It seems in the fast moving, dynamic and techno-filled age, waking up for work is difficult, ‘let alone Fajr’ as some would put it. The idea that we have to start our day, with the prayer of Fajr which is constantly changing, seems somewhat burdening. As humans we like to be in control, so when we set our alarm in the morning for a work routine, that alarm can stay the same. But for Fajr the matter is different.
In simpler terms, we are objectifying it in our heads, and turning into an exercise that we want to avoid. However if you take on board the decision to look at the prayer as a spiritual exercise, then you will see it’s benefits not only to the soul but even on our day to day lives.
In the holy Quran, it states that;
“Those who believe and do deeds of righteousness, and establish regular prayers and regular charity — they will have their reward with their Lord. On them shall be no fear, nor shall they grieve.”
— Surah al-Baqarah (Holy Quran, 2:277)
5 benefits of waking up for the fajr prayer:
1) It is the sunnah of the Prophet Muhammad (SAWS)
Prayer as a whole is one of the Five Pillars of Islam, holding a place of such importance and benefit that the Holy Prophet Muhammad (SAWS) stated that it is the observance of daily prayers that delineates belief from disbelief. So it is a essential part of our faith.
2) Prayer provides us with guidance and support from Allah
The word Fajr means “dawn” in Arabic, and comes from the same root word as infijar, which means “to explode” or “to burst forth”, referring to the light of the sun as it erupts into the darkness of night and illuminates the world, replacing darkness with light, vision and clarity. It is the light of the sun that sustains all life on the planet, enables and causes all things to grow, and provides warmth and comfort, safety and security to humanity. In the same way, the Fajr prayer provides light and guidance, strength and support, to the human soul and heart.
3) Starting our day with fajr invites positive energy into our lives
Fajr prayer in Islam ensures that we begin the day with light and with life. This equates to positive energy and the presence of God’s angels. The early morning sets the tone and energy for the entire day, and by beginning the day in the best possible way, in prayer and meditation, this spiritual practice will bless your entire day with barakah and noor, blessings and light.
4) Fajr teaches us the importance of time
It teaches you that time is precious. Therefore, we need to use it well and structure our day and make use of it. The prayers are in specified times during the day, to bless you and to keep you grounded. We are here in the world to worship Allah swt. And that doesn’t mean that we can’t live a good life either. It is about living a balanced lifestyle.
5) Prayer cleanses the soul
The importance of prayer is conveyed constantly in the Quran and was also stressed by the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh): “Know that among your duties, prayer is foremost”. Don’t forget what’s important in this life. Prayer really is one of the most beautiful acts and cleanses the soul and brings about happiness and contentment.
Prayer (and Fajr specifically) really is a blessing in disguise.
by Saja Jabbar