Two Rak’ah of Fajr prayers are worth more than what this world has to offer

Four muslim men praying at dawn
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We may not realise how significant the time of Fajr prayer is for our lives.

We should make an effort to recite Qur’an at that time, even if we feel tired. Our tiredness may sometimes get the better of us, but we should realise that we should not lose out on such a great reward simply because we feel tired. Of course, there are days on which we may feel more exhausted than others, but we should not let this become a habit. Allah tells us the significance of reciting the Qur’an at the time of Fajr. He says:

“So establish the Prayer after the declining of the sun (from its zenith, for Dhuhr and then ASR) to the dusk of the night (Maghrib and then ‘Isha) and the (Quranic) recitation of Fajr [prayer]. Indeed, the (Quranic) recitation of Fajr is witnessed.” (Qur’an 17:78)

The Fajr prayer is a protection for us. Our beloved Prophet Muhammad (SAW) said:

“Whoever offers the Morning Prayer, he is under the protection of Allah, the Mighty and Sublime.” (Ibn Majah)

So, there may be times when we are worried about something or we are scared of something, but we should remember that our Fajr prayer acts as a protection for us. When we pray Fajr, we are under the protection of our Lord and Creator.

We read in a hadith that when we pray our Fajr prayer correctly and consistently, we are also protected in the Aakhirah (Hereafter):

“Whoever performs the Prayer before the rising of the sun and the Prayer before its setting will not enter Hell.” (Muslim)

From this, we learn that we should strive to pray our Fajr Salah on time and with full concentration. We should be thinking about our Aakhirah and not just be concerned about this worldly life. We should pray Fajr and praise Allah for what He has given us and seek repentance from Him for our sins.

Our aim in this Dunya is to please Allah and we pray to Him to grant us Jannah (paradise). If we want Allah to grant us Jannah, we should really be doing everything we can in order to achieve this. Our beloved Prophet Muhammad (SAW) said:

“Whoever offers the two prayers (Asr and Fajr) will enter Paradise.” (Bukhari)

We seek many things in this world. Maybe we spend a lot of time developing our careers, expanding our businesses, or social and leisure matters. We should not allow these worldly things to distract us and cause us to disregard what Islam teaches us about the Fajr prayer. We read in a hadith that:

“Two Rak’ah of Fajr prayer are better than this world and everything in it.” (Muslim)

When we ponder on this hadith, we end up asking ourselves about what we are even aiming for in this Dunya. It makes us realise how small our worldly matters actually are.