Why do you want to know the daily routine of influential and successful people? Because you want to imitate their routine to achieve success in life. It motivates you to do something extraordinary. That is why I would like to illustrate the daily routine of the most influential person in history- Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him).
The other day I was glancing over the books resting on shelves in a bookstore named House Of Wisdom in Goa. I saw a book titled ‘The 100: A Ranking of the Most Influential Persons in History’ authored by Michael H. Hart. The title of the book caught my attention. I picked up the book and open the book to read the index.
What I found was mesmerising. I saw that the first person is featured as the most influential person in history is Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him). The point should not be ignored that the book is written by a Christian author, not by a Muslim.
Who can be the better than Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) to learn the daily routine and practice it in our lives to achieve success?
The daily routine of Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) is divided into four segments for better understanding. The segments are explained below.
The morning of Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) starts with fajr (early morning prayer). He would wake up to the Adhan (call for prayer) of the fajr given by Bilal (May Allah Be Pleased With Him) who was muazzin (one who call for prayers) then. Before he would lead fajr prayer he performs two rakat sunnah at his home.
Aishah (May Allah Be Pleased With Her) narrated that the Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) was never more regular and strict in offering any nawafil (voluntary prayers) than the two Rakats (Sunnah) before Fajr (dawn) prayer. [Bukhari and Muslim]
After the Fajr prayer, he would indulge himself in zikr (remembrance of Allah) and discussion with his companions. His companions would discuss everything from daily topics, historical memoirs, interpretation of dreams and so on.
After the sun rises he would perform two rakat prayer and head towards one of his homes intending to eat something. However, if would not get anything to eat he would fast for the day.
(Routine simplified: Perform Fajr prayer, indulge in Zikr, Discuss Islamic topics or read Quran and then pray two rakat as soon as the sun rises)
Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) would lead Zuhr prayer (afternoon prayer). If it is Friday the preparation for the prayer is different as Friday is a special day for Muslims. The preparation would be in the holiday spirit.
Nails would be cut, a bath taken, new clothing put on, fragrances rubbed on, the mosque would be attended earlier than usual. Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) would give a sermon and then the prayer would be performed.
Now the time to have dinner, hasn’t it? No, there is no hadith (teachings of Islam) available that talks about dinner. However, after the prayer, he would have an afternoon nap.
Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) would visit his wives after every afternoon prayer and ask how they were and what their needs were.
(Routine Simplified: Perform Zuhr prayer, if you are hungry have something and then take a small nap)
Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) would often wait for the Maghrib (evening prayer) before the sunset, and as soon as the Adhan was recited, he would immediately stand before Allah for the prayer.
After the prayer, Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) would visit one of his wives and spend time with family. The family gathering would turn into the atmosphere needed for a happy family.
There would be an evening talk would function just like a school, these evening talks were a cradle for the development of many unequalled scholars.
(Routine simplified: Perform Maghrib prayer and spend time with family)
The Prophet would lead Isha (night prayer) in the night. Aftermath, he would retire to rest without speaking to anyone if there was no other important situation. He would pray before sleeping too.
Abu Hurraira (May Allah Be Pleased With Him) reports that the Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) was asked, “What prayer is most virtuous, after the obligatory prayers?” He said, “Prayer in the depths of the night.” [Muslim, Abu Dawud, Tirmidhi, Nisaa’i, Ibn Majah]
(Routine simplified: Perform Isha prayer, go for sleep if no important work is pending, Perform prayer (voluntary prayer) before sleeping)
The last portion of the night for Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) would go with a great deal of worship. He would perform Tahajjud (mid-night prayer) at the end of the night-duration.
Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) would rest a while after the tahajjud prayer and get ready for Fajr prayer after he hears Adhan.
Aisha (May Allah Be Pleased With Her) narrates that our Prophet would pray at night until his feet were swollen. When it was said, ‘Hey, Messenger of Allah! Allah has forgiven your past and future sins. Why do you force yourself to worship so much in spite of this?’ he would answer, ‘Should I not be a grateful servant for this blessing of Allah?'”
(Routine simplified: Wake in the last duration of the night and perform prayer, get ready for Fajr prayer)
This is how Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) would spend his days. I know you are motivated to follow the above routine instantly. However, wait and imitate the routine slowly so that you will not get frustrated due to a sudden change in your daily routine. Once you start following the routine consistently you will see the magic in your life.