Unable to get up for Fajr: is it due to the workings of shaytan?

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Answered by Shaykh Nazim Mangera

I need help. I am a Muslimah and something is happening that is preventing me from praying the Fajr prayer on time. I’ve reviewed my recent actions to find out if I’m doing something wrong that is preventing me from doing this, but I can’t determine what it is. I work at a job in the afternoons and I don’t get home very late, and I am able to say my prayers during my breaks at work. In addition, I work at a job where I don’t have to interact much with men or anyone else either. I work to stay away from backbiting and unnecessary talk. I’ve been working to increase my qur’an recitation and dhikr and I have managed to do so little by little. However the last two weeks something is preventing me from making tuhajjud prayer at night (even if I use an alarm clock) and Fajr in the mornings. I believe that this is something from shaytan because I find at I awaken easily as soon as shuruq comes and fajr is over. Even my husband wakes me up repeatedly for fajr and I always find myself waking up and discovering that Fajr Has been over for two or three minutes. I’m very afraid and I don’t know what to do. I don’t know what I might have done to have these blessings taken away from me. Is there something you can suggest?

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Assalamu Alaikum,

You should try to go to sleep early especially in the summer months when the nights are really short. If you go to sleep as soon as Isha is done, then Insha Allah it will be easy for you to get up for Fajar.

You and your spouse should also try to perform your Fajar prayer at its earliest time. Insha Allah if you make a habit of that, then even though you might not wake up on time to pray it at its earliest time on some days, but at least you will not miss your Fajar prayer because you would still wake up at its end time Insha Allah.

If you want to, you could maybe also tell your friend to call you to wake you up for Fajar. That routine can be maintained till you regain the habit of waking up for Fajar on time.

If you’re finding it hard to wake up for Tahajjud, then perform it after Isha prayers before you go to sleep and remember us all in your pious duas.

May Allah make it easy for all of us to be punctual with our five times daily prayers.

Allah knows best

Nazim Mangera

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