They say the first step towards being a better version of yourself is to be honest with yourself and recognise your shortcomings. Personally, one of my shortcomings as a Muslimah is my struggle with waking up for Tahajjud. I love sleep, I am a deep sleeper and I am the first one to admit to it. However, one of the beautiful things about Islam is that the struggle to be better is not only recognised; it is rewarded. If you’re like me and you struggle with forsaking your bed and interrupting your sleep, but you want to reap the benefits of Laylatul Qadr, then these tips might be just the thing you need!
1. Ask for help
It is a no-brainer but a lot of us think it is redundant to ask Allah to make Ibaadah easy for us. Nothing is too small or too big for Allah’s majesty. When you’re praying your Isha Salaah, make dua and ask Allah to help you wake up for Tahajjud. I would advise that you do this whilst you are in Sujood (prostration) becasue the Rasul (sallallahu alayhi wa salaam) told us that this is the best position to be when we are asking from our Lord.
2. Keep your alarm clock/mobile phone away from your bedside
I used to set alarms all the time but just like a lot of people, once it goes off, I just shut it off immediately; without even opening my eyes. I am able to do this mostly because my phone is conveniently placed on my bedside table, waiting for me to just hit that snooze/ stop button. If you put your phone on the dresser or something else that is not within easy reach, the continuous alarm will keep annoying you until you have to get up off the bed to shut it off. Once you’re up, you remember your intention to pray Tahajjud and In shaa Allah your next stop will be the bathroom for wudhu, and not the bed.
3. Get your bladder involved
So this might seem a bit drastic to some but listen, a sis has to do what a sis has to do! Laylatul Qadr is too big a deal for me to play games with. If you drink 1 or 2 cups of water just before you go to bed, there is a 70% chance that your bladder will wake you up at some point. This is one of those situations where the end justifies the means. The important thing is that you get out of the bed, how you get up is no one’s business!
4. Keep the lights on
This is for those who are able to fall asleep with a bit of light on. Again, this is just another trick to help you rouse from sleep a bit quicker than usual. It doesn’t always work, but it is worth a try. I‘d advise you use all the tips and tricks you can, it is rare that they will all fail, (And Allah knows best). If the bedroom is pitch black and I’m nice and warm under my duvet, I’d struggle a lot more to get up. Not to mention, shaytaan is invested in you remaining in that bed until Fajr comes in! So make it harder for him!
5. Don’t seek out only the odd nights
This is something that I have fallen into before and I now realise that it is much too risky for me to take only the odd nights seriously during the last ten days of Ramadan. There is a lot at stake for me this year and I want to be able to say that I was up and worshipping on every single night. Sometimes, what we think is an odd night might not actually be, so it is best to remove all doubt and regret by going for it a hundred percent. Don’t be saving all your dua and Qunoot recitation for the 27th night either! no one promised you the 27th night is the night of Qadr!
Remember, there is no shortcut to success and I pray that you and I become one of the “Muflihoon” – The Successful. Aamin.
With my best wishes to see us all succeed at the highest level,