DP Daily Prompts: New Dawn

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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.

https://sabethville.wordpress.com/2014/08/29/dp-daily-prompts-new-dawn/

 

DP Daily Prompt: Sleepy Time

pad2014-s.png (308×60) More and  more of us go to bed too late because of sleep procrastination. What are the nighttime rituals that keep you up before finally dozing off.

From my childhood I and my family went to bed early. We had a specific time to wake up in the morning,we had to get ready to go to our kind of work, my siblings and I were required to be ready by six am to catch the school bus, my Dad went to work at 8 am. My mom was up for her morning prayer which had to be completed before sun rise. After prayer she’d be in the kitchen to cook breakfast.My father was not interested in having the same breakfast daily. My mother was a good cook and prepared a different breakfast every day. Next she got ready to prepare lunch for my Dad and us.

Our habit of sleeping early stayed with us. I do not have problem with sleep procrastination. There are a few times I stay up longer than usual, these are days when we have company for dinner, other than that I maintain my habit of going to bed early.

My nighttime ritual is simple, these days the sun sets after 9 pm. This changes my routine slightly, I have to wait to complete my prayer after sun set. I still make sure I am in bed by 10:30 pm which is latest for me.

There will be a routine change for Ramadhan for a month, after that things will go back to normal as far as my sleep time is concerned!

https://sabethville.wordpress.com/2014/06/23/dp-daily-prompt-sleepy-time/