Tuesday, 29 March 2011

Spiritual | Sunan an-Nawm-The Sunnah of Sleep

I was talking to someone at uni about Islam and how its not just a religion but more of  a way of life. Islam covers every aspect of your day to day life and there are blessings in every action, even in sleep so this post is dedicated to you. I hope that you will be guided and find all the answers you are looking for in life, may God increase you in your knowledge and enlighten your soul. (=


1. Sleeping on Wudoo`. The Prophet, sallallahu 'alayhi wa salam told al-Baraa` bin
'Aazib, radiallahu 'anh, If you go to your bed, then do your wudoo` (ablution) as you
would do it for prayer, then lie on your right" [Agreed upon, No. 6311.]

2. Sleep early.
Sleeping early is a healthy habit and it was the practice of Allaah's Messenger to sleep directly after performing the Isha prayer. Abu Barzah al-Aslami said that the Prophet used to prefer to delay Isha, and he did not like to sleep before it or talk after it.” [Saheeh al-Bukharee] 

3. Reading Soorat al-Ikhlaas, al-Falaq and an-Naas before sleeping: From 'Aishah
radiallahu 'anha, the Messenger, sallallahu 'alayhi wa salam used to recite "Qul huwallahu ahad", "Qul a'oothu birrabilfalaq" and "Qul a'oothu birrabinnaas" every night when he went to sleep, then wiped his face and whatever he was able from his body, beginning with his head and face, and what faces him from his body, three times". [al-Bukhaari: 5017]

4. Doing takbeer and tasbeeh when going to sleep: 'Ali, radiallahu 'anh narrates that
the Messenger of Allah, sallallahu 'alayhi wa salam said when Faatimah asked him for
a servant, "Shall I not lead you to that which is better for you than a servant? If you
go to your mattresses, or rest to sleep, then say Allahu Akbar thirty-four times, and say subhaan Allah thirty-three times, and say alhamdulilah thirty-three times, for they are better for you than having a servant" [Agreed upon: 6318 & 6915]

5. Supplicating when awoken from sleep: 'Ubaadah bin as-Saamit, radiallahu 'anh
narrates that the Prophet, sallallahu 'alayhi wa salam said: "Anyone awoken in the
night and says: Laa ilaha illa Allah, wahdatu laa shareeka lah, lahul-mulku walahul hamd, wa huwa 'ala kulli shay`in qadeer, alhamdulilah was-subhaan Allah, wallahu akbar, wa laa hawla wa laa quwata illa billah, then said, Allahumma aghfirli or invoked Allah, he will be answered, and if he does ablution and prays, his prayer will be accepted" [al-Bukhaari: 1154]

6. Supplicating once awake with the following supplication: Alhamdulilah alathee
ahyaanaa ba'da maa amatana, wa ilayhin-nushoor (Praise be to Allah Who granted us life after death, and to Him we will be ressurected) [al-Bukhaari, 6312, from Huthayfah bin al-Yamaan, radiallahu 'anh]

[From the book 100 Established Authentic Sunan]

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