The Islamic Ettiquetes of Sleeping


Today science and medical research tells us the best and most healthy sleeping position is to sleep on your back or on your right side which we (muslims) were told 1400 years ago by our beloved Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings upon him).

1. Sleeping with Wudoo (abulution)…

The Prophet (peace be upon him) said to al-Baraa` bin ‘Aazib (May Allah be pleased with him): If you go to your bed, then do your wudoo` (ablution) as you would do it for prayer, then lie on your right, [Bukhari]

2. Sleeping on the right side…

The Prophet (peace be upon him) used to sleep on his right side, putting his right hand on his right cheek, and this is what the Prophet (peace be upon him) recommended others to do. According to a saheeh hadeeth narrated from al-Baraa’ ibn ‘Aazib, the Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “When you go to bed, do wudoo’ as if for prayer, then lie down on your right side…” [Bukhari]

3. Reciting Surat al-Ikhlas, an-Nas, and an-Naas Before Sleeping…

‘Aishah (May Allah be pleased with her) narrated that the Messenger (peace be upon him) used to recite “Qulhuwallahu 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]

4. Doing Takbeer and Tasbeeh When Going to Sleep…

‘Ali (May Allah be pleased with him) narrates that the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said when Faatimah (May Allah be pleased with her) 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”

5. Do Zikr while sleeping…

Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleasedd with him) reported: Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said, ”Whoever sits in a place where he does not remember Allah (Exalted is He), he will suffer loss and incur displeasure of Allah; and whoever lies down (to sleep) in a place where he does not remember Allah, he will suffer sorrow and incur displeasure of Allah.” [Abu Dawud].

6. Making Du’a When Awoken from Sleep…

‘Ubaadah bin as-Saamit narrates that the Prophet (peace be upon him) 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]

7. Du’a Once Awake…

Narrated by Huthayfa Al –Yamaan, “Alhamdulilahalatheeahyaanaaba’damaaamatana, wailayhin-nushoor” (Praise be to ALLAH SWT who granted us life after death, and to HIM we will be resurrected)
(Bukhari: 6312)

8. Disapproved posture of sleep…

Ya’ish bin Tikhfah Al-Ghifari (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: My father said: I was lying down on my belly in the mosque when someone shook me with his foot and said, “Lying down this way is disapproved by Allah.” I looked up and saw that it was Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him). [Abu Dawud] This form of lying is a common practiced by many of us out of ignorance. We need to correct our posture of sleeping.

Brothers and sisters we must strive to adopt these Sunnah’s in our lives. In’Shaa’Allah!!

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