In sha’ Allah starting this article, we’ll be having a series of articles on fine tuning our fasting, with the intention to reach Laylatu l-Qadr well prepared and ready. So let our intention be, going that extra mile, and making that extra effort, to please “only” Allah, and be forgiven on Laylatu l-Qadr.
In sha’ Allah, we will be covering our day, starting from Fajr prayer and up to the ‘Tahajjud’ (Late Night) prayer and everything in between.
- Once you hear the ‘Athan’ (Call for Prayer), you should be repeating after the caller (repeat the athan). Repeat every sentence of athan except for when he says “Hayya alas-Salaah” (hasten to the prayer) & “Hayya alal-Falaah” (hasten to salvation). Only after these two, you should say “Laa hawla wa laa quwwata ‘illaa billaah” (There is no might and no power except by Allah).
- Once the athan is concluded, you should ask peace and blessings from Allah, The Almighty, to our beloved prophet Mohamed SAW.
- Then recite the Sunnah supplication “O Allah! Lord of this perfect call and of the regular prayer which is going to be established! Kindly give Mohamed the right of intercession and superiority, and send him to the best and the highest place in Paradise which You promised him” [Bukhari and Muslim].
- The invocations between Athan and Iqama are highly recommended as Allah the Almighty will surely fulfill any invocations at this time.
- Before performing the obligatory prayer of Fajr, it is highly recommended to perform the regular voluntary Sunnah prayer (two rak’as). Praying those voluntary Sunnah prayers before and after obligatory prayers leads to a total of 12 voluntary Sunnah rak’as. And the prophet said “If the Muslim performs 12 regular rak’as every day.. Allah the Almighty will build a home for him in Paradise” [Muslim]. It is also a Sunnah to perform those voluntary Sunnah prayers at home before and after coming back from the masjid (for men).
- It goes without saying that obligatory prayers should performed in the masjid (for men). However, Fajr prayer has an even special case. The prophet SAW said “The Muslim who performs Fajr prayer will be under the divine protection of Allah, so no one may hurt him wrongfully because Allah will take revenge from those who violate such protection and will throw them into hell” [Muslim].
- If you can afford it, stay in the masjid until sunrise after performing Fajr prayer. For women, stay in your place of prayer at home. The prophet SAW said ”Whoever prays Fajr in congregation and sits mentioning Allaah until sunrise, then prays two Rak’ahs, he will get a complete reward of Hajj and ‘Umrah, (he SAW repeated ‘complete reward’ twice)” [Tirmithi]. During this time until sunrise, the Muslim is recommended to read the Quran and do ‘Thikr’ (remembrance of Allah). Allah SWT said “Establish worship at the going down of the sun until the dark of night and (recite) the Quran at dawn. Lo! the Quran (recitation) at dawn is ever witnessed” (Al-Israa – 78).
- Say your morning invocations, then pray the two voluntary ‘Dhoha’ prayer roughly 20 minutes after sunrise, and you’re done.
In sha’ Allah, we cover the part related to work and Dohr (noon) prayer in Part 27…