Tips to Wake up for Fajr

Twelve Tips to Wake up for Fajr in the Light of Qur’an, Hadith and the Teachings of Our Elders

1. To supplicate to Allah with the following رب اجعلني مقيم الصلوة و من ذريتي ربنا و تقبل دعاء

ربنا اغفرلي ولوالدي وللمؤمنين يوم يقوم الحساب

By the blessings of this du’a, Insha Allah you and your children will be granted the ability to be punctual with your prayers.

2. If it’s convenient then to take a nap in the afternoon which is also a sunnah and aids in causing a person to wake up for Fajr.

3. To have dinner early and to not overeat. Mawlana Thanwi (RA) has written that when a person eats, there comes a moment where a question arises in his mind should I continue eating or quit? The moment this question arises, a person should stop eating.

4. To not drink water before going to sleep unless there is a dire need to do so and if so, then to drink a small amount.

5. To go to sleep early otherwise the above-mentioned points will be of no benefit.

6. To perform those acts which are sunnah prior to going to sleep, refer to Beautiful Sunnahs of the Beloved Nabi (S), by Hazrat Mawlana Shah Hakeem Muhammad Akhtar Sahib (DB).

7. Prior to going to sleep tell someone to wake you up for Fajr.

8. To use an alarm clock and to put it at such a distance that one has to get up and out of their bed and walk to turn it off, by doing so the stupor of sleep will wear off.

9. To recite verse number 127 of Surah Baqarah or the last four verses of Surah Kahf before going to sleep. By reciting these verses if a person intends to wake up at a particular time, Insha Allah one will wake up on that time.

10. Immediately upon waking up, to sufficiently rub your eyes according to the sunnah, this too will cause the effects of sleep to wear off.

11. If possible, upon waking up after wiping ones’ face with ones’ hands recite verses 190-194 of Surah Al-Imran. This is also a sunnah. ‘Ulema have written that through their experience this practice also causes the effects of sleep to go away.

12. Upon awakening from ones sleep, using ones strength and willpower immediately stand up. Never fall victim to the ploy of ones nafs that I will wake up in a little while otherwise one will miss their salaah.

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22 Comments on “Tips to Wake up for Fajr”

  1. ibn sakan Says:

    I am looking for a refrence for point 9. Please could you point me in the right direction.. jazakallah

    • Nabeel Khan Says:

      It is based off the experience of the pious predecessors, it holds no shar’i status, and so it doesn’t require a reference. I found it in scattered pearls by Mawlana Yunus Palanpuri.

  2. maham khan Says:

    Mash Allah very nice tips to wake up in fajr

  3. azard Says:

    Very very usefull .

  4. Souabni Yassin Says:

    This tool make you wake up easier for fajr :

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  6. Javed Ahmed Laghari Says:

    MashaALLAH i found these twelve tips very useful for wake up in fajar. i was not practising some of tips but now i will act upon all tips inshaALLAH

  7. Abdul Wasay Says:

    Thanks for your great advice.

  8. Abdullah Says:

    Jazak Allah

  9. muhammad yasin Says:

    assalamu alaikum.

    i found this to be very interesting:

    “11. If possible, upon waking up after wiping ones’ face with ones’ hands recite verses 190-194 of Surah Al-Imran. This is also a sunnah. ‘Ulema have written that through their experience this practice also causes the effects of sleep to go away.”

    could you please point me toward some writings where the ulema discuss this? i would be very interested in reading more about this.


    • Nabeel Khan Says:

      Dear Muhammad Yasin,
      Wa ‘Alaykum Assalaam,

      It is mentioned in the malfuzat of Hazrat Thanwi (RA), and also the writings of Hazrat Maulana Zakariya (RA), Hazrat Gangohi (RA) amongst a few. There are many more. As it was mentioned in the same point number 11, that this is through the experience of the Ulama. As for where it came from, it is mentioned in the hadith the our Beloved Messenger (Sallallahu ‘Alayhi Wa Sallam) would recite these verses during tahajjud time. Our Ulama deduced that if a person should recite these actually during tahajjud, then fajr time should time should be much easier. Regardless, anything experiential is based off of the individual’s experience. If you are not comfortable with it, then don’t do it. Again, these are just tips. They are not mentioned with the intention of imposing these things on others. Those who would like to benefit, they may. Those who prefer to take another route, they are more than welcome to do so.

      nabeel khan

  10. Muhammad Faisal Faiyaz Says:

    JazakAllah khairun..

  11. Mohsin Raza Says:

    Assalam O Alaikum,

    Especially, the tip of placing Alarm at some far place so that one would have to stand up to turn it off, is very wonderful. I am practicing it with success Al-Hamdullillah.

    Fajr Salaat has so much benefits in itself. The one who offers it in time can feel these benefits. May Allah gives Hidayath to all the Muslims to offer 5 times prayer regularly, Amen.

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  12. Parvin Says:

    I’ve been having such problems of late so this wonderful tips would hlpe me Insyallah. Thanks for the advice ;)

  13. Hamza Isa Says:

    Jazakamullah khayr

    great advice mashallah

    barakallahu feek

  14. Amy Nursoraya Says:

    Thanks a lot, your blog is very helpful..actually I always have trouble waking up and shamefully I have missed many subuh prayers..thus, I hope that by following these tips, I’ll be able to overcome my troubles..insyaallah..=D

  15. otowi Says:

    I don’t know what that dua says above, but someone once told me that if you want to wake up for fajr, then right before you go to bed, make the intention to wake up for fajr and ask Allah swt to wake you up for fajr on time. It has never failed for me.

    • Samira A. Says:

      Amazing advice, masha Allah. Having the intention to awaken for Fajr salat when you’re going to sleep, seems very simple but it’s often forgotten or purposely neglected due to laziness or denial. I have found that SINCERELY intending to do something and being adamant about it, brings great results with the help of Allah SWT.

  16. Waqas Ali Tunio Says:

    Assalamu Alaikum WR WB,
    Good one, I needed that. Jazakallah. Wasalam

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