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8 Morning Habits Of Successful Muslim Women

1) Tahajjud/Quran + Dua + Fajr

There is no calmer way to start your morning than making dua and praying to Allah at tahajjud. The beauty of tahajjud is that you can wake up just 20 – 30 minutes before fajr and squeeze in a heartfelt dua and sunnah prayers/recitation. If you really want something, you need to be profusely begging Allah at tahajjud time. I find this hadith so beautiful and heart-warming: The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: “The Lord descends every night to the lowest heaven when one-third of the night remains and says: ‘Who will call upon Me, that I may answer Him? Who will ask of Me, that I may give him? Who will seek My forgiveness, that I may forgive him?’” [Bukhari, Muslim] Mind-blowing.

2) Sip On Green tea + Apple Cider Vinegar/Warm Lemon Water

The first thing I do straight after fajr is head down the stairs and boil a cup of strong green tea with 1-3 table spoons of raw, organic apple cider vinegar. It’s tangy and it tastes bitter – be prepared to feel the urge to puke! But it’s been the biggest game-changer for my health and digestion. So much so that I’ve been doing this consistently for approximately 6 years now! It’s worked miracles in maintaining my weight, boosting metabolism and soothing my digestion. My tastes buds have definitely adjusted to the bitter taste. I can’t sing enough praises for bitter hot green tea + apple cider vinegar + in the early morning = that combination does wonders for my body and sets me up feeling fresh, light and energised.

3) Consume Positive Content  

As I sip on my green tea each morning, I read through a handful of articles related to health, happiness and life. I LOVE this time to myself… I don’t feel like I’ve started my day until I’ve read through inspirational content. It sets your mind up for a powerful and positive day. The beautiful part is that by reading inspirational, informative content, each morning I’m reminded of things that are important to me. It only takes one reminder to change your habits. It’s only take one more little change each day, which adds up to transformational leaps over time.

4) Eat A Nourishing Breakfast

There’s nothing like a good breakfast that awakens your body and sets you up for a thriving, energy fuelled day. My absolute favourite standard breakfast: mashed avocado with apple cider vinegar, chilli flakes, garlic salt, scrambled eggs (organic and free range where possible) in ghee (yummmy!) with a slice of rye bread, sauerkraut (good for digestive health) and a dollop of caramelised hummus. Hungry? 😛

5) Write In A Gratitude Journal/ Feel Grateful

Take a few moments – either in writing or thoughts to practise thanking Allah. Feel the appreciation and gratitude in your heart. You are seriously blessed beyond measure. Take a moment to notice the little things that Allah has granted you today. It’s not possible to be upset when you’re obsessively grateful. If you ever wake up feeling in a funk/ in a state of lack,  start thanking Allah for all your blessings. And keep thanking Allah until that grey mood passes. Gratitude will only increase the happiness and abundance that awaits you. Your morning gratitude practice should leave you feeling in awe of Allah – your heart open and receptive to the endless possibilities of today.

6) Organise Your Tasks In A Pretty Planner   

Every woman needs a beautiful, inspiring planner. It doesn’t matter if you’re a stay at home mum with a day in/day out routine. It doesn’t matter if you’re a student with a schedule that rarely changes. It doesn’t matter if you days are mostly blank and you don’t have much to schedule. Every woman needs a planner. You’ll feel so much lighter by jotting down all the tasks that you need to complete instead of weighing it on your mind. Even if it’s basic routine-based tasks – write it down.

Some days I write things like ‘drink green tea’, ‘wash clothes and dry’ or ‘delicious meals for lunch + dinner’ – all routine based tasks that I do continuously but writing them down frees your mind. It allows you to start your day with calm, composed and collected thoughts. When you write tasks down, you take it more seriously and your much more likely to complete them inshAllah.

7) Self-Care Time

I love spending a few minutes in the morning flicking on mascara, maybe a touch of cream blush deepening on my mood, my favourite crystal earrings and an outfit that makes me feel beautiful and sensual – even though I’m at home all day. It’s a way that I connect with myself and take care of me.  For me it’s such an empowering act of self-love. When I look my best, I feel my best. I love connecting with that part of me that adores fashion, obsesses over the latest trends and gets squeakily excited over an outfit that works!

8) Quick House Errands

Spend 10 – 15 minutes or less each morning doing a quick house clean up. I love starting the day knowing that my home is clean, fresh and organised. A few minutes each day saves you spending hours in the weekend to catch up on cleaning – not to forget it saves you the mental stress of clutter and that feeling of wanting to pull your hair out when everything is out of place. 15 minutes each morning allows you to focus on what truly matters for the rest of the day. There’s nothing worse than coming home after a long day, only to finish up a pile of laundry that could have been done ahead of time allowing you to have a luxurious, relaxing evening.

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119 Responses

  1. Assalam walaikum, its an amazing article.
    can you please help me to follow a schedule as i need it.
    i am trying to schedule as i am a working married woman.
    i want to start my day with tahajjud and follow all the activities including cooking and my job.

    Please do help me by sharing the routine with me so that i can follow.

  2. مجھے دو چھوٹے بچوں کے ساتھ گھر مینج کرنا نہیں آرہا میرا ایک بیٹا سوا دو سال کا ھے اور بیٹی ایک سال کی ۔۔ان کے ساتھ ایک کامیاب زندگی کا شیڈول کیسے بناؤں اور کس پر ح اس وقت ان کی اچھی تربیت کروں
    مجھے غصہ بہت آتا ھے جو بچوں پہ نکل جاتا ھے مجھے کامیاب عورت بننے میں کچھ ہیلپ کیجیے

  3. it was a good morning routine. i usually wake up for fajr at 4:30 am. sometimes a bit faster for my tahazzud prayer. then I have my warm water with lemon. it helps me really boosted my digestion. then I usually make my to-do list. i take sometimes to pamper myself. then as I am a school student I do my everyday homework. then I do some home clean up as you told that ” a few minutes each day can save spending hours in the weekend” and ya then I do some everyday exercise routine sometimes its yoga or medication or sometimes its .high intensity workout depends on my mood. as I wake up soo early I have so much time to do so many task. and I love to read and watch this type of day routine vlog. i also was a very unhealthy and unproductive person even a year before. but now Alhamdulillah people take advice from me how should be their routine to have a productive day. and I feel so blessed. it wouldn’t posssible without allahs help.

    1. I would love some help creating a schedule for myself.. I feel so lazy and waste away my days sitting on my phone all day and even all night..I need help making a productive schedule I can follow.. a schedule that includes cooking, cleaning, weight loss ideas, taking care of myself and mostly praying salaah on times..plz help

  4. What a wonderful idea i also follow morning routine my best morning routine is i wake up at fajr no matter how late i sleep even if i sleep at 3:30 am at night i wake up at 5 o clock for fajr offer my prayer drink my cold milk and sleep till 10 o clock or sometimes 11 then i after waking up i make my gratitude list my repentance to Allah list if i do any mistakes and my things to do list.Then here goes the day full of prayers, reading Quraan, cleaning home, cooking and my online job.It is as simple as that.N exercise no meditation as Namaz is my exercise and my namaaz is my meditation and my duaa is the time i talk to Allah.

    1. Assalamoalaikum.

      I loved reading Ur article. Its so awesome. Jazakallah khair for ur article. Becoz of stress n depression in between my routine got cut off. I was searching for this kind of article from a long time.
      Alhamdulillah I got it now. It boosted n inspired me in a new level. Inshallah will send u a another reply after this Practice.

  5. This is such a wondersul article masha aallah. Shared it ?? I have given up on breakfasts I know they are good for you but I just forget to have it or if I do have breakfast it’s something quick.

  6. Assalam o was such a lovely post Masha Allah. Full of enthu and positivity.
    Well I am a young working girl with verg busy working life. Can you suggest me on how should i plan my day accordingly so that i can be fir and content with my life and following the righteous path of Allah as well.

    1. Wa Aleikum Salam, thank you for your kind words ✨

      When it comes to planning your day, the first thing to think about is ‘what’s important to you?’ At this moment in time, what 3 areas of your life are most important to you? (For example family, relationship with Allah, health, work, volunteering, eating healthy etc.) And they’ll change with time. Then plan your day around these areas or things that matter to you most.

      For example, if your relationship with Allah is one area that you’re focusing on, how would you strengthen your iman daily? That may be by praying on time/ reading quran daily or weekly/ thanking Allah every day/ waking up for tahajjud etc. Plan your day around those things or so that you include enough time to do those things.

      If fitness is another important area for you, how are you going to take care of your health daily? That might be exercising for 20 minutes in the morning/ take short walks/ having dinner early/ cooking food instead of eating out etc. Once you’ve narrowed down ‘how’ you’re going to work towards the 3 most important areas of your life, play your day around that.

      I hope this helps inshaAllah xx

  7. MashaAllah absolutely love your website and all the beneficial information you give may Allah continue to make you a source of inspiration for us ameen . Sis could please give some examples on type of positive you read in the morning may be website or books would be great?

    1. Ameen and Jazakillah Khair for your kinds words ? Thank you so much sweetie,

      As for websites, I’ve listed a few below. There’s a mixture of health, beauty, productivity, wellness. Of course, I don’t go through all of them each day but it’s nice to have a variety, so then you can pick and choose depending on what you want to read.

      For books I’m currently reading through “Better Than Before by Gretchen Rubin” – that’s to support me in my coaching skills and “Live A Beautiful Life by Jesinta Campell” – just a fun health and lifestyle book for when I get the time to unwind. Hope that helps x

  8. Maa Shaa Allah so inspiring and beautiful. I can see women who practice this form of life are truly happy and have a great life too.

  9. MashaAllah JazakAllahu khair and thank you sisters in Islam for sharing these wonderful tips. Another tip for becoming more positive as Muslimahs is to avoid the negatives as much as possible, such as things or people who give a bad influence or negative effects.

    May Allah the Almighty forgive all our sins and guide us always to His Love and Mercy. Ameen.

    Wasalaam 🙂

  10. I’m trying to find a way to start saying my prayers, I just can’t get to it on time.. Or I miss it. I make excuses. I’ve always been such a positive person but some personal issues are bringing me to a point in saying why me and just not caring enough. I feel guilty all the time for not saying prayers. I really want to but I don’t know what’s stopping me. This routine sounds great and I will try it out and let you know the results. May Allah give me immense strength to reach this goal.. he has blessed me with so much that I can’t stop thanking him and saying alhumdullilah, subhanallah, -AllahhuAkbar..

    1. Salaam anonymous 619, I noticed there were no replies to this so thought I might share a thought with you <3
      With all goals it's better to build slowly rather than try and do everything at once. For prayers what worked well for me was to set weekly goals. Choose the easiest prayer for you to do and do that prayer for a week and tick it off on your diary, wall planner whatever. So that's your goal, just one prayer and you get to be proud of yourself at the end of the week. You're not allowed to feel guilty about the other 4 because you achieved your goal of 1 prayer and because Allah knows your intention. You are starting with 1 because you want to be consistent, not because you are negligent. It is clear that you care so much from your message. After 1 week has passed and you have consistently prayed that 1 prayer every day, you move on to the second and do those 2 prayers for 2 weeks. Then choose the 3rd prayer you would enjoy to do the most and do the 3 daily prayers for 2 weeks. Then choose the 4th prayer and pray the 4 daily prayers for 2 weeks and then the final prayer and do all five for 2 weeks. So this process is 9 weeks but so what? Isn't it worth it if it means at the end of 9 weeks that you are doing all your prayers and bringing all that blessing and light into your life. Our prayers cleanse our hearts and bring us close to Allah which grounds us. You don't need to feel guilty my sister, we all have our own struggles. Take the steps and I pray Allah SWT strengthens your heart and bestows His Grace upon you.
      I know this is long but I want to say one final thing. You say some personal issues are bringing you to a point in saying why me and just not caring enough. Sometimes when things are difficult for us we don't realise that we actually become angry with Allah, we wonder why he has allowed this for us. If we looked back a little and reflected on our lives we would realise that His plan is perfect it's just that we can't see the wisdom yet. Allah says in surat al mulk, does He not know who He created and He is the Most Gentle Most Knowing. It's a reminder that He knows what he's doing and His doing is encompassed in His Gentleness even if we cannot yet see. Speak to Allah and share your heart with Him <3

  11. This article was really inspiring. I have been trying to do tahajjud more frequently for the past few weeks so it’s nice to be reminded of how important it is. I just tried the green tea/apple cider vinegar today. It was ummm….drinkable! I would like to do that everyday because it really wasn’t so bad, I could almost feel the goodness in it. Thank you for the other tips. I feel that no matter how busy we are, we should try to incorporate at least a few of these habits into our routines. inshaa Allah!

  12. Am à mother of three kids, à full time student and a Wife ofcourse so Reading this means alot. Thankz for sharing.

  13. This is an amazing article. Thank you for sharing. I want to incorporate more ibadah into my day to day life and take care of myself more. I feel over the years I have forgotten about myself. I’m not married yet and I’m working full time. My work requires me to complete work after hours too, at times the weekend too. I’m not eating the right food and don’t have time to go to the gym. My to do list includes tasks related to work. What advise would you give to incorporate some me time. Jzk

    1. Thank you so much for your kind words ? I’d look into finding the time that you do have – even if it’s just 5 minutes a day ie. thanking Allah/ taking deep breaths/ silencing any negative talk and utilising that for your self-care. And every once in a while, where possible do something that really connects you with yourself – for me it’s taking epsom salt baths, whenever I get to take one, I feel so rejuvenated and relaxed – and that really connects me with taking care of myself and often the rejuvenation last for days. Hope that helps x

  14. Mashallah!
    How beautifully yet in a simplistic manner you have listed down the daily segregations here. One thing i agree for sure is that listing our activities would definately make our lives way more easier and clutter-free. My husband would always suggest “please list down a to-do list in the diary” and i would always laught out at him but now doing things haphazardly has made my daily chores related life difficult.and after reading your post i am just realising how simple notes and organisation of task would make it easy on me.
    Thanks a tonne for the sweet note.
    Keep it coming.

  15. Yass I love this. The morning is the best time to set the tone and vibe for the rest of the day. I was really never a morning person until I accepted Islam and was forced to be up so early for prayer haha. At first I would go right back to sleep but slowly I started staying up and now I love mornings. I really love the idea of reading something inspirational every morning. Also I’ve been meaning to try to apple cider vinegar thing but I’m a little scared, not gonna lie hahaaa!

    1. hehehehe alhumduiliah ? It’s so true how following Islam, really puts us in the best position to maximise our life, like waking up early, praying isha on time and then sleeping straight after… taking a qaylulah nap.

      let me know how the apple cider vinegar goes – it’s bearable! hheheh

  16. This is a great post and thinking of ways to incorporate more ibadah n more planning.. I am a working wife, mother to 4 lovely children n also stuying degree part time… Definitely need to plan my time better.. Thank u for this list.. ??

  17. Assalamualaikum. Masya Allah,its so inspiring. May i know d bitter green tea u r using…perhaps a pictute of d teabag label would help me find it around my side. As these days there r many poor graded stuffs in d market.
    Jazakillahu khair. May Allah reward u n family abundantly in both worlds fr d sharing.

  18. SubhanALLAH . I just love your post and it’s really inspired me as well . I’m student and I’m not good on planning time/time management. Please do give me some tips.

    1. Thank you for your kind words ?

      For time management tips for students:

      – Have a regular sleeping and waking pattern, cherish your sleep! heheh
      – Work in blocks (e.g 20min block/ 40min blocks…)
      – Have a pretty planner/organiser to keep on top of things
      – Write in your planner daily
      – Find ways to enjoy your study e.g notecards, making healthy home-made snacks/juices/smoothies specially for study time

      Hope that helps…

      All the best with your studies inshaAllah x

  19. I would love to get this routine into my life – sounds idyllic but with 2 under 5 Alhamdulillaah they leave me little room to even brush my “hijab” lol I hope I can soon reclaim abit of me time especially before maternity leave is over! InshaAllah… I’m going to start with the green tea! 🙂

    1. Yeah completely! It’s really about finding what works for you… some days that might look like 5 minutes of deep breathing as you clean up the dishes or a few minutes thanking Allah as you put your baby to sleep… the main thing is finding what works for you.. good luck with the green tea! x

  20. Jzks for this post. I would define myself as a working wife – I work part-time and am studying towards a post grad course mashAllah. I consider self-care extremely important and attempt leading a healthy life, the way I look is important to me as well as trying to look good for my husband. I try to incorporate other acts of Ibadah in my day which doesn’t feed in to other pertinent chores however, my husband questions why I keep increasing my Ibadah list and that when I have children, this will be difficult for me to do (it literally is an additional 10 minutes). Secondly I cook healthy and nutrition meals which are most of the time tray baked yet take me 10-15 mins to prepare – my husband feels I should be spending more time in this area and has made comparisons between how much time I spend on studying to fulfilling my roles as a wife (which are being fulfilled but not with the time expects). How would you handle this?

    1. You can perhaps ask him what type of foods he would like to eat and try those as well some days and try to preserve nutritional value as much as possible….husbands just feel more respected and in turn more secure when they feel youare making them a priority and giving them your time

    2. Success is a funny thing. As much as we’re so happy, supportive of each other’s achievements and progress, there can be a little part of us scared that the other person is going to forget us/ not need us any more/ will be too busy to think about us etc. Reassure your husband that he is absolutely number one priority…

      With the cooking and ibadah, link that back to him. For example, tell him how you’re cooking these nutritious meals because being healthy will support you in being the best wife you can be to him + it doesn’t hurt that you’ll stay looking super hot too! 😉 Or for example, with the Ibadah list, mention that your so committed to it because you can’t wait to bring up your own family together and instil those Ibadah habits in your children too.

      Lastly, anytime you feel your getting resistance/questions in any area, get your husband involved. Ask him for his opinions, support, ideas, his take on it, find any reason to have a mini celebration together even if it’s just your achievement…

      Hope that helps inshaAllah x

      P.s. Thank you so much for your question, I know other women reading this will be able to relate too and hopefully benefit 🙂

      1. Absolutely – I read your post and I think you should be extremely proud of what your doing and what you have accomplished so far mashaAllah – Its inspiring to hear you do things to please Allah and your spouse… I’m having trouble losing my post pregnancy weight and at the moment making no real effort for my husband which makes me really sad and I’m struggling to make time to be nutrious consistently…some days I’m good other days I just indulge gaaah! Help!

    3. Assalamualaikum!
      I have been a no-kitchen person all my life before i got married and just 6 months into my marriage I am spending good hours in kitchen cooking meals that my husband could savour and relish after a tiring day. Kudos to all the working women who work and manage household chores at the same time. I however took a break from my job just so that i may become competent enough to manage the house chores.
      I am myself learning a lot on a day to day basis but theres one thing i have learnt so far, do atleast one thing each day your husband’s way and you will see they will start noticing every good in the things that you do for yourself as well as him your way.
      Ps: i had heard somewhere cooking and pleasing your husband in a halal way is also a form of ibadah.

  21. I use to do many of these things and they really helped. I now have to work at 5 am and doing these things is almost impossible until after work and then they really dont have the same impact. Jazak Allah Khair for the reminder. I am going to try to bump back the time I get up a few minutes so I can read Quran at least

    1. Working at 5am is incredible! Maybe it might not have the same impact as the morning but ultimately it’s about finding what works for you in the current circumstances that you’re in. In the future, maybe your schedule will change and allow for more flexibility in the morning but in the meantime, what is going to best serve you now? For example, instead of drinking green tea in the morning, it could be at night or making the commitment to lounge in your most comfortable clothes that make you feel your best too, after work. Hope that helps xxx

  22. Masha Allah very good article, must do routine, good reminder to us all i have to wake up more for Tahajud… Alhamdulilah i read the quran after fajr every day…. Will try the green tea…just done with my self care time.. Feeling awesome

  23. For apple cider vinegar did you make it or buy it? it was the morning that i ever dream before but don’t know how and never have a chance to make it. Jazakillah Khair for the sharing.

    1. I buy it from the stores – a 5L one that lasts for much longer and then I top up and keep a smaller one on the side.

      I think if you start off with one habit that you enjoy the most and it’s easy for you and then slowly, slowly you can build on that inshaAllah x

  24. Oh this is so me…
    only that I wake up 3 days in a week like this…but definitely this is my routine for those 3days…added up with exercise yoga and brisk walking

  25. Ma shaa Allāh. Some very useful and beneficial tips. But maybe I’m the weird one, lol, I LOVE green tea and apple cider vinegar.

  26. I love green tea, but ‘bitter green tea’ in the morning??? – sounds scary ?. Have to give that one a try. I’m more of a coffee person in the morning – sometimes honey in warm water.

    I love to start my day with a sense of direction so I do most of these things. Though it takes time and discipline; failing and trying again.

    1. Hehehe I promise you it’s as scary and puke inducing as it sounds heheh ? So you leave the teabag in for as long as it takes for you to drink it – soo bitter but soo worth it.

      Definitely, anything worth while takes time… and that stopping/re-starting will eventually progress into daily habits without any thought inshaAllah x

  27. Aww lovely article, I wish I could get up early and stick to a routine! I wake up with my toddler and feel I rarely have time for myself. Make dua I’m able to incorporate ur advice inshallah!

  28. Great tips for starting the day. I do list things I need to complete but I do not use a planner. Instead, I use my mobile. It’s easier and handy for me.

  29. The list is really beneficial,Will Try The Hot Water With Apple Cider Too. I do the warm water and lemon but now I av stopped for a long time.i hope to continue soon,alhamdulillah I just resumed with my tahajud not long ago.jazakumullahu khairan

  30. felt gud 2 read this article…watever our journey…the road 2 change is 2 take that 1st small step…not think about the huge task in the future….there r many reminders 4 me here….hope 2 improve …slowly yes …but 4 sure definitely…..

  31. I used to pray tahhajud a lot. I now only wake up for fajr. Should start strengthening my emaan.
    Really loved your article. I drink green tea, will definitely add a bit of apple vinegar to it, to reap the benefits.
    This article is amazing. <3 <3 <3

  32. I was able to do most of these things before Mat leave. Now sadly I just about make time for fajr, I drink green tea (can’t leave my house without a hot drink) and I keep agenda/diary (I’m a geek) lol

  33. I start my day listening to Quran after the prayer and the morning chaos. I really love your list. I wish I was more productive in the day time though. For me my energy levels are next to nil in the morning and builds up over the day.

  34. Really good habits, can’t beleive I follow at least five of these Daily, I don’t have a green tea routine but I did have a hot water and honey routine for as long as I can remember . Haven’t been doing it for a while now and need to start it again and also it’s highly time to get a fancy planner. My task list is mostly sricbbled on boring post its?

    1. You might want to try green tea again after a rich meal. The bitter taste is perfect for helping to digest richer foods and clean the palate for a fresh feeling. In fact, some traditional medical practices recommend against drinking green tea on an empty stomach. I think if you find the right place for green tea in your life, you will learn to love the taste.

  35. Great advice and suggestions. I agree, every woman loves a good planner. Good for you for doing things just because it makes you feel good about yourself. It’s something a lot of stay-at-home mums (including myself) often forget to do.

      1. Love Love Love ???

        I hold on to that too. Self-care means Self-love. The positive vibes will radiates and benefit our loved ones. Masya Allah. Self love is NOT selfish. You cannot give when you have None.

  36. This is such a great list. I have tried to do this a few times but have ended up just cleaning and doing errands (sighs). I think I really need to be firm with myself

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