Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Recitation Of Fajr Is Ever Witnessed


Recitation Of Fajr Is Ever Witnessed;
“Establish salah at the decline of the sun [from its meridian] until the darkness of the night and [also] the Qur’an of fajr (dawn). Indeed, the recitation of fajr (dawn) is ever witnessed.”
[Surah Al-’Isra’ 17:78]

Quran at Fajr (Taken From Nouman Ali Khan’s Reminder)

As-Salaam Alaikum Quran Weekly.

In a couple of minutes I wanted to share with you a small reflection from one of the very beautiful passages of Surah Al-Isra. Surah al-Isra being surah number 17 of the Quran, in which Allah talks about the value of the Quran itself, and really the institution that helps us experience the Quran. You know it’s one thing to learn the language of the Quran, another to study its tafseer, its recitation and memorize it, but Quran is actually really experienced in salah itself.

So, Allah says (translated):
“ Establish prayer at the decline of the sun until the darkness of the night and [also] the Qur’an of dawn…”

Establish the salah from the time the sun starts getting “loose” and it starts sinking, meaning around Maghrib time, you know make sure you make the Maghrib salah exactly on time. All the way at the end towards when the sun is completely gone and it’s the depth of the night. He did not call it salat al-Fajr, like establish the prayer at Maghrib, establish the prayer at Isha when it’s really dark at night. But when it came to Fajr, He did not even call it salat al-Fajr, He says Quran al-Fajr, “The Quran of Fajr.”

One of the benefits of that is that we should recite extra Qur’an at Fajr, but there’s something special about me as a person, me as a Muslim developing a relationship with the Qur’an especially at Fajr. And so the advice I give myself, and the advice I’m sharing with all of you, is that if you can make Fajr an institution in your life, set time aside for make good Fajr salah. Young men that are listening to this, go make salah at the masjid.
And the days that you do, and you sit there, and you recite Qur’an a little bit, if you can dedicate that time and make that a time in your life, then you will notice the spiritual benefits, and the worldly benefits of doing that immediately.

Allah says (translated): “…Indeed the recitation of dawn is ever witnessed.”

Allah says that the Quran of Fajr, in the same ayah, no doubt about it, it is witnessed. It’s such a beautiful thing to say. The word مشهودا means that which is witnessed, so the Fajr of Qur’an, the recitation of Qur’an, the prayer that you recited, that you attended, is witnessed.

The question is, witnessed by who? You know, that’s an hour of the day when most people are asleep. So even if someone is walking to the prayer, or driving to the prayer, nobody sees them. But Allah says that is the time that is witnessed. Usually, things that are witnessed are the middle of the day. Popular times, popular places, but the masjid is not a popular place at Fajr time, not for most of us.
This salah is not a popular time, for most of us. It’s not a time when you see a lot of people around you, but Allah says there is no doubt about it, it is witnessed. The question is then witnessed by who? Not by other people that are sleeping, not by the people of heedlessness, but rather by the angels that are recording our deeds. Rather by Allah Himself, who’s making note of these slaves that are coming and leaving their sleep for Him and His word.

So this is a very powerful thing. And so tied to this advice, for myself again and for all of you, is that if we can make a really good habit of going to sleep early, which is easy to say and so hard to do, I know. We always have things to do and they pile up and we start getting around to them in the evening, of course shaytaan gets a little extra active in the evening too, so our distractions come. You know, you’re sitting there watching videos, hopefully not this one at two in the morning, and you’re doing all of this late, late at night, and your Fajr is basically like getting it out of the way. You’re half asleep and you pray a couple of rakahs, you don’t even know what you prayed. Your wudu was when you were half asleep, your prayer was when you were half asleep, and you go about your day, and that’s if you’re among those who wake up.

So if we can make a real habit in our lives of going to sleep early, and as a result waking up early, and really having the Quran of Fajr being given its right.

Quran Al-Fajr is one of the few idaafahs in the Qur’an. I don’t know of any other places in the Qur’an where the word Qur’an is associated directly like this, with this kind of construction, except with Fajr.

So I pray that I’m able to take advantage of that, and all of you are. I can guarantee you, I know I’ve experienced this personally in my life, and I can guarantee you’ll experience this for yourselves. Once you make a habit out of this, or you try to implement it even a little bit, you will start seeing its benefits immediately. You’re going to start seeing your days are different, your mood is different, what you can accomplish is different, the baraqah in your time is different.

I pray that Allah makes us people of the Qur’an, and people that are really able to take advantages of the times that Allah offers his special assistance to us, and His special lessons to us.

Barak’Allahu Walykum, Wa Salaamu Alaikum Quran Weekly.

Please note this transcript has been edited for readability purposes.

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