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Ramadan Challenge: Rise & Shine at Fajr!

By Zahra Nayyer

We have spent more than half of Ramadan, and by now we’re used to getting up for suhoor, albeit with difficulty, but as soon as we’re done with our prayer, many if not all of us dive back headfirst into our comfortable beds. As I researched on this topic I came to realize that an essential sunnah is being eradicated from our routines by sleeping at Fajr; one which the Companions engaged in even though they too had busy work/life routines.

In the hadith of Sammaak ibn Harb, who said: “I asked Jaabir ibn Samurah, ‘Did you used to sit with the Messenger of Allaah ﷺ?’ He said, ‘Yes, frequently. He would not get up from the place where he had prayed Subh (Fajr prayer) until the sun rose. When the sun rose, he would get up. They used to talk about things that had happened during the Jaahiliyyah (times of ignorance), and they would laugh and smile.’” (Sahih Muslim :1/463)

How many of us can say that we have revived this sunnah today in our routines? Let’s motivate ourselves to stay up after Fajr by looking at some of its amazing benefits first:

Recitation of the Quran at Fajr

“Establish prayer at the decline of the sun [from its meridian] until the darkness of the night and [also] the Qur’an of dawn. Indeed, the recitation of dawn is ever witnessed.” (Surah Al-Isra 17:78)

We learn from the explanation of this verse that at the time of Fajr the angels are audience to our recitation and we are among those who are in honourable mention when Allah asks about us from the angels (though He is Most-Aware of what we do) (Ibn Kathir)

The Huge Reward

Al-Tirmidhi narrated that the Prophet (ﷺ) said: “Whoever prays Fajr in jamaa’ah (congregation), then sits and remembers Allaah until the sun comes up, then prays two rak’ahs, will have a reward like that of Hajj and ‘Umrah.” He said: the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said, “Complete, complete, complete.” (Sunan al-Tirmidhi, 480)

The word “complete” being mentioned here thrice emphasises the enormity of the reward and that it is a sure thing that a person will receive this much reward if he adopts this sunnah.

Apart from these, there are other benefits as well: it is your one-on-one time with Allah with no interruptions and no worries about the looming work related commitments. Post-Fajr time is a peaceful time where it feels like time has almost slowed down or stood still, till the rising sun signals the start of a new day and you find that you’ve rejuvenated your iman (faith), sought protection from the evils and challenges that lie ahead and spilled your heart out to the One who is All-Hearing, All- Knowing. Staying up after Fajr gives you that head-start you need to be successful not only in this life but in the next one too.

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To reap such awesomeness, there are a few steps we can take to truly benefit from this special time:

The Core Ingredient – “Dua”

We need Allah’s Help in all that we do because it is only with His Help and Mercy we are given the opportunity and the ability to worship Him. So, make a lot of dua for yourself to be able to inculcate the habit of staying on the prayer mat after Fajr and fully benefit from this time.

Managing Sleep

Staying up unnecessarily at night can ruin your chances of availing this time properly. Try sleeping a bit early then you usually do and if possible take a short nap in the afternoon, this will also help in making you feel fresh at Fajr time.

Have a Prayer Corner

Dedicate a corner in your room for this purpose where there are zero distractions. Make sure you have you favorite dua book and copy of the Qur’an next to you so that when you are done with prayer, immediately you can pick them up and start reciting and gaining the rewards.

Make Things Interesting

When it comes to adopting lifelong habits, we tend to slack off when it becomes a routine thing for us. So, instead of always reciting the same duas, azkaar and verses, aim to add new duas to your post-Fajr routine. Explore new Chapters of the Quran by reading the translation or explanation after you recite them. This will motivate you to actively participate in the process and keep your mind alert. Alternatively, you can also keep a small journal where you can pen down a small reflection from the verses you have recited.

Challenge yourself to stay put on the prayer mat after Fajr these last few days of Ramadan!

May Allah grant us all the ability to stay on the prayer mat after Fajr and pray those 2 rak’ahs to reap its numerous benefits for life! Ameen.

CEO’s Message to the Fajr Train Crew

CEO’s Message to the Fajr Train Crew
Raja Zia ul Haq, CEO of Youth Club, has sent you a message!

My dear brothers & sisters in Islam,

Assalaam o’Alaykum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatu! 

Masha’Allah what an honor it is that our Fajr Train has finally reached its destination after forty days, in the blessed month of Ramadan. And like the cheerful flight attendant would say, “I sincerely hope you had a pleasant journey with us!” 🙂

A big thank you and jazakum’Allahu khayrn firstly to the brothers and sisters from Youth Club who helped to bring this project together and masha’Allah saw it through till the end. You guys know who you are, I have no words but can only pray that may Allah increase you in darajaat and may He be well pleased with your efforts! Seriously!

A massive congratulations to all the winner groups who stuck to their guns all the way! Alhamdulillah, if you successfully woke up for Fajr or struggled hard to do so, you are ALL winners in-sha’Allah in the sight of Allah. Keep up the good work! You know this is not the end, rather this is just the beginning. I would encourage the groups to stay in touch with each other, meet for chai/coffee etc. regularly (since, believe it or not, each of your group members lives very close to you, maybe even in your neighborhood).

Allah (SWT) tells us in the Glorious Qur’an:

 “And keep yourself patiently with those who call upon their Lord in the morning and the evening, seeking His countenance. And let not your eyes pass beyond them, desiring adornments of the worldly life…” [al-Kahf 18:28]

The Prophet (SAW) said:

“A person is on the religion of his friend. Therefore let every one of you carefully consider the company he keeps.” [Tirmidhi]

I hope that this experience results in good friendships being made for the sake of Allah – so that we too may find refuge under the shade of Allah’s throne, on a Day when there will no other shade except that.

Keep the Youth Club team in your duaas and do stay in touch with us. And remember that at the end, alarm clocks are just the means, what really wakes you up for Fajr is your emaan!

May Allah always keep our hearts filled with emaan and may He grant us the taufeeq to do the things that please Him.

Jazakum’Allahu khayrn!

(It’s been emotional…*sniff*)

 

Come join us as we celebrate the success of this event this Sunday, July 21st inshaAllah. Details here: www.tinyurl.com/ftsuccess

A Memorable Morning

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So I was about to go to sleep and tell my friends to wake me up at Fajr when the electricity went. This doesn’t happen usually at GIKI so most of us came out of the rooms. I turned off the light and fan switches, wore my sandals, turned the torch on in my awesome Nokia mobile having a torch that works, picked up a packet of Catty Chins (Cheese) by Super Crisp (man they’re yummy) and went out of my room.

I sat for a while outside on the hostel stairs looking towards the sky (crazy about stargazing). It was quite dark and it seemed really nice, so calm and serene. And I thought to myself that what would it like be at the time of the Prophet (SallAllaahu Alaiyhi Wasallam)? They would have this peace everyday. No pollution, clear sky, no internet to keep them distracted, all connected to nature you know. It must have been amazing. So I finished my snack and went to the mosque. There was no one there at that time. After a while a junior came and we talked a bit and the Azaan started in different mosques around us. So we decided since the guy who usually gives it is not here yet we should go ahead. So for the first time in 4 years of my stay in GIKI, I gave the Azaan. It felt good Alhamdulillah except for the fact that there was no electricity!

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Anyway, I lied down there for a while and that guy went out. I could feel that there were mosquitoes gathering around me. I started feeling itchy and knew they were biting. Then the light came and I saw them close to me. First my expression was:

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And I then I saw 3-4 sitting on my foot and I’m like

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But I realized they must be a lot so I stood up and to no surprise there were quite a lot roaming around me. So I ran like crazy (not literally of course)…

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After Namaz now I came back to my room and started counting the red spots that I could see on my hands and feet. To my surprise I have 67 (THREE LESS THAN SEVENTY) mosquito bites on my hands and feet alone (these are the ones I can see and count). Wonder what they did to the rest of me.

But there was only one conclusion this could lead to…. THEY LOVE ME!

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Now I better get ready to leave for Rawalpindi. But first, gotta have those parathay…

Have a blessed day. Assalam u alaikum 🙂

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