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Tuesday, 04 July 2017 13:41

Sunnats of Sleeping - Part Eleven

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17. A) If one experiences a bad dream then one should spit on to the left side thrice, recite the following du‘aa thrice, and one should change one’s sleeping position

أَعُوذُ بِاللهِ مِنَ الشَّيطَانِ الرَّجِيم

عن جابر رضي الله عنه عن رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم أنه قال إذا رأى أحدكم الرؤيا يكرهها فليبصق عن يساره ثلاثا وليستعذ بالله من الشيطان ثلاثا وليتحول عن جنبه الذي كان عليه (صحيح مسلم #2262)

Hazrat Jaabir (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said, “When you see a bad dream, then spit on your left thrice, and thereafter seek protection of Allah Ta‘ala thrice from Shaytaan, and one should change one’s sleeping position.”

Tuesday, 04 July 2017 12:58

Sunnats of Sleeping - Part Ten

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16. If one experiences a good dream, then recite Alhamdulillah and one may relate the dream to someone who is knowledgeable in the field of interpretation of dreams or to someone who is his well-wisher.

عن أبي سعيد الخدري رضي الله عنه أنه سمع النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم يقول إذا رأى أحدكم رؤيا يحبها فإنما هي من الله فليحمد الله عليها وليحدث بها وإذا رأى غير ذلك مما يكره فإنما هي من الشيطان فليستعذ من شرها ولا يذكرها لأحد فإنها لا تضره (صحيح بخارى #6985)

Hazrat Abu Sa‘eed Khudri (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said, “If anyone of you sees a good dream that pleases him, then one should regard such a dream to be from the side of Allah Ta‘ala, therefore he should praise Allah Ta‘ala and he may mention it (to someone who is knowledgeable in the science of dreams or to someone who is his well-wisher). However, if he sees a bad dream, then one should regard such a dream to be from the side of Shaytaan, and he should seek the protection of Allah Ta‘ala from its evil and he should not mention such a dream to anyone, the evil of such a dream will not cause him any harm.”

Saturday, 22 April 2017 13:50

Sunnats of Sleeping – Part Nine

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15. At the time one wakes up for Tahajjud, one should recite the following:

1)

اللَّهُمَّ لَكَ الْحَمْدُ أَنْتَ قَيِّمُ السَّمَوَاتِ وَالْأَرْضِ وَمَنْ فِيهِنَّ وَلَكَ الْحَمْدُ لَكَ مُلْكُ السَّمَوَاتِ وَالْأَرْضِ وَمَنْ فِيهِنَّ وَلَكَ الْحَمْدُ اَنْتَ نُورُ السَّمَوَاتِ وَالْأَرْضِ وَمَن فِيهِنَّ وَلَكَ الْحَمْدُ أَنْتَ الْحَقُّ وَوَعْدُكَ الْحَقُّ وَلِقَاؤُكَ حَقٌّ وَقَوْلُكَ حَقٌّ وَالْجَنَّةُ حَقٌّ وَالنَّارُ حَقٌّ وَالنَّبِيُّونَ حَقٌّ وَمُحَمَّدٌ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ حَقٌّ وَالسَّاعَةُ حَقٌّ اللَّهُمَّ لَكَ أَسْلَمْتُ وَبِكَ آمَنْتُ وَعَلَيْكَ تَوَكَّلْتُ وَإِلَيْكَ أَنَبْتُ وَبِكَ خَاصَمْتُ وَإِلَيْكَ حَاكَمْتُ فَاغْفِرْ لِي مَا قَدَّمْتُ وَمَا أَخَّرْتُ وَمَا أَسْرَرْتُ وَمَا أَعْلَنْتُ أَنْتَ الْمُقَدِّمُ وَأَنْتَ الْمُؤَخِّرُ لَا إِلَهَ إِلَّا أَنْتَ وَلَا حَوْلَ وَلَا قُوَّةَ إِلَّا بِاللَّهِ

O Allah, all praise belongs to You and You are the sustainer of the heavens and the Earth and whatever is contained within them. All praise belongs to You and to You belongs the kingdom of the heavens and the Earth and whatever is contained within them. All praise belongs to You and You are the noor (i.e. light) of the heavens and the Earth and whatever is contained within them. You are Haqq, Your promises are true and Your meeting is true. Your speech is true, Paradise is true and Hell is true. The messengers are true and Hazrat Muhammad (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) is true. The last hour is true. O Allah, I have surrendered to You alone. I have Imaan upon You alone. I have placed my trust and reliance upon You alone. It is only towards You that I turn. It is only on account of You (i.e. with Your help) do I dispute (with the kuffaar in proving the truth). It is only towards You do I turn for judgement. Thus forgive my sins, my past sins and my future sins, those sins done in secret and those sins committed openly. You are the first and You are the last. There is none worthy of worship besides You, and there is no power (to do good) nor any ability (to abstain from evil) except with the help of Allah Ta‘ala.

Saturday, 22 April 2017 13:47

Sunnats of Sleeping – Part Eight

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14. Upon awakening, one should recite the masnoon du‘aa:

الْحَمْدُ لِلَّهِ الَّذِي أَحْيَانَا بَعْدَ مَا أَمَاتَنَا وَإِلَيْهِ النُّشُورُ

“All praise is due to Allah Ta‘ala who granted us life after death and to Him is our return.”

عن حذيفة رضي الله عنه قال كان النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم إذا أخذ مضجعه من الليل وضع يده تحت خده ثم يقول اللهم باسمك أموت وأحيا وإذا استيقظ قال الحمد لله الذي أحيانا بعد ما أماتنا وإليه النشور (صحيح البخارى #6314 )

Hazrat Huzaifah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) reports that when retiring to bed at night, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) would place his (right) hand under his (right) cheek and would recite the du‘aa اللهم باسمك اموت و احيى , and upon awakening would recite الحمد لله الذى احيانا بعد ما اماتنا واليه النشور

Saturday, 22 April 2017 13:33

Sunnats of Sleeping – Part Seven

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12. Do not sleep unnecessarily after Maghrib.

عن أبي برزة رضي الله عنه أن رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم كان يكره النوم قبل العشاء والحديث بعدها (صحيح البخاري #568)

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

13. Do not sleep in areas which people use as a walkway as you would cause inconvenience to them and this may become a means of injury being caused to oneself.

عن أبي هريرة رضي الله عنه قال قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم إذا سافرتم في الخصب فأعطوا الإبل حظها من الأرض وإذا سافرتم في السنة فأسرعوا عليها السير وإذا عرستم بالليل فاجتنبوا الطريق فإنها مأوى الهوام بالليل (وفي رواية وإذا عرستم فاجتنبوا الطريق فإنها طرق الدواب ومأوى الهوام بالليل) (صحيح مسلم #1926)

Hazrat Abu Hurairah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said, “When travelling through green pastures, then give the animal its due right (through stopping at different places in order to allow the animal to graze). When travelling through dry land at the time of drought, then complete the journey quickly (i.e. do not delay your journey by stopping at different places so it does not become difficult upon the animal). During the journey, if you have to stop over to spend the night at a certain place, then ensure that you do not camp in the middle of the road as the road is the right of the animals (of the travellers travelling on the road), and the residing place of insects and poisonous creatures at night (which can cause you harm).”

Saturday, 22 April 2017 13:19

Sunnats of Sleeping - Part Six

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10. One should not sleep naked, instead one should sleep wearing such clothing that conceals one’s satr.

عن بهز بن حكيم حدثني أبي عن جدي قال : قلت يا رسول الله عوراتنا ما نأتي منها وما نذر قال : احفظ عورتك إلا من زوجتك وما ملكت يمينك قلت : يا رسول الله إذا كان القوم بعضهم في بعض قال : إن استطعت أن لا يرينها أحد فلا يرينها قال : قلت يا رسول الله إذا كان أحدنا خاليا قال : فالله أحق أن يستحى منه من الناس (سنن أبي داود #4019)

Hazrat Bahz bin Hakeem relates from his father, who relates from his grandfather, that he asked Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), “O Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), inform us regarding the masaa’il relating to our satr. In which cases we are allowed to expose our satr and in which cases we have to conceal it?” Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said, “Safeguard your satr, except before your wife and your slave-girl.” I then asked, “O Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), what about in the situation when many people are living together (e.g.in the case where people are living together in a small room and one would need to change one’s clothes etc.)?” Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) replied, “Ensure that no one ever sees your satr.” I then asked, “O Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), what about the situation when one is in seclusion (i.e. can his satr be exposed e.g. while changing)?” Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) replied, “Allah Ta‘ala is more worthy that hayaa and modesty be shown before Him than the modesty one exercises before people. ” (i.e. One should have the presence of Allah Ta‘ala all the time in one’s heart and mind and thus feel more ashamed to expose his satr before Allah Ta‘ala (even in seclusion), than the shame one has for people).

Thursday, 20 April 2017 06:45

Sunnats of Sleeping – Part Five

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8. One should sleep on the right side with placing the right hand under the right cheek.

عن حفصة رضي الله عنها زوج النبى صلى الله عليه وسلم أن رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم كان إذا أراد أن يرقد وضع يده اليمنى تحت خده ثم يقول اللهم قنى عذابك يوم تبعث عبادك ثلاث مرار (سنن أبي داود #5047)

Hazrat Hafsah (radiallahu ‘anha) reports that when Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) intended to sleep, he would place his right hand under his cheek and recite the following du‘aa thrice:

اللَّهُمَّ قِنِيْ عَذَابَكَ يَوْمَ تَبْعَثُ عِبَادَكَ

9. One should not sleep on one’s stomach.

وعن يعيش بن طخفة الغفاري رضي الله عنهما قال فبينما أنا مضطجع فى المسجد من السحر على بطنى إذا رجل يحركنى برجله فقال إن هذه ضجعة يبغضها الله قال فنظرت فإذا رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم (سنن أبي داود #5042)

Hazrat Ya‘eesh Ghifaari (radhiallahu ‘anhu) reports, “On one occasion, I was sleeping on my stomach in the Musjid due to stomach pains. Suddenly, a man came and shook me with his leg saying: “Sleeping in this position (i.e. on the stomach) is disliked by Allah Ta‘ala.” (I turned to see who was addressing me), then I saw that it was Hazrat Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam).”

Sunday, 02 April 2017 09:49

Sunnats of Sleeping - Part Four

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7. One should recite the following before retiring to bed:

a) Tasbeeh-e-Faatimi i.e. 33 times Subhaanallah, 33 times Alhamdulillah, and 34 times Allahu Akbar.

عن علي رضي الله عنه أن فاطمة رضي الله عنها أتت النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم تشكو إليه ما تلقى في يدها من الرحى وبلغها أنه جاءه رقيق فلم تصادفه فذكرت ذلك لعائشة فلما جاء أخبرته عائشة قال فجاءنا وقد أخذنا مضاجعنا فذهبنا نقوم فقال على مكانكما فجاء فقعد بيني وبينها حتى وجدت برد قدميه على بطني فقال ألا أدلكما على خير مما سألتما إذا أخذتما مضاجعكما أو أويتما إلى فراشكما فسبحا ثلاثا وثلاثين واحمدا ثلاثا وثلاثين وكبرا أربعا وثلاثين فهو خير لكما من خادم وفي رواية قال علي فما تركته منذ سمعته من رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم قيل له ولا ليلة صفين قال ولا ليلة صفين (صحيح بخاري #5361)

Hazrat ‘Ali (radhiallahu ‘anhu) reports that on one occasion Hazrat Faatimah (radhiallahu ‘anha) went to the house of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) to complain about the difficulty she was experiencing while using the handmill. The news reached her that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) had received some slaves (so she had thought that she would request Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) for a slave to assist her in her daily chores). However, (upon reaching the home) she did not find Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) present, hence she informed Hazrat ‘Aa’ishah (radhiallahu ‘anha) of her reason for coming. When Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) reached home, Hazrat ‘Aa’ishah (radhiallahu ‘anha) informed him regarding the request of Hazrat Faatimah (radhiallahu ‘anha). Subsequently, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) then came to our home at the time we were retiring to bed. (Upon seeing him) we intended to wake up (out of respect for him), but Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) told us to remain as we were. He then came and sat between us until I could feel the coolness of his feet on my stomach (i.e. due to being seated so close to us in between, his mubaarak feet touched the side of my body). He then said: “Should I not show you something better than what you had requested (i.e. better than me giving you a slave to assist you in your daily chores)? Before retiring to bed, then recite Subhaanallah 33 times, Alhamdulillah 33 times and Allahu Akbar 34 times, for certainly this is better for you (in assisting you in your daily chores) than acquiring a slave. (According to another narration) Hazrat ‘Ali (radhiallahu ‘anhu) further said: “I did not leave out this practice from the time I heard it from Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam).” Someone present asked: “Not even on the night of Siffeen (i.e. the night of the battle of Siffeen)?” He replied: “Not even on the night of Siffeen.”

Monday, 27 March 2017 14:27

Sunnats of Sleeping – Part Three

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5. One should not while away one’s time after the Esha Salaah in vain talk. Instead, one should try to sleep as early as possible so that one can wake up for Tahajjud Salaah and perform his Fajr Salaah on time. However, if there is a valid need e.g. participating in a Deeni program, discussing Deeni masaa’il, an important mashwarah, etc, then it will be permissible for one to engage in discussions after Esha.

عن أبي برزة رضي الله عنه أن رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم كان يكره النوم قبل العشاء والحديث بعدها (صحيح البخاري #568)

Hazrat Abu Barzah (radhiallahu ‘anhu) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) disliked one to sleep before Esha, and to engage in discussions after Esha (in the case where there is no need).

Saturday, 25 March 2017 13:26

Sunnats of Sleeping - Part Two

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3. One should cleanse one’s mouth by making miswaak before sleeping.

عن أبي هريرة رضي الله عنه قال كان رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم لا ينام ليلة ولا ينتبه إلا استن (مجمع الزوائد #2568 وقال الهيثمي رواه الطبراني في الأوسط وفيه من لم أجد ذكره وقد رواه أحمد من فعل أبي هريرة وفيه محمد بن عمرو وهو ضعيف مختلف فيه)

Hazrat Abu Hurairah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) reports that whenever Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) retired to bed at night or awoke, he would use the miswaak.