So anyway I was very excited when I found out few weeks ago about Jom Subuh @ Bukit Jelutong Mosque campaign. I thought it's really creative. But then, waking up early for Fajr prayer is not an easy task for me. And Mr O. Our Fajr prayers are usually late. So I imagined that to get the whole clan to the mosque before Fajr will be a herculean task for me. To do it soberly. So I was very apprehensive in the beginning.
The campaign was launched yesterday.
With a wide range of interesting activities lined up throughout the month. Kudos to the organizer.
The response was quite impressive. I think there was at least 300-400 people attending the Fajr prayer yesterday. And today. And there are lots of kids too. Which is a very heart warming sight. Kids rising early in the morning, praying in the mosque, as part of the congregation, the jamaah. It's truly a blessing.
As for my clan, it was surprisingly much easier than I thought. Maybe I worry too much. Maybe they are just too sleepy to argue with me. Maybe I am getting better with brainwashing my kids. Whatever it is, we got everybody to the mosque on time. With not much resistance. Yipeeeee ;) Medina has been very cooperative. Brought along her blanket, pillow and other stuffs that she would need to keep her sober and she slept at the back quietly. So all is well. But of course, not everybody is as excited as ummi....hahahaha...nothing new there ;)
Ms Hajar wasn't very happy with the interrupted beauty sleep. Yesterday, she told me in "a matter of fact tone"...."Ummi, we slept during the Quran class. Coz this Jom Subuh thing just doesn't FIT into our schedule." wakakakaka....she's probably more annoyed since my curt response is..."Then make it FIT" ;)
The ones that need a bit of technology to stay awake and sober and quite throughout the lecture.
Notice that the happiest one is the one in her pyjama??
Luqman has taken his morning walk 2 days in a row. During the lecture. On the pretext of staying awake. And has been complaining...
"Why is the dude so long winded??"
"Is there any foreign speakers??"
"I didn't get it...what does pistachio have to do with solat??"
But, he has also commented..."I never realize how beautiful the sky is early in the morning"
Yeah dude, it's hard. The lectures can be boring. It's not perfect. Nothing in this world is. U just have to learn to look at the bright sides of things.
Unless your kids are a saint, as a mother, you know it's not easy to get the kids to wake up at wee hours in the morning, bathed and all dressed up, especially to go to the mosque. So, it doesn't really matter to me that they fall asleep halfway through the lecture, or they are playing outside the mosque after the prayer, or they are sulking coz their beauty sleep are interrupted. What matters is they are there. Awake, up and about ;) Hopefully, eventually they will see the beauty of it and make it a habit.
So far, I like it. A LOT. Would love to continue and keep thing this way. It used to be a chore with series of screaming to wake them up on weekend. Now, it's much simpler. Everybody is awake and ready to go by 5.45am. We prayed and listened to the lecture.
Then off to breakfast. We have ample time to have a leisure breakfast before we send them off to their respective weekend classes. And the best part is I am not grumpy and annoyed. So it's a great way to start the day.
There are many hadiths on the benefits of attending Isya' & Fajr prayers in congregation.
The narration of At-Tirmidhi says: `Uthman bin Affan (May Allah be pleased with him) narrated that he had heard the Messenger of Allah (PBUH) saying: "He who attends `Isha' in congregation, is as if he has performed Salat for half of the night; and he who attends `Isha' and Fajr prayers in congregation, is as if he has performed Salat for the whole night.''
Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him)reported: The Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said, "If they knew the merits of Salat after nightfall (`Isha') and the morning (Fajr) Salat, they would come to them even if they had to crawl to do so.''[Al-Bukhari and Muslim]
Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: The Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said, "No Salat is more burdensome to the hypocrites than the Fajr (dawn) prayer and the `Isha' (night) prayer; and if they knew their merits, they would come to them even if they had to crawl to do so.'' [Al-Bukhari and Muslim].
So wakey, wakey. If u r in the neighbourhood, join us. The more, the merrier :-)