Saturday, May 10, 2014

Daily Routine of a Muslim Youth (Translation)

Translated from Arabic to English by Abu Abdullah

When dawn of a new day appeared in the life of a Muslim youth, he prays after waking up with the famous prayer “The praise to Allah who gave us life after causing us to die and to Him is the resurrection”. When he enters the place of need (restroom), he enters with the left foot and prays before entering, so he says: “O Allah, I seek refuge from the female and male devils”. When he leaves, he leaves with the right foot and says: “Forgive me”. He does not face the direction of Makkah (qibla) and does not turn his back towards the direction of Makkah while relieving himself in the restroom. The Messenger (PBUH) said “When you are in the toilet, don’t face or turn your back to the qibla, but face East or West”. People are wary of contamination by filth, so that their clothes and their bodies are not affected. The Prophet (PBUH) said “Be wary of urine; verily the general torment of the grave is due to urine”. Then the youth does abolution and says on its completion, “I bear witness that there is no god but Allah. He is One. There are no partners to Him, and I bear witness that Muhammad is His slave and His Messenger. O Allah, make me from those who repent and make me from those who purify”

When he wakes up before dawn he prays a few cycles (of prayer) and he hold night vigil and prays the odd (witr) prayer. When the dawn appears, he prays two cycles of the sunnah of dawn prayers, followed by the dawn prayer. He is vigilant in offering it in a congregation in the neighborhood masjid, as it is most beloved to Allah, Most High. The Messenger (PBUH) said: “The congregation prayer is better than individual by twenty seven times”. He says after the dawn prayers: “There is no god but Allah. He is One. He has no partners. To Him belongs the Kingdom. To Him belongs the praise and He has power over all things” ten times. He also says: “O Allah, save me from the Hell fire” seven times. He praises Allah after every prayer thirty three times, he give thanks to Allah thirty three times and he mentions Allah’s greatness thirty three times. He says: “There is no god but Allah” to complete the hundred. He reads the Verse of the Throne and the (Chapter of) Purity and the (two Chapters of) Seeking Protection.

After this he begins his day with what is easy (to read) from the Quran. The Messenger (PBUH) said “The best of you is who teach and learn the Quran”. And he said: “Read the Quran, so verily it will come on the Day of Judgment interceding for its people (readers)”

Then if he has enough time he does some light physical exercise to strengthen his body as the Prophet (PBUH) said: “The strong believer is better and more loved by Allah than a weak believer”.

When the youth leaves his house, he says: “With the name of Allah, I put my trust in Allah. There is no power or strength except with Allah. O Allah, I seek refuge from misleading or being mislead, disgracing or being disgraced, oppressing or being oppressed, causing ignorance or being made ignorant”. During the way to his work or his school he adheres to the manners of the way: spreads the greeting (peace), speaks nicely to people, enjoins good, forbids evil, and lowers the gaze, and so on.

In his school or his work he is mindful (fearful) of Allah, The Most High. His friends are carefully chosen. He is diligent in the work or his studies. He careful in his prayers. He controls himself when he is angry. He is truthful and sincere in his dealings with his colleagues and other people. He fulfills their needs. He is respectful and values elders. He is merciful to youth and helps them.

Then when he returns home he is careful in performing his congregational prayers and says while on the way to pray “O Allah, make light in my heart, and light in my sight, and light in my hearing, and light on my right, and light on my left and light above me, and light below me, and light in front of me and light behind me and make me light”. He enters the masjid with his right foot saying: “In the name of Allah. And prayers and greetings to the Messenger of Allah. O Allah, open for me doors of your mercy”. He leaves with his left foot saying: “O Allah, I seek your bounty”

The youth performs his daily duties (homework) at proper time in the best and complete manner, under the supervision of those who are older than him and have more expertise in the knowledge of homework subjects. Hence, the youth provides a true picture of a diligent Muslim who excels in his work to his colleagues. The Prophet (PBUH) said “Verily, Allah loves when one of you does a work with excellence”

The youth guards against staying awake too long, because it is harmful to health, and wastes blessings that the Muslim perceives in the next morning in the dawn prayer and what follows it of the prayers and remembrance. So when the youth goes to his bed, he sleeps on his right side, and recites the Verse of the Throne, then the Chapter of Purity and then (the two Chapters of) Seeking Protection then he prays: “O my Lord, with you I put my side and with you I raise it. If you seize my soul, have mercy on it and if you sent it (back) protect it like you protect your righteous slaves”.

And thus the youth spend a day, days filled with prophetic guidance and filled with good and piety and with happiness on him and all the people.

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