In the name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful
As Muslims, we have got to pray right? Which is the hardest to do (generally)?
FAJR. First salah of the day, numero uno.
So here's a quick list of how we can make it that little bit easier to get into a great routine in the morning:
~Before sleep, always have the intention of getting up on time to pray Fajr. Remember intention is everything. Did you know even if you didn't get up, but had the intention to do so you gain a small reward for that? Subhanallah! But hey, i'm not promoting that, wake up and gain the blessings, reward and love from Allah SWT!
~During the winter months have slippers and a house coat ready next to your bed to jump into or put a timer on the central heating to come on 10 minutes before you wake. This makes the exit of the warm snug bed so much easier.
~However you liked to be woken up, try and use it. This could be by the call to prayer: Athan (in the middle east this is a little easier, but we can use clocks and even mobile phone apps these days), or a loved one can gently wake us, a friend could give you a 'fajr wake up call' or simply use an alarm clock.
~Put the kettle on, have a cuppa once you are done
~Perform Wudu and brush your teeth
~Pray Fajr (2 sunnah rakat first, then 2 fard rakat afterwards). If you are feeling unwell the fard is fine, but if healthy it's always to aim to complete sunnah prayers too inshallah
~Complete your salah with dua or by reading The Quran.
-Ladies, even at times when we are not praying, wake up anyway. This way your body won't get lazy and used to lying in. You will be prepared for when you get back into the swing of things. Plus if you wake up and get everyone else in the household up, you gain reward! A WIN-WIN situation, right?
-Start your day after Fajr: we can all get up still half asleep, drag ourselves to the bathroom and have wudu, only to perform fajr with hardly any attention, just to go back to sleep again. Is this how you wish to obey Allah SWT?
Allah gave you a full heart so don't just put half of it into your religious duties.