Waking up for Suhoor with my Toddler!

We are a few days into the Holy month of Ramadhan. Alhamudillah for the opportunity given to us to witness this. We ask Allah Subhunawa’tala to enable us complete it successfully!

One of the pre-requisites of fasting the month of Ramadhan is waking up for suhoor (predawn meal). It is sunnah to wake up for suhoor so as to reap its rewards.

Narrated Anas bin Malik:

The Prophet (ﷺ) said, “Take Suhur as there is a blessing in it.”

Sahih Bukhari 1923. Book 30, hadith 32

 However, some of us find it one way or the other hard to wake up for this meal. Personally, when my alarm goes off or when a friend rings me to wake up for suhoor, I am on my toes not to wake up my toddler. You see, once she wakes up it means I have to put her back to bed so I can have time to prepare suhoor, pray tahajuud and read the Qu’ran. This means if she does wake up, my time to do all this lessens.

But if I am unable to get her back to bed, I have to carry her as she is quite clingy during that time. So we prepare suhoor together. I then have to offer my tahajuud prayer while she is climbing my back, pulling off my veil, making me her pony etc. Reading the Qu’ran at this point is hard as you can imagine she is all over me attempting to ‘read’ as well. However, I resort to listening to it or listening to live online darasas.

The key point in all this is I am trying. Allah sees and knows I am trying. My intention to wake up for suhoor and offer tahajjud prayer as well as read the Qur’an is what matters.

Narrated ‘Umar bin Al-Khattab (May Allah be pleased with him), reported:

Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said, “The deeds are considered by the intentions, and a person will get the reward according to his intention. So whoever emigrated for Allah and His Messenger, his emigration will be for Allah and His Messenger; and whoever emigrated for worldly benefits or for a woman to marry, his emigration would be for what he emigrated for”.


[Al-Bukhari and Muslim]

Besides, children learn from seeing. The toddler’s mind continues to learn as they watch you pray, read the Qur’an among others.

Efforts of mothers to keep up during the month of Ramadan are not in vain. Actually, they are rewarded. After preparing iftar the day before alongside clingy and crying babies, goes a long way to say something about your Iman. You may feel you are not doing enough. But you are!. There is a reason for everything. There is a reason why you are a mother. There is a reason why your toddler decides to wake up with you during suhoor. Allah knows you are trying and He knows the circumstances under which you are trying to please Him. Do not feel you are not doing enough. Because if you didn’t care about your Iman, you wouldn’t be trying in the first place.

“Say, Whether you conceal what is in your breasts or reveal it, Allah knows it. And He knows that which is in the heavens and that which is on the earth. And Allah is over all things competent.”

Qur’an 3:29

May Allah accept our Ibadah during this month of Ramadhan and make us among the inhabitants of Jannatul Firdaus. Ameen.

May Allah be pleased with us all!

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