Here are some tips to help you wake up for Fajr, Insha-Allah…
Tip 1: Understand the rewards and the consequences
If we are all capable of waking up early to catch a flight, to go to an interview, or to pass our driving licence, it is because we have considered two things:
– The rewards (which await us if we act).
– The consequences (which await us if we fail to act).
These two factors must be balanced if we want to act.
So if you want Fajr prayer to have a great impact on your heart, you must inform yourselves of the rewards and consequences of Fajr.
Tip 2 : The intention
Once you have realised the importance of this prayer to your life in this world and in the next world, you must have a strong intention and a strong determination.
You must promise to Allah and to yourself that you will do everything to complete this noble task (of waking up daily for Fajr).
Tip 3: Appease your heart before going to sleep
Before going to sleep,keep some time to make your nightly prayers and read some Quran.
You can also read stories on the lives of the companions ; their religious will no doubt inspire you to imitate their example.
It goes without saying that films, TV serials, video games and other such distractions must be avoided before going to sleep.
Tip 4 :Avoid getting into conversations after Isha prayer
This is because you always know when a conversation will start, but never when it will finish. Also, just after a conversation, we remind ourselves of that conversation and of what we could have/should have said. As a result, these are minutes/hours of sleep that we lose.
Tip 6 : No screens in the bed before sleeping
All studies that have been carried out agree: reading on a smartphone (or tablet) screen before going to sleep is very bad for your health.
The blue lights of LED screens disturb our bodies’ melatonin production (which is absolutely necessary for a good night’s sleep).
I should also add that it is strongly recommendeded to turn off your WI-FI at night.
Tip 9 : Ask for help
After sincerely asking Allah for help, try to talk about to one or two friends from the mosque (or to someone from your family) about your difficulty in waking up. Knowing that a brother waits for you in front of your door to go to the mosque will definitely motivate you.
For those who are lucky to have a pious wife or a pious husband, do not hesitate to tell them to do everything it takes to help wake you up, such as turning on the lights in the room or pouring some drops of water on your face…
Tip 10 : Ask for advice…
…from a qualified person! Comics are good, but nothing rivals the well-informed advice of the imam of your mosque.
In any case, we say it again: If you want to fall in love with the Fajr prayer, you must learn about it at all costs.
The more you read about it and the more you listen to speeches on its benefits, the more motivated you will be to step towards it.
And who knows, maybe even dream of it. : )
And Allah knows best