Manners & Dua Series | Prophetic (SAW) Practices, Azkar and Dua For When You Wake Up In The Morning

By Fazal Bahardeen | 20, Mar, 2020
Manners & Dua Series | Prophetic (SAW) Practices, Azkar and Dua For When You Wake Up In The Morning

بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الرَّحْمَنِ الرَّحِيمِ

As we continue to face challenging times, we need to strengthen our relationship and remembrance of Allah (SWT) in everything we do.  Our beloved Prophet Muhammad (SAW) has taught us not just Azkar and Dua(s) but also the practices for almost every occasion of our daily life. Being consistent in reciting these Azkar and following his (SAW) sunnah will greatly benefit us in this world and the hereafter.  

At HalalTrip, we are starting this new series of posts on the essential Azkar/Dua and manners that all of us should strive to practise, memorize, understand it’s meaning, internalize and be consistent in implementing them in our daily lives.

The first post will be on the very first thing we do to start our day, i.e. wake up in the morning. We wake up because Allah (SWT) through his mercy has returned the soul to our body. Should we not be grateful for that?

So here are some of the practices of the Prophet (SAW) and the Azkar he recited as he woke up. 

The Three Knots

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Narrated Abu Huraira (RA):

Allah's Messenger (SAW) said, "Satan puts three knots at the back of the head of anyone falling asleep. On every knot he reads and exhales the following words, 'The night is long, so stay asleep.' When one wakes up and remembers Allah, one knot is undone; and when one performs ablution, the second knot is undone, and when one prays the third knot is undone and one gets up energetic with a good heart in the morning; otherwise one gets up lazy and with a mischievous heart."

(Sahih al-Bukhari)

"If You Are Straight, We Are Straight"

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Narrated Abu Sa'eed Al-Khudri (RA):

That the Prophet (SAW) said, "When the son of Adam wakes up in the morning, all of his body parts bow to the tongue and say: 'Fear Allah regarding us, we are only part of you. If you are straight we are straight and if you are crooked we are crooked."

(Jami`at-Tirmidhi)

Wash Your Hands

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Narrated from Salim from his father (RA):

The Messenger of Allah said: "When anyone of you wakes up from sleep, he should not put his hand into the vessel until he has washed it."

(Sunan Ibn Majah)

Narrated Abu Huraira (RA):

When anyone amongst you wakes up from sleep, he must not put his hand in the utensil till he has washed it three times, for he does not know where his hand was during the night.
 
(Sahih Muslim)

The Morning Routine of the Prophet (SAW)

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Narrated Ibn Abbas (RA):

I stayed overnight in the house of my aunt Maimuna (RA). Allah's Messenger (SAW) talked with his wife for a while and then went to bed. When it was the last third of the night, he got up and looked towards the sky and said:


‏إِنَّ فِي خَلْقِ السَّمَوَاتِ وَالأَرْضِ وَاخْتِلاَفِ اللَّيْلِ وَالنَّهَارِ لآيَاتٍ لأُولِي الأَلْبَابِ‏


 "Verily! In the creation of the Heavens and the Earth and in the alternation of night and day, there are indeed signs for men of understanding." (Qur’an 3.190).

Then he stood up, performed ablution, brushed his teeth with a Siwak, and then prayed eleven rak'at. Then Bilal pronounced the Adhan. The Prophet (SAW) then offered two rak'at (Sunna) prayer and went out (to the Mosque) and offered the Fajr prayer.

(Sahih al-Bukhari)


Narrated Ibn Abbas (RA):

Once I passed the night in the house of Maimuna (RA). I slept across the bed while Allah's Apostle and his wife slept length-wise. The Prophet (SAW) slept till midnight or nearly so and woke up rubbing his face and recited ten verses from Surat "Al-`Imran." Allah's Messenger (SAW) went towards a leather skin and performed ablution in the most perfect way and then stood for the prayer. I did the same and stood beside him. The Prophet (SAW) put his right hand on my head, twisted my ear and then prayed two rak'at five times and then ended his prayer with witr. He laid down till the Mu'zzin came, then he stood up and offered two rak'at (Sunnah of Fajr prayer) and then went out and offered the Fajr prayer. 

(Sahih al-Bukhari)


Narrated Hudhaifa (RA):

When the Prophet (SAW) went to bed, he would say:

 ‏ بِاسْمِكَ أَمُوتُ وَأَحْيَا

(Bismika amutu wa ahya)

“In Your name, O Allah I live and I die”

 and when he got up he would say:

الْحَمْدُ لِلَّهِ الَّذِي أَحْيَانَا بَعْدَ مَا أَمَاتَنَا وَإِلَيْهِ النُّشُورُ

(Al-hamdu li l-lahil-ladhi ahyana ba'da ma amatana wa ilaihin-nushur)

“Praise be to Allah, Who has given us life-after causing us to die, and to him is the Resurrection”

(Sahih al-Bukhari)

"If You Take My Soul"

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Narrated Abu Hurairah (RA):

The Messenger of Allah (SAW) said: “When one of you leaves his bed then returns to it, then let him brush it off with the edge of his ¹Izar three times, for indeed, he does not know what succeeded him upon it after him. When he lies down, let him say:

بِاسْمِكَ رَبِّي وَضَعْتُ جَنْبِي وَبِكَ أَرْفَعُهُ فَإِنْ أَمْسَكْتَ نَفْسِي فَارْحَمْهَا وَإِنْ أَرْسَلْتَهَا فَاحْفَظْهَا بِمَا تَحْفَظُ بِهِ عِبَادَكَ الصَّالِحِينَ

(Bismika rabbī waḍa`tu janbī wa bika arfa`uhu, fa’in amsakta nafsī farḥamhā wa in arsaltahā faḥfaẓhā bimā taḥfaẓu bihī `ibādakaṣ-ṣāliḥīn)

“In Your Name, my Lord, I lay my side down, and in Your Name I raise it. And if You take my soul, then have mercy upon it, and if You release it, then protect it with that which You protect Your righteous worshipers”


And when he awakens, let him say: 

الْحَمْدُ لِلَّهِ الَّذِي عَافَانِي فِي جَسَدِي وَرَدَّ عَلَىَّ رُوحِي وَأَذِنَ لِي بِذِكْرِهِ

(Al-ḥamdulillāh alladhī `āfānī fī jasadī wa radda `alayya rūḥī wa adhina lī bidhikrih).

“All praise is due to Allah, Who healed me in my body, and returned to me my soul, and permitted me to remember Him”

(Jami'at-Tirmidhi) 

1. Izar: a voluminous outer garment that covers the whole body.

The Prayers of the Prophet (SAW) Upon Waking Up

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Narrated Aisha, Ummul Mu'minin (RA):

Shariq al-Hawzani and I came to Aisha (RA) and asked her: By which (prayer) the Messenger of Allah (SAW) began when he woke up at night? She replied: You asked me about a thing which no one asked me before. When he woke up at night, he uttered:

الله أكبر

"Allah is Most Great" 10 times,

 ٱلْحَمْدُ لِلَّٰهِ‎

 and uttered "Praise be to Allah" 10 times,

سُبْحَانَ اللَّهِ وَبِحَمْدِهِ

and said "Glory be to Allah and all praise is due to him" 10 times

سُبْحَانَ الْمَلِكِ الْقُدُّوسِ

and said: "Glory be to the King, the Most Holy" 10 times, 

أَسْتَغْفِرُ اللّٰهَ‎

and asked Allah's pardon 10 times,

لآ اِلَهَ اِلّا اللّهُ

and said: "There is no god but Allah" 10 times,

اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي أَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنْ ضِيقِ الدُّنْيَا وَضِيقِ يَوْمِ الْقِيَامَةِ

and then said: "O Allah! I seek refuge in Thee from the distress of this world and the distress of the Day of Resurrection" 10 times.

He then began the prayer.

(Sunan Abi Dawud)

 

“None Has the Right to be Worshiped but Allah Alone"

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Ubadah bin As-Samit (RA) said:

“The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said: ‘Whomever wakes up in the morning and says upon waking: 

 لاَ إِلَهَ إِلاَّ اللَّهُ وَحْدَهُ لاَ شَرِيكَ لَهُ لَهُ الْمُلْكُ وَلَهُ الْحَمْدُ وَهُوَ عَلَى كُلِّ شَىْءٍ قَدِيرٌ سُبْحَانَ اللَّهِ وَالْحَمْدُ لِلَّهِ وَلاَ إِلَهَ إِلاَّ اللَّهُ وَاللَّهُ أَكْبَرُ وَلاَ حَوْلَ وَلاَ قُوَّةَ إِلاَّ بِاللَّهِ الْعَلِيِّ الْعَظِيمِ 

(La ilaha illallah wahdahu la sharika lahu, lahul-mulku wa lahul-hamdu, wa Huwa ‘ala kulli shay’in Qadir; Subhan-Allah walhamdu lillahi, wa la ilaha illallahu, wa Allahu Akbar, wa la hawla wa la quwwata illa billahil-‘Aliyil-‘Azim) 

“None has the right to be worshiped but Allah alone, with no partner or associate. His is the dominion and all praise is to Him, and He is Able to do all things. Glory is to Allah, praise is to Allah, none has the right to be worshiped but Allah, Allah is the Most Great, and there is no power and no strength except with Allah,

then he supplicates Rabbighfirli رَبِّ اغْفِرْ ل (O Lord, forgive me), he will be forgiven.’   

Walid said: “Or he said: then if he supplicated, it will be answered for him then if he stood up and performed ablution and then performed prayer, his prayer would be accepted.”

(Sunan Ibn Majah)

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Let’s memorize these Azkar and bring these practices to our daily lives.

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