How often do you get to ( or have to ) be awake for sunrise? Tell us about what happened the last time you were up so early (or late…)
I wake up every morning before sunrise, we have a prayer which is called “Fajr”, we have to say this prayer before the sun rises.
Since the days are getting shorter I am able to wake up at five, the sun rises after six these days. I need to have plenty of time before sunrise to enable me to wake up wash and prepare for the prayer.
“The Fajr” prayer takes about five to six minutes to finish, I add some extra prayers for my parents, friends and loved ones, in all it takes close to twenty five minutes. If the day is warm I stay up and do some writing. If it is cold like it is today I go back to bed and take a nap.
I leave the bed by seven a.m.
Waking up early is not a problem,if I am late and wake up after sun rise it means I’ve missed my morning prayer, I still pray but there is a difference I begin with words that say I’m late!
You might wonder why I have to be awake before sun rise. It is because I am a Muslim, we have set time for prayers. We pray five times, one is before sunrise called ‘Fajr’, second one is ‘Zuhr’, third is ‘Asr’. fourth is ‘Maghrib’, and the fifth is ‘Isha’.
‘Zuhr’ is when the sun has passed its zenith i.e.,has passed the highest part of the sky and starts to descend towards the west.
‘Asr’ : this lasts from the time the sun turns yellow until sunset.
‘Maghrib’ : it starts after the time for ‘Asr’ ends, which is when the sun sets.
‘Isha’: It begins immediately after Maghrib ends, which is when the red glow disappears from the sky and lasts till midnight.