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Sunday, 23 January 2022 05:38

Sunnats and Aadaab of Sleeping – Part Two

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11. Do not sleep unnecessarily after Maghrib. If you have a need to sleep (e.g. due to illness or extreme tiredness) then get someone to wake up you up for Esha or set an alarm. [1]

Hazrat Abu Barzah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) disliked that a person sleep before Esha (i.e. after Maghrib), and engage in discussions after Esha (in the case where there is no need). [2]

Monday, 17 January 2022 05:13

Sunnats and Aadaab of Sleeping – Part One

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1. After the Esha Salaah, do not while away your time in idle conversation. Instead, try to sleep as early as possible so that you may be able to wake up for Tahajjud Salaah and perform your Fajr Salaah on time. However, if there is a valid need to remain awake e.g. participating in a Deeni program, discussing Deeni masaa’il, an important mashwarah, etc. then it will be permissible for you to engage in such discussions after Esha. [1]

Hazrat Abu Barzah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) disliked that a person sleep before Esha, and engage in discussions after Esha (in the case where there is no need). [2]

Hazrat Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) reports, “Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) engaged in discussions after Esha with Abu Bakr (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) regarding a matter concerning the Muslims while I was also present.” [3]

Hazrat Aaishah (radhiyallahu ‘anha) reports that she had never seen Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) sleep before Esha, nor did she see him engage in idle discussions after Esha. He would either engage in the remembrance of Allah Ta‘ala after Esha, thereby reaping the rewards of the Hereafter and becoming successful, or he would go to sleep, thereby saving himself (from being engaged in things of no benefit). Hazrat Aaishah (radhiyallahu ‘anha) further says, “Engaging in talks after Esha is permissible for three groups of people; for a married couple, a traveller (to assist him in remaining awake and completing the journey) and one who intends performing salaah during the night.” [4]

Monday, 10 January 2022 05:36


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Sleep is one of the basic needs of every person, just as eating and drinking are basic needs. Allah Ta‘ala makes mention of the great bounty of sleep in the Qur’aan Majeed saying:

وَّ جَعَلۡنَا نَوۡمَکُمۡ سُبَاتًا ۙ﴿۹﴾

And We made sleep a means of rest for you. [1]

Thursday, 30 December 2021 10:19

Sunnats and Aadaab of Drinking

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1. Before drinking, take the name of Allah Ta‘ala by reciting: [1]

بِسْمِ اللهِ

In the name of Allah.

2. Drink with the right hand. [2]

Hazrat Ibnu Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhuma) reports that Hazrat Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said, “When any one of you eats then he should eat with his right hand, and when he drinks then he should drink with his right hand, for indeed Shaitaan eats with his left hand and drinks with his left hand.” [3]

Sunday, 26 December 2021 05:33


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There are many sunnats and aadaab (etiquettes) in regard to drinking. Some sunnats and aadaab pertain to the various duas which have been prescribed to be recited before, during and after drinking. Other sunnats and aadaab relate to the manner in which a person should drink.

Apart from this, there are sunnats and aadaab that teach a person the amount of liquid that he should drink at one time in order for him to avoid damaging his health. Hence, drinking in the correct manner is essential, as this will enable one to maintain good health which will assist him in the worship of Allah Ta‘ala.

Sunday, 19 December 2021 16:23

Duas After Eating

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اَلْحَمْدُ لِلّٰهِ الَّذِيْ أَطْعَمَنَا وَسَقَانَا وَجَعَلَنَا مُسْلِمِيْنَ

All praise is due to Allah Ta‘ala who gave us food and drink and made us Muslims. [1]

Saturday, 11 December 2021 04:35

General Sunnats and Aadaab Pertaining to Eating

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1. Do not criticize or find fault with the food. [1]

Hazrat Abu Hurairah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) reports that Hazrat Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) never found fault with the food. If he desired eating it, he ate it, and if he was not inclined towards eating it, he left it (without finding fault with it). [2]

Monday, 06 December 2021 05:48

Sunnats and Aadaab after Eating

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1. After eating, thoroughly clean the plate or any other utensil which you are eating from (bowl, etc.). It is reported in the Hadith that the utensil makes dua of forgiveness for the one who cleans it after eating. [1]

2. After eating, lick your fingers. First lick the middle finger, then the index finger, and finally the thumb. [2]

Hazrat Abu Hurairah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) reports that Hazrat Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said, “When any of you eats any food, then he should lick his fingers, as he does not know which morsel of food contains the special blessings of Allah Ta‘ala.” [3]

Monday, 29 November 2021 05:15

Sunnats and Aadaab while Eating

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1. If one forgets to recite the dua before eating, then one should recite the following dua when one remembers: [1]

بِسْمِ اللهِ أَوَّلَهُ وَآخِرَهُ

(I commence) in the name of Allah Ta‘ala from the beginning till the end. [2]

Monday, 22 November 2021 05:15

Sunnats and Addaab before Eating

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1. Always consume halaal and wholesome food. Refrain from consuming doubtful or haraam food. [1]

2. Eat with the intention of gaining strength to fulfil the commands of Allah Ta‘ala and engage in His worship. [2]

3. One should sit on the floor and eat. [3]

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