Asalamualkium, do you want to learn how to develop the best morning routine to help you win your day.

Developing a morning ritual that you are proud of sets the tone and attitude you carry with you for the rest of the day. It puts you in the right state to go out and accomplish whatever you are focusing on.

Understand this simple philosophy and you will be much happier in life. With one success in the morning you’re likely to keep the ball rolling. From there it’s the snowball effect. With one success your excited to get another and another… and another.

It’s amazing what a balanced and healthy morning ritual can do for you in your life.

Starting With Fajr Prayer

Having the discipline to start off your day with Fajr prayer can boost how you feel about yourself. When we miss Fajr it subconsciously tells yourself you failed at what was an easy task to complete.

If you can’t be trusted with completing the smallest of tasks, how can you be trusted with accomplishing the larger ones? By completing Fajr prayer it’s a small win and you can be proud of it. The ball keeps rolling.

It was narrated that Abu Hurairah. The Messenger of Allah (pbuh) said:

‘At night Satan ties a rope in which there are three knots to the nape of the neck of anyone of you. If he wakes up and remembers Allah, one knot is untied. If he performs ablution, another knot is untied, and if he gets up to pray, all the knots are untied, so he wakes up energetic and cheerful, he has already earned something good. But if he does not do that, he wakes up bad-tempered, having earned nothing good.

Grade: Sahih (Authentic). Reference Hadith Collection: Sunan Ibn Majah English reference : Vol. 1, Book 5, Hadith 1329

There are many other benefits mentioned in hadith regarding Fajr prayer.

Allah’s Messenger (pbuh) said, “Angels come to you in succession by night and day and all of them get together at the time of the Fajr and `Asr prayers.

Those who have passed the night with you (or stayed with you) ascend (to the Heaven) and Allah asks them, though He knows everything about you, well, “In what state did you leave my slaves?” The angels reply: “When we left them they were praying and when we reached them, they were praying.

Reference : Sahih Al-Bukhari 555. In-book reference : Book 9, Hadith 32

Narrated Buraydah ibn al-Hasib:

The Prophet (Peace be upon him) said: Give good tidings to those who walk to the mosques in darkness for having a perfect light on the Day of Judgment.

Abu Dawood Book of Prayer (Kitab Al-Salat) #561. Sunan Abu Dawood Vol. 1, Book 2, Hadith 561

Morning Dua To Recite After Waking Up.

Here’s is a good dua to recite right after waking up.

Dua When Waking Up
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It was narrated that ‘Ubadah bin As-Samit: The Messenger of Allah (pbuh) said:

‘Whoever wakes up in the morning and says upon waking: La ilaha illallah wahdahu la sharika lahu, lahul-mulku wa lahul-hamdu, wa Huwa ‘ala kulli shay’in Qadir; Subhan-Allah walhamdu lillahi, wa la ilaha illallahu, wa Allahu Akbar, wa la hawla wa la quwwata illa billahil-‘Aliyil-‘Azim

(None has the right to be worshipped but Allah alone, with no partner or associate. His is the dominion and all praise is to Him, and He is Able to do all things. Glory is to Allah, praise is to Allah, none has the right to be worshiped but Allah, Allah is the Most Great, and there is no power and no strength except with Allah, the Most High, the Most Supreme)

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Then he supplicates Rabbighfirli (O Lord, forgive me), he will be forgiven.’”

Walid said: “Or he said: then if he supplicated, it will be answered for him then if he stood up and performed ablution and then performed prayer, his prayer would be accepted.”

Grade: Sahih (Authentic) Reference : Sunan Ibn Majah 3878. In-book reference : Book 34, Hadith 52

Similar lesson was also taught in Jami` at-Tirmidhi 3414 In-book reference : Book 48, Hadith 45. This provides further validation of this hadith.

Having A Morning Support System

Having a support system like a friend or spouse that shares a similar belief can be a valuable asset worth adding to your life.

There will be days where we lack the will power, get lazy, or simply just forget. Having someone there cheering us on, providing extra encouragement, holding us accountable can be the difference of staying on the right path and not.

It was narrated that Abu Hurairah said:

“The Messenger of Allah (pbuh) said: ‘May Allah (SWT) have mercy on a man who gets up at night and prays, then he wakes his wife and she prays, and if she refuses he sprinkles water in her face. And may Allah (SWT) have mercy on a woman who gets up at night and prays, then she wakes her husband and prays, and if he refuses she sprinkles water in his face.

GradeHasan (Good). Reference : Sunan an-Nasa’i 1611.  In-book reference : Book 20, Hadith 13

Conclusion

Get into a habit of waking up and saying this morning dua. Kick start your day with Fajr prayer as your first win and get an accountability buddy to help you stay on track.

As the saying goes, you conquer the morning, you conquer the day.

It was narrated from Salamah bin ‘Ubaidullah bin Mihsan Al-Ansari that his father said:“ The Messenger of Allah (pbuh) said:

‘Whoever among you wakes up physically healthy, feeling safe and secure within himself, with food for the day, it is as if he acquired the whole world.

Grade : Hasan (Good) Sunan Ibn Majah. English reference : Vol. 5, Book 37, Hadith 4141. Arabic reference : Book 37, Hadith 4280

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