A DAY IN THE LIFE OF THE BELOVED PROPHET ﷺ
By: Mufti Hanif Patel
Prophet Muhammad (peace and salutations be upon him) would wake up after his dawn nap at the call to prayer by Bilal RA. He would use the siwak (miswak), say his supplication, perform ablution and offer two rak
ats of sunnah of Fajr prayer. He would then lie down on his right side for a short while. When the people had gathered<!--more-->, Bilal RA would stand close to the Prophets house and inform him. As the Prophet (peace be upon him) would enter the mosque, Bilal RA would call the iqamah and the companions would assemble in rows and would be led in prayer by the Prophet.
The Prophet PBUH would then observe his Fajr prayer with the congregation followed by remembering Allah and supplicating to Him. The Prophet would then sit cross-legged facing his companions in the mosque until sunrise. He would sometimes ask his companions to narrate to him if any of them had a dream. He would hear the dream and provide his interpretation. Sometimes, he would relate his own vision and himself provide the interpretation. The companions would occasionally narrate tales of pre-Islamic period, recite encomiums and couplets and, with due regard, share humour. The prophet would listen to his companions and smile with them.
After observing Asr prayer in the congregation, the Prophet PBUH would make his evening round, visiting the apartments of each of his wives, enquiring their welfare, and staying with each of them for a short while. This he did so regularly so that every one of them realised how much he valued each of them, time and punctuality. The Prophet would spend this time to relax with his family.
After having observed Maghrib prayer early in congregation, the Prophet PBUH would go to that wife`s apartment whose turn it was for him to pass the night by and he would stay there and observe sunnah and awwabin prayers. Mostly, all the wives came over there; as also other ladies of Madinah Tayyibah gathered there for at this time the Prophet would impart religious teachings to the women. In short, this was the madrasah for the women where they used to have lessons in religion from the Prophet. Here the women used to put forward their cases, difficulties and complaints and he would solve them. The Prophet would sometimes eat his dinner at this time. However, at times, there would be nothing but dates and water and months would pass and no food would be cooked in any of the houses of Prophet. Thereafter the Prophet would go to the mosque for Isha prayer.
After observing Isha prayer with congregation, the Prophet PBUH would return to the apartment where he had to pass that night and he would lie down on his bed. He would sometimes go to visit some of his companions discussing the affairs of the community. However, he would return early and sleep until midnight. He always slept on his right side and generally placed his right hand under his cheek, facing towards the qiblah. He kept a siwak (miswak) at the head of the bed which he would use before going to sleep and on waking up. While going to sleep, he would recite specific chapters from the Quran and blow on the hands and wipe them from head to foot. . He would perform ablution, use siwak and slept until midnight. Upon waking up, he used to mildly rub the face and eyes with hands, supplicate to Allah, apply the siwak, perform ablution and observe Tahajjud prayer. He would spend about one-third of his night in praying, supplicating, reciting and in prostrating. The Prophet would then wake his wife and they would observe the witr prayer. Thereafter he would take rest and lay down when only one-sixth of the night remained. The call to prayer for Fajr would then wake up the Prophet from his dawn nap. This was his daily routine. ﷺ