Ramadan is a time for great reflection and spirituality, with Muslims around the world taking the time to focus their efforts on building their relationship with Allah (SWT) and fulfilling their religious obligation to the fourth Pillar of Islam, Sawm (fasting).
With this in mind, knowing how to make the most of this divine month is important for reaping all the rewards on offer and becoming a better Muslim with a stronger bond with the Almighty. If you’re wondering how to magnify the compensation of Ramadan and bolster your relationship with Allah (SWT), or if you’re a friend of the community and want to learn more about the Ramadan daily routine of your Muslim friends and neighbours, keep reading.
Depending on the time of year Ramadan falls, Muslims may wake up in the early hours of the morning to complete their morning duties. For example, if sunrise occurs at 6 am, Muslims may wake up at 4:30-5 am. This gives them ample time to complete the Fajr (dawn) prayers and eat their Suhur meal.
Suhur is the meal that will sustain Muslims throughout the day, giving them the nutrients and energy they need to get through until Iftar. It’s like a very early breakfast comprising foods like oats, eggs, fruit, and yoghurts. Muslims should allow plenty of time to prepare and eat their Suhur meal, and they should also take the time to drink plenty of water to keep hydrated throughout the day.
Following Suhur comes the Adhan (call for prayer), citing the end of Suhur and the start of Fajr prayers.
Fajr prayers are an important facet of Islam and are one of the five required prayers specified in the Pillars of Islam. It’s important to complete Fajr prayers every day of the year, but especially so in Ramadan when Muslims are working to become better and closer to Allah (SWT).
The Prophet Muhammad (SAW) said:
“If they [the people] knew the reward for the Isha and the Fajr prayers in congregation, they would join them even if they had to crawl [to attend it].” – Muslim
Fajr prayers are significant for a number of reasons, including because waking up and completing them indicates a great dedication to Allah (SWT). Waking up at dawn when you’re tired can be hard, but doing so confirms your commitment to the Almighty.