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It’s 5:45 and your Fajr alarm has just begun ringing. You tried to be smart and set the alarm and your ringer as the same tone so you’d think that someone was calling you, because, of course, answering a call is much more exciting than trying to figure out how to snooze the alarm this early in the morning. But, you’re smarter than you thought, and caught on to the trick. The reverse psychology failed.

Well, the alarm’s been snoozed, and you begin dreaming that you actually got out of bed in time, made wudu with cold tap water for extra ajr, and prayed your salah, being sure to catch the two rak’aat Sunnah, because, as the Messenger of Allah, salAllahu alayhi wasSalam, said, they’re better than the entire world and everything in it.

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53 Comments

53 Comments

  1. mubasshir

    March 29, 2010 at 12:45 AM

    thats exactly what i need after missing my fajr for th whole of last month or so in th same way as described here by akhi..jazakallah sis.

  2. Dawud Israel

    March 29, 2010 at 12:52 AM

    Some advice: Move your alarm clock from your bedside into the washroom, so that way, you are forced to go to the washroom to turn it off and hey, your already there to make wudhu. It works, but its an ‘engineer’ solution- you still need to cultivate your niyyah. Another big issue is Isha is also a problem for Muslims, and missing Isha adds to missing Fajr.

    I am glad to see Muslims writing about tadabbur- without tadabbur, Islam becomes mindless. Reflecting on the signs of the Heavens and Earth is like ‘reading’ the dunya as if it were a book, in a way like reading the Quran. A sign of having strong tadabbur is when a person has vivid dreams, in which their mind is active and clear. It’s not an overnight process, but takes time.

    Jazaka Allahu khayran.

    • Muhammad Elijah

      April 1, 2010 at 2:15 AM

      Assalamu ‘Alaikum Brother
      You rightly said that its an ‘engineer’ solution. We should have that much Eemaan that we don’t even need alarm. The more we engage in Dhikr outside Salaah, the lesser our hearts become Ghaafil. We should always remain cautious about falling in Ghaflah.

      Once, a brother from Burma came to Pakistan in our Masjid, he told me that We should have that much Eemaan that we don’t even need alarm.

  3. Hafsa

    March 29, 2010 at 2:40 AM

    Jazakallahu Khayran!

  4. Amatullah

    March 29, 2010 at 2:50 AM

    jazaaki Allahu khayran sis Aisha, this is wonderful!

  5. Ummezaynub

    March 29, 2010 at 3:53 AM

    Jazakillah Sister,
    the sense of shame after reading your post is inexpressible-some days the feeling of regret is so strong and some days its like oh well! how weak our imaan- please read about my fajr struggle @http://lordsfavors.wordpress.com/2010/03/04/fajr-the-breakfast-of-champions and you’ll understand. Insha’Allah my next step will be to put away the laptop or my novel because that’s a habit I’ve had forever and really focus on my Quran before bed.

    A’alimah Humaira urged us the other day not to let our children read fiction right before they fall asleep- their minds will dream of that instead of the pure dreams that brother Dawud mentions. How true- if we get them in the habit of reading Quran the last thing they do before reading their duas for going to sleep, then it will inshaAllah develop into a habit.

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  7. mystrugglewithin

    March 29, 2010 at 9:50 AM

    Jazakallah Khayrun!

    More advice:

    Get multiple alarms and keep em in different locations in the room, and randomize this process!

    Set the alarms at different times, like gaps of 5-10 minutes ..

    Ask a bunch of your friends to call you at fajr time .. and hide your phone somewhere!

    Delay witr prayer till the last hour, like wake up like 30-40 minutes before fajr. Pray tahajud, witr, and fajr .. you don’t want to miss this opportunity: Abu Hurairah reports that the Messenger of Allah said: “Our Lord descends to the lowest heaven during the last third of the night, inquiring: ‘Who will call on Me so that I may respond to him? Who is asking something of Me so I may give it to him? Who is asking for My forgiveness so I may forgive him?’” [bukhari]

    • Abdus-Sabur

      March 29, 2010 at 11:44 AM

      excellent idea about praying tahajjud & witr before fajr!

      • marjaan

        March 30, 2010 at 1:14 AM

        that is such a good idea, mashaAllah!!! thanks for the advice. i hope this will help me wake up for fajr more often inshaAllah. and i’ll get tahajjud too :)

  8. Abez

    March 29, 2010 at 10:49 AM

    I have to resort to devious means to make very, very sure I wake up for Fajr. One of which is drinking a huge glass of water right before I go to bed. That way, more than one alarm is going off by the time it’s Fajr.

    • Ameera Khan

      March 29, 2010 at 10:51 PM

      Haha! :D

    • Muslim

      March 31, 2010 at 3:32 PM

      Asalam alaikum wa rahamatullah,
      ha! talk about eating/drinking for the sake of Allah :)

    • mummyjaan

      April 2, 2010 at 8:53 PM

      Abez, you’re a genius!

  9. Wael - IslamicAnswers.com

    March 29, 2010 at 11:55 AM

    I think some people put their entire lives on a perpetual snooze button, and maybe that’s what you’re talking about. Not ready to get married yet, not ready to try doing da’wah, not ready to get involved in a cause, not ready to start that business, not ready to write that book, not ready to tackle that important project, not ready to pursue that dream… zzzzzz

    • Abdus-Sabur

      March 29, 2010 at 3:41 PM

      unfortunately, you are absolutely correct

    • Aisha

      March 30, 2010 at 11:45 AM

      That is actually part of what I was talking about…contemplating over the qur’an and feeling empowered because of it can do a lot more than just waking up for fajr on time, but it may as well have to start with waking on time and staying up afterwards [refer to Shaykh Muhammad Al Shareef’s Journey’s End lecture ;)]

  10. Tipton Teapot

    March 29, 2010 at 12:53 PM

    Jazakallah!

    I for one insha Allah will benefit from strengthening the resolve to wake up at Fajr (though the clocks moving forward have made it slightly easier for the next few weeks at least!)

    Perhaps one small point to note – the Quran will certainly judge us. It is known as the Furqaan, or criterion by which right and wrong can be differentiated.

    Ws

  11. Mariam E.

    March 29, 2010 at 1:29 PM

    Asalamu Alikum,

    Great article, mashaAllah. Jazaki Allah khair.

  12. Sayf

    March 29, 2010 at 3:23 PM

    A huge deciding factor is the level of value we attribute. We have to learn to really, really, really love salah. Personally I’ve found the more it sank in with me on an emotional level the more the snooze button became virtually extinct for fajr. Contrast that with me hearing the alarm at 8:00am for inorganic chemistry class and pressing snooze 2-4 times on average, and I love inorganic chemistry.

  13. Ibn Masood

    March 29, 2010 at 3:48 PM

    Go to bed before midnight.

    • mystrugglewithin

      March 30, 2010 at 2:47 PM

      This sounds to me like ‘don’t worry, just quit your job’ .. j/k :)

    • Muhammad Elijah

      April 2, 2010 at 12:42 AM

      Assalamu ‘Alaikum Ibn Masood Bhai

      To sleep late at night is to give Shaitaan power over you. There was a Buzurg(Urdu)/Saint/’Aabid (I guess Mansoor bin Mu’tamir(rahimahullaah) I may be wrong) who didn’t talk for consecutive forty years after ‘Ishaa.
      If we start stopping to talk after ‘Ishaa, it would help a lot to sleep earlier.

      I think sleeping late is the greatest tool of giving Shaitaan power over you to stop you from Jamaa’ah at Fajr.

  14. ummahmed

    March 29, 2010 at 4:07 PM

    jazakallahu khairaa sister.That is excellent..Set up the alarm when the fajr starts and not before sunrise.

  15. Reehab Ramadan

    March 29, 2010 at 5:16 PM

    barak Allahu feeki :o) Awesome article Sr. Aisha! Im looking forward to reading more articles from you.

    • Aisha

      March 30, 2010 at 11:46 AM

      Ditto Reehab ;)

  16. Maryam

    March 29, 2010 at 6:36 PM

    MashaAllah

    I love the way Sis. Aisha writes.

    JazakAllah Khair for the article. I think I found a solution. I’m going to start taping my alarm clock/cellphone to my ceiling, so I will be forced to look for a chair to turn it off. By the time I finish doing all of that, I should be full awake :)

  17. Swaying Wind

    March 29, 2010 at 10:19 PM

    SubhanAllah.

    If you need the motivation to read the Quran, and reflect on it, love it, have fear in your heart.. Never cease the opportunity to take a Quran tafseer class or if you can’t, pick up a tafseer book. Alhamdulillah, I attended the Eternal Journey – Tafseer Juz Tabarak by AlMaghrib institute, and it was heart-shattering, and scary SubhanAllah. Once you understand the Quran, you will see it in a different light, and you will inshaAllah reflect on how life is nothing but an illusion.. its not worth losing your aakhirah over.

    May Allah protect us, and guide us to the right path, and may He put love for the Quran in our hearts and help us APPLY it Ameen.

  18. unknown

    March 29, 2010 at 10:40 PM

    Assalamu alaikum,

    let us try to go to masjid for fajr

    It has been narrated by Abu Hurairah (R.A.) that Nabi (S.A.W.) said: “There is no Salaah that is more burdensome on a Munaafiq (hypocrite) than the Fajr and Eshaa Salaah. If they knew the virtue of these Salaah they would perform them even if they had to come to the Masjid crawling.” (Bukhari, Muslim)

    • Muhammad Elijah

      April 2, 2010 at 12:52 AM

      Assalamu ‘Alaikum

      The Munaafiqeen did attend Fajr but with great difficulty. So, the level of difficulty is propertional to you lack of Eemaan. In fact, when we acquire Eemaan we will not feel it burdensome. The Eeman which is variable like Allaah says that their Eemaan increases by listening to the Aayaat of Allaah. When I give Da’wah to others my Eemaan increases, and when I stop Da’wah the Eemaan doesn’t increase. So, non-stop Da’wah about Salaatul Fajr with Jamaa’ah, precisely the purpose of this article, is the key to Salaatul Fajr with Jamaa’ah.Maulana Ashraf Alee Thaanvee(rahimahullaah) used to say the gist of which is that when I want to acquire a Sift/quality, I give Da’wah of that Sift.

      So, the keys to Salaatul Fajr with Jamaa’ah are Da’wah about Salaatul Fajr with Jamaa’ah and Da’wah in general and this will cultivate Eemaan, and we will InshaAllaah not find Salaatul Fajr with Jamaa’ah difficult.

  19. ibn Ahmed

    March 30, 2010 at 5:01 AM

    Asalaamualaikum

    A few tips on getting up for fajr.

    How easy it is for one to get up for fajr or to pray any other salaat depends on their level of eeman (belief) and yakeeen (certainty). If a persons eeman is high and he has certainty then it will become easier for this person to perform their salaat and also to do other good deeds. Therefore one must work on raising their level of eeman and being firm in their yakeen.

    To put this in to context if you knew there was truly heaven and hell and you will be certainly rewarded or punished for your actions would you disobey the commands of Allah?

    A few things which may help practically to get up for fajr. Find an alarm clock like this one:

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Science-Museum-Rocket-Alarm-Clock/dp/B002808TN0/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=kitchen&qid=1269942660&sr=8-1

    Keep it away from reach and when the alarm goes off you have to get out of bed, pick up the rocket and put it back on the clock to turn it off. Now if this hasn’t woken you up nothing will. A similar alarm to this is whats called a maths clock or puzzle clock. You can download this as an app for your iphone or android phone or buy a physical version. When this alarm goes off you have to solve a few mathematical questions to turn off the alarm. Again keep it away from easy reach. If you need links please ask.

    InshAllah hope this helps. waslaam

  20. Khan

    March 30, 2010 at 9:56 AM

    Alhamdulillaah a good article, jazakAllaahu khairan. SubhanAllaah I’ve this thought of punishing oneself by missing out Fajr salat and that is every time you miss Fajr salat, don’t have breakfast on that day. I would like to see how long a person will last then by missing Fajr, inshaAllaah. The whole point of not having breakfast is to feeling of shame and guilt by missing Fajr. Tell yourself how can you eat the rizq of Allaah when you did not offer salaah that is obligatory upon every Muslim.

    • Abdus-Sabur

      March 30, 2010 at 1:25 PM

      I’m not a scholar but I am quite certain that we as Muslims are not to be punishing ourselves. I have not read anything in the quran or hadith about this sort of behavior. Also to indulge in shame & guilt because you think it will somehow change your behavior is just simply masochistic. We should not imitate the people of the book. That is a very Christian and Jewish type of behavior, in my opinion. The shame and guilt should dissipate after you prayer fajr and ask Allah to forgive you. You make the intention to pray it on time the next day and don’t give up. Persevere don’t punish yourself.

      I am wondering if it is a lot of young muslims that are missing fajr prayer or does this effect all ages? I know that you require less sleep the older you get but you need more naps! :)

      • Khan

        March 30, 2010 at 10:20 PM

        jazakAllaahu kharian akhi, point noted. However, by punishing I meant ‘nafs’.

      • Muhammad Elijah

        April 1, 2010 at 10:55 PM

        Assalamu ‘Alaikum Abdus Sabur Bhai(as we call Akhee in Urdu)
        We cannot say that if someone doesn’t have a breakfast to chastize the Nafs and to feel Nidaamah(guilt) for missing a Fard, because if Allaah made it Fard, He knows that all Baaligh people can do it, that he is doing something Haraam. In fact, eating less is Mandoob/Mustahabb. Not having breakfast is not Rahbaaniyyah(Asceticism disapproved by Allaah). To fast the whole year is Rahbaaniyyah. In fact, Abdullaah bin ‘Amr radi Allaahu ‘anhu was allowed by Rasoolullaah sall Allaahu ‘alaihi wasallam to fast like Nabi Daawood alaihis salaam (Jews and Christians call him King David) who used to fast on alternate days. Only the Saum of Jumu’ah(Fasting on Friday) is Makrooh(if I am not wrong) and Saum of five days are Haraam(Shawwaal 1st which is ‘Eedul Fitr,Dhul Hijjah 10 which is ‘Eedeul Ad-haa,Dhul Hijjah 11,Dhul Hijjah 12,Dhul Hijjah 13).

        To adopt all Halal means, and that is, every possible Halal mean, to fulfil a Fard would be commended by Allaah(if I am not wrong which I can be as I am not an ‘Aalim(Knower, translated for Kuffaar/non-Muslims who might be reading this)). Khaleefah ‘Umar radi Allaahu ‘anhu, imagine ,the Ameerul Mu’mineen-the ruler of his time,whose subject were Sahaabah like Uthmaan radi Allaahu ‘anhu and ‘Alee radi Allaahu ‘anhu, visited the house of a Muslim to inquire why didn’t he attend Salaatul Fajr with Jamaa’ah. In fact, his mother answered that he was doing Qiyaamul Lail( Standing at Night(in Salaah and doing Qira’ah(recitation of Qur’aan) in Salaah) so he slept and couldn’t wake up for Salaatul Fajr with Jamaa’ah. Ameerul Mu’mineen ‘Umar radi Allaahu ‘anhu said that to attend Salaatul Fajr with Jamaa’ah is more beloved to me than Qiyaamul Lail the whole night.

  21. sara

    March 30, 2010 at 10:23 AM

    In a town in England, brothers have got together and created a “Fajr Brigade”. Each member takes up the role of calling all other members so as to make sure they make it to masjid on time. I suppose the next step would be to arrange transportation to pick up those who sign up for masjid jama’at.

    • Yaqeen needed

      April 1, 2010 at 1:02 AM

      May Allah bless such openly demonstrated act of brotherhood.
      Much more like it is needed. Like visiting brothers who are MIA in salaah regularly

  22. NAS

    March 30, 2010 at 2:40 PM

    With strong Iman, you will never miss fajr [period].

    • mystrugglewithin

      March 30, 2010 at 2:55 PM

      please don’t say ‘never’ ..

      Abu Qataadah (may Allaah be pleased with him) narrated that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) was with some of his companions on a journey, and they halted at the end of the night. He lay down his head, then he said: “Guard our prayer for us.” The first one to wake up was the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him). When the sun was on his back. We woke up, startled, then he said, “Ride on.” So we rode on and traveled until the sun had risen, then he stopped and called for the water vessel I had with me, in which there was a little water. He did wudoo’ from it, using less water than usual. A little water was left in it, and he said to Abu Qataadah, “Guard your water vessel, for you will see something happen with it.” Then Bilaal gave the call to prayer and the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) prayed two rak’ahs, then he prayed Fajr, and did as he did every day. The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) rode on and we rode with him, and we began to whisper to one another, saying: What expiation is there for what we have done by neglecting our prayer? Then he said: “Do you not have an example in me?” Then he said: “There is no negligence in sleep, rather negligence is the fault of one who does not pray until the time for the next prayer comes. Whoever does that, let him pray when he remembers it, and if it is the following day, then let him pray at the time of the prayer (that he missed).” [Bukhari-570, Muslim-681]

  23. abu nabeeha

    March 30, 2010 at 6:49 PM

    Nothing is more beloved to me than breaking those 3 knots one by one, rendering the spell ineffective. I love the to see my enemy in disappointment and frustration. There is a lot of unfinished business to take care of with my enemy.

    • Muhammad Elijah

      April 1, 2010 at 11:00 PM

      Assalamu ‘Alaikum brother abu nabeeha
      MaShaaAllaah for your statement:I love the to see my enemy in disappointment and frustration.I have never herad anyone describe it like this. The description of Shaitaan being disappointed,frustrated, and I want to add humiliated is simply beautiful.

  24. SonicSoriyah

    March 31, 2010 at 8:21 PM

    Isn’t there a hadith that says something about missing salt because of fatigue or tiredness is “ok” and you can just make it up when you wake up? I don’t have the specific reference as I am horrible at citing Qur’an and hadith but I recall reading it in Bukhari many times.

    I’m not trying to make an excuse for missing fajr, but I also know that contemporary lifestyles to not usually lend themselves to waking up at 4/5/6 in the morning, especially if you live in an area where there is no adhan to call people to pray at fajr time. So, I think its reasonable and understandable that many of us have great difficulty in waking for fajr and if I am right in my understanding of the hadith then maybe we should stop obsessing over missing fajr by being too sleepy.

    • Yaqeen needed

      April 1, 2010 at 12:55 AM

      Sonic,

      We were not created for the Dunya or contemporary lifestyle. Our being Muslims demands that we sacrifice and bend our ways wholly towards what Allah wants not giving a damn about what contemporary style demands. Any Muslim who’s not obssessed about missing any salaah not just Fajr is not a big problem with his Imaan. If Allah is truly Greater than you, your work and contemporary lifestyle why should you not be worried about disobeying him for being fearful of the punishment for missing salat in jamaat for males. Of course,some of us do not find it problematic to be obsessed about being early at work or pleasing our boss, who will die very soon and be eaten by the worms in the grave. Yet Allah does not die and will bring us to account for our deeds or lack of deeds.

      And to be quite frank, the begining of your last paragraph and the end is best described as contradictory or oxymoronic

      • SonicSoriyah

        April 1, 2010 at 9:46 PM

        Sorry for any confusion or seemingly contradictory statements. I guess I was looking for someone to maybe comment on the hadith about it being “ok” if you miss salaah because of being overtaken with fatigue or sleepiness (again, I can’t find the specific reference). Of course we should have the niyaah for praying fajr and set our alarms or what have you to awaken us, but I know that sometimes (or oftentimes) it just doesn’t happen that we wake up at the right time. So instead of becoming self-deprecating every morning maybe we should realize that sleeping through a prayer is understandable and something we might have to live with.

        • mystrugglewithin

          April 1, 2010 at 9:48 PM

          Abu Qataadah (may Allaah be pleased with him) narrated that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) was with some of his companions on a journey, and they halted at the end of the night. He lay down his head, then he said: “Guard our prayer for us.” The first one to wake up was the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him). When the sun was on his back. We woke up, startled, then he said, “Ride on.” So we rode on and traveled until the sun had risen, then he stopped and called for the water vessel I had with me, in which there was a little water. He did wudoo’ from it, using less water than usual. A little water was left in it, and he said to Abu Qataadah, “Guard your water vessel, for you will see something happen with it.” Then Bilaal gave the call to prayer and the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) prayed two rak’ahs, then he prayed Fajr, and did as he did every day. The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) rode on and we rode with him, and we began to whisper to one another, saying: What expiation is there for what we have done by neglecting our prayer? Then he said: “Do you not have an example in me?” Then he said: “There is no negligence in sleep, rather negligence is the fault of one who does not pray until the time for the next prayer comes. Whoever does that, let him pray when he remembers it, and if it is the following day, then let him pray at the time of the prayer (that he missed).” [Bukhari-570, Muslim-681]

          Is this it?

          • SonicSoriyah

            April 1, 2010 at 11:57 PM

            Yes, I believe so, jazak’Allah khair! But when I read it, it was only the last part and it was translated somewhat differently.

          • Muhammad Elijah

            April 2, 2010 at 12:36 AM

            Assalaamu ‘Alaikum brother
            Would you guide me a little about this numbering scheme 570 and 681 and how does it relate to the references I have given to brother SonicSoriyah.

          • mystrugglewithin

            April 2, 2010 at 9:15 AM

            @ Elijah

            Akhi, I found it here: http://www.islam-qa.com/en/ref/99471

            I believe it’s a trustworthy source, let me know if there’s a typo or anything :>

            jak. ws.

        • Muhammad Elijah

          April 2, 2010 at 12:32 AM

          Assalamu ‘Alaikum brother SonicSoriyah
          By the way, where do you belong to?I am finding it difficult to guess your country by your name.

          You said that you were looking for someone to maybe comment on the hadith about it being “ok” if you miss salaah because of being overtaken with fatigue or sleepiness (again, I can’t find the specific reference)

          Brother with the username mystruggle within has given the specific reference of the Hadith you were trying to find.Your answers are there and I have highlighted it. being overtaken with fatigue or sleepiness is different from NAUM which is sleep itself.So, I would say that Allaah made it FARD because he knew that despite fatigue we CAN do it. So, be optimistic about how Allaah created us and keep up struggling. We are emotionally with you. I would do Du’aa to Allaah for your Salaatul Fajr with Jamaa’ah.

          Saheeh Bukhaari Kitaab ut-Tawheed

          http://www.usc.edu/schools/college/crcc/engagement/resources/texts/muslim/hadith/bukhari/093.sbt.html

          http://hadith.al-islam.com/Display/Display.asp?Doc=0&Rec=11066(Arabi)

          Saheeh Muslim Kitaab ul-Masaajid wa Mawaadi’usSalaah

          Book 004, Number 1450:

          http://www.usc.edu/schools/college/crcc/engagement/resources/texts/muslim/hadith/muslim/004.smt.html
          http://hadith.al-islam.com/Display/Display.asp?Doc=1&Rec=1462(Arabi)

          What I have fallibly understood from the following:

          and some of us whispered to the others saying: How would there be KAFFAARAH/ compensation for TAFREET/omission in our Salaah? Upon this he (the Apostle of Allah) said: Is there not in me (my life) an USWAH/ model for you? There is no TAFREET in sleeping. The (cognizable) TAFREET/omission is that one should not say prayer (intentionally) TILL THE TIME OF OTHER SALAAH COMES So he who did this should say prayer WHEN HE BECOMES AWARE OF IT(HEENA YANTABIHU LAHA) and ON THE NEXT DAY HE SHOULD OBSERVE IT ITS TIME(FA IDHAA KAANAL GHADU FALYUSALLIHA ‘INDA WAQTIHA)

          You said that:but I know that sometimes (or oftentimes) it just doesn’t happen that we wake up at the right time.

          ‘Oftentimes’ is negated by ON THE NEXT DAY HE SHOULD OBSERVE IT ITS TIME and ‘sometimes’ is affirmed by There is no TAFREET in sleeping. (AMA INNAHU LAISA FINNAUMI TAFREETUN).

          You said that:So instead of becoming self-deprecating every morning maybe we should realize that sleeping through a prayer is understandable and something we might have to live with.

          This statement sounds dangerous. Being self-dprecating( trying to make yourself, your abilities or your achievements seem less important -dictionary.cambridge.org) is good in Deen. Sleeping through a prayer is understandable( You say that something, for example someone’s behaviour, is understandable, if you feel that it is usual and not strange or difficult to understand ) and usual considering the majority of humanity and majority of Muslims, but it was not understandable/usual in the time of Sahaabah radi Allaahu ‘anhum. So, our standards should conform to what was understandable/usual in Khairul Quroon(The Best of Eras/Ages/Centuries). What is understandable/usual today can’t be our reference point, because we live in a strange world today when many strange things have becomeunderstandable.

          I look forward to your response here and you are also welcome to contact me on
          neorient@gmail.com

        • Yaqeen needed

          April 2, 2010 at 1:16 AM

          Sonic

          The truth is we should simply change our lifestyles (that’s what submission ISLAAM really means) to suit what Allah wants. Using alarms and all that stuff may be OK and complimentary but secondary to our sacrificing and CHANGING our lifestyles to please Allah as He demands. If Allah is truly Greater and more important and beloved to us than anything in this deceptive world we will never feel comfortable missing out on salaat jamaat not to talk of not making salaah on time. Sleeping through salaah ,especially if it is habitual, should be despised. We should fear Allah and look at the lives of the true salaf for this and other issues

  25. Naseebah

    April 1, 2010 at 1:17 PM

    jazakum Allahu khairan for this inspiring article and the funny title that precedes it! I’ll remember that title tomorrow morning in sha Allah!

  26. Muhammd Elijah

    April 3, 2010 at 2:28 AM

    Assalamu ‘Alaikum brother mystrugglewithin
    My point didn’t concern the authenticity of a source, rather that we should know how to use a given reference to actually find the actual text for ourselves. I searched for myself and the methodology used there for reference was different from that of islam-qa.com.

    I hope this advice will optimize our search of the Islamic texts, InshaaAllaah.

    neorient@gmail.com

  27. M.K.Naushad

    May 6, 2010 at 9:43 AM

    Allah’s Mercy be upon all Muslims. It is our weakness to express in different ways. We should try our level best and stick to the Quran and Sunnah of our Prophet (pbuh), as our brother said keep giving Da’wah our Emaan will increase. STOP writing our personal experience and START practising ISLAM. Insha Allah – Allah’s Mercy will make our life easy in this world and hereafter. OUR AIM is to please ALLAH.

    “On that Day, We will raise up among every community a witness against them from among themselves, and bring you as a witness against them. We have sent down the Book to you making all things clear, and as guidance and mercy and good news for the Muslims”. (Surat an-Nahl, 89)

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