Importance of Staying Awake After Fajr

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March 17, 2024


Importance of Staying Awake After Fajr

بِسْمِ ﷲِ ال َّ رحْمٰنِ ال َّ رحِیْمِ
In the name of God, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

One of the most significant practices during this time is staying awake after Fajr prayer, a ritual that holds profound importance in nurturing one’s faith and well-being.
Let’s explore why staying awake after Fajr is more than just a ritual but a transformative experience for the soul.

Best Time for Reading the Qur’an

After Fajr, our minds are still and refreshed from prayer. With the remembrance of Allah still fresh on our hearts, we should use this time to read and reflect on the words of Allah.
Ibn Taymiyyah رحمه الله, for example, used to stay awake from Fajr until mid-afternoon reading the Qur’an, reflecting on it, doing Dhikr, and more. He used to say that this routine was his “breakfast” for the day.
Moreover, we can memorize and learn better when everything around us is quiet and the busyness of the day has not reached us yet.

Time for Adkhar and Voluntary Acts of ‘Ibadah

The morning Adhkar is most effective when recited after Fajr. During this time, you not only get to complete your Adkhar but you can also increase your Istighfar and make more du’a. Dhikr in the early morning will remove your worries and make your day much easier.
Plus, you can stay up until the sun rises to pray Salatul Duhaa, which is the post-sunrise prayer. It was a habit of the Prophet    to offer 2 cycles of 2 Raka’t of Nawafil prayer during the time between after sunrise and just before Dhuhr. This prayer is also recommended for those who cannot wake up for or have missed Tahajjud.

Head Start to the Day

Staying awake after Fajr gives you extra hours to finish tasks from the day before, get ahead of the day by completing smaller tasks, doing chores, etc.
This ultimately gives you extra time throughout your day to do other things you may prefer. Making a habit of this can enable you to maximize your productivity and stay on top of your goals.

Following the Sunnah

The Prophet    always stayed awake after Fajr. He would begin his days early and retire to bed early so that he could wake up for Qiyamul Layl. He slept very little and when he did feel tired he would take a short nap during the afternoon.
Even though he slept for a few hours, he would still be full of energy and could outperform his companions in basic tasks.
Similarly, we can take inspiration from the life of the Prophet ﷺ and implement his routine into our own lives to increase our love for him.





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