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How to find an extra 5 hours a day

If you had loads of money, much more than you needed — what would you do with your mornings? Would you sleep in or would you wake up early and stay up? See there’s this default opinion of mornings. We think that waking up early and staying up is something we are forced to do because of a job or morning classes — but that if we had no need for that job or transferred our classes to the afternoon, we would be “free” to sleep in. Wealth, some think, equals the ability to sleep mornings.

Ironically, true wealth is the EXACT opposite. It’s true richness when you can wake up at Fajr and stay up to drink from the blessing and Barakah of the provisions Allah dispenses in the mornings.

I have a confession; there’s a reason I’m writing this post. I’m one of those guys who has intense bouts of insomnia. The whole Ummah could be sleeping in Muzdalifah, during Hajj, and I’m sitting there awake for like 4 hours straight unable to sleep. It’s physically painful not to be able to sleep at night, to sit there for hours turning things over and over in my head.

But the biggest consequence of my insomnia is that I sleep very soundly after Fajr, in the mornings, unfortunately.

I say unfortunately because I’ve recently made the intention to fight harder against this rhythm of mine: insomnia at night, restful sleep in the mornings. What triggered my renewed will was a sage dialogue between a righteous father and his son. That father,

the Companion Ibn Abbas, may Allah be pleased with him, once found a son of his in the morning sleeping. He said to his son, “Wake up! How can you sleep at a time when provisions (from Allah) are being dispensed?”

Enough’s enough, right? It’s time to raise the standard.

The Prophet’s Dua I want to dip into that Dua that the Prophet, sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam, made for you and I. Allah’s Messenger, sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam, made Dua to bless this Ummah in its mornings:

“O Allah, bless my Ummah (in their work) in the early part of the morning” (Tirmidhi).

The Companion, Sakhr al-Ghaamidi, may Allah be pleased with him, was the person who narrated this hadith. Worthy of note is that he applied this Hadith to his own business. It is said of him that he used to send out his trade caravans at the beginning of the day (acting on the Dua of the Prophet, sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam, that may Allah bless this Ummah in its mornings). And because of this early morning business habit, Sakhr excelled in his trade and became wealthy.