Fajr

The Fajr prayer (Arabic: صلاة الفجر‎ ṣalāt al-fajr, "dawn prayer") an obligatory prayer ('Subuh' prayer) with two rakat (prescribed movements), and one of the five daily prayers offered by practising Muslims. Fajr means dawn in the Arabic language.

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Sayyed Mohammad Al-Musawi, Sayyed Mohammad al-Musawi is originally from Iraq and heads up the World Ahlul Bayt Islamic League in London. Other than being involved in various humanitarian projects, he frequently responds to... Answered 2 days ago

Yes, it is highly recommended to be busy after performing Fajr Prayer till sunrise in Du'a, Quran, Dhikr etc. Sleeping between Fajr and sunrise is Makrouh (disliked) which means it is harmful, but it is not Haraam.

Wassalam.

Zoheir Ali Esmail, Shaykh Zoheir Ali Esmail has a Bsc in Accounting and Finance from the LSE in London, and an MA in Islamic Studies from Middlesex University. He studied Arabic at Damascus University and holds a PhD... Answered 4 days ago

Bismillah

Thank you for your question. It is alright to sleep straight after fajr prayer. It is recommended to stay awake until sunrise reciting the Qur'an or making dhikr.

May you always be successful 

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Sayyed Mohammad Al-Musawi, Sayyed Mohammad al-Musawi is originally from Iraq and heads up the World Ahlul Bayt Islamic League in London. Other than being involved in various humanitarian projects, he frequently responds to... Answered 5 days ago

It is compulsory to pray Fajr prayers and every prayer within it’s
time before it lapses (i.e. becomes Qadha). The Mo’min must do
everything that he can to perform all his prayers within its time.

You need to change your sleeping timing to be sure that you can wake up
to perform the Fajr prayer. The Hadith says : He who sleeps during the
time of Fajr prayer and misses the prayer will be called from the sky
: O loser !

If for any reason like illness etc. You could not wake up for Fajr,
then you must perform it as Qadha on the same day or better as soon as
you wake but that can never be usual procedure. You need to set an
alarm or request your family members to wake you up or your friends to
phone you to be sure that you wake up for Fajr prayers on time.
According to authentic Hadeeths, the loss of a person missing Fajr
prayer is more than all the treasures of this world.

Wassalam.

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Sayyed Mohammad Al-Musawi, Sayyed Mohammad al-Musawi is originally from Iraq and heads up the World Ahlul Bayt Islamic League in London. Other than being involved in various humanitarian projects, he frequently responds to... Answered 4 weeks ago

The daily obligatory Prayers are obligatory to be performed in its time, and the recommended Nafilah for every obligatory Prayer is just recommended and not obligatory. Recommended prayers are very useful and get us nearness to Allah (SWT) but hey are not obligatory on us. There are narrations that recommended prayers are obligatory on the Prophet (SAWA).

We need to try our best to perform the recommended prayers as much as we can, to gain frm the great benefits of it and to be more near to Allah (SWT). In Hadeeth Qudsi that Allah (SWT) says: My servant keeps on performing recommended prayers till I love him, and when I ove im, I will be his ears with which he hears in, and his eyes with which he sees, and hand with which he acts.....

Recommended prayers are not Wajib that if we leave it like we have left an obligatory, but it is very much helpful in our spiritual uplift and we should never ignore trying to perform the recommended prayers as much as we can.

Wassalam.

Amina Inloes, Amina Inloes is originally from the US and has a PhD in Islamic Studies from the University of Exeter on Shi'a hadith. She is the program leader for the MA Islamic Studies program at the... Answered 4 weeks ago

Yes

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Sayyed Mohammad Al-Musawi, Sayyed Mohammad al-Musawi is originally from Iraq and heads up the World Ahlul Bayt Islamic League in London. Other than being involved in various humanitarian projects, he frequently responds to... Answered 2 months ago

Yes. Every Nafilah Prayer is usually two Rak'ats like Fajr Prayer, but Nafilah Prayer can be performed with reciting Sura Al-Hamd only with out other Sura, although it is better to recite another Sura in Nafilah, while it is obligatory in Fajr Prayers to recite another Sura after Sura Al-Hamd.

Nafilah Prayer can be recited while sitting with out illness and even while walking intentionally, and when it is recited while walking, no need to face Qibla. There are other facilities in Nafilah Prayers. 

Wassalam.

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Abbas Di Palma, Shaykh Abbas Di Palma holds a BA and an MA degree in Islamic Studies, and certifications from the Language Institute of Damascus University. He has also studied traditional Islamic sciences in... Answer updated 2 months ago

as salam alaikum

the sunset (Maghrib time) marks the beginning of the new twenty-four-hour period (Yawm) or "day". For example, at Maghrib of Thursday starts the night of Friday (Laylat al-Jumu'ah) and at Fajr time of the night of Friday starts the daytime of Friday (Nahar al-Jumu'ah) and it lasts until the next Maghrib. The same goes for all the others days.

With prayers for your success.

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Sayyed Mohammad Al-Musawi, Sayyed Mohammad al-Musawi is originally from Iraq and heads up the World Ahlul Bayt Islamic League in London. Other than being involved in various humanitarian projects, he frequently responds to... Answered 5 months ago

Yes, it is Makrouh (disliked and harmful) to sleep between Fajr and sunrise and also between Asr and Maghrib.

Sleeping between Fajr and sunrise drives away Barakat and makes the income less, as we read in many Hadeeths.(النوم بين الفجر وطلوع الشمس يطرد الرزق)

Sleeping between Asr and Maghrib harms the mental and psychological health. The Hadeeth states: Who sleeps after Asr,  should not blame but himself. (من نام بعد العصر فلا يلومن الا نفسه)

Wassalam.

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Zeinab Donati, Zeinab Donati has been studying books about various Islamic subjects for more than 19 years. She is deeply interested in history and politics as well as social issues in particular those pertaining... Answer updated 5 months ago

Assalamu aleykum,

I would suggest, as precaution, to remove any traces of the mascara and re-do ghusl, wudhu and also the prayer, just to be sure that everything is performed as it should be.

It could be useful to see the rulings about the validity of wudhu’ (but also ghusl):

5. The organs of wudu must be ritually clean (tahir) before washing or wiping them.

Besides the ritual cleanliness (taharat) of the organs of wudu, they must also be exposed. In other words, there should be nothing on them which might prevent the water from reaching the skin. Special care should be taken by women in case the lipstick, nail-polish, kohl, and eye shadow are such that the water does not reach the skin. If the dirt under the long nails is not more than normal, then it will not harm the wudu.

https://www.al-islam.org/ritual-and-spiritual-purity-sayyid-muhammad-rizvi/ii-wudu

Taken from the book Ritual and Spiritual Purity by Sayyid Muhammad Rizvi, online at:

https://www.al-islam.org/ritual-and-spiritual-purity-sayyid-muhammad-rizvi

And in general, about wudhu’:

https://www.al-islam.org/articles/method-and-rulings-wudhu-shaykh-saleem-bhimji

You may also want to refer to the Risalah of the Marja’ Taqlid you follow.

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Sayyed Mohammad Al-Musawi, Sayyed Mohammad al-Musawi is originally from Iraq and heads up the World Ahlul Bayt Islamic League in London. Other than being involved in various humanitarian projects, he frequently responds to... Answered 6 months ago

It is allowed but Makrouh (Disliked) as we have a Hadeeth from Imam Mohammad Al-Baqir (AS) stating that it is Makrouh to have sexual intercourse between Fajr and sunrise.

Wasa'il Al-Shia by Al-Hurr Al-Aamili, Vol 20, Page 125.

عن عبد الرحمن بن سالم، عن أبيه، عن أبي جعفر (عليه السلام) قال: قلت له: هل يكره الجماع في وقت من الأوقات وإن كان حلالا؟ قال:
نعم ما بين طلوع الفجر إلى طلوع الشمس، ومن مغيب الشمس إلى مغيب الشفق، وفى اليوم الذي تنكسف فيه    الشمس، وفى الليلة التي ينكسف فيها

القمر.

The Hadeeths explain that it is recommended to be awake between Fajr and sunrise, by being busy in worshiping Allah. Sexual relationship with spouse is recommended in general but there are certain times and situations where it becomes Makrouh.

Wassalam

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Abolfazl Sabouri, Abolfazl Sabouri is based in New Zealand and has an MA in Jurisprudence and Islamic Studies. He is a graduate of Elmiyeh seminary in Qom with more than 15 years of study and research where he has... Answered 7 months ago

Yes your fast is valid. 

Zaid Alsalami, Shaykh Dr Zaid Alsalami is an Iraqi born scholar, raised in Australia. He obtained a BA from Al-Mustafa University, Qom, and an MA from the Islamic College in London. He also obtained a PhD from... Answered 7 months ago

Bismihi ta'ala

If you have doubt as to whether there was something obstructing water from reaching your skin or not, after having performed the ghusl, you consider the ghusl as valid.

However, if you are sure it was there before the ghusl, and forgot during the ghusl, and then realised after the ghusl that it the obstruct was there, then as long as you kept your taharah, wash that part, based on the ruling of tarteeb (sequence). 

And Allah knows best.