Daily Muslim Worship Plan
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Daily Muslim Worship Plan
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1. Wake up before Fajr begins in order to pray the Tahajjud prayer (Awaken at least 20-30 minutes before Fajr begins if not more).
Note: Duas are readily accepted just before Fajr begins. So we should try and wake up earlier so that we can spend at least 5-10 minutes (if not more) in Dua before Fajr begins.
2. Do Sunnah’s of upon awakening like reciting the Adhkar (Dua’s), using Miswaak etc. (Download the full Sunnah collection from the link above)
3. Miswaak can be used for: The recitation of Qur’an & Hadith. When mouth emits bad odour. For teaching or learning Islam. For making remembrance of Allah. Before intercourse. After entering one’s home. Before entering any good gathering. When experiencing pangs of hunger or thirst. After the time of Suhoor. Before meals. Before and after a journey. Before and after sleeping.
4. Do the Sunnah’s of going to the toilet, making Wudu/Ghusl.
5. Do the Sunnah’s of hair, moustache, beard and nails etc.
6. Do the Sunnah’s of getting dressed/undressed.
Sins wash away whilst doing Wudu: Abu Hurairah (RA) relates that The Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said, “When a Mu’min or Muslim servant of Allah performs ablution and he washes his face, the sins which the eye committed by looking are washed off with the water or with the last drop of water. When he washes his hands, the sins which were committed because of the touch of the hands are washed away with the water or with the last drop of water. When he washes his feet, the sins which were committed by the walking of the feet are washed off with the water or with the last drop of water until he comes out from that ablution cleansed from every sin (minor). (Muslim)
7. Do the Sunnah's of Wudu and then after Wudu proclaim the Shahada: The Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallim said:"If anyone amongst you performs the ablution perfectly and then says: 'Ash-hadu 'an laa 'ilaaha 'illallaahu wahdahu laa shareeka lahu wa 'ash-hadu 'anna Muhammadan 'abduhu wa Rasooluhu.
I bear witness that none has the right to be worshipped but Allah alone, Who has no partner; and I bear witness that Muhammad is His slave and His Messenger. Then the eight gates of Paradise would be opened for him and he may enter by whichever of them he wishes". (Muslim)
8. Always pray 2 Raka’a Tahiyyatul Wudu after making Wudu, with full khushu (concentration) for paradise becomes obligatory (Wajib) for the performer (Muslim).
Sincerety and purifying Intentions
9. We should purify & correct our intentions before doing any acts of worship because we may have other underlying intentions in our hearts without even realizing it. Like for e.g. worshipping to show off in front of others etc.
So before doing any good deed we must ensure our intentions are ONLY to please Allah. Having the right intentions will increase the sincerity in our worship and enable us to earn greater rewards for every good deed we do, even if it is a little good deed.
Ibn Al-Mubaarak said: "Maybe a small action is made great by its intention, and maybe a great action is made small by its intention."
Daily routines like eating, drinking, sleeping, traveling etc can be a source of great reward by having the right intentions. Having good Intentions is easy & great rewards can be gained without making any hard physical effort. By just spending a couple of seconds having the right intention in our hearts we can turn a whole day to a day of worship. Like turning dust into gold.
10. How much reward we get for our good deeds or whether we get any reward at all, depends on the level of sincerety (Ikhlas) we have whilst doing good deeds. The more sincere we are the more we will be rewarded. The less sincerity we have the less we will be rewarded, if at all.
Therefore it is crucial that we do our utmost do be as sincere as possible when doing good actions. We must ONLY do every action for the pleasure of Allah and try our best never to reveal what good we have done to anyone else. The best good deeds are those that are hidden from others.
So let us be sincere as posible whilst doing good deeds and hide them from others as much as possible.
11. One of the best ways of getting closer to Allah is by praying the Nawafil (voluntary) prayers. The best Nawafil prayer is Tahajjud. It can be prayed from after the Isha prayer up until when Fajr begins.
Tahajjud can be prayed straight after Isha or before going to sleep. The best time to pray Tahajjud is to sleep first and then wake up to pray in the third part of the night. So you calculate how many hours there are from Maghrib up until Fajr and divide the hours by 3 and pray in the third part of the night.
12. Pray between 2-12 Raka’a of Tahajjud prayer. It is recommended to pray at least 8 Raka'a's. One should recite as much Qur’an as one knows in each Raka’a and make long Ruku and prostrations (Sajda).
13. At the time of Tahajjud Dua’s are readily accepted, so it is the best opportunity for one to make long, sincere and intense Dua’s, asking of Allah, crying if one can as Allah tends to his slave who cries in Dua quicker, just as a mother tends quickly to its crying baby. But the love that Allah has for his slave is MUCH MUCH more than a mother.
"Do not despair of Allah's mercy; He will forgive you of all your sins".Qur'an (39:53).
14. Do as much Isthighfar (repentance) as possible from awakening until asleep at night. For Allah loves those who repent much and ask of him for his mercy and forgiveness. Especially in the latter part of the night when most are deep in their sleep. He loves to forgive and finds every excuse to forgive his slaves. Therefore ask of Allah for forgiveness as much as possible.
15. One should recite much of the following Dua: Asthaghfirullah halladhee laa ilaaha ilallahuwal hayyul qayyumu wa athubu ilay
I seek forgiveness from Allah besides whom there is none worthy of worship, the living, the Sustainer of life and to Him I repent. (Tirmidhi-Vol.2, pg.177)
16. Seeking forgiveness for every believer will earn a reward for every believer we ask Allah to forgive: The Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: “Whoever seeks forgiveness for the believing men and believing women, Allah will write for him a good deed for each believing man and believing woman.” (Tabarani)
17. Do the Sunnah’s of making Dua
18. To abstain from haraam (forbidden) food, clothing and earnings.
(Muslim, Tirmidhi) as doing haraam will prevent ones Dua being accepted
19. To make Wudu before the Dua (All six major Hadith collections)
20. To make Dua with sincerity. In other words, one should firmly believe that nobody but Allah will fulfil his objectives. (Hakim)
21. Try to cry whilst making Dua to Allah as he attends to his servants quicker when they are crying with meekness and humility just as a mother tends to her baby quickly when it cries out for its mother. If one cannot cry then one must at least try and simulate the act of crying.
22. Do not be impatient with the acceptance of Dua’s. In other words, don't say: "I've made Dua repeatedly but to no avail." (Bukhari, Muslim)
23. Do the Sunnah’s and Dua’s of travel
24. When one ascends or attempts to reach any height then one should say: “Allaahu Akbar”:- Allah is the greatest.
25. When descending from any height then one should say: “Subhaanallah”:- Purity belongs to Allah.
26. When one slips or experiences an accident they should say: “Laa ilaaha ilallaahu wallaahu akbar”:- There is no worthy of worship except Allah he is the greatest. (Hisnul Hasin)