Ramadan Tip #6: Early Mornings Are Your New Best Friend
Yes, getting up early in the morning isn’t on everyone’s favorite list, and waking up for suhoor and fajr prayer can be really tough. Everyone wakes up like zombies being brought back from the dead when it’s time to eat suhoor. However, the time of fajr is probably the most magical time of your whole day. For those who have work or school a few hours from then and desperately crave to go back to sleep, it might be harder for you to sit and enjoy it. But for those who are able to, I urge you not to go to sleep after your fajr prayer, and instead use that time productively. What other perfect time to read Quran other than fajr time? When most of the world is asleep, and the only sound that can be heard is the chirping of the birds outside. There’s a certain ambiance to fajr time that almost can’t be described, but its serenity can’t be replaced.
It is said that God descends to lowest heaven during this time so that he can listen to those who are praying to him and answer their prayers. Abu Hurayrah (may Allaah be pleased with him), that the Prophet (pbuh) said: “The Lord descends every night to the lowest heaven when one-third of the night remains and says: ‘Who will call upon Me, that I may answer Him? Who will ask of Me, that I may give him? Who will seek My forgiveness, that I may forgive him?’”
Take advantage of early mornings as often as you can, even after you pray. Get some work done during this time if you have stuff to do. It’ll be the most productive time of your entire day and you’ll be able to focus and get things done with minimal distractions.
Seriously, you gotta start loving waking up early. There are too many benefits to ignore.
How do you use your fajr time? Are you a morning person? Let us know!