Join The World’s First Online Personal Development Academy
For The Muslim Ummah

Become a Member Today

Join The Discussion

    Leave a Reply

    You have to agree to the comment policy.

  1. alhamdullillah! thank u so much! lately i’ve been troubled by my sleep cycle! 1 think most of us know about that 3 part of night but ur explanation & suggestions…i never thought that way before…insya allah, i’ll do it tonight! thank u again!

    • Me as well im having problems to getting use to wake up for Fajr im reverted muslim and i took Qur´an classes at 6 morning to get habit of waking up early so when Alarm Fajr sound i can get prepared for class, im learning to offer Salah i hope soon i will be able to combine both activities.

  2. Salam an interesting concept although i have recently been trying out a new method of waking up early and all though its very early days it seems to be working well

    Being muslims we should add to this by obviously making ibadah before we sleep as you suggested and i can take a lot from you article since often when its after isha salaat im at a loss as to what to do i wish to do some sort of small routine but its usually not very organised so often i can end up wasting my time; but your suggestion of deviding the nights into 3 is intrigiging although

    I would change things about a little by not undertaking any reading in bed or doing any notes or brain storming i use to do this before and this is often what lead me to sleeping late at night- the bed only serves one real purpose sleep so we should view it as a recharging station.

    I would also due a little 15 minute exercise session.

  3. @Muhammad Ali – JazakAllah Khair for your comments.

    Reason I brainstorm before sleeping is to get whatever I have on my mind ‘off’ my mind and onto paper, and also to get my unconscious mind working on some of the brainstormed ideas whilst I’m sleeping..

    regarding exercise before sleep, not sure, i’ve heard that you shouldn’t exercise before sleep as that’ll get you super energetic and unable to sleep, instead one should perform ‘meditative’ exercises, and isn’t that what Salah is?

  4. Anas- very true in fact its better to do exercise in the morning

    Now inshallah when are u going to write the antithesis of this article and give us advice on a sound morning routine that gets our day off to the best start .

    Currently im trying to wake up for fajr by myself using the technique i linked on my last comment and i try to hifd 10 ayas a day although often i start late or delay it and after completing the activity i sometimes waste my time not waste it in a sence but i just end up watching quran videos on you tube or surfing the net any advice Akhi and other helpful tips you could offer.

    JazakAllah Khair for any advice your able to offer

  5. this was great, i’ll follow this during ramadan insha’Allah as i have a very bad sleeping routine and often end up wasting time and going to be too late. however, i was wondering when are you going to launch your site? before ramadan or IN ramadan?

  6. jazakAllah khair

    you mentioned praying tahjjud and witr before going to sleep, i thought tahjjud is to be reserved for last third of the night… what if you sleep at 10.30??


    • Yes you are right that the best time for praying Witr is the last third of the night. You can skip offering Witr if you’ve planned to wake up before Fajar to offer you Witr. JazakAllah khair

  7. I think there is a link missing…

    "These include reciting Surat Al-Mulk and Surat Al-Sajdah and other supplications found here."

    found here. where?

    Otherwise Its wonderful. InshaAllah I am going to try this.

  8. Thanks a lot for this beautiful article.
    Bless you.

    I have two questions, if you don't mind.
    First, what's exactly Tahajjur prayer?! Is it tarawih or just night prayer?!

    Second, this really worries me. You know, it's recommended we sleep 7 or 8 complete hours for a healthy body and mind, but morning prayer splits it into two ! I mean, I'll have to sleep forl ike 4 hours, then wake up for morning prayer, and then sleep again!
    Sometimes this causes me headache or I feel like I haven't been sleeping well.
    During school time I sleep at 12.00am, I cannot sleep earlier and to be quite honest, I don't want to!
    So, do you have any suggestions for that?!
    I do really need help.

    Best regards.

  9. Assalamu'alaikum KM,

    Thanks for your message.

    Regarding your first question: loosely defined, tahajjud and 'qiyam-al-layl' can be considered one. Any voluntary prayer after Maghreb all the way till Fajr is counted as part of your 'night prayer' or 'tahajjud'. (Some scholars define tahajjud as the night prayer in the last third of the night).

    Regarding your second question about sleep: Firstly, there's 2 things we need to differentiate here: 1. What your body wants, and 2. What your soul wants.

    Your body wants to relax, have 8 hours sleep, eat well and enjoy itself. Your soul wants to pray, fast and stay closer to Allah (Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala). As you can imagine, it's very hard to satisfy both, so you have to think and decide who you should aim to please. (Answer: the soul! As that will enter you in Jannah!).

    I'm not saying that you should spend all night in prayer! As your body has a right over you and you should take care of it.

    Let's get practical: You should aim to have enough sleep at night so your body is not completely tired during the day. So it's VERY important that you sleep early (immediately after isha prayers). If you sleep late and expect to wake up early and fresh, it's going to be very difficult for you.

    Finally, your body is very adaptable. I know many people who have a healthy life sleeping an average of 4 hours and 30 minutes sleep. However, if you're concerned about your health and sleep pattern, I would suggest you visit a doctor, as medical conditions are important to take note of.

    Hope you find this useful,

  10. Jazakallahulkhoir thankz you for the best article

    i’ll bring it into my routine for my sleeping and Inshaallah my Lord bless me able to do it very well and everyday …

    From South of Thailand Anak Melayu

  11. Masha Allah, its a wonderful practice for us. May Allah give us the strength and patience to start & continue …………..Mohammed Abdul Baset

  12. mashALLAH such a wonderfull routine but its quite difficult to maintain in student life wid all university work and sometimes tests assignments and wat not….any suggestion regarding that plzz??

    • @Amna – it’s hard to explain, but I’ve always believed that if you give time to Allah (Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala), Allah (Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala) will give you time back and bless your studies & time inshaAllah. Trust me, it works! Just be sincere and work hard inshaAllah.

      • I definitely agree with you especially since it happened to me. Exams and uni work are important but whe I give time to Allah, to read Quran or to learn more about the deen I don’t feel streesed, I feel that I will do all I am able and that Allah will help me. Things go better for me this way.

        And Jazaka Allahu Khairan for this article, it’s so helpful! And I’m now going ro read the morning routine article :)


    • Ukhti, what you need is a taskinator! You can find that on productivemuslim site. InshaAllah, time can be managed in a way where you will be able to do this but well not 90 minutes though, 20-30 minutes (this is the best I can offer with all my workload as an electrical engineering student. =))

  13. what a great follow up – subhanallah! I have been implementing this routine and I have to say it is so amazing, really the small changes make the big difference if you can keep up with them, i feel off track but got back on it again. You do get attached to it rather quickly, knowing that you are struggling to get up solely for the sake of Allah swt brings happiness to the soul, its like climbing a mountain, the struggle to the top is difficult but the view at the top is amazing! Duas to everyone trying to adopt this way of life, just think we are following the footseps of the prophet pbuh by doing so.

  14. i have so much trouble memorising the quran as well as reading salah on time astagfirulah , but i will definitely try this technique to help me insha’allah. and could you please give me some tips for memorising the quran please.. arabic is not my first language and have difficulty going to the mosque?
    jazakallah x

  15. Assalamu’alaikum wbt…
    SubhanaAllah, so touching and informative sharing to me..
    I want to share with my friends..
    Shukran jazilan…

  16. Assalamalaikum wa Rehmatullahi wa barakatuh!

    I just wanted to say how absolutely amazing this routine is. I am so glad Allah opened the doors for me to get to this article because ever since i have employed this routine, I have not missed Fajr. Instead of a better way to sleep, I feel like it is more so an infallible way to wake up for Fajr. I rarely woke up for Fajr before, Astagfarullah, May Allah have mercy on me, but ever since I have started using this routine, I haven’t missed Fajr since, Alhamdullilah!

    Instead of Step 2, I watch a good Islamic lecture or read some Hadiths.
    Thank you so much for this, May Allah bless all the ProductiveMuslim team and their families with Jannah! :)

  17. Assalamu ‘alaykum,
    I believed you can also
    recite the Last 10 verses of Surah Ali Imran.
    It helps, InshaAllah (:
    Jazakallah khayr

  18. Jazaakallah for the sharing…do you mind if we share your post in our blog…of course by quoting you.

  19. Jazaakallah for the sharing…do you mind if we share your post in our blog…of course by quoting you.

  20.  Subhanallah this is amazing. I dont think ive ever been here before. jazakAllah khayr for this awesome site. May Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala bless you (guys) with all good in both worlds ameen.

  21. Assalam. I have a question. From what i learn tahajjud is doing after you get some sleep. But from what understand what u write here, u perform tahajjud before sleep. Can u give some dalil (alquran/hadith) for this?

    • Walaykum Salam,

      this response here answers your question: 

  22. Assalam. I have a question. From what i learn tahajjud is doing after you get some sleep. But from what understand what u write here, u perform tahajjud before sleep. Can u give some dalil (alquran/hadith) for this?

  23. Very simple, just think that you have to return back to your lord one day and you will have to leave every thing one day. Your love ones will one day take you and leave you in the grave one day and return bacj home. And then it will be you and your Allah with your Ammals protecting you if you have prayed all your prayers in time. May Allah guide us all and give us Hidayat to be 0n Right Path, AMEEN.

  24. i think the second part of the sleep routine is very very important as well. for the sanity of the self. sometimes if one is always giving giving, you start to forget about the rights that the self has on itself, subhanAllah. and if we maintain the right intentions (I am giving myself the rights of myself), it could be a form of ibaadah (worship).

    And Allah swt knows best.

  25. your programme is no doubt beneficial. however i was hoping you would rather give us some practical tips on how we , as a very busy society, can regulate our lives such that we can get to bed early,or as early as after esha. this is the real challenge.many of us are really just guilty of wasting time doing useless things. if we do then defnitley we wont be able to rise fresh and eager for fajr[or at all !] the trick is to plan your evenings right from maghrib onwards.[preparations for fajr really start here!] how to avoid time wasting things and achieve more or  less a structured nightly programme,this is the secret..may ALLAH SWT help us in all our endeavours

  26. Thank you for the article. I was enthused by the title, but then I had to re-read it several times to make sure i got the recommendations. So, 90 minutes, out of which only 30 for Tahajjud?! Surely not! Productive Muslims ahoy! Not 30 minutes Tahajjud – surely not!  I know you’re trying to make things easier for people, but death is just around the corner, and you’ll get plenty of sleep then! “Ya Yahya Khuth alKitab bi-Quwwah” (Take what’s given to you in the Book with strength and will) (Maryam:12).  How about a third of your WHOLE night for Tahajjud! and we havent’ even started with prophet Dawud’s Tahajjud routine yet! Personally, I cannot imagine so much sleep as you’ve suggested in your plan. A productive Muslim is a beacon of strength. Try this routine, no.. sorry… correction, do not try it… take it with STRENGTH & WILL TO SUCCEED, and inshaaAllah you will:  sleep after Athkar, etc, IMMEDIATELY after Isha (as the Prophet alyh alSalah walSalam did), then wake up either (a) at midnight, tahajjud for one third of the night hours, then sleep a little before Fajr, which is prophet Dawud’s tahajjud (Bukhari & Muslim), or (b) one third before night ends wake up for Tahajjud and continue up until Fajr.  (a) gives enough time for 11 Ruk’ah Tahajjud & two Juz’ quran plus huge amounts of energy for the day, and is most loved by Allah Sobhanoh (Bukhari & Muslim), but needs strict compliance – sleep immediately after Isha. (b) most people can accommodate it because they sleep more. Two things to maintain: (1) 33 SubhanAllah 33 alHamduliLLah 34 Allah Akbar in bed just before you sleep (Bukhari & Muslim) = as if there is another one of you doing the work with you (in the Hadeeth “better for your than a servant”) , also (2) Qayloolah (siesta) anything 5-30 minutes anytime before Thuhr (best) or just after it (Omar bin alKhattab Radi Allah Anh is said to have committed to this even if it was just lying down to rest – without the sleep)- these two Sunnahs could be must-do’s for your Tahajjud to last you years, not days! … and before anyone thinks it… Yes, i am a professional, architect, site administrator, etc. ie could possibly qualify as a semi-productive Muslim – Allah Subhanoh only knows! Allahum Baarik ! My advice: “the Strong Mu’min is better and more loved by Allah Subhanoh than the week Mu’min, and in both there is good” (Sahih Muslim).  Don’t be a weakling:  go for POWER TAHAJJUD – remember it’s a race to alFirdaws! May Allah be with you all and accept your Tahajjud – be it 30 minutes or a third of all minutes!

    • Assalamualaikum I understand you are a young muslim brother full of energy, and if you are capable of doing so then by all means do it but for most of us we still need to develop consistency. verily the best deeds are the ones which are consistent even if they are small. But inshaAllahulaziz we are able to reach the level you have described.Salam

    • Masha Allah a very great plan, brother ! However, allow me to say that the average muslim may not start off according to the plan you’ve presented; the best way is to start slowly and build up one’s way to that routine insha Allah. I wouldn’t recommend anyone to start the way you’ve suggested, instead I think it would be best if one worked towards it insha Allah…
      عَنْ أَبِى هُرَيْرَةَ رضي الله عنه عَنِ النَّبِىِّ صلى الله عليه وسلم قَالَ :( إِنَّ الدِّينَ يُسْرٌ ، وَلَنْ يُشَادَّ الدِّينَ أَحَدٌ إِلاَّ غَلَبَهُ ، فَسَدِّدُوا وَقَارِبُوا وَأَبْشِرُوا ، وَاسْتَعِينُوا بِالْغَدْوَةِ وَالرَّوْحَةِ وَشَىْءٍ مِنَ الدُّلْجَةِ ) رواه البخاري (39) ومسلم (2816) 

  27. Best sleeping tips ever – I had insomnia for years making me so unproductive and weak. These tips really worked out. I googled many sleeping tips and routines but only this one actually worked out . Thanks a lot brother May Allah bless you always. Keep sharing the good work i am sharing it on my blog too

  28. it is brilliant ,though  sometimes I just crash on bed after along day of  work and study ,but it’s so useful when you think about it as a way to stop your worries from brainstorming yourself and waste these ours in revising your lif drama .

  29. To perform tahajjud is you have at least sleep for 5 minutes at night before you can do it. Not just by simply after day work, then after dinner, bath, maghrib, isya’ and then directly go for tahajjud. You must know the details/condition/time before doing something! I afraid if people misjudge what you write!

  30. Jazakallah. Nice tips. I follow the concept of doing some things before going to sleep every day, but I never organized them into compartments like these. I realize that they do fit into these headings, though.

  31. Masha Allah and Alhamdulillaah this is very usefull. But I have problem wd have a nap. i always do this activity but until 3 hours? indeed this is not good and not productive as a muslim, so please I need ur help. Jazakmullah Khayran katsiran ;)

  32. If this motivates people towards Allah then it’s better to do something than nothing.
    I think the bro above needs to calm down n stop lashing out…it’s good to do as much as you do, but for some of us it’s not possible.

  33. Salam alaikum wa rahmatAllah wa barakatuhu, jazakhAllah kheir for this very good article! But what do you do when Isha is past 10 pm and Fajr is at 3.20 am and you have to get up at 5/6 am to go to work? If you have any suggestion then pls share because as a revert I really don’t know how to handle that small amount of time at night in the most suffiant way! BarakAllah feek! Salam alaikum wa rahmatAllah wa barakatuhu

    • Walaykum Salam WR WB, Nuha,

      Here’s some advice:

      1. sleep right after Isha; this might need you to rearrange your schedule a bit.

      2. Try to take a nap during the day, even for just 20 minutes.

      3. Learn about sleep cycles and how to manage your sleep cycle. We offer training on that, but it’s not available now. 

      Hope this helps, insha Allah

  34. Any advices for me. I live in Finland,north Europe. Time for Maghrib is 10.45pm and isha around 11.15 pm and Fajr 1.42. Iam fasting right now 4-7 days per week, because of pregnancy and breastfeeding I have many days to fast before ramadan. I would really want to wake up at fajr and stay up but it’s really impossible right now. We are now having the summer holidays so I must get up because of my children between 8-10 am. So the problem is not too little sleep but rather when to sleep and when to spend time with husband who doesn’t live with me every day anyway. 

  35. I really love your article. I’d love to do the stuff the way you wrote but unfortunately my husband can’t sleep when the lights are on, even a tiny light by my bedside. I just lay around wandering off in my thoughts and can’t sleep until 3-4am. Sometimes I go back to the living room and have a tea, but it rarely works :)

  36. ALhamdulilaah, Good one, I think if we add the Self retrospection to the 2nd 30 min of self then in sha Allaah we can see miracles in our own behavior and character. This is a very good technique of knowing what went right and what went wrong the entire day.The fact that we are able to go thru the situation again in our mind will help us to be more cognitive to the similar situation in future and help us with a better RESPONSE than just REACT to it.

  37. Thank you so much for the tips…alhamdulillah, u really did a lots of effort to make sure that we worship to Allah s.w.t & surprisingly I just read this article on 2013! After a long lost on how should I sleep well. This is really amazing! & I also got bumped into your morning routine article, wow…I should have read all your tips long ago so that I can maintain to be a productive Muslim. :D insyaAllah, thank you very much! May Allah bless you…do pray for me on becoming a true Muslim doctor…Ameen. :)

  38. There is so much truth in having a balanced sleeping pattern! Great article!

    I have always been an early sleeper and an early morning bird! It helps to get chores done early in the morning so you have the rest of the day for your family and self.

    However, things drastically changed when I got married, since a pretty late-sleeping routine was followed at my in-laws. For the first time I started sleeping late and realised that my productivity at work and personal life was really poor! Gradually, as the new-life adjustment phase passed by, I got my routine back in place (not to perfection, but its improving!) and once again I see how I can manage to complete household chores on time, stay fresh, feel healthier and emotionally more stable.

    Things are once again taking their toll as I am pregnant now. And aren’t able to sleep well at night with all the changes. But perhaps this is just the sacrifice that mothers go through to get the high status that Islam has in store for them!

    Perhaps you can have some articles covering the challenges for ladies like myself, going through such changes in life – of marriage and kids.

    Confession – I owe my sleeping routine to my mother. Who always ensured discipline in this regard from a very young age; without any exceptions! We never understood the reasons for not letting us have a quick nap after maghrib or making us go straight to bed after isha. But today, I am so thankful for her strictness! A message to all parents – what you set up today as their routine, will go a very long way!

  39. JazakAllah for the helpful tips…jus 1 query. ..when we go to sleep after Isha namaz and then wake up to pray..that is Tahajud prayers right?…so are we suppose to do this 90min productive thing after isha? Bit then the Tahajud prayers are missed?

  40. alhamdolillah this is my routine exactly just confirms that I am doing it right although I dont spend specificly half an hour on myself will be doing that in sha Allah.

  41. very good post.tanx.i have a question for which i m seeking answers throughout last months.please explain me about the issues of watching television in islam.there are many islamic programmes and programmes related to studies,but they have a background or theme music.i have heard that music is haram in islam.then is it ok to watch those programmes? Please help me to confirm what i can watch in television.tanx.

  42. i am someone work shift and study another shift i require recommendation about my life so
    i want to divide my routine daily activities i meen how much time is good to seap, how many hours is availble to suplicate and pray i mean in my life how many hour is good to spend to Allah

  43. I think 5-6 hours sleep will be enough. someone may feel fatigue during the daytime. But remember we can manage those conditions; Insha Allah, we have plenty of foods and other nutritious drinks. we must go for it. You need more calories. Find & eat those foods. when you got up for Fajr, drink coffee. it will adjust your body. and after Fajr don’t go for sleep. Try to do some activities such as exercises (Stretching your body would be a good option on that time) Alhmadulliah.. One cannot adjust to this immediately. Insha Allah you can.. with the help of you family memeber you will immediately learn.

      • I meant that like surah mulk protect us from the punishment of grave, surah sajdah also might have sum benefits.Ofcourse we follow the sunnah as our prophet (Pbuh) did we do.
        Jazakallahi Khair

  44. I really need to start praying again I started with just maghrib & isha only but have since given up totally. I haven’t prayed fajr since before Ramadan but the thing is I take a combined antidepressant & sleeping tablet that I take around 9.30/10pm so it will be very difficult for me to get up. Not sure what I can do coz I really need to take this medication to get better

  45. Assalam-o-Alaikum! Brother,I loved the article but i have a few problems.i would be highly grateful if you could help me. Firstly i am a school student and my schedule is tough. I get so much work to do that sometimes i sleep at 2 or 3 in the morning though i am sure i waste a lot of time. If i do my work quickly and early,i would be able to sleep early yet…Anyways give me some advice on this how to manage it and wake up for fajr and tahujud. Secondly i sleep a lot.I just can’t resist my sleep. What should i do?

  46. Asalam Alaykum Warahmatulahi Wabarakatuh,

    Shukran and May Allah(Subhanu Wa’taala) Reward you for educating us.

    I have a question please:How to you pray tahajud before going to sleep?I understand you have to wake up from sleep to perform Tahajud

    Shukran and waiting for your response.


    • Waalaikumasalaam wa rahmatullah Sr. Munira,

      I appreciate your trust in us to answer your question. Unfortunately we cannot comment on that specific question as we are not equipped in fiqh-related (jurisprudential) issues. I advise you to consult an authentic scholar of Islamic jurisprudence who’d best be able to answer your question.
      In case you may not know of one, you may alternatively consult authentic fiqh Q&A websites such as: (
      IslamQA (
      AskImam (

      This response briefly touches upon your question:

      Hope this helps, in sha Allah.

  47. Subhan Allah..i am so blessed Alhamdolillah to be receiving this sea of knowledge through you guys. .jazakallah khair.
    Though we all know this that we have to read sleeping azkaars pray witr etc but u really put this into perspective and how do it. .great work

  48. I don’t know how to pray Tahajjud and Witr. I do not speak Arabic. Also why put on nice clothes? I don’t have any nice clothes anyway.

  49. Assalamu’alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh السَّلاَمُ عَلَيْكُمْ وَرَحْمَةُ اللهِ وَبَرَكَاتُهُ May the peace, mercy, and blessings of Allah be with you , I have a question that , My Entrance exams are near and I have to prepare for them time is very less just 3-4 Months left … I started a schedule for sleeping 3 – 4 hrs per day and I also pray the 6 times namaz including tahajjud , I feel less sleepy and after praying I am able to control myself even in that condition , So my question is that can i continue with my schedule as i know that many doctors say that it is very harmful for health , but if Allah SWT wills anything is possible like after praying i feel a lot of comfort which i cant even explain ?