Quiet mornings – Journal – DAWN.COM
Let’s be very honest with ourselves: When it comes to timing, we as a nation have a reputation for delaying. When the wedding card says that the procedure must start at 9 p.m., it means 11 p.m. for us without any excuse, that is, when we show up. It is futile to expect the markets to open in Karachi at 9 a.m. They will never do this under ordinary circumstances and, in fact, one is lucky if the shutters are closed at 10:30 am.
The holy month of fasting came and went. There were a lot of lessons to be learned from the month of Ramazan, but were we really in learning mode? Timing is one of the main features of Ramazan. The whole month is supposed to train us to develop a routine around our working hours and time spent resting. The main thing is to wake up early in the morning, before sunrise, as this is a mandatory feature of fasting. The morning routine, which the holy month fast instills in us, should be considered extremely important.
If you ask successful people who have achieved their goals in life, and explore their lifestyle, you will find that they are all early risers and they are on the dawn. In other words, they start their day with an established routine. Ask successful businessmen, successful entrepreneurs, leaders, athletes and people from other walks of life who are very successful in their field what time they wake up; they will all tell you that they are awake at dawn or even before.
In short, in all areas of life, those who seek success are not behind in their habits and routines; they are all early risers because they realize the importance and value of time.
Timing is one of the main features of Ramazan.
So it’s unfortunate that although we have positive examples ahead of us, we often waste time sleeping too long. Mornings, which are a very important time and where a lot can be done, are wasted. We waste this time because we don’t usually wake up early. We have a very short lifespan and time is running out. Only if we value our time can we make it useful.
Islam teaches us that we are here in this world to transform ourselves to become better human beings and to prepare for the Hereafter. Life does not end with death; there is also the hereafter that the soul must pass through. This is essentially the essence of the teachings of the Islamic faith. Ramazan teaches us a lot about time management. This trains us to wake up early in the morning and have a set routine for the rest of the day. The Holy Quran gives believers this fixed routine:
“Establish regular prayers – from sunset until darkness of night, and morning prayer and reading: for the morning prayer and reading bear their testimony” (17:78).
So, a believer’s morning routine begins with waking up before Fajr and involves performing the morning prayer and reciting the Holy Quran. Man is a creature of habit. Once you pick up certain habits, they become a part of you and shape your personality. Want to see what kind of person the other individual is? Then, look closely at his habits. These are habits that are shaped in the routine of a month of Ramazan fasting.
The Holy Quran also reminds us that we have a very short lifespan: “He will say, ‘How many years have you been on earth?’ They will say: “We stayed a day or part of a day: but ask those who take heed.” He will say: ‘You only stayed a little if you had only known!’ “(23: 112-114)
The lesson from the verses mentioned here is that life is short. So we need to value our time and we do this by developing and implementing the habit of waking up early, a routine that we have followed flawlessly during Ramazan. We have to continue this practice for the rest of the year as well. We have to go to bed early and wake up early. Ramazan taught us time management, which we should not ignore.
The habit of waking up early and having a morning routine is absolutely crucial to our spiritual and personal well-being. The morning is the most beautiful time of the day. You wake up and breathe in the fresh air; you hear the birds singing in the background. It is a soothing, calming and tranquil moment. We must not miss such a wonderful experience by sleeping through it all.
We need to restrain ourselves and steer clear of the unhealthy and unproductive habit of being awake late at night and continuing to sleep well after sunrise. The time after Isha’s prayers is meant for us to retire for the day and the time to wake up is before the Fajr prayers. Those who are not used to this routine will have a hard time following it initially. But persevere for a few days and you will find that your body will adjust to the routine.
The writer is an independent contributor.
Posted in Dawn on May 28, 2021