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Morning Routine (Ahadith 955 – 961)

Assalamu`alaykum,
Bismillah.

What do you know about the morning routine of the Prophet (SAW)?

Volume 2, Book 21, Number 256:

Narrated ‘Aisha;

Allah’s Apostle offered the ‘Isha’ prayer (and then got up at the Tahajjud time) and offered eight Rakat and then offered two Rakat while sitting. He then offered two Rakat in between the Adhan and Iqama (of the Fajr prayer) and he never missed them.

Volume 2, Book 21, Number 257:

Narrated ‘Aisha:

The Prophet used to lie down on his right side, after offering two Rakat (Sunna) of the Fajr prayer.

Volume 2, Book 21, Number 258:

Narrated ‘Aisha:

After offering the Sunna of the Fajr prayer, the Prophet used to talk to me, if I happen to be awake; otherwise he would lie down till the Iqama call was proclaimed (for the Fajr prayer).

Volume 2, Book 21, Number 259:

Narrated ‘Aisha:

After offering the two Rakat (Sunna) the Prophet (p.b.u.h) used to talk to me, if I happen to be awake; otherwise he would lie down.

Volume 2, Book 21, Number 260:

Narrated ‘Aisha:

The Prophet was never more regular and particular in offering any Nawafil than the two Rakat (Sunna) of the Fajr prayer.

Volume 2, Book 21, Number 261:

Narrated ‘Aisha:

Allah’s Apostle used to offer thirteen Rakat in the night prayer and on hearing the Adhan for the morning prayer, he used to offer two light Rakat.

Volume 2, Book 21, Number 262:

Narrated ‘Aisha:

The Prophet (p.b.u.h) used to make the two Rakat before the Fajr prayer so light that I would wonder whether he recited Al-Fatiha (or not).

  1. He would never miss the two rak`aat (Sunnah) before Fajr prayer.
  2. He would make them very light. (Surah al-Kafiroon in first rak`ah and Surah al-Ikhlaas in the second).
  3. He would chit chat with his wife (Aisha) if she was awake, otherwise he’d lie down to wait for iqamah.

This is up till the Fajr prayer. Who knows what he (SAW) used to do after that? #acceptchallengeandanswer ;)

Wassalam.

Alarm Clocks or Cocks (Ahadith 931 – 933)

Assalamu`alaykum,
Bismillah.

Volume 2, Book 21, Number 232:

Narrated Masruq:

I asked ‘Aisha which deed was most loved by the Prophet. She said, “A deed done continuously.” I further asked, “When did he used to get up (in the night for the prayer).” She said, “He used to get up on hearing the crowing of a cock.”

  • Most beloved deed by Allah: something that’s done continuously. No off days.
  • Prophet (SAW) would sleep after `Ishaa’, then get up in the last part (one-third) of the night for Tahajjud. That too, on hearing the cock’s crowing.
    That gives us proof for alarm clocks, no? Who knew it was a Sunnah?! :D
    If you’ve got access to cocks, even better! (y)

Volume 2, Book 21, Number 233:

Narrated Al-Ashath:

He (the Prophet (p.b.u.h) ) used to get up for the prayer on hearing the crowing of a cock.

Volume 2, Book 21, Number 234:

Narrated ‘Aisha:

In my house he (Prophet (p.b.u.h) ) never passed the last hours of the night but sleeping.

“Last hours” is not exactly ‘hours’. It refers to the “last moments/minutes” of the night. And you’ll find this to be true if you go through the Hadith in which Ibn `Abbas narrates his experience of staying the night at Prophet (SAW)’s house.

After praying Tahajjud, Prophet (SAW) would lie down for a while and then get up to offer the Fajr Sunnahs.

What’s your night routine?

Wassalam.

The Night Routine (Ahadith 804 – 805)

Assalamu`alaykum,
Bismillah.

Volume 2, Book 16, Number 804:

Narrated Ibn ‘Abbas:

Once I passed the night in the house of Maimuna (his aunt). I slept across the bed while Allah’s Apostle and his wife slept length-wise. The Prophet slept till midnight or nearly so and woke up rubbing his face and recited ten verses from Surat “Aal-Imran.” Allah’s Apostle went towards a leather skin and performed ablution in the most perfect way and then stood for the prayer. I did the same and stood beside him. The Prophet put his right hand on my head, twisted my ear and then prayed two Rakat five times and then ended his prayer with Witr. He laid down till the Muadh-dhin came then he stood up and offered two Rakat (Sunna of Fajr prayer) and then went out and offered the Fajr prayer.

(See Hadith No. 183, Vol. 1)

Another version (very interesting, in fact) here.

Volume 2, Book 16, Number 805:

Narrated ‘Abdullah bin ‘Umar :

The Prophet said, “Night prayer is offered as two Rakat followed by two Rakat and so on, and if you want to finish it, pray only one Raka which will be Witr for all the previous Rakat.” Al-Qasim said, “Since we attained the age of puberty we have seen some people offering a three-Rakat prayer as Witr and all that is permissible. I hope there will be no harm in it.”

Discussed in the previous post.

  • Prophet (SAW) sleeps after `Ishaa’ prayer, without praying witr.
  • He (SAW) wakes up at around midnight, rubbing his eyes (very cool and important Sunnah – makes your sleep go away in a jiffy!)..
  • He recites ten verses from Surah Al-i-Imran. We get to know from other narrations that these are the last ten verses of Surah Al-i-Imran.
  • He performs ablution in the perfect way. Not lazily, or half sleeping.
  • He stands for prayer.. prays 10 rak`aat like this: 2 + 2 + 2 + 2 + 2.
  • He ends his prayer with witr (1 rak`ah), when it’s almost time for Fajr.
  • He lies down to rest a while, waiting for the Mu’adhdhin to call the Adhaan.
  • He gets up, prays two rak`aat of Fajr sunnah prayers.
  • And he leaves for the masjid to offer the Fajr prayer.

That’s as simply as I can describe the night routine of the Prophet (SAW). There’s great benefit in following it, not just spiritually, but physically and mentally also. Your day starts early, you get plenty of time to do your work in peace and quiet, you’re more productive, you get time to spend alone with yourself and Allah etc.

P.S. it’s because of the curiosity of Ibn Abbas (RA) that we know of Prophet (SAW)’s night routine. May Allah exalt his rank in Jannah and give me the opportunity to meet and thank him there (say Ameen if you want it for yourself!). :D

Wassalam.

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