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    The fajr (dawn) prayer

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    Mr.Hanafy Abu Zied

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    The fajr (dawn) prayer

    Post  Mr.Hanafy Abu Zied on Sat Dec 19, 2009 8:32 am

    The fajr (dawn) prayer shows the amount of loyalty, faithfullness and sincerity to Allah ( the one and only ). It is amongst the most important acts of worship, being one of the five obligatory prayers. Unfortunately many of us have become so used to missing it at its prescribed time. We have forgotten its position in our religion, and barely feel something is wrong when we wake up in the morning for work or school without having performed the fajr prayer. On the other hand , if one of us was to miss an appointment ,
    a meeting or an interview , we all know how disappointed he(or she) would feel.
    We should know the great status of fajr in the sight of Allah. Allah says ( interpretation of the meaning ) “Establish regular prayers at the sun's decline till the darkness of the night, and the recital of the Qur’an at dawn, for the recital of the Qur’an at dawn is ever witnessed” (Al-Israa 78).In addition, the Prophet ( peace and blessings of Allah be upon him )said: “Whoever prays the fajr prayer in congregation, it is as if he (or she) had prayed the whole night long.” . Now, to show the seriousness of missing this prayer, we present the Hadith of the Prophet ( peace and blessings of Allah be upon him ): “The most burdensome prayers for the hypocrites are ishaa and fajr, but if they only knew what they contain,they would come even if they had to crawl.”.
    The practical aspect of dealing with the problem includes a number of steps which we can keep in our minds in order to get used to praying the fajr prayer regularly in congregation :-
    1- Having a sincere intention and being determined, when going to sleep, that you will get up and perform fajr prayer in congregation .
    2- Sleeping early. According to an authentic Hadith, the Prophet ( peace and blessings of Allah be upon him ) used to dislike sleeping before ishaa and talking after it. However, if it is for good reasons, such as studying, speaking to a guest, visiting a patient, or spending time with one’s family, then there is nothing wrong with it .This has no connection with the reasons for which many people stay up so late nowadays, to do wrong things and commit sins.
    3- Avoid eating too much before going to bed. Overeating makes you fall into a deep sleep.
    4- If you know a friend who usually wakes up on time for the fajr prayer, ask him (or her) to give you a call at the prayer time.
    5- If you find that you switch off the alarm clock then go back to sleep, you might want to place it a few feet far from your bed. This way you will actually have to get up and walk to the clock in order to turn it off.
    6- Remembering Allah as soon as you wake up. The Prophet ( peace and blessings of Allah be upon him ) said,: "During your sleep, Satan knots three knots at the back of the head of each of you, and he breathes the following words at each knot, 'The night is long, so keep on sleeping.'. If that person wakes up and remembers Allah, then one knot is undone. When he (or she) performs ablution (wudu) the second knot is undone. And when he (or she) prays, all the knots are undone. Of course, he ( or she) will get up in the morning lively and in a good mood, otherwise he (or she) will get up dull and lazy."
    7- Finally, true devotion to Allah is the best thing to motivate a person to get up for prayer, because Allah alone controls all means of help.

    Prepared By:Mr.Hanafy Abu Zied
    ( A teacher of English Language)

    abomenna

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    Many thanks 4 U Mr Hanafy

    Post  abomenna on Mon Dec 21, 2009 6:42 am

    Many thanks Mr Hanafy for your participation and we hope to find you continuously in our section.

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