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21
Mar

A Day in Your Life – No. 2: What to do after you say the dhikr for waking up…

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Assalamu Alaikum.

Right then. After having recited the required dhikr (remembrance), you’re wide awake.

[Note: There are more adhkar that you can recite, apart from the aforementioned one.]

Is it time for the coffee now?

Of course not.

Now you head to the bathroom (or whatever you call it at your end of the world).

Now, what did  the Prophet (salallahu alaihi wasallam) do before he entered the bathroom?

كان النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم إذا دخل الخلاء قال : اللهم إني أعوذ بك من الخبث والخبائث

Narrated Anas: Whenever the Prophet (salallahu alaihi wasallam) went to answer the call of nature, he used to say, “Allah-umma inni audhu bika minal khubuthi wal khabaith i.e. O Allah, I seek Refuge with You from all offensive and wicked things (evil deeds and evil spirits).[Sahih Al-Bukhari, Volume No.1, Hadeeth No. 144]

So, the dhikr is:

[Yes, you can say bismillah before this dua. That’s mentioned in another narration.]

[Note to those who can’t read Arabic: All the transliterations can be found in this book.]

Then, you enter with your left foot.

So, here you are. Now what?

Erm, well, now you can do whatever it is that you do in the bathroom…

After you finish doing whatever it is you were going (and I really hope that brushing your teeth was part of the agenda), you do wudhu (ablution).

Why?

Well, I’m assuming that the time is either:

a) Fajr

or

b) Before Fajr

If it’s after Fajr, then it means that you missed Fajr.

And that’s a no-no.

So, if it’s Fajr time, you need to do wudhu so that you can pray Fajr. If it’s before that, there’s time to pray some rakaahs (units) of tahajjud.

So, you do wudhu the prophetic way.

What’s the “prophetic way” of doing wudhu?

Well, that’s for part 3, insha-Allah….

27
Jan

A Day in Your Life – No. 1: What to do after you open your eyes…

Assalamu Alaikum.

Yes, I’ve started a new series and yes, I am planning to complete all the other series especially the tennis one, insha-Allah.

What’s this series about? Well, we always seems to have these “Ramadan schedules” floating around just before the greatest month comes.

The sad part about these “Ramadan schedules” is that most of the things in them are meant to be done on a daily basis, not just in Ramadan.

So, this series is a step by step guide on how we can improve ourselves in the “little” aspects that occur from the time we wake up until the time we go to sleep. If we implement these things, then most of our day will resemble those “Ramadan schedule” days, insha-Allah.

So, the first thing that happens in the morning is that we open our eyes and then what?

Well, what usually happens to many people is that they yawn, stretch themselves and then rush towards:

Or if you live in certain parts of the world:

However, that’s not what we are supposed to do.

We’re supposed to remember Allah before we remember to answer the call of nature.

So what do we do?

We do what the Prophet (salallahu alaihi wasallam) did of course.

لَّقَدْ كَانَ لَكُمْ فِي رَسُولِ اللَّـهِ أُسْوَةٌ حَسَنَةٌ لِّمَن كَانَ يَرْجُو اللَّـهَ وَالْيَوْمَ الْآخِرَ وَذَكَرَ اللَّـهَ كَثِيرًا

“Indeed in the Messenger of Allah you have a good example to follow for him who hopes in (the Meeting with) Allah and the Last Day and remembers Allah much.” [Surah Al-Ahzab (33) : 21]

So, what did he do after he woke up?

كان النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم إذا أراد أن ينام قال : ( باسمك اللهم أموت وأحيا ) . وإذا استيقظ من منامه قال :  الحمد الله الذي أحيانا بعد ما أماتنا وإليه النشور

Narrated Hudhaifa (radiallahu anhu): Whenever the Prophet (salallahu alaihi wasallam) intended to go to bed, he would recite: “Bismika Allahumma amutu wa ahya (With Your name, O Allah, I die and I live).” And when he woke up from his sleep, he would say: “Al-hamdu lil-lahil-ladhi ahyana ba’da ma amaatana; wa ilaihin-nushoor (All the Praises are for Allah Who has made us alive after He made us die (sleep) and unto Him is the Resurrection). [Sahih Al-Bukhari, Volume No. 8, Hadeeth No. 336]

So, the dua is:

[Courtesy of Make Dua.]

[Note: Sleep is a minor death. When you realise this, both the duas mentioned above will make sense.]