Ways of The Prophet (S.A.W)

by Sheikh Muhammad Abdul Hai Arifi

After lsha Salaah

After saying Isha Salaah he returned to the apartment where he had to pass that night and lay down on his bed. After Isha Salaah he did not like talking. He always slept on his right side and generally placed his right hand under his cheek, facing towards the qiblah. He kept the miswak at the head of the bed positively. While going to sleep, he recited Surah Jumah (LXII), Surah Taghaban (LXIVI) Surah Saff (LXI) and when he got up at night, he used the miswak (tooth brush), performed ablution and then said Tahajjud Salaah. Sometimes, during prostration in Salatul Tahajjud, he supplicated for quite a while. Thereafter he took rest and lay down and again got up at the Aazan (call) for Fajr Salaah, offered the two Rakaats of Fajr Salaah (Sunnah) and lay down on his right side for a short while. Then he went to the mosque and offered Salatul-Fajr in a congregation.

This was his daily routine. Firstly, the five time daily salaah themselves teach punctuality and each prayer followed by another after a short while itself warns that so much time has passed and so much still remains. So one should do whatever one ought to do. Besides punctuality, a special characteristic of the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) was that he had pre-planning and definite programme for every thing he had to do. This he strictly followed. [Siratun Nabi-Syed Sulaiman Nadwi]

On getting up in the morning, he used to mildly rub the face and eyes with hands so that the influence of sleep is removed. [Shamail- l-Tirmizi]

Thereafter, say Al-Hamdo lillah  (Praise be to ALLAH) three times to be followed by kalimah Tayyaibah (There is no God except ALLAH, and Muhammad is His Messenger) being recited three times.

Reciting the following supplication is a sunnah.


Praise be to ALLAH who has given us life then causes us to die, and to whom we shall be resurrected. [Shamail -I- Tirmizi]

Use miswak (tooth stick) whenever you get up from sleep (either by night or by day.) [Abu Dawud]

When one of you awakes from sleep he must not dip his hands in the vessels till he has washed it three times, for he does not know where his hand was during the night. [Bukhari, Muslim]

Thereafter one should go to the toilet and if need be, take a bath, otherwise perform wudu (ablution) or, in case of illness, he should perform tayyamum (whipping with dust and perform two Rakaats Sunnah of Fajr (salaah). Thereafter one should go to the mosque and offer Salaah in a congregation.