Daily Routine of Prophet Muhammad saw (Part 1)
In Prophet Muhammad saw daily routine, there are few points to keep in mind:
- The Prophet’s day was organised around prayer times. As we say at ProductiveMuslim, plan your life around salah and not the other way round.
- Even though the Prophet was busy (he was a husband, father, community person, statesman, general, and most importantly, a Prophet!) you can feel that his routine wasn’t stressful. Everything eased into each other.
- It struck me how much time he was spending with his family; I counted at least 4-5 times where he spends quality time with his family in a day despite the demands on his time.
- He was also a community person, making an effort to visit people and fulfilling rights, teaching, and looking after those who need help.
- You can feel that the secret to the Prophet’s energy and balance in his life, is his long night prayers at night; that barakah from the long night prayer was pouring into the rest of his blessed day and making him lead a successful, productive life.
Practical tips from the Prophet’s routine between Fajr and sunrise
- Waking up with the adhan of Fajr
- Using siwak as soon as you wake up
- Praying two rak’ahs of sunnah of Fajr at home before leaving to masjid
- Saying the remembrance of waking up, leaving home and entering masjid
- Praying Fajr in congregation
- Staying after Fajr prayer remembering Allah with the remembrance after salah and the morning adhkar
- Spending some time in a circle of knowledge after Fajr prayer with your friends or brothers from the masjid, learning about your deen until sunrise
- Coming back home, reciting the rememberance for entering the home, checking up on your family in the early hours after you come back from the masjid and ensuring they are all well, and making dua for them
- Occasionally deciding to do voluntary fast even after sunrise if you didn’t have anything from Fajr
- The time after sunrise till Dhuhr is the time to pursue one’s main activity during the day, either going to work, seeking knowledge, or performing duties such as visits or charitable work
- Duha prayer should be offered during this time at a minimum of 2 rak’ahs and maximum of 8 (or 12 according to some narrations)
- If you’re at home one should be serving their family, helping them with chores, and spending quality time with them
- It is recommended to take a nap before Dhuhr prayer as per the sunnah
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