Before my brother decides to go on a scavenger hunt through my sock drawer, allow me to clarify that I refer not to my monetary situation.
You’ll think I put that in for fun, but when he was about 4 or 5 years of age (he’s the laatlammejie- born after somewhat 7 to 8 years), he used to have an obsession with ‘blue-money’. We came home from school to find our wallets emptied of every said R100 notes it contained one too many times. But hey, at least he kept it in the family, right?
So, how can I be rich without having physical cash in my hand/pocket/under the mattress? Listen up, I’m about to teach you folks how to become self-made millionaires (But in rewards. Like a Clicks Card ×1000). Two Rakaats of Salaah before the Fardh of Fajr. You know, the one you perform all bleary eyed with the extra-long sujood and extra-wide yawns. We all know it’s Sunnah Muakkadah, yeah. But this is one of those situations where you’re eating Astro’s and then you get that double twin-kind one. It’s still Astro’s, but more special. Same with the above mentioned Salaah.
The Messenger of Allah (S.A.W) laid great emphasis on the Sunnah prayer of Fajr, saying, “It is more superior than the world and everything within it.” (Sahih Muslim)
For this reason, there is no other Sunnah Salaah emphasised more by our Rasoolullah (S.A.W) than these two Rakaats before the Fajr Salaah. Nabi (S.A.W) always performed these two Sunnah Rakaats Fajr and never missed them including those days whilst travelling even though the concession was there to miss the Sunnah Salaah.
A’isha (R.A) says that Nabi (S.A.W) was not more concerned, and did not pay attention to any of the optional Salaah like He (S.A.W) did for the two Sunnah Rakaats of Fajr Salaah.
Abu Hurairah (R.A) narrated that Nabi (S.A.W) recited in the two Sunnah Rakaats of Fajr: “Qul Yaa Ayyuhal Kaafiroon” and “Qul Huwa Allahu Ahad”. It is thus deemed Sunnah to recite Surah Kaafiroon in the first Rakaat and Surah Ikhlaas in the second Rakaat.
A’isha (R.A) said, “I did not observe the Messenger of Allah (S.A.W) hasten towards any supererogatory (Nafl) Salaah as fast as He (S.A.W) would to perform the two Rakaats before Fajr.” (Sahih Muslim)
Abu Hurairah (R.A) narrates that the Messenger of Allah (S.A.W) said, “Do not abandon the Sunnah Rakaats of Fajr Salaah, even if horses trample over you.” (Sunan Abu Dawud)
If a person misses Fajr Salaah in congregation and did not catch up with it, then he should start with the Sunnah prayer and offer that first, then perform Fajr. When the Rasool of Allah (S.A.W) slept through one night and missed the Fajr Salaah whilst travelling, and nothing woke Him (S.A.W) up except the heat of the sun, He (S.A.W) offered the Sunnah Salaah then he performed the Fardh of Fajr.
In the hadith reported by Jundub ibn Abdullah (R.A), the Nabi of Allah (S.A.W) said, “He who performs the Fajr will be under the protection of Allah.” The previous Ahadith spoke about the merit of the two Sunnah Rakaats of the Fajr Salaah and this Hadith mentions the merit of praying the actual Fardh of Fajr Salaah. For the one who offers the Fardh of Fajr Salaah, Allah will protect them the whole day until the next Fajr Salaah from harm.
Remember, you take one step towards Allah, Allah takes ten steps towards you.
May Allah protect us all and grant us the ability to overcome our Nafs.
Love and Duas,