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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).

عن عمر بن الخطاب رضي الله عنه قال كان رسول الله صلى الله عليه و سلم يسمر مع أبي بكر في الأمر من أمر المسلمين وأنا معهما (سنن الترمذي #169)

Hazrat ‘Umar (radhiallahu ‘anhu) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) engaged in discussions after Esha with Hazrat Abu Bakr (radhiallahu ‘anhu) regarding a matter concerning the Muslims while I was also present.

عن عائشة رضي الله عنها زوج النبي قالت ما رأيت رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم نائما قبل العشاء ولا لاغيا بعدها إما ذاكرا فيغنم وإما نائما فيسلم قالت عائشة زوج النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم قالت السمر لثلاثة لعروس أو مسافر أو متهجد بالليل (مجمع الزوائد #1761)

Hazrat ‘Aa’isha (radhiallahu ‘anha) reports that she had never seen Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) sleep before Esha, nor did she see him engage in vain 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 ‘Aa’isha (radhiallahu ‘anha) further says: “Engaging in talks after Esha is permissible for three groups of people; for a married couple, the traveler (in order that he remains awake to complete the journey) and the one who intends performing salaah during the night.”

6. Recite the masnoon du‘aas before sleeping. Below are a few masnoon duaas that should be read at the time one retires to bed:

اللَّهُمَّ بِاسْمِكَ أَمُوتُ وَ أَحْيَى

O Allah! With Your name do I die and live.

اللَّهُمَّ قِنِى عَذَابَكَ يَوْمَ تَبْعَثُ عِبَادَكَ

O Allah! Save me from Your punishment on the day when You shall raise Your servants (from the grave)

اَلْحَمْدُ لِلَّهِ الَّذِي أَطْعَمَنَا وَسَقَانَا وَكَفَانَا وَآوَانَا فَكَمْ مِمَّنْ لَا كَافِيَ لَهُ وَلَا مُؤْوِيَ

All praises are due to Allah Ta‘ala, who gave us food, drink, fulfilled our needs and gave us shelter. There are many who do not have anyone to support them, nor anyone to provide them with shelter.

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 Huzaifa (radiallahu ‘anhu) reports that when retiring to bed at night, Rasulullah (salallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) would place his (right) hand under his (right) cheek and would recite the du‘aa اللهم باسمك اموت واحيى , and upon awakening would reciteالحمد لله الذى احيانا بعد ما اماتنا واليه النشور

 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 Hafsa (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 قِنِى عَذَابَكَ يَوْمَ تَبْعَثُ عِبَادَكَ

عن أنس رضي الله عنه أن رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم كان إذا أوى إلى فراشه قال الحمد لله الذي أطعمنا وسقانا وكفانا وآوانا فكم ممن لا كافي له ولا مؤوي (صحيح مسلم #2715)

Hazrat Anas (radhiallahu ‘anhu) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) would recite the following du‘aa when retiring to bed:

اَلْحَمْدُ لِلَّهِ الَّذِي أَطْعَمَنَا وَسَقَانَا وَكَفَانَا وَآوَانَا فَكَمْ مِمَّنْ لَا كَافِيَ لَهُ وَلَا مُؤْوِي

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