Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Up Before Dawn

Reading Quran right after fajr starts my day off well. Some people might feel that they don't have time.

Really? I mean, how much iddle chatter did you partake in yesterday? How many minutes infront of the TV or computer? See? Don't give me that! You have enough time, for real. It's not like I read the WHOLE Quran. Even if I read only one blessed line, that is still more than I had before cracking open my book.

We make our lives what we want.

What do you want your life to be?

Start your day off well to make the foundation of your days and your life be with Allah.


Anonymous said...

Fajr is after dawn and before sunrise. Dawn and sunrise are two different things.

Yosra said...

Asalamalaykom Anon-it-all,

Ya, ya, ya...you're right IF I meant that my title "Up Before Dawn" refers to sunlight. Would you believe that I meant 'up before a woman named Dawn woke up?'


'Cause it's awfully hard for me to change the title of a posting. Let's just all pretend that Yosra meant something completely different in which she would be right.

And can all the Anonymous readers PLEASE choose some funked up names? I don't care what you call yourself, just be original, ya?

I love all of you and want to know who is who.


dramamama said...

Salam! It's so good to see you back in the blogworld!

I hear ya about reading the Qur'an after fajr. It puts my mind at ease and there is a sense of peace abotu me. But I do that but only on weekends for now because I don't have to get the three kids ready for school and rush out the door for work. Ironic, I know since I'd need more peace and ease on weekday mornings! Enough rambling from me.

Again, I'm so happy to see you back. I wish you well especially re Saudi and know Allah will always take care of us!

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Yosra said...

Asalamalaykom Dramamama,

I still love your name the best :)

Nice to "see" you too. I have missed my sisters around me. Alhumdulillah, as I lost my little community of like-minded souls in Florida (through this move), I am regaining others.

Your comments, as always, are real and honest. We, as Muslims, don't always want to admit how we could be better. I hear you.

It makes me think of how we are for women. We give and give to everyone---especially in the rev-up of the morning. There were a few times when I was being a dutiful wife, mother, and pregnant teacher (working day and night) that I got to work and realized that I hadn't prayed! I got going and going and OOPS missed fajr. And I had woken for fajr even.

I've since learned that I must pray immediately. You know those airline instructions to place the oxygen on yourself first, before placing it on children? It's like that for our spiritual life too.

As for gettting my daily revival from Quran, I find it easier, if I place my book on its own honored special surface. When I had it amongst the other books in the bookshelf, it didn't call out to me as much. Now, it sits on as much dedicated space as a TV.

Think about that, everyone. How much space do you dedicate for your Quran?

Oh, and really, really keep in mind that I'm in an 8 x 10 at my mom's. My Quran, however, is kept lovingly away from the clutter on top of the low bookcase. I even covered my mom's bookcase with a dupatta and then a large cloth mural of the Kabba. Alhumduiillah, I have always had the ability to make my home where I am.

Asalamalaykom Ijtema,

Mashahallah! It's funny, I just read a great blog entry over at "Just Another Angry Black Muslim Woman?" which got this distinction.

Honestly, my first thought was, "Oh, good for her!"

Second was, "I would like another one of those sometime."

Third thought was, "Ahhhhh, it's too much work to perfect an entry."

So, alhumdulillah and JAK for all the work you do for bringing the best of the ummah together. I'm honored that you felt I belonged.

ammena said...

masha'allah inspirational sis.. Im the same, keep telling myself but u know.. when I have to get up (like for work, appointments or suhoor) I can get up.. it really bugs me that my mind isnt in the right frame to realise that I HAVE to get up for fajr too :( Im adding your blog to my blogroll insha'allah

Yosra said...

Asalamalaykom Ammena,

I'm so glad that others found some energizing truth in what I wrote.

I don't do well with the "I have to's" in my life. I couldn't handle fajr when I thought I had to. I now feel how much I want to pray it. I feel this even more when life is chaotic.

Praying fajr and reading Quran keeps me in the eye of the storm. That's where seagulls fly if caught in heavy ocean gales. Even if everything is raging around you, fajr and Quran keep you centered. In that calm center, you are safe.

I'm so happy that you felt so warmly toward my thoughts. I'll have to visit your blog as well, inshahallah.