Difficulty waking for prayers
Fatwa No: 82408


My question is a bit odd, usually i set the alarm on my watch to wake up for AL FAJR PRAYERS, two days ago before going to sleep i recited AYAT AL KURSI, in the morning i didn't wake up for the AL FAJR and i was angry why the alarm clocks didnt work, i tried to look for them but they were not in their usual place, so after some search i found them in the cupboard??? The next night i again set them to get up for al-fajr and i said AYAT AL KURSI, AL FATIAH, AL IKHLAS BEFORE SLEEPING, and i left the QURAN tape on on the stereo but again i didn't wake up for the prayers and i found that the alarms on the clocks was switched off?i dont have any memory of switching the alarm on and i dont have any memory of placing the clocks in the cupboard,w hat shall i do?


Praise be to Allah, the Lord of the Worlds; and blessings and peace be upon our Prophet Muhammad and upon all his Family and Companions.

What the questioner mentioned in his question might be due to his own actions because some people act in the state of sleep as they would when awake. They may sit, stand, walk and move about without realizing it especially, if they go to sleep very tired.

On the other hand, it could be the work of Satan since he is keen on stopping Muslims from worshipping Allah and making them miss every opportunity to do so. The Prophet said: "Satan puts three knots at the back of the head of any of you if he is asleep. On every knot he reads and exhales the following words, "the night is long, so stay asleep"… [Bukhari and Muslim]

Allah Says (interpretation of meaning): {Shaitân (Satan) wants only to excite enmity and hatred between you with intoxicants (alcoholic drinks) and gambling, and hinder you from the remembrance of Allâh and from As-Salât (the prayer). So, will you not then abstain?} [5: 91].
As long as you try your best to wake up for Fajar prayer and make every effort not to miss the prayer then if those things which you mentioned in your question, either from yourself unintentionally or Satan, we hope Allah will forgive you, and reward you for your intention and efforts to make the Fajar prayer.

Allah knows best.

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