Thursday, 31 January 2013

benefitting from the blessed early hours

During the last weeks I established a new morning routine for myself. I was planning this for a long time, but I never really had the strength and willpower to put it into action .

I now wake up a lot earlier.To be a little bit more accurate : at 4:30 am .

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
“The Messenger of Allah (pbuh) said: ‘O Allah, bless my Ummah in the mornings.’ 
[Abu Dawud, Tirmidhi, Ibn Majah]
No I am not kidding.It is in fact one of the best habits I´ve ever developed! And I recommend it to absolutely everyone out there ! <3

Now lets have a quick look, at what my mornings usually look like :)

4:30 am 

My phone is telling me to wake up with the most nervewracking tone I could find.I take it and there is the snooth-Button.mmmhhhh looks so tempting to press it right now.Just 5 more min! Just 5 min, right?

But we all know, that it is those 5 min in which you either wake up to have a great productive day or just sleep for several hours...

So dont cheat.Get up.
I go to the bathroom, take wudu and go back to my room to pray.There is nothing better to start off your day than with prayer and dua.
Afterwards you should be completely awake. At least I am. ;)

4:50 - 5-30 am 

Now I´ll usually go downstairs and straight into the kitchen.
The first thing I´ll do is drinking a glass o water and then drinking a few drops o black cumin oil, according to the sunnah of our prophet.

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

“The Messenger of Allah (pbuh) said: ‘O Allah, bless my Ummah in the mornings.’ [Abu Dawud, Tirmidhi, Ibn Majah]
Im a huge breakfast-fan and never go out without eating something. So I prepare something nice for myself, which usually is a huge bowl of fruits with oatmeal and milk.
The breakfast is my biggest meal of the day.I just combine every sort of fruit I can find. 
A typical Ayse-breakfast :
1 apple                  10 grapes
1 banana                 handfull of almonds or walnuts
1 Orange                a few raisins
1 mandarin              oatmeal and milk 

Then I will just grab my newspaper or the book I am currently reading and read it.With the oatmeal-fruit-combo I´ll usually have 1,5 l of tea and a few glasses of water.Afterwards Im usually quite full and dont feel hungry anymore.A lot of people told me, that I eat extremely big portions for a girl my size and for that time of the day.Well yes, thats true,but I eat healthy food and am used to eat much for breakfast, so if you arent much of a breakfast-type I can understand your point here. But you should definitely fill in the tanks with some carbohydrates in the morning :)

5.30-6.30 am

Now its time to exercise ! Dont be like the girl on the right, when you read the word "exercise". Its important.It makes you feel great.It prevents sickness and injuries of every sort.
And the most important thing is: Our bodies are just borrowed, they´re just vehicles we use for our souls.So your body has certain rights.And its first right is to be looked after.
Be thankful for your body, it does whatever you would like it to do for you.
And just look how much mercy Allah had, when he created us and arranged it for us, that we would keep our bodies healthy through mere usage of it! Subhanallah ! 

It doesnt really matter which exercise you do , as long as it suits the needs of your body.
I personally like rope-skipping, jogging and every type of cardio. Unfortunately I am injured.My left knee has a whole in the cartilage.Thats the reason, why I cant jogg that much and have to do muscle-building exercises for my legs, to support the injured cartilage. 
I had three surgeries for my knee, it was and is horrible for such an active person like me, so I take care. I really really really dont want to undergo surgery a fourth time. 

6.30-7.30 am

Well after having a good workout I go into the shower. That takes around ten minutes. Then Ill pray one more time and start preparing for the day.It can happen, that I just forgot to do some homework, which Ill do then at this time.After snacking on something little and making dua the last time Ill leave for school :)

 Prepare for the day . Make sure u dont forget your hijab :)

I benefitted so much from waking
 up early. 
I used to be this person :

Never again insaallah! 

When others are still sleepy and tired, I am in a good mood  and awake!

So go ahead and set your clock to an earlier time than usually :)
And tell me what your morning-routine looks like ! Im curious about your mornings ! :)

May peace be upon you <3


  1. Lets discuss this topic again in 10 years... ;)

  2. Nice. =) - Taufiq Robbins.

  3. lol, you're so creative maansha Allah. I love early morning, specially between 4am-6am, Fajr is my favorite salaah. When everything is coming to life, the street is quite, a brand new day to do so much, I just love it. Only thing missing is being on the beach and hearing the sounds of water and the wind whispering through nature.

    1. Oh yes the beach... During the holidays, which I usually spent in turkey, we live next to the beach and youre absolutely right ! The beach is so soothing,the water,the seagulls, I am so missing it ....

  4. Assalamualaikum Ayse. How are you? Hope you are doing fine.

    1. -TaufiqRobbins

    2. assalamu alaikum taufiq ! elhamdulillah Im doing great ! its my last year in school, and there are just 3 month left until I graduate insaallah. And I started with lots of other things at the same time, which I hope will assist me pleasing Allah :) How are you doing ? Im quite busy as you can tell :) Have you got twitter taufiq? Thats so much more comfortable ! :)

  5. Assalamu Alaikum, this is quite beautiful for a morning routine!.. I wrote something long ago, but it was more about attaining sincerity. Having a routine in the morning that will ultimately allow you to see things differently, a routine that becomes really a part of you. its like asking Allah for openings, so that you may come to understand things..I don't know how to put it more in words, because sincerity is so vast in its understanding..Ghazali mentioned about it in his book, you might find it of interest:

    1. I loved it ! And there is so much to discuss about sincerety.... !

    2. Assalamualaikum Ayse! How are you? =) Hope you are doing fine. Insya Allah.

      -Taufiq Robbins.

  6. That's weird... well, it isn't. It's just amazing. I envy you for your disciplin, mashallah.
    I am also planning a morning routine because I have none, especially in the holdays, but I think it would be unrealistic to start my day at 4.30.
    When do you go to bed in the afternoon? I mean, how much do you sleep a day?

    1. jazakaallah ! I go to bed at 22:00 . Are you interested in an evening-routine ? :D

    2. yes, yes, yesss please! :)

  7. Ohhhh! MashaAllah, das ist eine tolle Routine. Ich denke auch, dass man davon nur profitieren kann, langes schlafen macht einen sowieso nur müder als sonst :)
    lg farina

  8. I was going to.ask at what time you go to.bed but you already
    I'm going to try this tomorrow, including the big breakfast. I feel so tired in the mornings at uni and I don't have nothing to loose.

    InshaAllah it works.


    1. I am so happy someone felt inspired to try this out! You made me so happy sister Jazakaallah ! :) Insaallah it works the best for you as well as it did for me :-*

  9. MashaAllah beautiful blog and blogger. :)

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