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Make the Call, Be First, Be Early, Pray in the Night

Imagine rewards so much that they can’t even be mentioned. By making a little extra effort in things we probably already do, we can have unimaginable benefit in the hereafter.

  1. Performing the Call to prayer (Adhan); Do this at home when you can, even if no one is there to hear you, the Angels hear you and respond.
  2. Standing in the first row of congregational prayer; You’re already at the Mosque (Masjid), might as well stand at the front and get the full benefit.
  3. Praying your Salaat early; Instead of delaying it until the last minute, pray right at the time when each of the 5 daily prayers starts.
  4. Praying in the middle of the night when most people are asleep (Tahujjud); Even performing just 2 Rakats (cycles) should be enough for a tremendous reward.

Reported by Abu Hurairah (RA): The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said: “Were people to know the blessing of pronouncing Adhan and the standing in the first row, they would even draw lots to secure these privileges. And were they to realize the reward of performing Salat early, they would race for it; and were they to know the merits of Salat after nightfall (`Isha’) and the dawn (Fajr) Salat, they would come to them even if they had to crawl.” [Bukhari & Muslim – Riyad us Saliheen, Chapter 186, 1033]

Thank you to http://www.hadithoftheday.com/ for the wonderful reminder.

Improve Your Worship

Do you want a way to make your worship (remembrance (dhikr), gratefulness, and prayer (salaat)) even better and more accepted?

Repeat this dua (supplication) at the end of every prayer:

Oh Allah, help me in remembering You, in being grateful to You, and in worshipping You properly.

Only Allah knows how you could improve your worship, so ask Allah for help, Allah will answer your request.

اللهم اعني على ذكرك وشكرك وحسن عبادتك
‘Alahumma a’innee ala thikrika wa shukrika wa husnee ibadatika.’
(O Allah, help me in remembering You, in offering thanks to You, and in worshipping You properly.)

“I advise you, O Mu’adh, say at the end of every prayer, ‘O Allah, aid me in Your remembrance, Your thanks, and in perfecting Your worship.” (Related by Ahmad, Abu Dawud, an-Nasa’i, Ibn Khuzaimah, Ibn Hibban and al-Hakim)