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How to wake up for salat Al-Fajr
Muslims all around the world have to pray five times a day and the dawn prayer for me at least is extremely difficult to make. Maybe many wake up in time for work or school and pray Fajr (dawn) before leaving the house. However, that’s not sufficient because your work and school time might not necessarily coincide with Fajr time. Thus, you have to put every effort into praying on time. InshaAllah (God willing) the tips below will help you in waking up for the dawn prayer.
First of all INTENTIONS, INTENTIONS, AND INTENTIONS! You have to get your intentions straight. You have to ask yourself why are you waking up at dawn; are you waking up so that you can tell your friends how you stayed up until 3 a.m. and then woke up for Fajr or are you doing it because it is a pillar of Islam and Allah ordered us to pray? Either way, you still have to get up and pray. Yes, it's important to have your intentions straight, but that doesn't mean if they're not you shouldn't pray. It just means if they are straight it will make waking up a lot easier.
Next, you have got to have some self discipline. Just like you make a schedule to watch a movie and stick with it or like when you put the effort into writing a 20 page paper, you have to put that kind of motivation into waking up for Fajr. You have to realize how important it is to pray Salat Al-Fajr. (It's obligatory to pray all five prayers, but I am highlighting this one because it's the hardest in my opinion.) Read this Hadith (saying of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH)): Narrated By Abu Huraira: Allah's Apostle said, "Angels come to you in succession by night and day and all of them get together at the time of the FAJR and 'Asr prayers. Those who have passed the night with you (or stayed with you) ascend (to the Heaven) and Allah asks them, though He knows everything about you, well, "In what state did you leave my slaves?" The angels reply: "When we left them they were praying and when we reached them, they were praying." (Vol 1, Book 10. Times Of The Prayers. Hadith 530. (Shahi Bukhari).
What do you want the Angels to tell Allah, I left your slave sleeping in bed? I don't think so.
Next, you need to sleep early; this is common sense. If you sleep early, by the time Fajr comes, you'll have had enough sleep and you won't have a difficult time getting up. Just like you would sleep early if you have work or an exam the next day; make it a routine to sleep early everyday.
Second, get at least three to four clocks in the house and at least two in the room you sleep in. Set the alarm on all of them to be about 13 minutes apart from each other. Also set them earlier than the actual Fajr time because you're not going to get up right away. That way each time one alarm comes on and goes off or you shut it off and fall back to sleep, the other one will ring in 13 minutes, then the next until you finally get up. The reason I say 13 minutes is because some clocks have 10 minute difference between each snooze, so by doing it this way all clocks won't ring at the same time.
If you have a cell phone, us the alarm clock on it. I use the alarm clock on my cell phone and I use the calendar alarm clock also on my cell phone. I put it under my pillow and if I accidentally shut off the snooze on the first alarm, the second one will sound in 13 or so minutes.
Finally, if you can, have someone wake you up; be it your mother, father, brother sister, wife, husband, whomever is in the house with you. Or you could have someone call you during Fajr. However, this last part will only work if the phone is far from your bed so that you would have to get up to answer it.
InshaAllah these tips will help someone out there.
Jazakum Allahu khair.
What do you do to wake up for Fajr?