As usual, the day is over. Everybody is saying goodnight to love once. Some are already far asleep. Now it’s your turn to take the lead.
Let me ask you. As a Muslim, do you just go to bed like that?
Are you one of those who will normally stay on music till daybreak? Some will also call it a day by watching movies. That’s what put them to sleep after all. What’s the big deal? That’s what they think.
Well, this is actually not a big deal. But remember, you are a Muslim. And as my sayings go, if you are a Muslim better act like one.
This is not a big deal for me if I don’t trust Allah and His might. But if I do, then I definitely know that I may not be able to raise up again the following morning. So to someone who really believes, this is more than a big deal.
Definitely, some may never take this seriously. That’s alright. How many people die this way after all? They think it’s rare, impossible, or illogical. That’s completely up to them.
But for us who have true faith in Allah, even if there’s a 0.0009% possibility of the risk, we cannot afford to take it. No way!
We have to end each of our days with submission. For us, it’s very important and wonderful to submit our souls to Allah before sleep. That’s the only possible way we can be protected during sleep.
But how do you submit your soul to Allah? What is the sleeping dua one has to make before going to bed? And also what are the other things to do before closing your eyes?
Well, in this article, we are going answer the above questions. This might seem simple, but it is a very powerful deed, and when one makes it his or her habit, he or she will never regret doing it Insha’Allah. After all, this was the habit of our beloved Prophet (ﷺ)!
Go to sleep with Wudu.
This can be a difficult task for many people. Satan knows its benefits and will, therefore, instill laziness into you at all cost to forget about wudu.
Maybe you are lazy because you don’t know the benefits it can bring to you. For your information, there are many incentives for this Sunnah. I hope that they inspire you enough to shun laziness concerning wudu before going to sleep.
Angels make sleeping dua for you.
Sayyiduna Ibn ‘Abbas (radiyallahu ’anhumu) reported that The Prophet (ﷺ) said:
‘Purify these bodies and Allah will purify you, for any slave who goes to sleep in a state of purity has an Angel that spends the night with him. Every time he turns over, [the Angel] says, ‘O Allah! Forgive Your slave, for he went to bed in a state of purity.’ – (Al-Mu’jamul Awsat of Tabarani, Hadith: 5087)
The soul will make sajdah under the ‘Arsh (Throne) of Allah Most High.
Sayyiduna Abud Darda (radiyallahu ’anhu) has said:
‘When a person sleeps, his soul rises to the throne (‘Arsh) of Allah. If he slept with wudu, the soul is permitted to make sajdah (by the ‘Arsh of Allah). If he slept in the state of impurity, permission for sajdah is refused.’ – (Kitabuz Zud of Ibnul Mubarak, Hadith: 1245. Also see Fathul Bari, Hadith: 1149)
Be raised on the day of Qiyamah with Wudu
The ‘Ulama state that one of the primary reasons for sleeping with wudu is to prepare for death. Sayyiduna Ibn ‘Abbas (Allah be pleased with them) advised:
‘Ensure that you spend the nights in wudu, for the souls will be raised in the condition [of purity] that they were taken in.’ – (Musannaf ‘Abdur Razzaq, see Fathul Bari, Hadith: 6312 and ‘Umdatul Qari, Hadith: 247)
Protection from nightmares.
Hafiz Ibn Hajar (Allah’s mercy be upon him) writes:
‘One who sleeps with wudu will see better dreams.’ – (Fathul Bari, Hadith: 6311)
It is also said that: ‘One who sleeps with wudu is saved from bad dreams.’ –(Taqrir Bukhari 2/78)
Let’s take advantage of these super benefits of sleeping with wudu. A simple, yet so beneficial deed. In so doing, we won’t lose as we snooze.
Source: Muslim Village
Sleep on your right shoulder.
The Prophet Mohammed (ﷺ) used to sleep on his right side. There are several reasons why this may have been told to you, depending on your actual health condition.
Sleeping on your left side may be bad for your heart. This is especially true for those who are suffering from chronic heart failure or have had a heart attack. Sleeping on your left side will decrease the sympathetic nervous activity in your body. This activity normally controls blood pressure and the heart rate.
When lying on your right side, you may lower your blood pressure and heart rate, which is good for individuals suffering from heart conditions. Lying on the left side decreases your heart’s ability to function properly.
Doctors recommend that patients with a heart condition, especially chronic heart failure try sleeping on their right side if it is comfortable for the patient.
Whenever possible, avoid sleeping on the left side of your body. You place a lot of strain on the heart, as well as your lungs, stomach, and liver. Some of these organs can press into the heart’s region, making it even more difficult to work properly.
The Prophet (ﷺ) used to sleep on his right side, putting his right hand on his right cheek, and this is what the Prophet (ﷺ) recommended others to do. He (ﷺ) also said:
“When you go to bed, do wudu’ as if for prayer, then lie down on your right side…” (Narrated by al-Bukhaari, al-Wudoo’, 239).
Sleeping on your right side is, therefore, a Sunnah for you to practice. And as we all know, the Sunnah is not for nothing, but to make our lives better. And as far as sleeping on the right side is concern, it brings us some health benefits. Alhamdulillah!
NOTE: Sleeping on one’s left side is permitted, but one misses the reward for following the Sunnah. And Allah knows best.
Fall asleep with the intention to pray Fajr
Every Muslim should know the importance of salaat al-Fajr in the sight of Allah, may He be glorified. The Prophet (ﷺ) said:
“Whoever prays the dawn prayer in congregation, it is as if he had prayed the whole night long.” (Muslim, 656; al-Tirmidhi, 221).
The Prophet (ﷺ) also said:
“The most burdensome prayers for the hypocrites are salaat al-’Isha’ and salaat al-Fajr, but if they only knew what they contain, they would come even if they had to crawl.” (Reported by Imam Ahmad, al-Musnad, 2/424; Saheeh al-Jaami’, 133).
Knowing how important Fajr is, when going to bed, you should have a sincere intention and determined that you will get up for Fajr.
Do Istighfaar and also forgive everyone
The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) was sitting with a group of his companions in the mosque and he said: “A man will enter [who is] from the people of Paradise.” The man who entered was a companion of Muhammad (ﷺ). Later it happened again, and then a third time.
Abdullah wanted to find out what was so special about this man. So he asked to stay over the man’s house for 3 days (He made up an excuse). The man allowed him to stay. ‘Abdullah noticed that the man didn’t do anything out of the ordinary: He didn’t fast all the time, he slept some of the night and prayed some of the night, and so on.
So after the 3 days, Abdullah told him the real reason why he requested to stay with him, and he asked him what deeds he was doing that could grant him Jannah as the prophet said. The man couldn’t think of anything, but after a bit he said: “Every night, before I go to sleep, I forgive whoever has wronged me. I remove any bad feelings towards anyone from my heart.”
One of the scholars said: “When you go to bed, clean your heart – so to forgive seven times, and the eighth time with mercy.” Then say: “May Allah forgive all men. May Allah forgive those who have wronged us. May Allah guide us and forgive those who have misbehaved. May Allah be merciful to those who have spoken ill of us. May Allah forgive us, and every other Muslim.”
The one who forgives others and shows mercy, Allah forgives him and gives him favors, and the one who does not do this, Allah (SWT) makes it difficult and troublesome for him on the Day of
Read the Kalimah before sleeping.
It is absolutely not a Wajib (obligation) to say the Shahada when going to sleep. However, if a person says it before sleeping, then this is a good thing because if he dies when asleep, the last of his words would have been “La Ilaha Illah Allah”. And so, the meaning of the Hadith applies to him that “Whoever his last word from this world is ‘La Ilaha Illa Allah’ he would enter Paradise.”
Read four Qul Surahs
The four qul surahs include Surah Al-Kafiruun, Surah Al-Ikhlas, Surah Al-Falaq, and Surah An-Nas. There are individual hadiths and scholarly views that recommend reciting these surahs before going to bed.
Recite the sleeping Dua
There are several sleeping dua you can choose from. The purpose of the sleeping dua is to show that you are a humble servant of Allah, and without His mercy and protection, you are doomed. So it doesn’t really matter which one of the sleeping dua you choose to use, what matters is to try as much as possible not to ever forget reciting it.
If you already know a sleeping dua that you use, try as much as possible to recite it every day before sleeping. But if you don’t know how to recite one, I recommend using the following sleeping dua, it’s a dua collected from our beloved Prophet. More interesting, it is very short and easy to commit to memory. Alhamdulillah!
Bismika Allaahumma ‘amootu wa ‘ahyaa.
In Your Name , O Allah , I die and I live.
Drift off reading the Ayat-ul-Kursi
Prophet (ﷺ) said, “By reciting it (Ayat- ul-Kursi), there will be a guardian appointed over you from Allah who will protect you during the night, and Satan will not be able to come near you until morning” [Al-Bukhari]
As you can see, the above points are detailed to let seekers know the importance of preparing well for a good night sleep. Now I want us to simplify things. Listed below is a short checklist of what we talked about in this article.
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