Howdy friends! I'm so excited to share that I'm doing my yearly Fajr challenge. If you've been around these parts for awhile then you know I'm not new to doing challenges - especially this one. In fact, the Fajr challenge is one of the first challenges I've done and shared since I've been on social media.
But some of you guys are new here and I want to share what the Fajr challenge is all about.
The Fajr Flow challenge is a challenge where I get up for 30-31 days doing something productive for the pleasure of Allaah and for the betterment of self. Sometimes I'm known to go back to sleep immediately after the prayer - I really wanted to stop this habit. I wasn't getting anything done waking up for the prayer then going back to sleep.
I wasn't studying and I was waking up when the children woke up. That's not good when there are 8 people here that depend on me.
Ok lets talk benefits :)
Excerpt From ‘Fiqhul Ad-iyah Wal Ad-kaar’- The Virtue of The Early Morning and its Blessing: [By Shaikh Abdur-Razzaaq Al-Badr [hafidhahullaah]
The Virtue of The early Morning and its Blessing
Ibnul Qayyim (rahimahullaah) said that the Salaf disliked sleeping between after Fajr prayer and Sunrise because it is a time in which great benefit is obtained. And even when they stayed up late at night (i.e. in worship), they still stayed up until after sunrise, for indeed it is the early part of the day and its beginning time, the time in which provision descends, the time in which one receives his portion of provision and the time in which blessings are obtained…. [Ref 1]
[Ref 1] Paraphrased excerpt. Source: Fiqhul Ad’iyah wal-Adkaar’ pages 48-50′ parts 3&4′ by Sh Abdur-Razzaaq Al-Badr]
How to get up on time for Fajr
Someone with a question is saying: Esteemed Shaikh, I miss the Fajr prayer often, and I don’t pray [it] except after sunrise at the time I want to go to work. And this matter might happen again and again, so is there any [sin] upon me? And What should I do in order to stick to my prayer on time?
Shaykh Muhammad ibn Saalih Al-‘Uthaymeen:
Do a number of things.
The first thing is that you sleep early. That you sleep early. And it is for this reason the Prophet sallallaahu alaihi wa sallam used to hate [one’s] sleeping before Eshaa’ and enganging in discussions after it so that a person may go to sleep early in order to wake up early. This is one.
Second is that you have an intention at the time of going to sleep. a resolve, and determination that you are going to wake up for Fajr prayer. Then waking up will be easy for you.
Third is that you use an alarm clock you put by your head that sets off an alarm for you. And if you’re afraid that when it goes off, you’ll switch it off, turn off the sound, and keep sleeping, keep it away from you a bit. And someone, out of concern for the prayer, would put the alarm clock in a tin can [words unclear] and keep it at a distance from himself, so that it would have a powerful sound, so he would wake up. Do this. There’s nothing prohibiting [it].
If this weren’t easy for you, put a telephone by your head, if you have a telephone, and tell one of your brothers, “When the Adhaan for Fajr is given, give me a ring.” What’s important is that a person can do things which result in his waking up so that he can perform Fajr in its time. And one who makes laziness a habit for himself will remain upon laziness.
(voices too faint to hear requesting further clarification from the Shaikh)
As for prayer in other than its time, if one intended [that], then the prayer is not accepted. It is rejected from him, even if he were to pray it a thousand times, due to the saying of the Prophet , Whoever does an act that is not under our legislation, it will be rejected,“ meaning it is returned back to him [unaccepted].
Will you be doing the Fajr Flow Challenge?
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