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10 Practical Tips To Wake Up For Fajr Salah

By Shaykh Yusuf Shabbir



Try to sleep as early as possible after ʿIshāʾ Salah. The Prophet ﷺ disliked talking after ʿIshāʾ Ṣalāh (Ṣaḥīḥ al-Bukhārī, 568).



Perform ablution before you sleep as advised by the Prophet ﷺ (Ṣaḥīḥ al-Bukhārī, 247). It is narrated that angels remain in the company of the one who sleeps with ablution and say, “O Allah, forgive your such and such servant for he slept in the state of purity” (Ṣaḥīḥ Ibn Ḥibbān, 1051; al-Muʿjam al-Kabīr, 13620).


Lie on your right side and place your right hand under your right cheek as advised by the Prophet ﷺ (Ṣaḥīḥ al-Bukhārī, 6314).


It was the habit of the Prophet ﷺ to recite the Qurʾān before resting for the night. The Prophet ﷺ is reported to have recited for example:

  • Sūrah Sajdah and Sūrah Mulk (Sunan al-Tirmidhī, 2892).
  • Sūrah Isrāʾ and Sūrah Zumar (Sunan al-Tirmidhī, 2920).
  • Sūrah al-Ikhlāṣ, Sūrah al-Falaq and Sūrah al-Nās (Ṣaḥīḥ al-Bukhārī, 5017).
  • Āyah al-Kursī (Ṣaḥīḥ al-Bukhārī, 5010).
  • Final two verses of Sūrah Baqarah (Ṣaḥīḥ al-Bukhārī, 5009).

There is a weak narration transmitted by ʿAllāmah Ibn Mardawayh (d. 498/1104-5) which suggests that if a person recites the final five verses of Sūrah al-Kahf before sleeping, Allah will awaken him at any time of the night he wishes (Tanzīh al-Sharīʿah, 1: 302; Fayḍ al-Qadīr, 3: 104). ʿAllāmah Ālūsī Baghdādī suggests in Ruḥ al-Maʿānī (8: 190) that he has tested this many times and it has proved useful. If you are struggling to wake up for Fajr Ṣalāḥ, recite these verses and have faith in Allah.


Recite the Masnūn supplications and make these your final words. Ask Allah to give you Tawfīq and enable you to wake up. Some of the Masnūn supplications include:

سُبْحَانَ اللہ   thirty three times اَلْحَمْدُ لِلّٰہ    thirty three times اللہُ أکْبَر    thirty four times    (Ṣaḥīḥ al-Bukhārī, 5361)

اَللّٰهُمَّ بِاسْمِكَ أَمُوْتُ وَأَحْيَا    (Ṣaḥīḥ al-Bukhārī, 6314)

اَللَّهُمَّ قِنِيْ عَذَابَكَ يَوْمَ تَبْعَثُ عِبَادَكَ    (Sunan al-Tirmidhī, 3398)

اَللَّهُمَّ أَسْلَمْتُ نَفْسِيْ إلَيْكَ ، وَوَجَّهْتُ وَجْهِيْ إلَيْكَ ، وَفَوَّضْتُ أَمْرِيْ إلَيْكَ ، وَأَلجَأْتُ ظَهْرِيْ إلَيْكَ ، رَغْبَةً وَرَهْبَةً إلَيْكَ ، لَا مَلْجأَ وَلَا مَنْجٰى مِنْكَ إلاَّ إلَيْكَ ، آمَنْتُ بِكِتَابكَ الَّذِيْ أَنْزَلْتَ ، وَبِنَبيِّكَ الَّذِيْ أَرْسَلْتَ‏(Ṣaḥīḥ al-Bukhārī, 247)

سُبْحَانَكَ اللَّهُمَّ رَبِّيْ بِكَ وَضَعْتُ جَنْبِيْ وَبِكَ أَرْفَعُهُ إِنْ أَمْسَكْتَ نَفْسِيْ فَاغْفِرْ لَهَا وَإِنْ أَرْسَلْتَهَا فَاحْفَظْهَا بِمَا تَحْفَظُ بِهِ عِبَادَكَ الصَّالِحِيْنَ ‏ (Ṣaḥīḥ Muslim, 2714)


Have a firm and resolute intention to wake up for Fajr Ṣalāh.


Use an alarm clock and if necessary on more than one device. Buddy up with a neighbour or a friend to wake up each other. Almighty Allah says, “Cooperate in righteousness and piety, but do not cooperate in sin and aggression” (Qurʾān, 5: 2).


Take a short nap (siesta) in the afternoon as this is an established Sunnah (Ṣaḥīḥ al-Bukhārī, 905). Try to establish a daily routine and fix your sleeping and waking up times.


Remind yourself of the virtues of Fajr Ṣalāh and the consequences of not performing it. The Prophet ﷺ said:

 “Whoever performs the Bardayn [the Fajr and ʿAṣr Ṣalāh that are performed when it is cool], will enter Paradise” (Ṣaḥīḥ al-Bukhārī, 574).

“There is no Ṣalāh more burdensome for the hypocrites than ʿIshāʾ and Fajr. If they knew what [reward] they contain, they would attend even if they had to crawl” (Ṣaḥīḥ al-Bukhārī, 657).

(10) WAKE UP!

When your eyes open, make sure you wake up. Read the Masnūn supplications below and get out of bed. Do not allow Satan to whisper in your mind that another five minutes will do no harm. Fight the whispers, otherwise, before you realise, the sun will rise and the Fajr time would have elapsed.

اَلْحَمْدُ لِلّٰهِ الَّذِيْ أَحْيَانَا بَعْدَ مَا أَمَاتَنَا وَإِلَيْهِ النُّشُوْرُ ‏ (Ṣaḥīḥ al-Bukhārī, 6314)

اَلْحَمْدُ لِلّٰهِ الَّذِيْ عَافَانِيْ فِيْ جَسَدِيْ وَرَدَّ عَلَىَّ رُوْحِيْ وَأَذِنَ لِيْ بِذِكْرِهِ ‏ (Sunan al-Tirmidhī, 3401)

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Tips to Wake up for Fajr.

Twelve Tips to Wake up for Fajr in the Light of Qur’an, Hadith and the Teachings of Our Elders

1. To supplicate to Allah with the following:

رب جعلني مقيم الصلاة ومن ذريتي ربنا وتقبل دعاء. ربنا اغفر لي ولوالدي وللمؤمنين يوم يقوم الحساب 

By the blessings of this du’a, Insha Allah you and your children will be granted the ability to be punctual with your prayers.

2. If it’s convenient then to take a nap in the afternoon which is also a sunnah and aids in causing a person to wake up for Fajr.

3. To have dinner early and to not overeat. Mawlana Thanwi (RA) has written that when a person eats, there comes a moment where a question arises in his mind should I continue
eating or quit? The moment this question arises, a person should stop eating.

4. To not drink water before going to sleep unless there is a dire need to do so and if so, then to drink a small amount.

5. To go to sleep early otherwise the above- mentioned points will be of no benefit.


6. To perform those acts which are sunnah prior to going to sleep, refer to Beautiful Sunnahs of the Beloved Nabi (S), by Hazrat Mawlana Shah Hakeem Muhammad Akhtar Sahib (DB).

7. Prior to going to sleep tell someone to wake you up for Fajr.

8. To use an alarm clock and to put it at such a distance that one has to get up and out of their bed and walk to turn it off, by doing so the stupor of sleep will wear off.

9. To recite verse number 127 of Surah Baqarah or the last four verses of Surah Kahf before
going to sleep. By reciting these verses if a person intends to wake up at a particular time, Insha Allah one will wake up on that time.

10. Immediately upon waking up, to sufficiently rub your eyes according to the sunnah, this too will cause the effects of sleep to wear off.

11. If possible, upon waking up after wiping ones’ face with ones’ hands recite verses 190-194 of Surah Al-Imran. This is also a sunnah. ‘Ulema have written that through their experience this practice also causes the effects of sleep to go away.

12. Upon awakening from ones sleep, using ones strength and willpower immediately stand up. Never fall victim to the ploy of ones nafs that I will wake up in a little while otherwise one will miss their salaah.

Taken from PathOfEhsaan

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