The Story of the Three Knots - A Motivational Story of the Secret to a Bubbly Day and Productive Day


As Salaamu 'alaykum and peace to all,

The Story of the Three Knots - A Motivational Story of the Secret to a Bubbly and Productive Day

‘Salaam sis…’ an online chat box pop-up suddenly on my computer screen

‘Salaam ..’ I replied with a smilie

‘Never expected to see you here. It must be very early at your place’

‘Yeah, you are right. It’s 3 am over here. I just woke up’

‘I remembered you telling me that you always wake up early. Lucky you, I wish I can wake up at 3am! I am struggling even for my Fajr prayer…you know…’ my dearest friend confessed

Sure I know my dearest sis…

There was one survey done on Fajr prayer (the Arabic section), an Islamic website that included more than 4000 persons. The result is as follows:

14% of them never pray Fajr in its time
16% of them rarely pray Fajr in its time
33% of them often pray Fajr in its time
35% of them always pray Fajr in its time

Seems like waking up early is a struggle for many of us, right?

Because of that, I have written a story about it in my motivational book Life is an Open Secret. In the Story of a Housewife and a Package of Sugar, I shared the stories, verses from Holy Quran and hadeeth of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), quotes from wise people and proverbs of waking up early and how it is linked to our success in this world and hereafter too, inshaAllah.

I know the ‘mind-war’ we have every time we try to leave the comfort of our beds, the softness of our spine-supporting mattresses, the coziness under those thick warm blankets, the warmth of our socks, the fluffiness of our pillows and at times the hugging of our bolsters.

And it will just get worse if we suddenly hear the soothing sound of the rain outside, or the echoing sound of winter wind blowing, or when we peeped out the window and saw the blanket of freezing cold white snow, brrrr…

I remembered a funny quote mentioned by Jim Davies years back. He said,

If people were meant to pop out of bed, we'd all sleep in toasters

Visualizing that made my day!

I kinda love the idea of me sleeping in a toaster and being thrown out of it when the time to wake up comes. It sure would be helpful!

Imagine if we can pop out like that instead of the gentle knocks of love our parents or roomies relentlessly make every morning, or a tap on our shoulders by our spouses, or the musical ringing tone from our mobile, or the annoying bell sound of our alarm clock.

But you know what?

Our beloved Prophet (may peace and blessings be upon him) has given us a fantastic motivation of why we should wake up early.

He has given us 1429 years ago, an internal timer that would actually make us ‘pop up’ from our bed. No need to sleep in a toaster, I promise, inshaAllaah.

It is recorded in Sahih al-Bukhari that the Prophet (peace be upon him) said,

"During your sleep, Satan ties three knots at the back of your Decks. He breathes the following into them, 'The night is long so keep on sleeping.' If the person wakes and praises Allah, then one of the knots is unfastened. And if he performs ablution, the second knot is unfastened. When he prays, all of the knots are unfastened. After that he will be energetic and happy in the morning. Otherwise he would get up listless and grouchy."

I realized that in order for me to have a great day ahead, there are these three things I would have to do.

In order for me to be energetic, happy, full of enthusiasm, optimistic, full of life, cheerful, in high spirits, upbeat and lively, the secret is simply to do the three steps!

SubhanAllaah, it sounded so easy, right?

Can I do it? Sure I can – if I want to.

Can you do it? Sure you can – if you want to.


I want to share with you a comical and witty poem written by a very dear friend of mine, an award winning American Muslimah poet, Sister Heather El Khiyari She has written poems that won international poetry competitions and has gracefully allowed me to share with you a poem she wrote entitled ‘Fajr’.

Satan whispered in my ear today as he often does,
he told me "just stay in bed and let the alarm clock buzz,
the covers are warm while the air is cold."
But I refused and stood up bold.

As I walked toward the bathroom with my eyes squinting,
He said "Go back to bed, who care's for prayers and repenting?"
Bismillah, in the name of Allah I turn the water on,
Making wadu, I think of the reward of praying Fajr before dawn.

Knot number two is now untied,
Satan is losing his strength and pride,
he is whispering again with his last attempt,
"I will see you in my hell, you will not be exempt.

You have sinned and your prayers will not save you.
For, your good deeds are far too few."
I interrupted him, lovingly reciting, Bismillah akrakman naraheem,
In the name of Allah the most gracious, most merciful, most supreme
Al Fatiha, a surah, Ruk'u and then Qauma, Sudjood to show full submission,
Rise and thank, Sudjood again and do over with no omission,
sitting on my ankles to recite At-tashahhud with a humble and open soul,
With tears in my eyes I am submitting fully to Allah's control.

Back on my ankles to ask Allah for blessings on his Prophet and on us,
As Salaam 'alaikum wa rahmatulaah to my right then left, ahhh success.
Three knots now untied,
Inshallah, from Jannah I will not be denied.

(Copyright ©2006 Heather El Khiyari, All rights reserved)

InshaAllaah, from Jannah we will not be denied.

Undo those three knots and InshaAllaah, we will all have a bubbly and productive day ahead!

Isn't that great? :)

Sister Heather is a 25 year old American convert to Islam. She is married to a wonderful Moroccan brother and they have two darling children. She started writing poetry at a young age and has continued to do so through the years. Although it took a while for her poetry to convert to Islam and catch up with her she is now finally caught up all together, Subhanllah. She now spends her days as a house wife caring for her family and writing poetry as inspiration comes its way.

Sis Zabrina
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Sis Zabrina,
Life Storyteller,
Author, Life is an Open Secret - 18 Inspirational Stories from Ordinary life experiences

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Anonymous said…
Salaam Sister,

May Allah reward you.
Your stories are indeed motivational.
There is always some benefit for me to take from your writing.

Sis Zabrina said…

As Salaamu 'alaykum and peace to all,

Dearest Sis Haamidah *hugs*

Ameen to your prayers sis. I pray the same for you...

JazakAllaah khayran for your lovely words. I am glad that to know that my humble writing has benefited you in some ways.

Hope to see more of you here, inshaAllaah.

Love and Salaam
Sis Zabrina
Anonymous said…
Salam Alaikum my wonderful neice Zabrina: That was a beautiful inspiration for us all. And I always loved that poem of Heather's.

Fajr for me has always been a special time, incha allah, i will grow old, with grey hair (oops, already have the grey hair lol) and never miss fajr.

Love and Prayers, Sister Sakinah
Anonymous said…
Salaam Sis,

Thanks again for the great motivational tips. I will now do my best to improve myself from not-so-morning person to Fajr person! :)
Sis Zabrina said…

As Salaamu 'alaykum and peace to all,

Aunty *hugs*hugs*hugs*!

I am soo happy to see you here. I agree, Heather writes such lovely poems. Well, what can we say, right, she is an award winning poet... :)

I agree with you about Fajr time aunty. It is the best time of the day, alhamdulillaah. It is so peaceful, calm, serene and silent. And i love that.

And inshaAllaah, i pray that one day, i will grow old too (with beautiful grey hair like yours)and never miss fajr.

Maybe we can go to the Masjid together for Fajr one day, right? Who knows...

Love and Salaam
Sis Zabrina
Sis Zabrina said…

As Salaamu 'alaykum and peace to all,

Dearest Sis NAziehah *hugs*

LOL, i know what you mean. InshaAllaah, you can do it!

And inshaAllaah, once you tried it, you will love waking up so much that if you dont, your heart will demand it from you... :))

Love and Salaam
Sis Zabrina
Anonymous said…
I love the story you tell of the Three Knots. Each step toward prayer unties a knot and the strength of the devil lessens with each step forward.

Thank you for sharing this.

Sis Zabrina said…

As Salaamu 'alaykum and peace to all,

Thank you Nick. I am glad that you love the story. I had a lot of reflection upon myself when i wrote that story too.

I checked out your blog, and you sure have done a wonderful job there!

Hope to see you again here,

Sis Zabrina
the indie story said…
Salam Ukhuwah Sister Sabrina,

Jemput datang ke blog saya. Sekali-sekala kita cuba dimensi baru...

all the best from...Allah swt!

Sis Zabrina said…

As Salaamu 'alaykum and peace to all,

JazakAllaah khayran brother Moderator. Your blog sure do have really good posts to read. I enjoyed reading them all, alhamdulillaah.

May Allaah grant us all with strength to pursue His Pleasure in our own way, inshaAllaah.

Sis Zabrina
Anonymous said…
asalaam alaikum warahmat Allah wabarakatu sister zabrina,
mashaAllah i love this blog..may Allah reward you for helping motivate others
Sis Zabrina said…

As Salaamu 'alaykum and peace to all,

JazakAllaah Sis Suhaa *hugs*hugs*

And Ameen to your prayers. I pray the same for you too!

I absolutely love your website too, mashaAllaah. I miss Medina, the last time i was there was like a hundred years ago *cry*.

Coincidently, just 3 weeks back i made an intend to visit the precious holy city of Medina soon, inshaAllaah.

Take care sis and hope to see you here again, inshaAllaah

Love, Hugs and Salaam
Sis Zabrina
Sketched Soul said…
As-salaamu'alaykum wa Rahmatu Llahi wa Barakatuhu my dearest sister Zabrina,

Masha'Allah another beautiful post. A great reminder, jazak'Allah sharing it with us.. in such a lovely manner.

I have a secret :)
Before going to bed.. ask Allah to wake you up to pray fajr, on time. AlhumduliLlah.. it's my secret.. shooo.

Wa'alaykum as-salaam
Love Farhana
Sis Zabrina said…

As Salaamu 'alaykum and peace to all,

Wa 'alaykum as-salaam wa Rahmatu Llahi wa Barakatu dearest Sis Farhana *hugs*,

Wa eyyakum, inshaAllaah. :)
JazakAllaah for sharing your secret too *wink*. It sure is the best way to help us wake up!

Any other secrets you can share with us? LOL

Love, Hugs and Salaam
Sis Zabrina
Anonymous said…
jazakullah Real Nice Site here, inshallah keep up the work...Brother Saad.
Sis Zabrina said…

As Salaamu 'alaykum and peace to all,

Brother Saad, it is an honor to have you post here. Wa eyyakum, inshaAllaah. Love you latest post on Chilling in Heaven, mashaAllaah...

Sis Zabrina
Ruzaini said…
Assalamualakium, Sis Zabrina.

This is a wonderful motivational story, and the poetry by Sister Heather al-Khiyari is beautiful. Question, do you know if she's planning on publishing her poems? TQ