How will you awake for Suhoor this Ramadan?
Sakeena Suliman – Cii News
It has become common – especially among some youth – to skip the pre-dawn meal of suhoor (sehri). Some say they lack time and others are negligent and choose to ignore this huge blessing. It can be difficult to get out of a warm bed during the early hours of winter morning. But what better way is there to begin the fast (sawm) with a sunnah.
Rasulullah SAW is reported to have said: “Taking the pre-dawn meal in Ramadan is a blessing, so do not leave it, be it just drinking a mouthful of water. For Allah the Noble and the Mighty, and His angels send blessings over those who have taken the pre-dawn meal” [Ahmad].
Rising for suhoor not only allows one to attain many blessings and helps us to nourish ourselves for the fast ahead but also allows us the opportunity to perform Tahajjud Salaah. Imam ash Shafi’i said, “The dua made at Tahajjud is like an arrow that does not miss its target.”
Abu Hurairah RA reports that Nabi Muhammad SAW said: “Our Lord Descends to the lowest heaven during the last third of the night, inquiring: `Who will call on Me so that I may respond to him? Who is asking something of Me so I may give it to him? Who is asking for My forgiveness so I may forgive him?” [Bukhari and Muslim.] There are many blessings in performing the Tahajjud prayer for the pleasure of Allah. Making this prayer a part of our rising for Suhoor can only have benefits.
Waking up for Suhoor and immediately making whudhu is a beautiful way of boosting our Imaan and is an effective way to wash away sleep. The companions RA of Rasulullah SAW used to rise for suhoor by listening for the Adhan given by Bilal RA to call Muslims to rise for Suhoor.
“The Adhan of Bilal should not stop you from eating Suhoor because he calls the Adhan well ahead in the night. Therefore, you should continue eating and drinking, even after having heard Bilal’s Adhan, until such time that you hear the Adhan called by Ibn Umm Maktoom because he calls the Adhan precisely at the break of dawn.” (Bukhari, Muslim)
Today we have alarm clocks and telephones to help us rise early enough to prepare for the special morning meal. Some families have an arrangement where one family telephones another and the call is returned to signal they have awoken. This comes in handy especially if the snooze button is used often.
Others place their clocks in a place where they are forced to get out of bed to turn the alarms off. Facebook user Rookmeen says in her area of Bayview, Chatsworth there is a group of boys who take the initiative to wake up the community.
Sometimes the onus is on a parent or a family member who regularly rises for tahajjud to wake up the rest of the family. This can be an act of reward but sound methods should be used to get someone out of their slumber.
The best of efforts should be made not to skip Suhoor. It is highly recommended to rise for this morning meal as Allah SWT, The Most Giving and Most Merciful, rewards us even if we rise for a sip of water or a single date.