People ask me: What is the hardest change you had to make when you became Muslim?
Was it not eating pork?
Was it fulfilling the dress guidelines and covering in public?
Not at all.
Was it praying?
Yes. And no.
I had no issue performing my ritual devotions during the day when I was awake….
But the hardest thing I had to change about myself after accepting Islam was:
Waking up for dawn as that’s the first daily ritual devotion time.
I used to LOVE to sleep. LOVE.
Now, I am awake before my children each day, getting things done, especially since I learned this wonderful report from the Messenger of God:
He would make a supplication like this: “Oh God, bless the mornings of my community and make them productive.”
Here are some things that were the habits of the early Muslims:
Waking up in the early morning hours before dawn to reflect, remember God and recite scripture in voluntary night time vigils
Staying up after dawn, and taking a power nap in the afternoon
Beginning business and work in the morning
Honestly, when you become a ‘morning person’, you are more productive. I don’t need to quote all the self-improvement specialists about that. It’s totally self-evident!
The answer to that supplication by the Messenger of God is that our mornings are blessed if we take advantage of them.