This is the continuation of the series, that focuses on implementing sunnah in our lives. In the last post, we talked about the etiquette of eating. In this post, we will look at the Sunnahs of going to sleep.
What to recite before going to sleep:
-Recite Surah Al-Ikhlas, Surah Al-Falaq and Surah An-Nas and wipe the body. Do it three times.
-Recite Ayah Al-Kursee.
-Say the supplication for going to sleep, shared below
Hadith: Al-Bara’ bin `Azib (May Allah be pleased with them) reported: Messenger of Allah (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) directed me thus:
“Whenever you go to bed, perform Wudu’ as you do for Salat then (before sleeping) recite: `O Allah! I have submitted myself to You, I have turned myself to You, committed my affairs to You and sought Your refuge for protection out of desire for You and fear of You (expecting Your reward and fearing Your punishment). There is no refuge and no place of safety from You but with You. I believe in the Book You have revealed and in the Prophet (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) You have sent.”’
Messenger of Allah (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) added:
“If anyone recites these words and dies during the night, he will die on the true Deen, and if he remains alive till the morning, he will obtain good. And make this supplication your last words (before sleeping).” [Al-Bukhari and Muslim].
-Recite Last two verses of Surah Al-Bakrah.
Etiquette of going to sleep :
-Be in a state of purity and remember Allaah before going to sleep
Hadith: Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: Messenger of Allah (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) said,
“Whoever sits in a place where he does not remember Allah (SWT), 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].
-To Sleep on your right side
– Place the hand under the cheek before going to sleep
Hadith: Hudhaifah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: Whenever the Prophet (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) lay down for sleep at night, he would place his (right) hand under his (right) cheek and supplicate:
“Bismika Allahumma amutu wa ahya [O Allah, with Your Name will I die and live (wake up)].”
And when he woke up, he would supplicate:
“Al-hamdu lillahil-ladhi ahyana ba`da ma amatana, wa ilaihin-nushur (All praise is due to Allah, Who has brought us back to life after He has caused us to die, and to Him is the return).” [Al-Bukhari].
-Dust the bed before going to sleep
-Don’t lie down on belly/stomach before going to 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 (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam). [Abu Dawud].
Tip of the Week:
“For changes to be of any true value, they’ve got to be lasting and consistent.” Change your attitude. Instead of saying that “I will or I should implement these things”, make it “I must do it” and make it consistent!
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