Who are the fools?

**Who are the fools?**

A “fool” in (some of) our eyes is perhaps someone who fails at school, is unable or unwilling to hold a job, keeps forgetting things, is clumsy, or so on. But, to Allah, who’s the fool?

The Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) said:

ما تستقل الشمس فيبقى شيءٌ من خلق الله إلا سبح الله بحمده إلا ما كان من الشياطين وأغبياء بني آدم

“Every morning when the sun rises, there isn’t anything from Allah’s creation except that it is in a state of His remembrance, with the exception to the devils, as well as the fools from humanity.”

(Narrated by Ibnu As-Sunni)

Something to think about tomorrow morning after Fajr.

Soft spot

“They cry out to [the believers, saying], ‘Weren’t we with you?!’ They (the believers) will say, ‘Yes, but you *subjected yourselves* to temptations / trials…’” {57:14}

يُنَادُونَهُمْ أَلَمْ نَكُنْ مَعَكُمْ ۖ قَالُوا بَلَىٰ وَلَٰكِنَّكُمْ فَتَنْتُمْ أَنْفُسَكُمْ

“Each of us has a point of vulnerability in our personality; a soft spot that when pressed lightly brings us to the brink of defeat and the abandonment of our principles. A person’s success depends on identifying that “soft-spot”, concealing it, and surrounding it with fences of great caution, so that you do not subject your fortress to being conquered from its weakest wall. Some people unravel in fear, others compromise in greed, others when their emotions are stirred, others when praised, others when guilted, and so forth.”

‎لكل منّا خاصرة ضعيفة في شخصيته؛ تجعله مع الضغط عليها أقرب للانهزام وهجر مبادئه، والخير كل الخير أن تسترها، وتحوطها بأسوار من الحذر؛ فمن الناس من يتراخى عند الخوف، ومنهم من يتنازل عند الطمع، وآخرون عند تحريك العواطف، وقوم عند التبجيل، وأناس عند الحرب النفسية . – كتبه بدر الثوعي

And as our Prophet (sAws) said, “…just like the shepherd who grazes around a preserve; very soon he will trespass into it.” [al-Bukhari and Muslim]

Master Your Sleep

1. Master Your Sleep Routine:

Do you have a sleep routine? In this ProductiveMuslim.com article the ‘ideal’ ProductiveMuslim sleep routine is described that starts 90 minutes before you actually hit the bed. It goes like this:

9:30 P.M. – Wudhu & Witr
10:00 P.M. – Reading (Optional)
10:30 P.M. – Sleep Duas & Recitation of Quran
11:00 P.M. – Shut Eye!

The routine above helps you prepare for sleep both physically and spiritually and is from the guidance of Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon Him) and from certain personal development science findings. Try the above routine and let me know how you feel.

2. Master Your Sleep Cycle:

If you want to be a true sleep master, you need to understand and master your sleep cycle. We’ve described the sleep pattern in brief and different stages that one goes through when he/she sleeps. As a starting point, most people go through their entire sleep cycles in one hour and a half periods. Do your best to sleep a multiple of this, e.g. If you sleep at 11 P.M. and need to wake up at 4:00 A.M. for Suhoor, you should technically sleep for 3×1.5 hours and wake up at 3.30 AM.

Now sometimes, you wake up a bit too early from the intended time. In the example above, you wake up at 3:30 A.M. when you really need to wake up at 4 A.M. Rather than ignoring your sleep pattern and trying to sleep right through to 4 A.M. and thus waking up in the middle of your sleep cycle – which can be difficult, my suggestion would be to wake up at 3:30 A.M., get out of bed, move around a bit, then go back to sleep for another 20 minute nap till 4 A.M. What you’re doing here is: completely disconnecting one sleep pattern from the other.

3. Master Power Naps:

Nothing beats a ‘20 minute nap’ for a true energy booster, and this works in Ramadan and outside Ramadan. If you’re ever tired and need some rest but don’t want to sleep too much, take a 20 minute nap (make sure you stick to 20 minutes!) and you’ll wake up totally refreshed. I’ll be honest, there’s only 1 way to master ‘20 minute naps’: practice, practice, practice! The more you practice, the better you’ll become at it. There are certain softwares and audio files that can help you practice this (e.g. www.pzizz.com) but once you master this technique, you wouldn’t need any software or audio files.

Regarding the best time to nap, there’s a couple of time slots that are known from the Sunnah:

1. Between Azan and Iqama of Fajr
2. Before/After Dhuhur

4. Master Your Body:

Mastering sleep is all about mastering the relationship between you and your body and what it needs. Make sure you’re not too strict upon your body that it shuts down or gets ill, thus refusing to work with you (happens at times!) or too relaxed with your body that sleep simply takes over your life. Treat your body as you treat a child: always listen to it, but never do what it always tells you to do but do what’s right for it.

Few other pointers regarding sleep, the following pointers would help improve your quality of sleep, which is very important during Ramadan and beyond:

When NOT to sleep!

The following times have been advised for us NOT to sleep in, either from the hadith of Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon Him) or scholars: between true dawn (when the time for Fajr salah sets in) and sunrise, between Maghrib and Isha, and after Asr prayer.

Sleep positions

It is recommended to sleep on the right side while facing the Qibla and keeping the right hand placed under the right cheek as per the sunnah of Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him). Sleeping on the left side or lying on the stomach is disliked and thus should be avoided.

Always sleep with wudhu

It is also important to maintain cleanliness when sleeping. We should: ”Sweep the beds at the time of sleeping, so that any harmful insects settled in it may be thrown away and you may remain safe from harm.” It is a good idea to sweep your pillow. Also:

– Brush your teeth
– Go to the bathroom
– Cleanse yourself from sweat and unpleasant odors before sleeping
– Make wudhu

Author “The Productive Muslim: Where Faith Meets Productivity”