for a moment I though I lost my sight and my voice, for a second I was incapable of any actions, and now tears in my pillow am scare to scream, I try to touch my husband to let him know I can’t move, an it seems something is pushing me down, I can’t move, searching for help, I don’t know what to do, my tongue is not moving, I can’t speak, this is horrible feeling that make me impotent of all willing and function of my own body, but my brain seems awake! I can fight this! Can I? Why this is happening!! God please help!!

    Heavily breathing i recover my voice “Allah is the most Merciful! I scream out loud, those were the only words the Satan couldn’t prohibit me to speak,
    Allah is the most Merciful! I cry in silent, I move my hand slowly, slowly scary movement it feels like if it was for the first time I move a muscle, what a relive wen I race my hand, out of the cover there I was, in silent trying to understand why and how this happened to me, trying to know what causes this horrible ordeal and also blaming me for it.
    After I get up of my bed bending my knees to the floor, prostration position thankful to be, repeatedly “thank you God”
    My dear husband who now listen approach to my bed side and said, “There is no god but ‘The God’” and I reply Muhammad is his prophet.

    God bless you,
    Aishah & Dafer Alshahri.

  105. Salaamon Aleikom va Rahmatollahi va Barakatoh

    I’m from islamic republic of IRAN. the article was written nicely and usefully. thank you so much.

    I hope I can do them all inshaAllah.

  106. i have missed fajr prayer these 4 past few days and i really feel guilty about it so I tried to look for a better way to solve it until i’ve read this. This is really so helpful. Thank you so much. Alhamdulillah, ive learned a lot. Shukran :))

  107. Drink plenty of water in the night (min half litre). You will be detoxicating your body and also will with the help of god wake up for fajr (seeing you will be hitting the toilet a few times).
    Good news all around.
    I hope this helps for someone inshallah

  108. The way i tend to use to wake up is putting multiple alarms on. The way i have to take these alarms off is by solving maths problems.
    Another way you can use is putting an alarm far away from you so if you hear it, you’ll have to get up to switch it off. If you’re up then problem solved, that’s probably the easy bit.

  109. Assalamou alaykoum,

    I have a complementary question:
    For some of us waking up at fadjr is not the biggest challenge. It is going back to sleep after fadjr that is a problem to me. As fadjr is around 4am, going back to sleep is necessary to keep my productivity during the day at work.

    I would love to hear your thoughts!

  110. This is a very important issue in the light of today’s Ummah(Muslim Community). Alhamdulillah for such reminders, and to add that some individuals/organisation have done wonderfully well in assisting others to realise the severity and importance of the matter. i1Legacy have been able to launch and manage successfully a project called “Fajr Legacy”, a 1-month custom built training for waking up for Fajr, the program goes beyond that to include enhancing the brotherhood/sisterhood relationship among Muslims all over the world. This program have recorded significant progress Masha Allah! If you are interested and want to join kindly email us: fajrlegacy@i1legacy.com or helpme@i1legacy.com

  111. Salamou Alaykom,
    In addition to part “Other tools”, I think that we should take a light diner instead of a heavy one. In fact taking a heavy meal can lead us to sleep more.

  112. Its a good idea to before u go to sleep say out loud to Allah please be upon him please Alan I have faith in you and please I want to do namaaz for the right reason so please help mi wake up for fair namaaz!

  113. Ma sha Allah very nice topic. One very simple way to get up early for fajr is that to sleep earlier wind up your work earlier before midnight if possible.However if we truly are Muslims that must not be a big problem for us thanks

  114. and one must think why we are not able to get up early for prayer.If we have to go somewhere early in the morning (as the writer says) than we found ourself ,mentally and physically ready to do so and for that we don’t need alarm etc,even on daily basis.Then why for prayer
    Ok thanks once again the article was superve thanks

  115. The tip on going to sleep with wuddu worked for me. I have a 2 yr old who sometimes wakes me up and sometimes sleeps through. Last night after i prayed my witr salah i went to sleep and at about 3:30am my daughter woke me up. Since it was before fajr i managed to put her back to sleep and read Quran until fajr. I feel re-energised and really motivated. I can’t wait to do it again tomorrow InshaAllah.

  116. Whenever I miss fajr prayer with Jamat in the mosque, I give sadaqah, about 5 USD. Although its hard, but it keeps me punctual in prayer times.

  117. my small suggestion is…keeping your mobile little far or higher than your bed…while buzzing mobile alarm sound. you have to wake up and quite alarm…so definitely it will disturb your sleepy mood and immediately recite wake up dua….

  118. Another tip that I use, download the app ‘Never miss fajr’, a very good app where you have to stop the alarm: shake your phone 20 times or answer 5 questions about Islam.

  119. Alhamdulilah I have found this information extremly helpfull ..another thing i have tried is i set my alarm and i keep my alarm by my door so i am forced to get up to off it , and since i am already by the door only a few more steps to the bathroom.

  120. Hello,

    I’m actually Christian but I admire the disciplined way in which Muslims pray. I was looking for information on your prayer routine in order to enhance my prayer life when I stumbled upon this article. Thank you for you words of wisdom. I am not a morning person so your tips are well needed!

    God bless,
    Dominique

  121. All I can say is thank you for all these very usefull tips you give us… May ALLAH accept your efforts and make them weigh in your balance… ameen

  122. My friend and I became “fajr friends.” Whoever wakes up first texts the other one to wake him up to go to the masjid. If the other person does not reply to the text, call him until he wakes up. If he still doesn’t wake up, he has to donate $1 to charity for every jama3ah he missed. That’s the best technique that got me to wake up everyday and go to the masjid to pray.

  123. Fajar wakeup is always a challenging for those who are addicted to sleep late in nights. The best rule would be followed as per quran. Allah swt says in Quraan . Day is for earning. Night is for rest. Night starts from after mighrib and esha. In these days of nightouts it’s tough to wakeup early if we do then may be for a day or two. So early sleep immediate after Esha only will make you healthy sleep and a good regular wakeup for Fajar. Else one has to struggle with his health and day job . So goto bed not far than 9:30 pm for fajar of 4:30 am.