Islamic Way of Living: Manners of Waking up

A Muslim should spend every minute of his life in Allah’s remembrance. It is a blessing for us that our Prophet (SAW) has left for us a detailed set of instructions as his hadiths in addition to our Holy Quran.

Rising to a new day is the perfect time to remember Allah. Here is what we should do at this time:

1. The preferred way to start your day is at the time of Tahhujjud. However, rising for Fajr salah is perfectly fine. Sleeping after Fajr is not prohibited but the idea is disliked in Islam.


2. When you open your eyes, recite this dua:

الحَمْـدُ لِلّهِ الّذي أَحْـيانا بَعْـدَ ما أَماتَـنا وَإليه النُّـشور

“All praise is for Allah who gave us life after having taken it from us and unto Him is resurrection”

(Bukhari 138/11, Muslim 2711)


3. Recite this dua as well:

الحمدُ للهِ الذي عافاني في جَسَدي وَرَدّ عَليّ روحي وَأَذِنَ لي بِذِكْرِه

“All praise is for Allah who restored to me my health and returned my soul and has allowed me to remember Him.”

4. When you get up from bed, immediately rub your face and eyes with your hands to remove any remaining effects of sleep.



5. Use Miswak. (This would be before Wadu. Miswak would be used for the second time for wadu)


6. Before putting your hand in any utensil, it has been advised to wash them thoroughly three times.

Abu Huraira narrated that our Prophet (SAW) said:” When you wake up from sleep, you should not put your hand in (any) utensil of water until you wash it (three times).None of you knows where your hand has spent the night.”

(Shaih Bukhari 162, Sahih Muslim 278)


7. When you wake up and perform wadu, clean your nose thrice.

Narrated Abu Huraira:
The Prophet said, “If anyone of you rouses from sleep and performs the ablution, he should wash his nose by putting water in it and then blowing it out thrice, because Satan has stayed in the upper part of his nose all the night.” (Sahih al-Bukhari 516/4, Sahih Muslim 462/2)

Note: We as Muslims should believe all what the Prophet (SAW) has to say even if we do not understand/ comprehend it completely.