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)
27. Men should strive to pray every Fard Salaah at the Masjid as the Salaah is rewarded 27 times or more and each step is rewarded. Women get the same reward for praying at home.
Abu Hurairah also reports that the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: "By Him in whose hand is my soul! I have considered ordering a fire to be kindled and then ask someone to lead the people in Salaah. And then go to the men [who did not attend the prayer] and burn their houses over them." (Bukhari & Muslim)
28. For more reward & also to increase blessings in ones home Men should pray Sunnah’s and Nafils at home. If one knows one will get lazy at home then one should pray Sunnah’s in the Masjid.
29. Always do the Sunnah’s of leaving/entering the house.
30. Try to go the longest way to Masjid and take small steps for each step is rewarded and one is rewarded more for arriving early for the Adhan doing worship and Dua until Iqamah.
31. Always do the Sunnah’s of entering/leaving the Masjid.
32. Always pray 2 Raka’a Tahiyyatul Masjid on arrival at the Masjid:
The Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said:“When one of you enters the Masjid, let him not sit until he prays two Raka’a’s”. (Bukhari and Muslim).
33. Always take care to respect the Adaab (etiquette) of the Masjid)
34. On entering Masjid Always make intention of Nafil I’thikaaf on entering Masjid for reward for duration of stay at the Masjid.
35. Always do Sunnah’s of Adhan & Iqamah. Dua in between Adhan and Iqamah is readily accepted.
36. Strive to pray every prayer in the front row:
The Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: “If the people knew what (reward) there is in the call (Adhan) and praying in the first row, and there was no other way to settle the matter than drawing lots, then they would draw lots for it”. (Bukhari and Muslim)
37. Care should be taken that the rows are straightened when praying with congregation
Women on menses
38. Women on their menses can still gain the same rewards by: Doing excessive Dhikr, making sincere Dua and repentance, listening to Qur'an, reading Islamic books, listening to lectures, pondering and contemplating over the greatness of Allah, Sadaqa and giving in charity, looking after their family,partner,children and relatives, serving their parents, giving dawah, doing charitable work and helping their local communities etc.
Praying Nawafil (voluntary) prayers
39. What better way of drawing closer to Allah than by praying the voluntary prayers:
Allah says in Hadith Qudsi:
....And My slave keeps on coming closer to Me through performing Nawafil (voluntary deeds) until I love him, [Bukhari]
40. Want the company of the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) in Jannah?
Rabi'ah Ibn Malik al-Aslami reported that the Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi Wasallam) said: "Ask (anything)." Rabi'ah said: "I ask of you to be your companion in paradise." The Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: "Or anything else?" Rabi'ah said: "That is it." The Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi Wasallam) said to him: "Then help me by making many prostrations (i.e., Nawafil prayers)." (Muslim)
41. A palace in Paradise for those who pray 12 units of voluntary prayers everyday: - 2 Sunnah of Fajr, 4 Sunnah & 2 Sunnah of Dhuhr & 2 Sunnah of Maghrib
Umm Habibah Ramilah bint Abu Sufyan (RA) narrated she heard the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) saying: “A house will be built in Paradise for every Muslim who offers twelve units of Prayers other than the obligatory ones in day & night, to seek pleasure of Allah.” (Muslim)
We should try to make the best of every opportunity we have in our day, in order to do Nawafil (voluntary) prayers for it will help us in the grave and in the hereafter and it will make us closer to Allah and enable us to be in the company of the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) in Jannah.
42. Do the Sunnah’s of Fajr Salaah
43. Every Fard prayer must be prayed on time. Pray every prayer like it is your last fully concentrating(khushu) imagining Allah in front of you watching you pray.
44. Men should try their best to pray Fajr with jamaat (congregation) and women get the same reward praying at home.
Reward for praying Isha and Fajr with congregation: Usman (Ra) has reported that he heard the Prophet, (Sall-Allahu alayhi wa sallam) say: "The person who observes the Isha prayer in congregation, will have the reward and blessings of staying up half the night in prayer, and the one who observes the Fajr prayer in congregation will have the reward and blessings of staying up the whole night in prayer." (Tirmidhi)
45. Always do the Adhkar and Sunnah’s after the completion of every Salaah. Especially reciting Subhanallah (33 times), Alhamdulillah (33 times) and Allahu Akbar (34 times). Also recite Ayatul Kursi after every Fard Salaah.
46. The time between Fajr and sunrise is blessed, so after the Fajr prayer remain seated and recite the Qur’an, Dhikr and make Dua up until 20 minutes after Sunrise, then pray 2x2 Raka’a (4 Raka’a altogether) of Salaatul Duha and gain rewards like having done Nafil Hajj/Umra (Tirmidhi).
The fire of Jahannam will not touch the person who reads 4 Raka’a’s of Salaatul Duha (Baihaqi)
Note: It is forbidden to pray any voluntary (Nawafil) prayer after Fajr up until 20 minutes after Sunrise.
Earn livelihood/studying and learning after Fajr
The Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) made a very beautiful Dua for the Ummah for blessings in the mornings: 'O Allah, bless my Ummah in the mornings.' (Abu Dawud, Tirmidhi, Ibn Majah)
So the mornings are blessed and should be spent being productive:
47. Going out and earning a halal livelihood.
48. Quran Memorization/Recitation: The mind is at its freshest at this time and is like a sponge. So one should aim to memorize as much of the Qur’an as one can. At least one Ayah daily.
One can also read some Tafsir, by learning the meanings of at least one page of the Quran daily. One should also memorize daily Dua’s and Adhkar.
49. Reading Islamic material: like Hadith books, Stories of the Prophets, Seerah, Hereafter etc…
50. Exercise: The mornings are a very good time to exercise as it actually gives us more energy throughout the day and helps one to sleep better at night. The exercises do not have to be for too long. They can even be 20-30 minutes.
Exercises can include: Brisk walk, Jogging, cycling, swimming, resistance or aerobics/cardiovascular exercises and anything that builds one’s stamina which really helps in one’s worship throughout the day.
Planning and Monitoring Daily Worship
51. One of the best ways to maximize our daily worship is to plan & schedule our time so that we spend it as effectively and productively as possible. By setting ourselves daily worship targets we can strive to try and achieve them everyday.
52. Below are links where you can download an hourly worship scheduler where you can set yourself hourly worship targets & schedule your daily worship. There is also a daily worship check where you can check & monitor your daily worship the day:
Daily Ibaadah check
Hourly Worship Scheduler
53. There are many things in our daily lives which not only distract us from our purpose in life but also waste a significant amount of our precious time. Ibn Qayyim said that wasting time is worse than death itself. This is because once time has gone it will never come back.
That is why it is crucial that we get rid of anything that is getting in the way of our worship. It makes sense to get rid of the major distractions (or at least limit distractions as much as possible) like TV, internet, games consoles and even useless talk with friends.
We should also try and fulfil our daily responsiblities and duties quickly so that we can have more time free and spend it worshiping Allah.
54. If one is not fasting then one should make arrangements to have a good breakfast in to energise one for the day ahead as this will also help us in being able to worship properly throughout the day.
55. The Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) used to have honey water for breakfast. (warm water with one or two teaspoons of honey). He is also reported to have had “Nabidhe Tamar” in some narrations. Nabidhe Tamar is dried dates which have been cut into pieces and soaked in a clay container overnight. (Tirmidhi)
Eating and drinking
56. Always do the Sunnah’s of eating/drinking. Reciting the name of Allah before eating and drinking, and thanking him sincerely throughout and after eating and drinking.
57. Eat and drink with the intention of nourishing the body to fulfil its rights and to grow stronger for Allah’s worship. This way eating and drinking becomes like worship as does any act with the right intentions.
58. Some Sunnah foods include: Olive oil, Pomegranate, Honey, Vinegar, Dates, Melon, Talbina (Barley flour), pumpkin.
The Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallim)In the morning charity is due from every bone in the body of every one of you. Every utterance of Allah’s glorification is an act of charity (Subhan Allah). Every utterance of praise of Him is an act of charity (Alhamdulillah), every utterance of profession of His Oneness is an act of charity (Laa ilaha ill Allah), every utterance of profession of His Greatness is an act of charity (Allahu Akbar), enjoining good is an act of charity, forbidding what is distreputable is an act of charity, and two rak’ahs which one prays in the forenoon will suffice. [Muslim]
59. Always strive to Pray Salaatul Duha everyday from 20 minutes after sunrise up until 20 minutes before Dhuhr begins. It is between 2 - 12 Raka’a. It is preferable to perform at least 8. (Raddul Mukhtaar vol.1 pg.505)
Praying 2 Raka'a's: The Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: ‘whoever offers 2 Raka’a’s of Salaat al-Dhuha, all his sins will be forgiven even though they are as much as the foam of the sea.' (Ibid)
Praying 12 Raka'a's: The Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: ‘whoever prayed twelve Raka’a’s at the time of breakfast then Allah will, as a reward, prepare a palace of gold for him in Paradise. (Mishkaat, Tirmidhi, Ibn Majah)
60. Men should pray Dhuhr at the Masjid and women at home.
61. Do the Sunnah’s of Dhuhr.
62. Always pray the 4 Raka’a and 2 Raka’a Sunnah and 2 Raka’a Nafil of Dhuhr: The Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) is reported to have said: "Whoever performs the four Raka’a’s before and after the Dhuhr Salaat with constancy, Allah makes the fire of Hell haraam (forbidden) for him." (Mishkaat, p. 104; Tirmidhi, Abu Dawud, Nasai, Ibn Majah)
Taking a Short nap (Qayloolah) before or after Dhuhr
The Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: “Take the noon nap, for the Shaytaan does not nap.” (Tabarani)
63. If one is not occupied then one can fulfil a very beneficial Sunnah which is to take a short nap before or after Dhuhr which should around 20 minutes and no more than 30 minutes. Our righteous Ulama (Scholars) have taken this Sunnah very seriously, as it is one of the tested means that assist in getting up for night vigil (Tahajjud) prayer.
Having a short nap in the afternoon energizes one throughout the day because in the afternoon the average person would have had upto 8 hours of being awake and so having a short nap will give one a much needed energy boost throughout the rest of the day. A short nap also helps one to wake up for Tahajjud prayers in the latter part of the night.
64. Throughout the day every opportunity we get, we should do our utmost to give dawah (invite to Allah) and enjoin good and forbid evil as is our duty as Muslims. We should invite Muslims and non Muslims towards Allah and approach them in the best manner possible showing good character, manners and etiquette. For the best character is the best dawah.
There are many different means to give Dawah, such as weekly text message Islamic reminders, Islamic E mail reminders once a month, Online Dawah on the internet through forums and social network sites.
65. We can also give dawah to people we know or have in our phone books, by first calling them and seeing how they are and then inviting them towards Allah. We can also give dawah to whoever we come across in our daily lives that we may know or don't know (of the same gender of course).
Remember: Just one good word is the difference between a person gaining guidance and the rest of our lives we gain the rewards of every good deed they do without their rewareds being diminished in the slightest.
Greet Muslims where ever you are
66. Greet another Muslim whom you know and don’t know with: Asalaamu Alaikum Warahmatullaahi Wabarakaathuh: “Peace, mercy and blessings of Allah descend upon you”
The person who greets first without waiting for the other person to greet is closer to Allah (Bukhari).
67. Greet your brother with a smile: "Never belittle anything from good deeds even if you meet your brother with a smiling face." (Muslim, 6690)
Serve your parents
68. Serving ones parents is among the best of deeds:
A man came to the Prophet (sallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) and said: “I wish to participate in Jihaad, but I cannot afford it” The Prophet (sallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) enquired if any of his parents were alive, to which he said: “Yes! My mother is alive” The Prophet (sallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) said: “Show Allah how your serve her. If you do so (duly) you will be like a: Haaji, a Mu’tamir (one doing ‘Umrah) and a Mujaahid (One striving in Allah’s way).” (Tabarani)
69. Look for every excuse to serve your parents and treat them with utmost honor and respect, otherwise one will regret it forever:
The Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: "May he be humiliated. May he be humiliated. May he be humiliated!" The companions asked "Messenger of Allah! Who?" The Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said, "He who has his parents, or one of them, in their old age yet he goes to Hell (because of disservice to them)." (Ahmed)
So we should look for EVERY excuse to serve our parents for we will regret the opportunities we missed not serving them and being the best towards them.
Maintain ties of kinship
70. If one wants a long life then one should maintain ties of kinship at all times:
The Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: “Whoever loves to be granted ample provisions and a long life, should maintain good ties with his or her relatives.” (Al-Bukhaari).
71. Maintaining ties of kinship does not mean visiting, helping or serving one’s relatives in return for similar deeds on their part. True upholding of family relations is to do with those kith and kin who sever their bond with us.
It refers to visiting relatives who do not visit us, and being good to those who wrong us:
The Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: “A man who perfectly maintains the ties of kinship is not he who recompenses the good done to him by his relatives; rather, he is the one who is on agreeable terms with those kin who have severed [their] bond with him.” (Al-Bukhaari)
So let us visit those of our relatives who do not visit us and if they treat us badly then let us give them goodness in return for our reward is with Allah and we are only doing it for his pleasure.
72. We should strive as much as possible to give in charity to those who are less fortunate than ourselves. We are giving from what Allah has given to us. Allah asks us to give to others as a loan to him.
When a person gives for the pleasure of Allah then they are not losing any wealth but that Allah will increase it: The Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallim) said: “Charity does not in any way decrease the wealth and the servant who forgives, Allah adds to his respect; and the one who shows humility, Allah elevates him in the estimation (of the people).” (Muslim Vol. 4, Hadith 6264)
73. Sadaqa is more than just giving in wealth: The Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallim) said: “To smile in the company of your brother is charity.To command to do good deeds and to prevent others from doing evil is charity.To guide a person in a place where he can not getastray is charity.To remove troublesome things like thorns and bones from the road is charity.To pour water from your jug into the jug of your brother is charity.To guide a person with defective vision is charity for you.” (Bukhari)
74. Sadaqa is an ongoing reward
Sadaqa is an ongoing reward depending on how much people benefit from it. Sadaqa is not only wealth but it is anything that benefits others such as: Beneficial knowledge, removing something dangerous from the path of others, planting a crop or tree that people and animals will benefit from, building a well or a Masjid etc
After death our good deeds stop. Except a person who gave or did an act of Sadaqa by which they continue to be rewarded even after their death. The best on going charity is having a pious child. So let us strive to raise up good and pious children who can benefit mankind aswell as raise our ranks in the hereafter.
75. It is better to conceal what we give or do as sadaqah:
“And whatever you spend in charity or whatever vow you make, be sure Allah knows it all. But the wrongdoers have no helpers. If you disclose (acts of) charity, even so it is well, but if you conceal them and make them reach those (really) in need, that is best for you. It will remove from you some of your (stains of) evil. And Allah is well acquainted with what you do.” (Qur‘an, 2:270-271)
76. Make preparations on Thursday for Jummah by doing whatever needs doing like for e.g. trimming hair, nails etc.
77. Do the Sunnah’s of Jummah like making Ghusl, Miswaak, wearing best clothes, perfume (Ittar), Reciting Surah Kahf etc
78. Proceed early to the Masjid to gain more rewards: The Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: "On the day of Jummah, the angels stand at the entrance of that Masjid in which Jummah Salaat is to be offered. They write down the name of the person who enters the Masjid first, and thereafter the name of the person who follows, and they continue doing this. The person who entered first will receive the reward of sacrificing a camel in the path of Allah; the one who followed him will get the reward of sacrificing a cow, thereafter a chicken, thereafter the reward of giving an egg as charity in the path of Allah. Once the khutbah commences, the angels close the register and begin listening to the khutbah." (Bukhari and Muslim)
79. Leave early to try to get space in the front row nearest to Imaam:
The Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: "Whoever does Ghusl on Friday and causes (his wife) to do Ghusl, and sets out early, and comes close to the imam and listens and keeps quiet, for every step he takes he will have the reward of fasting and praying qiyaam for one year.” (al-Tirmidhi, 496)
80. Make small steps to Jummah as every step is the reward of a years Nawafil (voluntary) fast (Tirmidhi)
81. Listen to the Khutbah very attentively, not even warning others to keep quite.
82. Recite durood in abundance on Jummah: The Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: “Recite Durood upon me in abundance on the day of Jummah since they are presented to me.” (Ibn Majah)
Note: Set a target of 1000+ durood on Jummah. Recite durood e Ibrahim which is the durood that is recited towards the end of Salaah. Or the shortest durood is: “Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallim”
83. Making abundant Dua to benefit from the special "hour": The Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) "There is such an hour on Friday that if any Muslim makes Dua in it, his Dua will definitely be accepted.” (Bukhari, Muslim)
Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: “Seek the anticipated hour of Friday after `Asr until sunset” (Sunan al-Tirmidhî (489))
Therefore let us make the best of the precious time between Asr and Maghrib on Jummah by doing excessive worship like reciting the Qur’an, doing Dhikr and making long intense and sincere Dua's in order to make the best of this "special hour".
84. Gain the reward of 80 years of Nawafil worship: The Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: “Whoever recites the following Durood eighty times immediately after Asr Salaat on Friday, before standing up from his place, Allah will forgive eighty years of (minor) sins and grant him the reward equivalent to eighty years of (Nawafil) worship.”
Allahumma salli alaa muhammadinin nabiyyil ummiyyi wa-ala aalihi wasallim tasleema. O Allah bless Muhammad, the unlettered Prophet, and his family and grant them best of peace. (Jame Sagheer, Tabarrani)
85. Men should go to the Masjid for Asr and women at home.
86. Do the Sunnah’s of Asr
87. Praying the 4 Raka’a Sunnah: The Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: "May Allah have Mercy on the one who offers four (rak'ahs) before 'Asr prayer." (Abu Dawud)
A person who performs four Raka’a’s before Asr Salaat, will receive a house in Jannah. (Majmauz-Zawaaid vol.2 pg.222).
Between Asr and Maghrib
88. The time between Asr and Maghrib is a blessed time for worshipping Allah. So we should make a habit of remaining in the Masjid after Asr Salaah (or for women to remain seated at their place of prayer) until Maghrib Salaah, doing Dhikrullah (Remembrance of Allah), the recitation of the Qur’an and sincere Dua.
We should make extra effort to worship between Asr on Maghrib on Fridays in particular,
Note: It is forbidden to pray any voluntary (Nawafil) prayer between Asr and Maghrib.
And Allah says: “Those who believe and whose hearts find tranquility in the Remembrance of Allaah, verily in the Remembrance of Allaah do hearts find tranquility.” [Surah Ar-Radd: 28]
89. The following are 10 Dhikr which are supported by Hadith, that we can recite everyday:
Note: We should try & aim to recite each of these 10 Dhikr’s at least 100 times each which makes a total of 1000 Dhikr a day minimum:
3) Allahu Akbar
4) Laa ilaaha illallah,
5) La hawla Wala Quwwata Illah Billah-Hil Aliyyil Adheem,
6) Asthaghfirullah-halladhee Laa ilaaha illa-huwal Hayyul Qayyuumu Wa athoobu Ilay, Short version: Asthaghfirullah
7) SUB-HAAN'ALLAAHi WA BI-HAM'DIHI SUB-HAAN'ALLAH-IL ADHEEM
Short version: SUB-HAAN'ALLAAHi WA BI-HAM'DIHI
8) Subhāna-llāhi, wa-l-hamdu li-llāhi, wa lā ilāha illā-llāhu, wa-llāhu akbar. Wa lā hawla wa lā quwwata illā bi-llāhi-l-aliyyi-l-azīm
9) Lā ilāha illā-llāhu waḥdahu lā sharīka lahu lahu-l-mulku wa lahu-l-ḥamdu yuhyi wa yumītu wa huwa ḥayyu-llā yamūtu abadan abada, ḏū-l-jalāli wa-l-ikrām, biyadihi-l-khayr, wa huwa alā kulli Shay-in qadīr
Short version: Laa ilaaha illal-laahu wahdahu laa shareeka lahu, lahul-mulku
wa lahul-hamdu wa huwa ‘alaa kulli shay-in qadeer
10) Subhan Allahi wa bi hamdihi `adada khalqihi wa rida nafsihi wa zinata `arshihi wa midada kalimatihi
Do so much Dhikr that people think you’re insane: The Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: “Engage in the Dhikr of Allah in such abundance that people comment that ‘you are insane’.” (Ahmed)
Utter regret for each second wasted without remembering Allah:
Mu`adh Ibn Jabal (RA) said that the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: "The People of Paradise will not regret anything except one thing alone: the hour that passed them by in which they made no remembrance of Allah." (Bayhaqi in Shu`ab al-iman (1:392 #512-513))
We should not waste a single second in our day without remembering Allah. Every second that we do not remember Allah is a second wasted. Every gathering that Allah is not remembered is a gathering of utter loss and regret on the day of judgement. Remembering Allah is so easy yet we neglect remembering Allah.
Surely we will be in great loss on the day of judgement when we will realise what great rewards we have missed out on. A day when we will beg each other for one good deed and not one person will give it to us. That day we will wish that we said just one Subhanallah more. But it will be too late. So let us act NOW!
Reciting the Qur’an
"Read the Qur'an for verily it will come forth on the Day of Resurrection as an intercessor for its readers." (Muslim)
90. The reward for reciting a single letter of the Qur’an: The Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: “Whoever reads a letter of the Book of Allah will be credited with a good deed, and a good deed gets a tenfold reward. I do not say that Alif-Laam-Meem is a letter, rather alif is a letter, laam is a letter and meem is a letter.” (Narrated by al-Tirmidhi, 2910)
91. Aim to recite at least 1 Juz (chapter) a day. If not then half, a quarter or even one page. It is better to recite at least a little each day than to recite a lot sometimes.
92. Recite as much Qur’an as possible especially between Fajr and Sunrise and between Asr and Maghrib.
93. Whilst reciting concentrate on the verses being read imagining Allah is watching you recite them.
94. Read the translation and tafseer of what has been read to understand the deeper meanings of the verses. Then contemplate and ponder over them.
95. Certain Surah’s and their Virtues include:
Surah Fatiha: The Mother of the Qur’an and a cure for every disease (Ath-Thua’lbi )
Surah Yaasin: The Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: “Whosoever recites Surah Yaasin in the early part of the day his needs will be fulfilled.” (Mishkaat, Page 189)
The Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: "Everything has a heart; the heart of the Qur'an is Surah Yaasin. Whoever reads Surah Yaasin (once), Allah records for him a reward equal to that of reading the whole Qur'an ten times." (Tirmidhi, Darami)
Surah Mulk: when recited every night protects from the Torment of the Grave (An-Nasai)
Surah Zilzilah: Worth half of the Qur’an
Surah al Kaafirun: Worth quarter of the Qur’an.
Surah al Ikhlaas: Worth one third of the Qur’an’. (At-Tirmidhi 2818/A)
The Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said to his Companions: “Are any of you unable to recite a third of the Qur’an in a night?” That was difficult for them and they said, “Which of us is able to do that, Messenger of Allah?” He said, Surah Ikhlas constitutes a third of the Qur’an.’” (Sahih al-Bukhari 6:61)
Surah al Falaq and Surah An Naas protection from Jinn and evil eye: The Prophet (Sallallau Alaihi Wasallam) used to seek refuge from the jinn as well as from the evil eye until Surah al Falaq and An Naas were revealed. When they were sent down, he utilised them and left other things. (At-Tirmidhi #1984)
96. Men should Pray Maghrib at the Masjid and women at home
97. Do all the Sunnah’s of Maghrib
98. Always pray the 2 Sunnah and 2 Nafil of Maghrib. If you want then you can pray more then 2 Nawafil’s after the 2 Sunnah.
99. Pray Isha at Masjid. Do the Sunnah’s of Isha.
Praying Isha with congregation is like worshipping half of the night: The Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: "He who prays Isha' in Jama'ah (congregation) is as if he has prayed for half the night...(Malik, Muslim)
100. It is Sunnah to pray 4 Raka’a Sunnah before 4 Fard and 2 Raka’a Sunnah after the 4 Fard of Isha (Mishkaat)
101. If one knows one will not wake up for Tahajjud then one can pray 2-12 Raka’a of Tahajjud after the 2 Sunnah after the 4 Fard of Isha.
102. Witr should be the last prayer of the night and is most rewarding when it is prayer after Tahajjud closer to dawn. But if one knows one will not awaken for Tahajjud then one should pray the witr along with Tahajjud before going to sleep.
103. Do the Sunnah’s of going to sleep. (See the Sunnah collection)
104. Prepare for sleep
One should prepare for sleep beforehand by covering food, utensils etc, shutting lights, locking doors. Brushing teeth, making Wudu, praying Tahajjud and Witr if one will not awaken for Tahajjud. Putting on alarm etc.
One should recite Surah Mulk and Surah Sajda before sleep (Tirmidhi)
One can also have a little read before going to sleep to relax the mind which may make it easier to fall asleep.
105. Remember Allah whilst falling asleep: One should remember Allah whilst falling asleep as this is most pleasing to Allah.
106. Sleeping immediately after Isha
If after Isha one is not doing anything of importance then it is far better to go to sleep so as to awaken early for Tahajjud or Fajr prayer.
One should not indulge in idle chit chat, watch useless TV programmes or browsing the internet unnecessarily etc after Isha as this will make it harder for one to wake up for Fajr prayers. However if one wants to pray and worship in the night then one should do so providing it does not cause one to miss the Fajr prayer with congregation (for men).
107. Sleep and awaken in third portion of the night
79. It would better for one to sleep straight after Isha and wake up in the third portion of the night which is the best part of the night to worship and make Dua. At this time one should pray the Tahajjud prayer and make sincere Dua's to Allah, worshipping him until Fajr.
108. Pray Fajr with jamat (congregation)
Men should strive to gain immense rewards and pray fajr with Jamaat (congregation) for such a person will gain rewards of worshipping the whole night. (Muslim)
Women gain the same rewards for praying at home. After that one should continue to worship until sunrise and pray 4 Raka'a Salaatul Duha for immense rewards.
Character, etiquette and manners to implement in everyday life
1. Always be patient in every situation and NOT get angry or frustrated with others but rather think to yourself that there is NO point or NO good in getting angry or frustrated for the best person is he who controls his anger and frustration.
2. Always smile as the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallim) always smiled at others especially when greeting another Muslim. A smile is charity.
3. Be polite and courteous at all times to everyone you come across in your daily life.
4. Keep gaze low at all times. Take NO more than one glance for the first glance is yours but the second glance is from shaythan.
5. Do NOT backbite, slander or gossip about others. It is best not to talk about people. Rather talk about beneficial matters pertaining to deen and dunya.
6. If any Muslim is being backbitten or slandered then make excuses for them and back them up for Allah will back such a person up in Qiyamah.
7. Do NOT swear or use any profanity for the tongue will speak against you in Qiayamah.
8. Do not make jokes using vile sexual innuendo as a Muslim should have shame and modesty in all matters. He who is not ashamed can do what they want.
9. When stressed then do not say a swear word but instead say "Subhanallah" or "Allahu Akbar".
10. Do NOT be jealous or envy anyone else apart from whom Allah has blessed with knowledge and wealth and they use it in the right way in the path of Allah.
11. Do NOT think of other Muslims in a bad way or accuse them without any solid proof or evidence but rather make as many excuses for your brothers as possible.
12. When you speak then ONLY speak of that which will benefit you or someone else in this world or the next. If it will cause more harm than good then refrain from saying it.
13. Do not speak if it is not necessary as precious time is wasted
speaking unnecessarily which may cause one to waste time and incur sin.
14. Do NOT mock or make fun of anyone or hurt their feelings. Be very careful and be sensitive about other people’s feelings lest they get recompense on the day of judgement and you lose your good deeds.
15. Treat others how you would want yourself to be treated.
16. Treat others so well that they crave your company and would mourn you after your death.
17. Be the best towards siblings, family and relatives regardless of how they treat you, for your reward is not with them but with Allah.
18. Be the best towards your parents treating them with utmost honour and respect at all times. NEVER answer them back or raise your tone with them but always speak to them in a soft and low tone.
19. Serve your parents as much as possible for serving them is the best of deeds.
20. Help and advice others as much as possible for the pleasure of Allah
21. Do NOT worry or stress about the past because it has gone and made you who you are today or about the future for it may never come. Whatever is destined to happen will happen and you will still get through it regardless. Rather trust in Allah and put your hopes and faith in him for he will get you through ANYTHING and EVERYTHING.
22. Do NOT keep bad company for such company is like poison. Bad friends will stab you in the back on the day of judgement and will stand trial against you so let go of them now otherwise they will destroy you in the hereafter.
23. Instead keep those of piety and good character as friends for they will benefit you in this world and the next.
24. Your body parts will be against you on the day of judgement and will testify against you. So watch and control your tongue, eyes, hands, feet and privates and prevent them from going near minor and especially major sins!
25. When giving advice or dawah then do not become frustrated as guidance is only from Allah and all we can do is inform as best we can.
May Allah enable us to do everything to please him and to maximize our worship each day so that we can get closer to him. Ameen