بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
[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).
Well, I’m assuming that the time is either:
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….
….the adhkar (remembrance) for the morning and the evening.
They have SO many benefits. In fact, each of these adhkar has some virtue (which is mentioned in the ahadeeth) e.g. protecting you from calamities.
You can find nearly all of them in Hisn ul Muslim (Fortress of the Muslim).
When do you say these adhkar?
Morning adhkar: After the Fajr prayer, before sunrise.
Evening adhkar: After the Asr prayer, before sunset.
[And yes, there is a difference of opinion on their times.]
What if you forget? Can you do them after the time has ended? Yes, according to this fatwa (read the hadeeth at the bottom of the page).
Should you recite them every day?
YES. YES. YES.
Should you recite all of the required adhkar or just some?
ALL. ALL. ALL.
Trust me, you’ll see a lot of improvement in your life if you make reciting these adkhar a daily part of your routine.
Ramadan is the Month of Dua, as I mentioned in an earlier post. That’s what we do the whole day and the whole night.
Remember that beautiful book called “Hisnul Muslim” (Fortress of the Muslim)? There’s an online version of it here: http://www.makedua.com/
[Completely irrelevant point: I think that “do dua” is grammatically more sound than “make dua”. And no, I’m not an English teacher.]
By the way, this book is available in many languages. I’ve seen it in French, Urdu, Malayalam, Swahili and Chinese. I think I saw a Hindi one too, but I’m not sure. Darussalam in Sharjah has the translations. Also, the English translation by Darussalam also has the transliteration for all those who have trouble reading Arabic.
I’d advise everyone to buy a hard copy of the book. It’s one of those must-have books.
Here’s a soft copy for those interested.