Surah ad-Duhaa [The Morning Hours]
By the morning hours, and by the night when it is stillest, your Rabb has neither forsaken you, O Muhammad, nor is He displeased. And verily, the Hereafter will be better for you than the present. And, indeed, in time will your Sustainer grant you [what your heart desires], and you shall be well-pleased. Did He not find you an orphan and give you shelter? And He found you lost and guided you. Did He not find you poor and made you self-sufficient? Therefore, do not treat the orphan with harshness, and do not drive away the beggar, and rehearse the bounty of your Rabb.
Imagine yourself — alone — with nothing surrounding you except silence and the word of Allah subhana wa ta’ala. Imagine yourself — being the only soul awake to speak to your Lord — while the rest of the world sleeps.
It is just you and Him.
He wants to hear you.
He wants to hear your dua’as.
He wants you to call on Him.
He wants you to cry to Him.
Allah subhana wa ta’ala has mentioned two actions in the Qur’an that His righteous slaves do early in the morning: glorifying and praising Allah (tasbeeh) and seeking forgiveness for sins (istighfar):
فَاصْبِرْ عَلَى مَا يَقُولُونَ وَسَبِّحْ بِحَمْدِ رَبِّكَ قَبْلَ طُلُوعِ الشَّمْسِ وَقَبْلَ الْغُرُوبِ
“…And celebrate the praises of your Lord, before the rising of the sun and before (its) setting.” [50:39]
وَبِالْأَسْحَارِ هُمْ يَسْتَغْفِرُونَ
“And in the hour of early dawn, they (were found) praying for forgiveness;” [51:18]
This is a habit I would like to make soon, and in’shaa’Allah, you all will do the same!