Etiquettes of waking up

1.      Wipe the face with the hand to remove traces of sleep: An Nawawi and Ibn Hajar recommended this act referring to a Hadith narrated by Imam Muslim and Bukhari:

“… then the Prophet ﷺ woke-up rubbing the traces of sleep off his face”

2.       Say this Dua:

الْحَمْدُ للهِ الَّذِي أَحْيَانَا بَعْدَ مَا أَمَاتَنَا وَإِلَيْهِ النُّشُورُ

All Praise be to Allah Who gave us life after having given us death and (our) final return (on the Day of judgement) is to Him.

(Sahih Bukhari)

3.      Recite last ten verses of Surah Al-e-Imran:

Ibn Abbas رضي الله عنه narrates: “One night I stayed overnight in the house of my aunt Maymoonah رضی اللہ عنہا, and said to myself, “I will watch the prayer of Allah’s Messengerﷺ .” My aunt placed a cushion for Allah’s Messenger ﷺ  and he slept on it in its length-wise direction and woke-up rubbing the traces of sleep off his face and then he recited the last ten verses of Surah Al-e-Imran till he finished it. Then he went to a hanging water skin and took it, performed the ablution and then stood up to offer the prayer.”

(Agreed upon)


4.      Use Miswak:

Narrated Hudhaifa رضي الله عنه : Whenever the Prophet ﷺ got up at night, he used to clean his mouth with Miswak.

(Sahih Bukhari)

Note: Miswaak will be used a second time during wudhu. To use Miswaak immediately upon waking from sleep is a separate Sunnah.

5.      Rinse nose thrice during ablution:

Narrated Abu Hurairah رضي الله عنه : The Prophetﷺ   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 shaitan has stayed in the upper part of his nose all the night.”

(Sahih Bukhari)

6.      Waking up for Fajr:

Narrated ‘Abdullah رضي الله عنه : A person was mentioned before the Prophet ﷺ and he was told that he had kept on sleeping till morning and had not got up for the prayer. The Prophetﷺ  said, “Satan urinated in his ears.”

(Sahih Bukhari)

7. Three important things to do when one gets up in the morning:

  • Remember Allah
  • Ablution
  • Salah

Narrated Abu Hurairah  رضي الله عنه Allah’s Messengerﷺ  said, “Satan puts three knots at the back of the head of any of you if he is asleep. On every knot he reads and exhales the following words, ‘The night is long, so stay asleep.’ When one wakes up and remembers Allah, one knot is undone; and when one performs ablution, the second knot is undone, and when one prays the third knot is undone and one gets up energetic with a good heart in the morning; otherwise one gets up lazy and with a mischievous heart.”

(Sahih Bukhari)

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