The time of the Fajr prayer is during the beginning of dawn until sunrise, a period which on average last about one to one and a half hours. Fajr is an especially valuable time for spiritual practice. During this time, as the sun rises upon the earth, so do the soul awakens from its rest in the Divine Presence. One’s actions during this period are of immense significance towards spiritual awakening into consciousness.
The word fajr means “dawn” in Arabic, and comes from the same root word as infijar, which means “to explode” or “to burst forth”, referring to the light of the sun as it erupts into the darkness of night and illuminates the world, replacing darkness with light, vision and clarity.
It is the light of the sun that sustains all life on the planet. It enables and causes all things to grow, and provides warmth and comfort, safety and security to humanity. In the same vein, the Fajr prayer provides light and guidance, strength and support, to the human soul and heart. Observing Fajr prayer consistently, with presence and with intention is invaluable to the human being seeking to awaken from unconsciousness, heedlessness and ignorance.
The time for the Fajr prayer is a time of light and barakah (spiritual blessings). This period sets the tone, energy and frequency for the entire day that follows. It is a blessed time, and one need not worry about losing sleep, for with proper spiritual practice, the human body and mind become energized with ‘qudra’, divine life energy and force, and so becomes less dependent upon worldly rest and sustenance for its nourishment.
The importance of prayer is conveyed constantly in the Quran and was also stressed by the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ : “Know that among your duties, prayer is foremost”. Don’t forget what’s important in this life. Prayer really is one of the most beautiful acts and cleanses the soul and brings about happiness and contentment.
“There are angels (who take turns in visiting you by night and by day, and they all assemble at the dawn (Fajr) and the afternoon (Asr) prayers. Those who have spent the night with you ascend to the Heaven and their Lord, Who knows better about them, yet asks, ‘In what condition did you leave My servants?’ They reply, ‘We left them while they were performing salah and we went to them while they were performing salah .’”
— Prophet Muhammad ﷺ [Bukhari, Muslim]
May Allah bless us with being awake everyday during this time and may we be able to make the Salah of Fajr in congregation.