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  1. Hey man this aint no tanzee way of waking up, things have truly changed! lol

    Brk A Fk bro, very good reminder, and may Allah keep us on his straight path.

    I think i lost your mob again, the skype one. Yep im tight, but send it through email or miss call isA.

    HAjj maqbool

    Armaj

  2. Assalamu alaikumwarahmatullah. I tried a similar routine out on the advice of our mashaikh who remind us that knowledge does not come to us with a body that is at ease. Masha’Allah tabarak Allah I really admire people who can do a routine like this and stick to it. The only part I struggle with is implementing it alongside the realities of a 9-5 job. When I have woken up at tahajjud time and stayed up, I feel like I could doze off in the middle of the working day. . . and in the summer months – that’s another kettle of fish altogether. Staying awake from maybe 1.30am. . I think in my mind the only solution is to be your own boss, so you can work your own hours?

  3. SubhanaAllah, I love what you just said "knowledge does not come to us with a body that is at ease" I can see the wisdom behind that.. I guess, the level of emaan we need to reach is when we draw "energy" from staying up at night for tahajjud and fasting during the day and instead of it being a burden, it becomes a driving force for us inshaAllah.

    I agree regarding being your own boss is definitely the best option, but it doesn’t mean you won’t have to work harder or wake up earlier and stay later, it just means you’ll be doing something you love inshaAllah. I can recommend a very good book on this regard, it’s called "Escape from Cubicle Nation" amazing book about transitioning from a corporate guy to enterpreneur ;)

  4. Assalamu’alaikum,

    I like to keep an empty/clear stomach before Praying Fajr and only start eating food after I’ve had my ‘spiritual food’ for the day (i.e. Tahajjud+ Fajr + Quran). Don’t like to feel bloated during Salah.

    Regarding shower, anytime is fine. But if you’re going to be exercising in the morning, you’ll need to take a shower after that.

  5. Salam ‘alaikum,
    Two questions:
    1. How would you adjust this (or would you?) if ‘Isha is at like 11 pm and Fajr is at 4:00 am? Especially during Ramadan? Would you use some more of this time to sleep or would you just go on with your day with only a few (like 3) hours of sleep? Similarly, when ‘Isha is really early (right now it’s 6:30 pm where I’m at) and Fajr is nearly 7 am… would you still wake up so early and do all the other stuff first and then pray right before you leave for work?

    2. I’m assuming one doesn’t just start doing this routine if they have been struggling with even just waking up for Fajr or are naturally a night owl. Do you have any tips on how to ease into such a drastic departure from their current reality? What would be the first thing to start doing? How did you come into this routine over time? Or are you naturally a morning person? I’d like to hear your story on how you started doing this. Like, first you did this, then when you mastered this, you started doing that, etc.

    One of the struggles we face here in the West is the constant changing of prayer times. The closer you get to the tropics, the more stable the sunrise/sunset times are throughout the year. That makes sticking to such a routine pretty challenging, and it’s not something that the Prophet (sallalahu ‘alayhi wassalam) or his Companions would have had to deal with since the variation in time would have been much less extreme.

    JazakAllah khair!
    Wassalam,
    Callista

        • Assalamu’alaikum Sr.Callista, apologies for not responding to you earlier… below is some advice which I hope will help:

          Firstly, regarding your second question about how did “I ease into the morning routine”, from a personal perspective, it all started off with Fajr. This was my one goal to never ever ever miss fajr in the Masjid with the Muslims.. I put all sorts of constraints upon me so that I would achieve this including: having multiple alarms in different locations, letting my computer play some Quran around Fajr time, jumping off the bed as soon as I hear the athan and not let shaytaan whisper in my ears “5 more minutes!”. Also, at one point I asked my friends to call me and make sure I wake up, even had a “fajr buddy”, someone who I’d always meet up together for Fajr. All these techniques helped me establish my Fajr and ensure that this basic obligation is fulfilled.

          Once Fajr is established in my daily routine, the next step is to build upon this.. so I started staying in the Masjid till sunrise reciting Quran, doing the morning supplications, and making sure that I don’t check my e-mails before I pray fajr, read Quran, and recite some athkar and dua. Then I started to work on my tahajjud and forcing myself to wake up at least 30 minutes before Fajr to pray 2 rak’ah and witr.. and so on.

          So yes, it did come in stages and wasn’t an overnight establishment of a morning routine. And I have to admit, I’m constantly reviewing my morning routine, tweaking it and improving and making sure I’m making most of every minute.

          Now regarding your first question abour Isha and fajr time changing especially for those who live in the west, I’ll be honest, there’s no easy answer. I used to live in the UK and found it challenging. My advice would be to stay up till isha during summer months, sleep a bit, wake up for fajr, then sleep again till 7am or 1 hour before you need to go to work/school. During Winter on the other hand, sleep early, right after isha so around 7pm and then wake up at 3am and enjoy a quiet and beautiful night of prayer, supplication, witr, brainstorming and reading… I used to love Winter for this purpose.

          I hope I answered your query, feel free to ask further!

          • Wow, masha’Allah, thank you, that helps. I’ll keep trying inshAllah! I don’t know if I’ll ever be the kind of person who can go to bed at 7 pm and get up at 3, but I’ll certainly try to implement more of this routine.
            Jazak Allah khair!

          • Only problem with that is working weird hours. I work 9-5, which works out fine for me, so I can have my dinner, get things ready for the next day and then sleep at 7 or 8pm. But it’s my husband who, as a medic, works long hours, e.g. 8-8pm or 4pm-12am, etc. It’s trying to cope with that kinda schedule that makes it very, very difficult to maintain such a routine.

      • Salam ‘alaikum,
        Any news on the questions? I’m really dying to implement this but really lost – what do I do first? How can I integrate this into my life? I know if I try to do it all at once I’m going to crash and burn and end up beating myself up and being resentful. I really need some step-by-step guidance and a timeline on how long realistically this should take and some inspiration stories on how others have been able to do this. Otherwise it just sounds like “you should do this” but just makes you feel bad when you can’t. I like to see concrete examples and how-to’s, otherwise this just seems to be like an unattainable lofty goal, another thing to feel guilty about not being able to do. Thanks again.
        Wassalam,
        Callista

    • As-salaamoe alaikum wa rahmatoelahi wa barakatoehoe,

      Callista, you just made a very good point here! Can someone answer these questions?
      Djazaak Allah ghair!

      Wa’salaam Ahlam

  6. I just watched the animation video about starting our day after fajr prayer last night, and i loved it.
    I got up this morning, prayed, said il athkar, did some exercises. had my breakfast, got ready and left for work, i took the road overlooking the sea.
    This was the best morning i’ve had in years!!! Jazakum Allah Khayran and i truely pray that i can keep it up every single day!!

      • Thank you for all the hard work everyone puts into this website!! it’s very inspiring and motivating, i also started memorizing Qur’aan after Fajr prayer, something I’ve been trying to do for years but never got to it!!
        Jazakum Allah Khayran

  7. this is absolutely amazing i used to have similar routine but this one is much better
    ma shallah, i want u guys to suggest a complete routine for the whole day
    and maybe another topic about how to plan for a complete week, how to evaluate your self at the end o the week and the most important how to stick to the routine
    jazakom allaho khayran :)

  8. Thank you for this post ,i am trying to apply that to my daily routine because i have witnessed the difference,its a waste to sleep and miss out on the beauty of Dawn Prayer …it transforms u and makes Quran memorizing much easier and stiks in your head all day:) and you really beome much more productive BUT i wanted to ask if women are supposed to pray fajr in the mosque too,you said if you are a “brother” can you plz explain why its only better for men to pray fajr at the mosque ,Thank you

  9. Jazakumu Allah for those priceless advice. I Only started implementing the wake up early routine this academic year and to be honest at the start I didn’t believe in it as I was always a night owl, but Alhamdu li Allah it has been Aweaome!
    Productive days, sleepful nights, and a very happy me!
    again ahsana allahu ilaykom

    • I used to be a night owl too but that became impossible after I became a mother.  I have noticed that the work I do in the morning is the most productive work I have ever done.  I get much more work done which makes the rest of my day go a lot smoother.  I also read some research that the sleep you get between 10 pm and 2 am is the most beneficial.  It is something about a chemical that your brain releases that helps with healing.  I don’t remember the exact details, it was a long time ago, and I can’t find the article either, sorry.

  10. Great blog
    if i just quit the habit of “sahar” i would be in a far better status. although i don’t plan to stay for a late hours of night; but it’s bec i sleep in the morning so i don’t feel sleepy at early night..

    i just have one comment about saying: “Peace be upon him”.
    u know the ayah which says:

    {إِن الله وملائكته يصلون على النبي يا أيها الذين آمنوا “صلوا” عليه وسلموا تسليما}

    so we’re supposed to say: “Peace and prayers be upon him” not just “Peace be upon him”

    thanks a lot

  11. I have a question….what are ways we can prepare the night before to wake up early? And, how do we divide the nit into thirds…and if you do Qiyam how can you go on with the rest of you day without falling asleep at school. Because wouldn’t that be counter productive? And the Sunnah is to take a nap, but what if you can’t really take a nap? Because I usually get home around Maghrib so…help.

    • @KeepDaPeace – Thanks for your question.

      To prepare the night before, start off by using our Taskinator found here: http://www.productivemuslim.com/the-daily-taskinator/ and plan your next day hour by hour.

      Secondly, sleep as early as possible, ideally right after Isha and I’d recommend that you sleep a minimum of 4.30hrs to a maximum of 6hrs. That should be enough time to keep you from feeling sleepy during the day.

      You may feel a bit sleepy in the first few days you try this, but after a while your body will get accustomed to this and you should be fine.

      Also, fill your days with exciting things to do and projects, most of us feel sleepy and tired when we’re bored or have nothing to do.

      Hope this helps,
      AbuProductive

      • Assalamu Alaykoum, you mentioned sleeping a minimum of 4.5 hours, is this bad for your health? I tend to wake all night (every two hours) due to baby (now toddler, yes, same night waking) and I miss praying the night prayer etc. I just worry about it affecting my health if I only got 4.5 hours sleep in total, as I always read you should get around eight hours for optimum health, would love to know your thoughts on this

    • @KeepDaPeace – Transitioning from Night owl to an Early Bird need to start off by you making the intention that you’ll be an early bird. Ideally, you should try by forcing yourself to sleep early and even if you can’t sleep at first, eventually your body will give in and sleep.

      Also, when you wake up in the morning, you should force yourself not to sleep – instead go for a walk, have a big breakfast, or do something early in the morning that you enjoy and like and soon inshaAllah you’ll be an early bird! :)

      Hope this helps,
      AbuProductive

  12. How can i wake up tahajjud because i feel lazy when i wake up. SO how can i help this my dear Muslims brothers and sisters.

  13. Assalamualaikum,

    JazakAllahu khaira for the great effort by you and your team for establishing and producing the contents in this website. Alhamdulillah, I got to know this website just today. It is truly inspirational especially to me who has been struggling to be a productive muslim. I hope that Allah will reward everyone associated to this website with His great blessings and mercy and I make dua to Allah to make us all able to transform this knowledge into practical actions for the sake of Allah.

  14. I didnt like that he stressed reading ONLY islamic material, as, there are many other plenty of things you should be aware of, studies, work, reading of sth else besides islamic books.

  15. I lov,love,LOVE this article….JazakAllahu Khairan to the one who wrote it….didn’t realize Dhuhr was so important..will try to implement it in my routine insha’Allah.
    When there is a will,Allah will gift you a way. :)

  16.  Ma sha Allah! May Allah bless the author of this article and grant him success in this life and the next. Ameen.
    I’ve been trying to stay up after Fajr for more than… 2 years? but I never actually managed. Everytime I did, I ended up feeling super sleepy the moment I was supposed to leave the house and go to uni. 
    After reading this article, I realise how important it is to have a list of things to do in order to stay awake, and keep your mind off your warm bed. I’ll try my best tomorrow morning, in sha Allah!

  17.  I am not a Muslim but I am trying to learn and understand how a Muslim lives and thinks that I know how to deal with it.There are many Muslims who feel misunderstood, but that’s the other way also, I will try

    G.C.

    • A humble advice from your brother. Please research on Islam before it comes too late (meaning before you die). And if Allah wills, you will embrace Islam which will make you happy in this world and in the hereafter.

  18.  Oh, I just realised: are we supposed to pray witr just before Fajr and not the night before, if we are planning on performing Qiyam al-Layl?

    • Assalamu’alaikum,

      Ideally, witr prayer should be the last thing you pray in the night before fajr, but if you’re not sure that you’ll wake up before fajr to pray qiyam-al-layl, then best to pray witr before you sleep.

      Hope this helps.

  19. Thank you,  thank you, and a big thank you for all these articles and helping us to improve in our deen. Is there anything better than this? 

    May Allah reward the team of this site and their families in this world and akhirah. aameen 

    Masha Allah, may Allah increase our eemaan and make us better productive muslims, aameen

  20. Assalamu’ alaykum. something bothering me in the above article. referring to point number 3 of 4am to 5 am routine, i wonder, is it true that heaven has 8 gates? As far as i am concerned, there are only 7 gates of the heaven.
    Somebody please clear things up for me and to the rest who had the same thinking like me. thx.

    • Wa alaikum assalam Qamar,

      There is a hadeeth in Sahih Bukhari that states that Paradise has 8 gates:

      “Narrated Sahl bin Sad: The Prophet said, “Paradise has eight gates, and one of them is called Ar-Raiyan through which none will enter but those who observe fasting.” The Prophet also said, “If a person spends two different kinds of something (for Allah’s Cause), he will be called from the gates of Paradise.”  (Sahih Bukhari, Book #54, Hadith #479)

      I think you are referring to Hellfire which has 7 gates as per the following verse from the Quran:

      “And verily, Hell is the promised abode for them all!
      To it are seven gates: for each of those gates is a (special) class (of sinners) assigned.” (Surat Al-Hijr, Verses 43-44)

      Hope this helps!

      – Abu Productive

  21. i would like to testify that I have gone through this routine earlier and can confirm its benefits.
    i was already following almost the same routine until a few days ago, but from the last few days shaitaan has been quite active. Reading this article has given me a boosted motivation to return to the productive routine. thanks.

    • Assalam alaiykum
      I have been trying out the above routine but I struggle with kushoo in tahajud and when trying to undertake othereparts of the routine i feel drowsy and seem to just go through the motions is this normal. I dont feel that i benefefit do to tiredness and lack of concentration

      • same happens with me even after trying alot not to sleep i cant keep my self awake an feel tired and drowsy . i sleep tto much and am so unproductive . i keep thinking i dont have any work to do an go to sleep then when i wake up i just wish ah i hadnt slept that much . still im struggling the articles is too good but i … i feel that satrting this much tahajud and adhkaar from the first day wud be too much , ill inshallah start with tahajud and qaza prayers , and later on inshallah add adhkar andquran as well . still i requesy that you add some more things to morning routine .
        jazakallah . 

        • dear sister sadaf,
          please try to examine your sleep routine for a few days and conclude for yourself that how many hours sleep you need, what time your should sleep in order to wake up on time and once you are awake do not let these thoughts come to your mind.
          please bear in mind that a clear and solid determination and willingness is required in order to have a health routine.
          I hope this will be helpful.

      • Wa Alaikum Assalam.
        dear khaliluk i had the same problems when i started. let me give a few suggestions:
        – try to sleep on time. you have to see for yourself how much sleep you think is sufficient for you.
        – you need solid and clear determination. any reluctance on your part will either result in missing Fajr salah or drowsiness etc.
        – from my experience this lazy and drowsy feeling is due to our own mind set. if we are fully motivated and willing (with no compromise) to get up and pray Fajr salah and continue with the routine, then i think all the problems and issues would be resolved.
        I hope this is helpful.

  22. Salam,
    Brother, my husband is doing his molecular bioscience and due to his works, he feels sleepy most of the time.. and i don’t know how to manage. sometimes there will be some argument held between us due to his sleeplessness.. also i don’t know he is weak or his work load is the problem.. am so confused and don’t know how to manage this problem..
    could u please advise me..

    JazakAllah khair for your work. And may Allah (Subhana Wa Ta’ala) Guide us..

  23. This article was written in January and I’ve only just read it now..?! Alhamdulillah, i’m glad I read it now. May Allah reward you

  24. I read the last email you sent out (a little over a week ago) about how benficial it is to wake up for fajr. And Alhumdullilah, for the 1st time in my life (except ramadaan) I have been able to make it a habbit to wake up =) 

    Jazaak Allah Khair!

  25. Assalaamu 3laikum. Thanks for sharing this. I have a question though: Do you take a nap in the afternoon? If so, when do you take the nap and how long is your nap? Personally, I have a hard time going through my entire day with just 4-5 hours of sleep (6 is ok) and sometimes fall asleep in class when I do try. I think a nap would help, but I don’t want to sleep so much that I end up not being able to fall asleep early at night either…

    • Wa alaikum assalam Suan, yes sometimes I do take a nap in the afternoon, but I normally keep it short, around 20minutes only. This is known as power nap and is extremely effective to boost your energies!

  26. Assalam alaiykum ive been trying this routine for a few days now and feel i struggle with kushoo. I feel im quite drowsy when im doing the above and not concentrating 100 percent. Should i still carry out this routine? I dont feel im reaping all the benefeits particularly the tahajud due to lack of kushoo

  27. I just had an idea, I want to print this and stick it up somewhere to help me get into the habit of the morning routine, maybe you could make a pdf poster version of this article so people can put it up in their rooms?

    Jazaks for the wonderful and very beneficial article!

  28. Fantasic advice getting up for fajar on time and praying it in the masjid really makes feel amazing wow!!! May Allah keep us on the straight path ameen.

    • There are 3 hadiths on the issue on Riyad-us Saliheen, the commentary below explains it all. I hope that works well.

      Commentary: We learn from this Hadith [below] that the Prophet (PBUH) used to perform usually four Rak`ah in Duha prayers but sometimes he also performed more. In some of the Ahadith, their number varies from two to eight. One is therefore free to perform two, four or eight Rak`ah according to his convenience

      *Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: My Khalil (the Messenger of Allah (PBUH)) directed me to fast three days of each month, and to observe two Rak`ah Duha (optional prayer) at forenoon, and to perform the Witr prayer before going to bed. [Al-Bukhari and Muslim].

      *Abu Dharr (May Allah be pleased with him)reported: The Prophet (PBUH) said, “In the morning, charity is due on every joint bone of the body of everyone of you. Every utterance of Allah’s Glorification (i.e., saying Subhan Allah) is an act of charity, and every utterance of His Praise (i.e., saying Al-hamdu lillah) is an act of charity and every utterance of declaration of His Greatness (i.e., saying La ilaha illAllah) is an act of charity; and enjoining M`aruf (good) is an act of charity, and forbidding Munkar (evil) is an act of charity, and two Rak`ah Duha prayers which one performs in the forenoon is equal to all this (in reward).” [Muslim].

      *`Aishah (May Allah be pleased with her) reported: The Messenger of Allah (PBUH) used to perform four Rak`ah of Duha prayer (at the forenoon) and would add to them whatever Allah wished. [Muslim].

      Source: http://www.witness-pioneer.org/vil/hadeeth/riyad/08/chap206.htm (Riyad-us Saliheen)

  29. i have been feeling so groggy for the past few days. inshaAllah, i will try the productive way from tomorrow. thanks alot to to the team! 

  30. I was actually a very lazy and disorganized person. I never took anything much seriously except for studies at times. I was not praying regularly or doing any activity related to Islam despite being born and raised as a Muslim. But when I came abroad, I started working towards my faith and doing things for the sake of Allah (SWT) and Alhamdulillah nothing benefits more than remembering Allah (SWT). People say that you might mess up exams or work if you wish to follow a routine but Alhamdulillah my life started falling in place after I started waking up for Fajr and I did get a productive day. May Allah forgive me for all the prayers I missed and bless me with the guidance to follow him and our beloved Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) till my last breath and I wish the same for the whole Muslim Ummah. Ameen!!

  31. Bless you. This was very very good. I’ve been inspired to spend much more time in the morning and attention for spiritual things. May Allah reward you insha Allah for giving us this wonderful guideline and encouragement. 

  32. Asalam alikum

    Thanks for useful tips

                                                  (  ALLAH Hafiz )

  33. salam..
    this article really awesome…can u share some advice to make us wake up early morning easily?
    thank you..

  34. Thx a lot for your very helpful “routine” !
    I try this morning and I feel much better  slightly more close with ALLAH Throughout the day I was reminded of the beauty of our religion 
    So i say deeply and sincerely thanks
    (i will practise the ” night routine” i am sure it will  be  beneficent for my faith and my sleep ;D)

  35. Salam alaikum, LOVE the article! Regarding “5. Istighfar moments” – do you mean Salatul Tawbah (2 Rak’ah) or Duaa? makedua.com has no Arabic transliteration for non-Arabic-speakers or I just didn’t see i? And hmmmmm, I don’t have Iqama, I only have Athan on my laptop … Regarding excercising: If one studies Islam or reads Qur’an until Shuruk one gets a reward equall to Hajj – this goes for men who pray in mosque. Women who pray at home (which is better for the – it is said they get a similar reward – Allahu alam! Salam alaikum

    • Sr. Nuha, As you can see in this article here, Tafsir Al-Qurtubi encourages the 2 rak’ah prayer.
      And this is from Tafsir Ibn Kathir: “Allah said: (And in the hours before dawn, they were asking for forgiveness.) Mujahid and several others said: “They were performing Salah.” Others said that they would stand in prayer during the night and delayed asking Allah for forgiveness until the latter hours before dawn. As Allah, the Exalted the Blessed, said;
      (And those who seek forgiveness during the last hours of the night.)(3:17); This is because it is better if asking for forgiveness is done while praying.”

  36. As salaam walakum , This would be good for working people with no children. Can you please make one for married couple with children who stay home. please. Thanks may Allah bless you

  37. Alhamdulillah i used this routine advice and indeed i got success.
    jazakallahukhair to Productive Muslim. 

  38. Mashallah, I will start this routine inshallah! One suggestion brothers and sisters, start drinking GREEN TEA, it’s a prefect replacement to coffee and much more effective. It’s also super super healthy, with soo many benefits. I used to be a heavy coffee drinker and now I don’t need it at all, and i have more energy.

  39. with me its lyk even if we startopting for dix amazing routine  its Allahs  bounty that   we start understanding quran alot  but wen it comes to applying we r so weak wch rader pulls me back :(

  40. subhanallah…for a long time im try to find the bez way in how to handle my day…insyallah i’ll try this way….and i hope it’s really workable on me…insyallah.. jazakumu Allah

  41. Thanks a lot . One very small question __ I have coffee every morning , but I have noticed that —”  Try to avoid caffeine , ” could I know the reason . Thanks .

  42. mashaAllaah that’s nice. but there is a problem. we in europe (netherlands) cant have the whole year the same morning routine at the same time.. i mean like waking up everyday at 4 am.. cuz fajr time changes the whole time. in the summer it is 3 am and in the winter 7 am.. So what do we have to do?

  43. Asssalam aleykom, 

    This article is really helpfull. Jazaak Allaah khayr. 
    But What about the people who r living in places that the time of salaat alfajr is in the summer around 3am and in the winter 7am.. Cuz thats my biggest problem of having a morning routine. what should i do? should i just have a morning routine, but not starting with fajr (i mean like waking up for fajr at 3am nd then sleep untill 6am nd then start my morning routine)..? or waking up from fajr nd sleep early ? even if fajr is at 3am?

  44. I just stumbled upon your website! Great job jazakum Alla khayran..I loved the article, but I have to say that this is a very difficult routine to keep…especially for those with 10hrs+ of intensive work/travel ahead of them don’t you think?

  45. JazakALLAHU kHAIRA…..every Muslim must follow this routine …..InshaALLAH than we can make the most of this world to get Akhirah….

  46. how do you know when Duhu prayer starts everyday? What is it based on and can you also explain the heavy reward it has, pls.

  47. Any advice or tips on this routine and being a mother! I hav 3 children .all under 6yrs.one 7 months.I find doing snipits of work Quran.adhkar. where i can fit it in helps.as long as morn and evening one is on time….

    Ws

  48. May Allah reward you for writing this article. Its been a great resource for me and helped me to be more productive as I started a new job. Alhamdulilah, now I have been able to regularly do this morning routine and goto work without feeling like I did not do much for my deen.

  49. Assalamualaikum
    hi, I want to ask about how to estimate time for each activities between athan and iqamah when I only have information about Fajr time. because currently i stay at non-muslim area so i hear no athan except from my PC or smartphone.
    usually i just pray, make dua, recite quran and start my activities after that.

    thanks for nice reply

    • @Ludiansari – Wa alaikumussalaam warahmatullah,

      I’m not sure I understand your question. It appears – if I’ve grasped it correctly – that what you’re asking is a fiqh-related question and it would be best to consult a reliable scholar of fiqh (Islamic jurisprudence) as we don’t have the expertise.

  50. Assalamu aleykum, the article you wrote was the best thing i’ve ever read(and will be the best that i implement to my life Inshaallah).May Allah(SWT) reward you with best of His blessings and my question is “at the 5 essential actions section, you said about reciting last 10 verses of Surah Al-Imran. I wonder is it ok if i recite Qur’an without Wudhu.I used to think i could only recite(Subhanallah,Alhamdulillah,Astag’firullah,Allohu Akbar) when i’m not in state of Wudhu.” Thanks.

    • @Jumabek – Wa alaikumussalaam warahmatullah. Thank you very much for your feedback. We’re happy you found this article helpful. As for your question about reciting Qur’an without Wudhu, please refer to a scholar of fiqh (Islamic jurisrpudence) as s/he would be best equipped in giving you a detailed answer on that. In case you don’t have access to any scholars, you may refer to authentic fiqh Q&A website, such as:

      http://islamqa.info
      http://muftisays.com

  51. @Abu Productive Assalamualaikum, JAZAKALLAH HU GHAIRAN for a very practical approach. Insha Allah with time I am sure the routine becomes more natural, but for someone who is only now beginning to change my life for the better, this article proves realistic and helpful. I most appreciate your response to Callista – thank you for sharing the true difficulties of doing such a seemingly simple activity – by admitting that it is initially very difficult, you inspire those of us who struggle to continue struggling and Insha Allah one day get it right.
    May Allah shower you with blessings for this inspiration, and may He make it easy for us to be regular performers of Salaah with Khushoo.
    Ameen.

  52. JzakA for interesting article. May Allah make u benefit the ummah constantly and continuously…The only issue I can observe here is when you are a father/mother with several under aged kids to take care of in the morning…how do u go about respecting above then when in morning there’s the stress of caring for them and sending them schools… etc…anyone can help/share experience pls?

  53. Jazaki Allah khair for presenting the practical productive morning tips step by step, May Allah reward you & your team for the efforts, just started implementing this routine and found the result great— greater focus, energy and concentration alhamdulillah!
    Is there a similar evening/(back from university/work) routine–during & post Ramadan– would appreciate if you could share it,
    Thank you

  54. MashaAllah thank you and jazakAllahu khair brothers/sisters at productivemuslim.com for sharing these wonderful tips. I think it would be nice if there was a moderated forum on productivemuslim.com or a section where readers can also send their own articles, poems or “infographics” about being productive Muslims so many of us can inshaAllah also earn rewards for sharing authentic Islamic knowledge. May Allah the Most Merciful accept all our good deeds. Ameen.
    Wasalaam :) (wisdom.edu.ph Wisdom Islamic School Philippines)

  55. Assalamu alaykum Bro Abu productive i really find this article inspiring & beneficial.Canyou please suggest me some Good islamic personality development articles & physical exercises so that i can read articles in the morning & carryout exercises as well.

  56. JazakAllahu Khairan for a short and sweet reminder. I pray that Allah makes it easy for the people who have read this and myself to implement it into our day to day lives. I feel like I am a lazy person and I wanted to make a change and thats how I ended up here on your great website :) please make dua for me that I change my ways and that Allah makes it easy for me Insha’Allah.

  57. I enjoyed reading the “What’s Your Morning Routine?” blog, I found it very helpful and my mind is so clear and I feel I have
    so much energy thoughout the day.

  58. As salaam alykum
    Very helpful reminder Maa Shaa Allah!
    Will surely try to implement it!

    P.S- if I can ask questions on this blog or contact the person, how would I do it?
    Jazakallah Khair Katheeran!

  59. Assalam wa alaikum Brother,

    A very good and inspiring article on morning routine especially praying Tahajjud.

    I always prayed Tahajjud Alhumdulillah but used to miss some times, but ever since I read your article about 1.5 years back, I was so much motivated that Alhumdulillah I have become regular. I also love your website and try to read all the articles whenever I get chance.

    Keep up the good work, it really motivates people like us to become better and productive muslims.

    Jazakallah Khair.

  60. I am going to do this tomorrow for my first day to a new grade. May God make this helpful and motivating for me to continue it without doubting it.

  61. In the 4am section you say this:

    My favorite is the recitation of the last 10 verses of Al-Imran (Chapter 3 of the Quran). You can almost feel your heart coming to life and being ‘juiced’ when the first thing you do as soon as you wake up is remember Allah & recite His Glorious Words from the Quran.

    Here are some of the extracts from these last 10 verses:

    [3:192] Our Lord! surely whomsoever Thou makest enter the fire, him Thou hast indeed brought to disgrace, and there shall be no helpers for the unjust:

    [3:196] Let it not deceive you that those who disbelieve go to and fro in the cities fearlessly.
    [3:197] A brief enjoyment! then their abode is hell, and evil is the resting-place.

    What I find extraordinary about the Quran is the juxtaposition of negative verses with positive ones.

    I cannot see how reading the above verses can make your heart come to life? Why not just leave out the negative ones?

    btw I am a Humanist

    • Hi Andrew! Good question! Why add negative statements? And what will make my heart come to life by it?
      Let’s take a closer look first at these last 10 verses, using this translation for an easier English translation https://quran.com/3/190 and see it from an academic view. (Note: A verse in Quran can be a phrase. So in a composition, some verses cannot stand alone).
      Verses 190-194 Is one complete sentence.
      190 : “…for those of understanding…” object of the preposition ‘of’ and the subject that is being described in the next verses.
      191 : “who remember Allah..” now the description comes in.
      192 : part of the statements in close parenthesis which started at 191
      193 : continuation of the statements, still part of 191.
      194 : Last part, still part of the statement in 191.
      195 : A new set of statements. A response from the plea.
      196-200: These are statements of reminders. When we give someone a reminder, we give them what to watch out first. Warnings consist of negative statements which is followed by positive statements of advice. Like, “Hey! Careful about it, (you support why in negative statements). if you managed to… then you’re good.
      SO basically, 190-195 will make me feel hopeful by the examples of a believer’s plea! Your pleas are the same, and then it tells you that our Lord responds that way, that deeds are never wasted etc. I would relate. I would feel great!
      And then now I’m filled up with hope, a reminder comes in up until the end. As I am determined for the prize, I’m actually glad for this reminder. I have to watch out for that. It meant good. It prepares and strengthens one’s heart.

      Another reasoning you can make out of this is.. When you love a person, you don’t want him/her to make the wrong choices. You’ll give all the information you can give, including the negatives so he/she can watch out for it, and truly achieve success.

      I hope this analysis helps. :)

  62. Amazing and truly helpful article! I’ve been looking for ways to fix my routine in the morning and boy, am I glad I found this! I am so excited to start my mornings this way!
    Jzk!