It brings so much difference.
You just know your day is going to be so good when you have done this particular prayer.
It brings so much difference, I tell you.
How great it is to wake up with an intention of worshipping Allah Azza Wa Jall, with thanking Him for the Mercy He has given that you are about to live another day, for the opportunity to say Alhamdulillah, Subhan’Allah, Astagfirullah.
–these are just the little things that we don’t seem to give so much attention to in our daily lives yet these little things are the ones who bear so much ajr.
Have we even noticed that in the word Fajr the arabic term for reward [ajr] is present too? Ma sha Allah.
During my college years, in my advertising class, we have this thing called branding sessions, it is the part of the lecture wherein the professor is to brand you, more like make your name sweet and stand out, it is a beautiful way of uplifting the confidence of one person to the point that he or she would deliver his or her work in a manner that no arrogance will take over but excellence would be present.
Now, this is how I always felt about Fajr. It gives the Muslims a “branding” in that sense, a branding that tells makes a Muslim stand out from all his works again, not in arrogance but because that person knows well from whom He came from, what is His purpose and of course to whom He will return to, hence his works and ibadah are aimed to be done in excellence.
Fajr always reminds me of the Sahabah, and for countless times I always find myself thinking about them and imagining how it would feel so if I was among them whom always made wonderful dhikr before and after fajr,
I know there are a lot of stories amongst them that will inspire us, but to me, I would always remember the story of Umm Waraqah Radiyallahu Anha, some may find it weird but it’s actually the story of her death that I always remember during fajr, but I tell you it is really motivating when we remember death as often as we could.
This woman was so attached to the Qur’an that she would recite it everyday and night that at the time of her death, it was also the very thing that made ‘Umar Radiyallahu Anhu noticed that something was wrong because ‘Umar didn’t hear Umm Waraqah reciting the Qur’an from her house that Fajr morning of her death.
Subhan’Allah. How wonderful is this person! It must have been her daily deed to recite and put herself in dhikr, exalting Allah Azza Wa Jall.
And how many of us even give enough time to recite or read the Qur’an after we wake up or even before we sleep? Astagfirullah.
Let us rise among the elites. Rise among those who gain such beautiful Ajr.
Remember the beautiful reward that Fajr brings, as said by the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam:
“He who performs the dawn prayer will be under the protection of Allah” [Sahih Muslim, Hadith #657]
-and what harm can come to you when it is Allah Azza Wa Jall that protects you? Allahu’akbar!
And we pray that Allah Azza Wa Jall makes us among those very people who would wake up with the beautiful intention of worshipping, thanking and asking for His Forgiveness.