The Blessing in Early Mornings
Our beloved Prophet Muhammad (SAW) said: “O Allah, bless my nation in their early mornings.” (Sunan Ibn Majah)
Sometimes it can be difficult to wake up early. Even when we do wake up, getting out of bed can prove to be the biggest challenge of the day – especially on our darkest days.
But why? The time we have in the morning might be the only time we’ll have to spend on ourselves, so why is it this difficult for us to follow through?
In order to achieve such a goal, we need to understand and remind ourselves of the reasons for certain aims, so as to push ourselves to achieve them. Otherwise the action becomes meaningless for us and we lose the motivation to continue with it. This is also why Islam teaches that purifying our intentions often is so important.
Our faith teaches us that we should spend time in which we focus on our ‘Ibadah (worship).
We may not realise the significance of this and the way it can change our lives for the better. Perhaps, like with many other things, we often forget or neglect doing that which will benefit us most. We become distracted by worldly things and distance ourselves from the actions we know, deep down, are so crucial for bettering ourselves as Muslims.
Allah says: “And the life of this world is nothing but play and amusement. But far better is the house in the Hereafter for those who are Al-Muttaqun [the pious].” (Qur’an 6:32)
In the early mornings, we should spend time reading the Qur’an and reflecting on the verses to help us find peace within our hearts. Waking up to pray the Tahajjud prayer before Fajr will help us to feel complete and keep us from feeling lost.
Rising early to dedicate time to learn about our beloved Prophet Muhammad (SAW) will help us understand why we follow the Sunnah, as well as really understand what he was like in order that we may strive to be like him. Allah says in the Qur’an:
“Indeed in the Messenger of Allah (Muhammad SAW) you have a good example to follow for him who hopes in (the Meeting with) Allah and the Last Day and remembers Allah much.” (Qur’an 33:21)
In setting the intention to focus on our religion in the early mornings, we don’t realise that Allah will reward us both in this life and the next, as we our focusing only on pleasing Him.
We should always remember what Allah says in the Qur’an about reciting the Qur’an in the early dawn. We should strive to recite at that time, as Allah says in the Holy Qur’an:
“Perform the Salat (Prayer) from midday till the darkness of the night, and recite the Qur’an in the early dawn. Verily, the recitation of the Qur’an in the early dawn is ever witnessed (attended by the angels).” (Qur’an 17:78)