Praise be to Allah, the Lord of Creations, and Peace and blessings be upon our prophet Muhammad, the faithful and the honest.
O Allah, we know nothing but what You teach us. You are the All- Knower, the Wise. O Allah, teach us what is good for us, and benefit us from what You taught us, and increase our knowledge. Show us the righteous things as righteous and help us to do them, and show us the bad things as bad and help us to keep away from them.
O Allah our Lord, lead us out from the depths of darkness and illusion, unto the lights of erudition and knowledge, and from the muddy shallows of lusts unto the heavens of Your Vicinity.
Quranic verses and prophetic hadiths about early sleep:
In fact, Allah’s Book, the Holy Quran, and Prophetic Sunna reiterate the importance of early sleep and early rise. To this effect, Allah, Most Gracious, Says,
“And We have made your sleep as a rest.”
He (سبحانه و تعالى) also Says,
“Perform the Salat (Prayer) from midday till the darkness of the night, and recite the Quran in the early dawn. Verily, the recitation of the Quran in the early dawn is ever witnessed (attended by the angels).”
To the same effect, Allah’s Messenger (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم) says,
“O Allah! Bless the earliness of my people!”
He (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم) also says,
“The two Rak’as of the Dawn Prayer are better than the whole present world and (all) the things therein.”
Abdullah Ibn Mas’ood (رضي الله عنه) said:
“Allah’s Messenger forbade us from staying awake after the Late-Evening Prayer.”
However, in his book of Prophetic Hadith Al-Bukhari holds that it is permissible to stay awake after the Late-Evening Prayer only for seeking knowledge, otherwise it is impermissible, as confirmed by Prophetic Sunna and Tradition whereby Muslims are forbidden to gather together after the Late-Evening Prayer except for seeking knowledge. In other words, Allah’s Messenger (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم) bids us to go to bed early and to get up early;
The meaning of the verse and the facts in it:
Allah (سبحانه و تعالى) Says,
“…and recite the Quran in the early dawn (i.e. the Quranic Verses that are recited in the Dawn Prayer). Verily, the recitation of the Quran in the early dawn is ever witnessed (attended by the angels).” (17:78)
Scientists confirm that the highest rate of Ozone in the Earth’s atmosphere is at dawn; and then it gradually decreases until sunrise when it is minimized. This gas, Ozone, has a very useful effect on the human nervous system, and it activates mental and physical work. Hence, those who stay in bed late after sunrise feel exhausted during the rest of the day.
The rate of ultraviolet rays is higher at sunrise than when the sun has risen to the middle of the sky. Ultraviolet rays are responsible for making Vitamin D, which, in turn, is responsible for precipitation of Calcium in bones. In other words, remaining asleep after sunrise causes fragility and weakness of bones.
Early rise prevents prolonged sleep. Sleep for eight straight hours minimizes energy of the body and pulse-beat, and it causes blood to run slowly along blood vessels. This causes fatty substances to precipitate on the inner walls of blood vessels, which makes them narrow and sometimes causes angina pectoris (coronary heart disease). Getting up early to perform the Dawn Prayer prevents prolonged sleep. If necessary, sleep can be divided into two periods: before and after sunrise.
In the human body there is a substance that enhances energy of the whole body, increases metabolism therein, and multiplies the rate of sugar in blood. This substance, called Cortisone, reaches its highest rate at dawn (22 degrees) and then drops down to (7 degrees) after that.
To wrap up, the above-mentioned are some of the facts that verify Allah’s Book, the Holy Quran, and Prophetic Sunna and Tradition.
◉ People are exposed daily to many different problems. They may also be exposed to many electrostatic charges from the atmosphere. These charges are affect the central nervous systems (CNS) supersaturating it. One has to rid themselves of these extra charges, otherwise, they will have headaches, neck aches, muscle spasms, etc. The best way to get rid of these extra electrostatic charges is by dissipating them and discharging them from the body. In as much as an electrical appliance is in need of grounding (or “earthing”) by the use of an electric cord, a human being has to “earth” him/herself to the ground as well. By putting, his/her forehead on the ground, because the thinking capacity of the brain is in the forelobe and not the topmost portion of the brain, one dissipates the extra electrostatic charges from the brain and the central nervous system to the ground. Therefore, one will receive piece of mind and soul. By doing prayer five times a day, with each prayer having several prostrations in it, a person will undoubtedly feel more peace, happiness, and relaxation. This type of approach does not cost money and does not have any side effects. It is very natural. This is the best method for allowing a person to continue to live in peace, harmony, obedience, and happiness for the rest of his/her life.
◉ The course of assuming three main positions (qiyam, rukuh, and sajdah) one makes the physical shapes of the Arabic Alif, Dal, and Mim. These spell the word Adam (عليه السلام), the name of the first created human and the first prophet.