REMEMBRANCE OF ALLAH BEFORE FALLING ASLEEP
It is important to remember Allah (ﷻ) and supplicate to Him before falling asleep. This provides protection for the believer through the night and makes him feel and enjoy the comfort of being close to his Creator (ﷻ). Failing to do so would be a source of regret on Judgment Day. Abu Hurayrah (رضي الله عنه) reported that the Prophet (ﷺ) said:
Whenever a person goes to sleep without remembering Allah, that will be a source of regret for him on Resurrection Day. And whenever a person sits in a sitting in which he does not remember Allah, that will be a source of regret for him on Resurrection Day.
[Recorded by Abu Dawud and an-Nasai. Verified to be authentic by al-Albani (Sahih ut-Targhib wat-Tarhib no. 611 and as-Sahihah no. 78)]
Knowing the power of dhikr before going to sleep, Shaytan tries hard to make us sleep without saying it. ‘Abdullah Bin ‘Amr (رضي الله عنه) reported that the Prophet (ﷺ) said:
Shaytan comes to a person when he is ready to sleep, and makes him fall asleep before he finishes saying them (the adhkar).
[Recorded by Abu Dawud, at-Tirmidhi, and others. Verified to be authentic by al-Albani (Sahih ut-Targhib wat-Tarhib no. 606)]
‘Abdullah Bin Mas’ud (رضي الله عنه) said:
“Falling asleep while saying dhikr is from Shaytan. If one of you wishes to verify this, let him lie in bed. If he then wishes to fall asleep, let him start extolling Allah (ﷻ).”
[Recorded by al-Bukhari (in al-Adabul-Mufrad 1208) and verified to be authentic by al-Albani]
A) RECITING QUR’ANIC PORTIONS
1. RECITINGAYAT UL-KURSI
It is recommended to reciteAyat ul-Kursiwhen going to bed. This further demonstrates the excellence of this ayah. An incident similar to Ubayy Bin Ka’b’s earlier encounter with the jinn occurred to Abu Hurayrah رضي الله عنه when the Prophet ﷺ appointed him to guard the food collected for zakat-ul-fitr (charity of Ramadan). On three consecutive nights, he caught a seemingly poor person trying to steal from the charity. He was finally determined to take him to the Prophet ﷺ, but the person promised to teach him something very useful if he let him go. Abu Hurayrah agreed, and the person told him:
“When you go to bed, recite Ayat ul-Kursi, ‘Allahu la ilaha illa huwal-hayyul-qayyum,’’ [Al-Baqarah 2:255] until you conclude it. Allah will then set a protector over you, and no devil would approach you until the morning.”
In the morning, Abu Hurayrah (رضي الله عنه) related this to the Prophet (ﷺ) who told him:
Indeed, he told you the truth — even though he is a liar. Do you know to whom you have been speaking these three nights? That was the Devil.
[Recorded by al-Bukhari (2311, 3275, 5010), Ibn Khuzaymah, and others]
2. RECITINGSURAH AL-KAFIROON
Before falling asleep, it is recommended to recite Surat ul-Kafirun: [Al-Kafirun 109:1-6]
Nawfal Bin Muawiyah and Silah Bin Harithah (رضي الله عنه) reported that the Prophet (ﷺ) said:
When you go to bed at night, recite ‘‘Qul ya ayyuhal kafirun’ [Al-Kafirun 109:1-6] and go to sleep while saying the last part of it. This is indeed a freedom from shirk.
[Recorded by Ahmad, Abu Dawud, and others. Verified to be authentic by al-Albani (Hidayat ur-Ruwah no. 2102, Sahih ut-Targhib wat-Tarhib no. 605, and at-Taliqat ul-Hisan nos. 786, 787).]
3. RECITING THEMUAWWITHAT
Upon going to bed, it is recommended to recite the threeMuawwithat(surahs 112, 113, 114). ‘Uqbah Bin ‘Amir (رضي الله عنه) reported that the Prophet (ﷺ) told him:
O ‘Uqbah Bin ‘Amir, should I not teach you surahs that nothing similar to them was revealed in the Tawrah (Torah), the Zabur (Psalms), the Injil (Gospel), or the Quran? They are: “Qul huw-allahu ahad”, “Qul authu bi rabb-il-falaq,” and “Qul authu bi rabb-in-Nas.” Let not a night come upon you and you go to bed without reciting them.Uqbah said:So every night I would recite them. It became my duty to recite them, because the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) had commanded me to do so.
[Recorded by Ahmad 16810. Verified to be authentic by al-Albani (as-Sahihah no. 2861)]
It is best to repeat these surahs three times, each time bringing the hands together, reciting them while breathing into the hands, and then rubbing the hands all over the body. The Prophet (ﷺ) was keen to do this consistently, even during his final illness as ‘A’ishah (رضي الله عنه) reported:
“When Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) went to bed, he would bring the palms of both hands together, and breathe into them while reciting “Qul huw-allahu ahad’, “Qulauthu bi rabb-il-falaq”, and “Qul authu bi rabb-in-Nas”. He would then rub with them whatever he could reach of his body, starting with his head, face, and the front part of his body. He would do this three times. When he was too ill, he asked me to do this for him.”
[Recorded by al-Bukhari (5017,5748), Abu Dawud, and others]
4. RECITINGSURAH AL-ISRA, AS-SAJDAH, AZ ZUMAR, AND AL-MULK
The Prophet (ﷺ) also recited some longer surahs before going to sleep: Surat ul-lsra (17), Surat us-Sajdah (32), Surat uz-Zumar (39), and Surat ul-Mulk (67). Therefore, it is recommended to recite as much of these as time permits. ‘A’ishah (رضي الله عنه) reported:
“The Prophet (ﷺ) did not use to sleep before he recited Surat ul-lsra (17) and Surat uz-Zumar (39).”
[Recorded by at-Tirmidhi, Ahmad, and others. Verified to be authentic by al-Albani (as-Sahihah no. 641)]
Jabir (رضي الله عنه) reported:
“The Prophet (ﷺ) did not use to sleep before he recited Surat us-Sajdah (32) and Surat ul-Mulk (67).”
[Recorded by an-Nasai, at-Tirmidhi, and others. Verified to be authentic by al-Albani (as-Sahihah no. 585).]
5. RECITING THELAST TWO VERSES OF SURAH BAQARAH
It was narrated from Abu Mas’ood al-Ansaari (رضي الله عنه) that the Prophet (ﷺ) said: “Whoever recites the last two verses of Soorat al-Baqarah at night, they will suffice him.”
[Narrated by al-Bukhaari (5009) and Muslim (2714).]
Ibn al-Qayyim said in al-Waabil al-Sayyib (132):They will suffice him against any evil that may harm him.
It was narrated that ‘Ali (رضي الله عنه) said:
“I did not think that any sane person could sleep without reciting thelast three versesof Soorat al-Baqarah.”
[In al-Adhkaar (220), al-Nawawi attributed it to the report of Abu Bakr ibn Abi Dawood, then he said: It is saheeh according to the conditions of al-Bukhari and Muslim.]
B) ADHKAR (WORDS OF REMEMBRANCES)
6. ONE HUNDREDDHIKRBETTER THAN A SERVANT
Before going to sleep, it is recommended to praise Allah (ﷻ) with takbir (Allahu’Akbar), tasbih(Subhan’Allah), and tahmid(Alhamdullilah). ‘AIi (رضي الله عنه) reported that his wife Fatimah (رضى الله عنها) complained that her hands ached from using the hand mill. Hearing that her father (ﷺ) had received some war prisoners, she requested from him a servant. The Prophet (ﷺ) came to her house and addressed her and ‘Ali saying:
Should I not teach you both something better than what you requested? When you go to bed, say tasbih (Subhan’Allah) thirty-three times, tahmid (Alhamdulillah) thirty-three times, and takbir (Allahu’Akbar) thirty-four times. This would be better for you than a servant.
[Recorded by al-Bukhari (3113, 3705, 5361,5362, 6318), Muslim (2727), and others.]
‘Abdullah Bin ‘Amr (رضي الله عنه) reported that the Prophet (ﷺ) said:
There are two acts that no Muslim worshipper does consistently but that he will enter Jannah. And though they are easy, only few people perform them:
a. After each of the (five) prayers, say tasbih ten times, tahmid ten times, and takbir ten times. This makes one hundred fifty (daily extollments) by tongue, and one thousand five hundred (good deeds) in the Scale.
b. Upon going to bed, say takbir thirty-four times, tahmid thirty-three times, and tasbih thirty-three times. This makes one hundred (extollments) by tongue, and one thousand (good deeds) in the Scale.
So who among you would commit two thousand five hundred sins in one day (to counter that)?
The Prophet (ﷺ) then added:
Satan comes to a person while he is ready to sleep, and makes him fall asleep before he finishes saying them; and he comes to him after the prayer, and reminds him of something he needs to do instead of saying them.
[Recorded by Abu Dawud, at-Tirmidhi, and others. Verified to be authentic by al-Albani (Sahih ut-Targhib wat-Tarhib no. 606)]
7. SEEKING ALLAH’S PROTECTION AND ASKING HIM FOR ABUNDANCE
Abu Hurayrah (رضي الله عنه) reported that the Prophet (ﷺ) instructed that when a person goes to bed, he should lie on his right side and say:
اللَّهُمَّ رَبَّ السَّمَاوَاتِ السَّبْعِ وَرَبَّ الْعَرْشِ الْعَظِيمِ، رَبَّنَا وَرَبَّ كُلِّ شَيْءٍ، فَالِقَ الْحَبِّ وَالنَّوَى، وَمُنْزِلَ التَّوْرَاةِ، وَالْإِنجِيلِ، وَالْفُرْقَانِ، أَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنْ شَرِّ كُلِّ شَيْءٍ أّنْتَ آخِذٌ بِنَاصِيَتهِ. اللَّهُمَّ أَنْتَ الأَوَّلُ فَلَيْسَ قَبْلَكَ شَيْءٌ، وَأَنْتَ الآخِرُ فَلَيْسَ بَعْدَكَ شَيْءٌ، وَأَنْتَ الظَّاهِرُ فَلَيْسَ فَوْقَكَ شَيْءٌ، وَأَنْتَ الْبَاطِنُ فَلَيْسَ دُونَكَ شَيْءٌ، اِقْضِ عَنَّا الدَّيْنَ وَأَغْنِنَا مِنَ الْفَقْرِ
Allahumma Rabbas-samaawaatis-sab’i wa Rabbal-‘Arshil-‘Adheem, Rabbanaa wa Rabba kulli shay ‘in, faaliqal-habbi wannawaa, wa munzilat-Tawraati wal-‘Injeeli, wal-Furqaani, ‘a’udhu bika min sharri kulli shay ‘in ‘Anta ‘aakhithun binaasiyatihi. Allaahumma ‘Antal-‘Awwalu falaysa qablaka shay’un, wa ‘Antal-‘Aakhiru falaysa ba’daka shay’un, wa ‘Antadh-Dhaahiru falaysa fawqaka shay’un, wa ‘Antal-Baatinu falaysa doonaka shay’un, iqdhi ‘annad-dayna wa ‘aghninaa minal-faqri.
O Allah! Lord of the Seven heavens and Lord of the Magnificent Throne. Our Lord and the Lord of everything. Splitter of the grain and the date-stone, Revealer of the Torah and the Injeel and the Furqan (the Qur’an), I seek refuge in You from the evil of everything that You shall seize by the forelock. O Allah You are the First and nothing has come before you, and You are the Last, and nothing may come after You. You are the Most High, nothing is above You and You are the Most Near and nothing is nearer than You. Remove our debts from us and enrich us against poverty.
[Recorded by Muslim (2713), Abu Dawud, and others]
Abu Hurayrah (رضي الله عنه) also mentioned that when Fatimah came to the Prophet (ﷺ) asking him for a servant (as in the previous hadith in the adhkar no.6), he told her to say this extollment. [Recorded by Muslim (2713)]
8. SEEKING PROTECTION AGAINST ONESELF AND SHAYTAN’S HARM
Abu Bakr as-Siddiq, Abu Hurayrah, and other companions (رضي الله عنه), all reported that the Prophet (ﷺ) taught them to say when going to bed:
اللَّهُمَّ عَالِمَ الْغَيْبِ وَالشَّهَادَةِ فَاطِرَ السَّمَاواتِ والْأَرْضَ، رَبَّ كُلِّ شَيْءٍ وَمَلِيكَهُ، أَشْهَدُ أَنْ لَا إِلَهَ إِلَّا أَنْتَ، أَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنْ شَرِّ نَفْسِي، وَمِنْ شَرِّ الشَّيْطَانِ وَشِرْكِهِ، وَأَنْ أَقْتَرِفَ عَلَى نَفْسِي سُوءاً، أَوْ أَجُرَّهُ إِلَى مُسْلِمٍ
Allahumma ‘Aalimal-ghaybi wash-shahaadati faatiras-samaawaati wal’ardhi, Rabba kulli shay ‘in wa maleekahu, ‘ash-hadu ‘an laa ‘ilaaha ‘illaa ‘Anta, ‘a’udhu bika min sharri nafsee, wa min sharrish-shaytaani wa shirkihi, wa ‘an ‘aqtarifa ‘alaa nafsee soo ‘an, ‘aw ‘ajurrahu ‘ilaa Muslimin.
O Allah, Knower of the unseen and the evident, Maker of the heavens and the earth, Lord of everything and its Master, I bear witness that there is none worthy of worship but You. I seek refuge in You from the evil of my soul and from the evil of Satan and his helpers. (I seek refuge in You) from bringing evil upon my soul and from harming any Muslim.
[Recorded by Abu Dawud, at-Tirmidhi, and others. Verified to be authentic by al-Albani (as-Sahihah nos. 2753, 2763, 3443)]
9. EXPRESSING GRATITUDE FOR ALLAH’S FAVORS
Anas (رضي الله عنه) reported that the Prophet (ﷺ) said:
Whoever says when he goes to bed:
الحمد لله الذي كفاني وآواني، الحمد لله الذي أطْعمني وسقاني. الحمد لله الذي منّ عليّ وافضل. اللهم اني اسالك بعزتك ان تُنَجِّيَني من النار
Alhamdu lillahil-lathi kafani wa-awani; al-hamdu lillahil-lathi at‘amani wa-saqani; al-hamdu lillahil-lathi manna ‘alayya wa-afdal. Allahumma inni as’aluka bi‘izzatika an tunajjiyani minan-nar
Praise be to Allah who sufficed me and gave me abode; praise be to Allah who fed me and gave me drink; praise be to Allah who favoured me with His generosity. O Allah, I ask You, by Your dignity, to save me from the Fire.
Whoever says this should indeed have praised Allah with all forms of praise of the whole creations.
[Recorded by al-Bayhaqi, al-Hakim, and others. Verified to be authentic by al-Albani (as-Sahihah no. 3444)]
And Anas (رضي الله عنه) reported that when the Prophet (ﷺ) went to bed, he would say:
الْحَمْدُ للّهِ الَّذِي أَطْعَمَنَا وَسَقَانَا، وَكَفَانَا، وَآوَانَا، فَكَمْ مِمَّنْ لَا كَافِيَ لَهُ وَلَا مُؤْويَ
Alhamdu lillaahil-lathee ‘at’amanaa wa saqaanaa, wa kafaanaa, wa ‘aawaanaa, fakam mimman laa kaafiya lahu wa laa mu’wiya.
Praise is to Allah Who has provided us with food and with drink, sufficed us and gave us an abode for how many are there with no provision and no home.
[Recorded by Muslim (2715)]
Similar to this, Ibn ‘Umar (رضي الله عنه) reported that the Prophet (ﷺ) used to say when he went to bed:
الْحَمْدُ لِلَّهِ الَّذِي كَفَانِي وَآوَانِي وَأَطْعَمَنِي وَسَقَانِي وَالَّذِي مَنَّ عَلَىَّ فَأَفْضَلَ وَالَّذِي أَعْطَانِي فَأَجْزَلَ الْحَمْدُ لِلَّهِ عَلَى كُلِّ حَالٍ اللَّهُمَّ رَبَّ كُلِّ شَىْءٍ وَمَلِيكَهُ وَإِلَهَ كُلِّ شَىْءٍ أَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنَ النَّارِ
Alhamdu lillahil-lathi kafani wa-awani, wa-at’amani wa-saqani; wal-lathi manna ‘alayya fa-afdal, wal-lathi a’tani fa-ajzal. Al-hamdu lillahi ‘ala kulli hal. Allahumma rabba kulli shay’in wa-malikah, wa-ilaha kulli shay’in, a’udhu bika minan-nar
Praise be to Allah Who has given me sufficiency, has guarded me, given me food and drink, been most gracious to me, and given to me most lavishly. Praise be to Allah in every circumstance. O Allah! Lord and King of everything, God of everything, I seek refuge in You from Hell.
[Recorded by Abu Dawud, Ahmad, and others. Verified to be authentic by al-Albani (Sunan Abi Dawud no. 5058)]
10. A TAHLEEL THAT BRINGS GREAT FORGIVENESS
Abu Hurayrah (رضي الله عنه) reported that the Prophet (ﷺ) instructed to say the following when going to bed, and indicated that whoever says it, his sins will be forgiven, even if they were as much as the foam ot the sea:
لَا إِلَهَ إِلاَّ اللَّهُ وَحْدَهُ لَا شَرِيكَ لَهُ، لَهُ الْمُلْكُ وَلَهُ الْحَمْدُ، وَهُوَ عَلَى كُلِّ شَيْءٍ قَدِيرٌ,لَا حَوْلَ وَلاَ قُوَّةَ إِلاَّ بِاللَّهِ الْعَلِيِّ الْعَظِيمِ, سُبْحاَنَ اللَّهِ، وَالْحَمْدُ لِلَّهِ، وَلاَ إِلَهَ إِلاَّ اللَّهُ وَاللَّهُ أَكْبَرُ
La ilaaha illallaah, wahdahu laa sharika lah, lah ul-mulku, wa-lah ul-hamdu, wa-huwa ‘alaa kulli shay´in qadir. Laa hawla walaa quwwata illaa billaah il-‘Aliyy il-‘Adheem. Subhaan Allaahi, wal-hamdu lillaahi, wa-laa ilaaha illallaahu, wallaahu akbar
There is no (true) god except Allah, alone and without any partners. To Him belongs the dominion, He deserves all praise, and He is capable of everything. There is no power or might except from Allah, the Supreme, the Great; exalted be Allah; all praise be to Allah; there is no (true) god but Allah; Allah is the Greatest.
[Recorded by an-Nasaai, and Ibn Hibban. Verified to be authentic by al-Albani in Sahih ut-Targhib wat-Tarhib no. 607]
11. ASKING ALLAH FOR PROTECTION, FORGIVENESS, AND WELL-BEING
Abu Hurayrah (رضي الله عنه) reported that the Prophet (ﷺ) said:
When one of you goes to his bed, let him dust it with the edge of his izar (lower garment), because he would not know what came into it since he had left it. Let him then lie on his right side and say:
بِاسْمِكَ رَبِّي وَضَعْتُ جَنْبِي، وَبِكَ أَرْفَعُهُ، فَإِنْ أَمْسَكْتَ نَفْسِي فَارْحَمْهَا، وَإِنْ أَرْسَلْتَهَا فَاحْفَظْهَا، بِمَا تَحْفَظُ بِهِ عِبَادَكَ الصَّالِحِينَ
Bismika Rabbee wa-dh‘atu janbee , wa bika ‘arfa’uhu, fa’in ‘amsakta nafsee farhamhaa, wa ‘in ‘arsaltahaa fahfadhhaa, bimaa tahfadhu bihi ‘ibaadakas-saaliheen.
With Your Name my Lord, I lay myself down and with Your Name I rise. And if my soul You take, have mercy on it, and if You send it back then protect it as You protect Your righteous slaves.
[Recorded by al-Bukhari (6320, 7393), Muslim (2714), and others]
Similar to this, ‘Abdullah Bin ‘Umar (رضي الله عنه) reported that the Prophet (ﷺ) recommended saying before going to sleep:
اللَّهُمَّ إِنَّكَ خَلَقْتَ نَفْسِي وَأَنْتَ تَوَفَّاهَا، لَكَ مَمَاتُهَا وَمَحْيَاهَا، إِنْ أَحْيَيْتَهَا فَاحْفَظْهَا، وَإِنْ أَمَتَّهَا فََاغْفِرْ لَهَا، اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي أَسْأَلُكَ الْعَافِيَةَ
Allahumma ‘innaka khalaqta nafsee wa ‘Anta tawaffaahaa, laka mamaatuhaa wa mahyaahaa, ‘in ‘ahyaytahaa fahfadhhaa, wa ‘in ‘amattahaa faghfir lahaa. Allaahumma ‘innee ‘as’alukal-‘aafiyata.
O Allah, You have created my soul and You take it back. Unto You is its death and its life. If You give it life then protect it, and if You cause it to die then forgive it. O Allah, I ask You for strength.
[Recorded by Muslim (2712)]
12. ASKING ALLAH FOR THE COMPANY OF ANGELS
Abu Zuhayr al-Anmari (رضي الله عنه) reported that when the Prophet (ﷺ) went to bed at night, he would say:
بِسْمِ اللَّهِ وَضَعْتُ جَنْبِي اللَّهُمَّ اغْفِرْ لِي ذَنْبِي وَأَخْسِئْ شَيْطَانِي وَفُكَّ رِهَانِي وَاجْعَلْنِي فِي النَّدِيِّ الأَعْلَى
Bismillahi wa-dh‘atu janbi, Allahummaghfirli dhanbi, wa-akhsi shaytani, wa-fukka rihani, wajalni fin-nadiyy il-a’la
In the name of Allah, I have laid down my side for Allah. O Allah! forgive me my sin, drive away my devil, free me from my responsibility (i.e., free me from sins), and place me in the highest assembly (i.e., the angels).
[Recorded by Abu Dawud (5054). Verified to be authentic by al-Albani (Hidaytun ur-Ruwah no. 2345)]
13. AFFIRMING ALLAH’S CONTROL OVER LIFE AND DEATH
Huthayfah and al-Bara (رضي الله عنه) reported that when the Prophet (ﷺ) went to sleep, he would put his hand under his right cheek and say:
بِاسْمِكَ اللَّهُمَّ أَمُوتُ وَأَحْيَا
Bismika Allaahumma ‘amootu wa ‘ahyaa.
In Your Name, O Allah, I die and I live.
[Recorded by al-Bukhari (6312, 6314, 6324), Muslim (2710), and others]
14. SEEKING PROTECTION FROM THE PUNISHMENT OF THE HEREAFTER
Al-Bara Bin ‘Azib, Hudhayfah Bin al-Yaman, and Hafsah Bint ‘Umar (رضي الله عنه) reported that when the Prophet (ﷺ) went to bed, he would put his hand under his right cheek and say:
اللَّهُمَّ قِنِي عَذَابَكَ يَوْمَ تَبْعَثُ عِبَادَكَ
Allaahumma qinee ‘athaabaka yawma tab’athu ‘ibaadaka
O Allah, save me from Your punishment on the Day that You resurrect Your slaves.
[Recorded by Abu Dawud, an-Nasai, and others. Verified to be authentic by al-Albani (as-Sahihah no. 2754). Al-Albani (Rahimahullah) further indicated in the latter reference that saying this three times, as appears in some reports, is unauthentic]
15. WORDS THAT ILLUMINATE YOUR GRAVE AND YOUR PATH TO JANNAH
Narrated by Ibn ‘Umar that he said:Whoever says following every (obligatory) prayer and when he goes to bed, three times..,
اللَّهُ أَكْبَرُ كَبِيرًا , عَدَدَ الشَّفْعِ وَالْوِتْرِ , وَكَلِمَاتِ اللهِ التَّامَّاتِ, الطَّيِّبَاتِ الْمُبَارَكَاتِ
Allahu akbar kabeera ‘adad-ash-shaf‘i wa’l-witr, wa kalimaati-Allahi at-taammaati, at-tayyibaati-al-mubaarakaat
Allah is Most Great the number of the even and the odd, and the blessed, pure, perfect words of Allah.
and Laa ilaaha ill-Allah (there is no god but Allah) the same number of times, i.e say three times
لا إلَهَ إِلاَّ اللَّهُ، عَدَدَ الشَّفْعِ وَالْوِتْرِ , وَكَلِمَاتِ اللهِ التَّامَّاتِ, الطَّيِّبَاتِ الْمُبَارَكَاتِ
Laa ilaaha ill-Allah ‘adad-ash-shaf‘i wa’l-witr, wa kalimaati-Allahi at-taammaati, at-tayyibaati-al-mubaarakaat
There is no god but Allah the number of the even and the odd, and the blessed, pure, perfect words of Allah.
..they will be light for him in his grave, and light on the jisr (bridge), and light on the siraat (bridge over Hell), until they admit him to Paradise, or until he enters Paradise.
[Collected by Ibn Abee Shaybah in his Musannaf 10/229 (29256). Al-Hindi in Kanz graded this hadeeth as having a Hasan Isnad. This hadeeth has the ruling of being attributed to the Prophet (ﷺ) as Ibn Umar is speaking about the unseen and this can only learned from the Messenger.(Ikhtasar ulumul Hadith)] For a Commentary clickhere
16. SEEKING REFUGE WITH ALLAH’S NOBLE FACE AND PERFECT WORD’S
Narrated by ‘Ali ibn Abi Taalib (رضي الله عنه), the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) used to say when he laid down:
اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي أَعُوذُ بِوَجْهِكَ الْكَرِيمِ وَكَلِمَاتِكَ التَّامَّةِ مِنْ شَرِّ مَا أَنْتَ آخِذٌ بِنَاصِيَتِهِ اللَّهُمَّ أَنْتَ تَكْشِفُ الْمَغْرَمَ وَالْمَأْثَمَ اللَّهُمَّ لاَ يُهْزَمُ جُنْدُكَ وَلاَ يُخْلَفُ وَعْدُكَ وَلاَ يَنْفَعُ ذَا الْجَدِّ مِنْكَ الْجَدُّ سُبْحَانَكَ وَبِحَمْدِكَ
Allahumma inni a’udhu bi wajhikal-Kareem, wa kalimaatikat-taammati min sharri maa anta aakhidhun binaasiyatihi, Allahumma anta takshiful-maghrama wal-ma`thama, Allahumma laa yuhzamu junduka wa laa yukhlafu wa’duka wa laa yanfa’u dhal-jaddi minkal-jaddu, subhaanaka wa bihamdika
O Allah, I seek refuge in Your Noble Face, and in Your Perfect Words from the evil of that which You seize by its forelock (all things). O Allah! You are the remover of debt and sin. O Allah! Your armies are not conquered, Your Promise is not broken and the riches of the rich do not avail against You. Perfection, praises and thanks be unto You.
[Narrated by Abu Dawood (5052). Classed as ‘strong’ by Arna`oot in Takhreej Sunan Abi Dawood. Authenticated by Nawawi in al-Adhkaar (111), and classed as Hasan by ibn Hajr in al-Futoohaat ur-Rabbaniyyah (3/112) and by Muqbil al-Waadi’i in as-Sahih ul-Musnad (937)]
17. EXPRESSING FULL SUBMISSION TO ALLAH AND RELIANCE ON HIM
Just before falling asleep, it is recommended to express full resignation to Allah (ﷻ) and full reliance on Him. Al-Bara’ Bin ‘Azib (رضي الله عنه) reported that the Prophet (ﷺ) told him:
When you go to bed, perform a wudu like that for the prayer, then lie on your right side and say:
اللَّهُمَّ أَسْلَمْتُ نَفْسِي إِلَيْكَ، وَفَوَّضْتُ أَمْرِي إِلَيْكَ، وَوَجَّهْتُ وَجْهِي إِلَيْكَ، وَأَلْجَأْتُ ظَهْرِي إِلَيْكَ، رَغْبَةً وَرَهْبَةً إِلَيْكَ، لَا مَلْجَأَ وَلاَ مَنْجَا مِنْكَ إِلَّا إِلَيْكَ، آمَنْتُ بِكِتَابِكَ الَّذِي أَنْزَلْتَ وَبِنَبِيِّكَ الَّذِي أَرْسَلْتَ
Allahumma ‘aslamtu nafsee ‘ilayka, wa fawwadhtu ‘amree ‘ilayka, wa wajjahtu wajhee ‘ilayka, wa ‘alja’tu dhahree ‘ilayka, raghbatan wa rahbatan ‘ilayka, laa maalja’ wa laa manja minka ‘illaa ‘ilayka, ‘aamantu bikitaabikal-lathee ‘anzalta wa bi-nabiyyikal-lathee ‘arsalta.
O Allah, I submit myself to You, entrust my affairs to You, turn my face to You, and lay myself down depending upon You, hoping in You and fearing You. There is no refuge, and no escape, except to You. I believe in Your Book (the Qur’an) that You revealed, and the Prophet whom You sent.
The Prophet (ﷺ) then added:
If you would then die during that night, you die upon fitrah. And let these be your last words.
[Recorded by al-Bukhari (247, 6311, 6315, 7488), Muslim (2710), and others]
18. ASKING FOR GOOD DREAMS
When ‘A’ishah (رضى الله عنها) was ready to go to sleep, she would say:
اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي أسألُكَ رُؤْيا صَالِحَةً، صَادِقَة غَيْرَ كاذِبَةً، نافِعَةً غَيْرَ ضَارَّةٍ
Allahumma innee as-aluka ru’ya saalihatan, saadiqatan ghayra kaadhibah, naafi`atan ghayra dhaarrah
O Allah, I ask You to grant me a dream that is good, truthful, and beneficial.
And when she used to say this, it was understood that she will not speak till she woke up in the morning or when she woke up in the night.
[Recorded by Ibn us-Sunni (743). Verified to be authentic by al-Hafiz Ibn Hajar graded its chain as “Saheeh” in al-Futoohaat al-Rabbaaniyyaj (3/170) and Nitaj ul-Afkar (3:89)]
Also reported that `Abdullah Ibn `Umar (رضي الله عنه) supplicated saying:
اللَّهُمَّ إِنْ كُنْتَ تَعْلَمُ فِيَّ خَيْرًا فَأَرِنِي رُؤْيَا
Allahumma in kunta ta’lamu fiya khairan fa‘rinee ru’ya
O Allah! If you see any good in me, show me a good dream.
[Recorded by al-Bukhari (7028, 7029, 7030), Ibn Maajah (3919)]
ADDITIONAL PROTECTION AGAINST NIGHT’S HARM
When a person camps or sleeps in an unfamiliar place where he fears the attack of harmful insects or creatures, he is urged to seek Allah’s protection through His complete words, which include His books and His decree.
Khawlah Bint Hakim (رضى الله عنها) reported that she heard the Prophet (ﷺ) say:
Whoever stops at a place (for camping or rest) and says :
أَعُوذُ بِكَلِمَاتِ اللَّهِ التَّامَّاتِ مِنْ شَرِّ مَا خَلَقَ
A’udhu bikalimaatil-laahit-taammaati min sharri maa khalaq.
I seek refuge in the Perfect Words of Allah from the evil of what He has created.
nothing will harm him while he stays at that place.
[Recorded by Muslim (2708), an-Nasa’i, and others.]
‘Abdullah Bin ‘Amr (رضي الله عنه) reported that the Prophet (ﷺ) taught the sahabah to say the following words before going to bed, should they fear something:
أَعُوذُ بِكَلِمَاتِ اللَّهِ التَّامَّاتِ مِنْ غَضَبِهِ وَعِقَابِهِ، وَشَرِّ عِبَادِهِ، وَمِنْ هَمَزَاتِ الشَّيَاطِينِ وَأَنْ يَحْضُرُونِ
‘A’udhu bikalimaatil-laahit-taammaati min ghadhabihi wa ‘iqaabihi, wa sharri ‘ibaadihi, wa min hamazaatish-shayaateeni wa ‘an yahdhuroon.
I seek refuge in the Perfect Words of Allah from His anger and His punishment, from the evil of His slaves and from the taunts of devils and from their presence.
[Recorded by Abu Dawud, at-Tirmidhi, and others. Verified to be hasan by al-Albani (as-Sahihah no. 264)]
From Khaalid ibn al-Waleed (رضي الله عنه) that, “… he complained to the Prophet (ﷺ) saying, ‘I feel some fear at night.’ So he (ﷺ) said, ‘Should I not teach you some words which Jibreel (عليه السلام) taught me when he believed a powerful [Ifreet] Jinn was plotting against me? He said:
أَعُوذُ بِكَلِمَاتِ اللهِ التَّامَّاتِ الَّتِي لَا يُجَاوِزُهُنَّ بَرٌّ وَلَا فَاجِرٌ مِنْ شَرِّ مَا يَنْزِلُ مِنَ السَّمَاءِ وَمَا يَعْرُجُ فِيهَا، وَمِنْ شَرِّ مَا ذَرَأَ فِي الْأَرْضِ وَمَا يَخْرُجُ مِنْهَا، وَمِنْ شَرِّ فِتَنِ اللَّيْلِ وَفِتَنِ النَّهَار، وَمِنْ شَرِّ طَوَارِقِ اللَّيْلِ وَالنَّهَارِ إِلَّا طَارِقًا يَطْرُقُ بِخَيْرٍ يَا رَحْمَانُ
A’udhu bi-kalimaatillaahit-Taammaatillati laa yujaawizuhunna barrun wa laa faajirun min sharri maa yanzilu minas-samaa‘i wa maa ya’ruju feehaa, Wa min sharri maa dhara‘a fil-ardi wa maa yakhruju minhaa, Wa min sharri fitanil-layli wa fitanin-nahaari, Wa min sharri tawaariqil-layli wan-nahaari illaa taariqan yatruqu bi khairin, Yaa Rahmaan!
I seek refuge in the Most Perfect Words of Allah which no righteous or evil person can pass from the evil that comes down from the sky and ascends it! And from the evil that is sowed in the earth and the evil that comes out from it! And from the evil of the tribulations of the night and the tribulations of the day! And from the evil of all the ones who come knocking during the night and day except someone who comes knocking with good, O Most Merciful One!’”
[Recorded by at-Tabarani in al-Kabeer (3838). See as-Saheehah 2738]
It is important to make these precautions and remembrances part of our daily life. This would provide us with a blissful night, and would also weigh heavily in our scale of good deeds – In sha Allah
Compiled with the help of the book ‘The Dreamer’s Handbook’ by Mohammad Mustafa al-Jibaly, Islamqa.info & Tayibah Weblog.
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Before going to sleep, it is recommended to praise Allah (ﷻ) with takbir (Allahu'Akbar), tasbih (Subhan'Allah), and tahmid (Alhamdullilah). 'AIi (رضي الله عنه) reported that his wife Fatimah (رضى الله عنها) complained that her hands ached from using the hand mill.What should I recite before sleeping? ›
Before sleeping - 2
Allahumma innaka khalaqta nafsee wa-anta tawaffaha, laka mamatuha wamahyaha in ahyaytaha fahfathha, wa-in amattaha faghfir laha. Allahumma innee as-alukal-AAafiyah. O Allah, verily You have created my soul and You shall take its life, to You belongs its life and death.
Dhikr and Tasbeeh Before Sleeping:
The Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ) before sleeping was to recite subhanallah, alhamdulillah, and allahu akbar thirty times.
Dua Transliteration: Allah-humma bi-ismika amootu wa-ahya. English Translation: In Your name O Allah, I live and die. This is my go-to dua for sleep as it is short and easy to memorize.Do sleep mantras work? ›
What's perhaps best about mantras is that even if they “don't work,” they work. That is, even if you don't achieve your goal of falling asleep, mantras are incredibly effective at quieting the mind and slowly shutting down certain regions of the brain.What is Adhkar prayer? ›
'Praise Allah (by saying Al- Hamdu Lillah) after every prayer, and glorify Him (by saying Subhan- Allah) and extol Him (by saying Allahu Akbar), thirty-three, thirty- three, and thirty-four times.Which Surah is for peaceful sleep? ›
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3 Surahs we can read before sleeping
Before going to sleep, we can also read the 'Three Quls' (Surah Al-Ikhlas, Al-Falaq and An-Nas).
Surah Al Qadr is the dua that embodies the Night of Power, since it is, as the name suggests, regarding the Night of Power.
Whoever says "Bismillah 21 times before falling asleep, Allah tells the angels to write down a good deed for every breath he takes". In the reliable Sunnah literature that we have at hand, we have not come across any Saheeh (sound), or a Dha'eef (weak) or Mawdhoo' (fabricated) Hadeeth in relation to what you mentioned.
Adhkar for any time of the day
Transliteration: Laa 'ilaaha 'illallaahu wahdahu laa shareeka lahu, lahul-mulku wa lahul-hamdu, wa Huwa 'alaa kulli shay'in Qadeer. Translation: None has the right to be worshiped but Allah alone, Who has no partner.
Some Quranic commentators viewed Uzayr as a learned scholar who sought to teach the people the forgotten laws of God. He is sometimes identified as the protagonist in the Quranic story of the man who slept for a hundred years (2:259). Some Islamic scholars held Uzayr to be one of the prophets.How do Muslims say good night? ›
The phrase تصبح على خير tiSbaH 'ala khair is the closest equivalent to the way people use the phrase “good night” in English. It is used as a way to say farewell in the evening.What do you say before sleeping Hadith? ›
8– Al-Bara ibn 'Azib said: The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “When you go to bed, do wudu as if for prayer, then lie down on your right side, then say: 'Allahumma aslamtu nafsi ilayk, wa wajjahtu wajhi ilayk, wa fawwadtu amri ilayk, wa aljatu zahri ilayk, raghbatan wa rahbatan ilayk, la malja ...Should I say Bismillah before I sleep? ›
And always say bismillah before you nod off! This sleep is for Allah (swt); it can help you to learn, work, pray, draw nearer to Him, and enjoy the bounty He's given you.Which chakra is responsible for sleep? ›
Sleep in particular relates to the Crown Chakra. On a physical level this energy center is related to the Pineal Gland, which directly controls our sleep. But the Crown chakra connects us to each other and to spirituality, to faith, and to something greater.What is the magic hour to sleep? ›
People who went to sleep during the “golden hour” — between 10 p.m. and 10:59 p.m. — had the lowest cardiovascular disease rates. These patterns persisted even after the researchers accounted for other cardiovascular risk factors such as hypertension, diabetes, obesity, and smoking.Is 20 minutes meditation equal 4 hours sleep? ›
One big source being the breath, the session has some simple breath awareness. The simple takeaways from the session are simple meditation, 20 minutes' meditation is equivalent to 4-5 hours of deep sleep.What is the best Adhkar in Islam? ›
'” (Muslim) “The uttering of the words: “Subhan-Allah (Allah is free from imperfection), Al-hamdu lillah (all praise is due to Allah), La ilaha illallah (there is no true god except Allah) and Allahu Akbar (Allah is the Greatest)' is dearer to me than anything over which the sun rises.” [Muslim].When should morning Adhkar be read? ›
The best time for the morning adhkār is between Fajr and sunrise and the best time for the evening adhkār is between 'Asr and sunset. However, if you are unable to recite them during the above times, you can make up for them.
- سُبْحَانَ اللَّهِ وَبِحَمْدِهِ عَدَدَ خَلْقِهِ وَرِضَا نَفْسِهِ وَزِنَةَ عَرْشِهِ وَمِدَادَ كَلِمَاتِهِ (3 times) – [Sahih Muslim 2726 a]
- لاَ إِلَهَ إِلاَّ اللَّهُ وَحْدَهُ لاَ شَرِيكَ لَهُ لَهُ الْمُلْكُ وَلَهُ الْحَمْدُ وَهُوَ عَلَى كُلِّ شَىْءٍ قَدِيرٌ (100 times a day) – [Sahih al-Bukhari 6403]
Hypnos, Latin Somnus, Greco-Roman god of sleep.Which Surah can change your life? ›
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It is reported in Sahih Muslim (SM) that one of the companions said that the Prophet (pbuh) told him, “Whenever you go to bed, perform ablution like that for the prayer, and lie on your right side” [SM 2710].What is the Prophet's favorite sūrah? ›
And the prophet Muhammad used to recite this surah before surah Al-Ghashiyah (Sura 88). Imam Ahmad ibn Hanbal relates on the authority of Ali bin Abu Talib that Muhammad loved this surah. Ibn 'Abbas (d. 687) narrated: The Prophet recited in Witr: Glorify the Name of your Lord, the Most High (Al-Ala).Is it haram to pray while sleepy? ›
The Prophet said: 'No. Take it off. Let everyone pray when they feel fresh and comfortable. When they feel tired, they should sit down.What sūrah is the Night of Power? ›
Al-Qadr (Arabic: القدر, "Power, Fate") is the 97th chapter (sūrah) of the Qur'an, with 5 āyāt or verses. It is a Meccan surah which celebrates the night when the first revelation of what would become the Qur'an was sent down. The chapter has been so designated after the word al-qadr in the first verse.What did Muhammad read on the Night of Power? ›
The Night of Power - also referred to as Laylat ul-Qadr - falls within the final ten days of the month of Ramadan. It is believed to be the night when the first verses of the Holy Qur'an were revealed to the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), as guidance for all of mankind.What is the reward of night prayer? ›
Praying at night will calm the spirit and purify the soul, the sermon will say before inviting worshippers to call upon God to bless them by helping them become someone who stands for night prayers. “May Allah bless me and bless you with the Noble Qur'an and with the Way (Sunnah) of His Noble Prophet.”How did the Prophet pray at night? ›
Narrated Al-Aswad: I asked `Aisha "How is the night prayer of the Prophet?" She replied, "He used to sleep early at night, and get up in its last part to pray, and then return to his bed. When the Mu'adh-dhin pronounced the Adhan, he would get up.
786 In Islam
786 is an Arabic numeric value that denotes“Bismillah al-Rahman al-Rahim” the opening phrase of the Holy Quran. It translates as “In the name of Allah, the Most Merciful, the Most Beneficent“. 786 is basically driven from the series of Arabic Numerology called “Abjad“.
According to Islam, a husband and his wife must sleep together. Couples are allowed to have intimate time during the daytime as well. Intimacy amongst partners is considered as a form of ibadah. If you are romantic towards each other, Allah SAW will reward you for that.Why Allah has made night? ›
Allah it is Who made the night so that you may seek repose in it, and made the day radiant. Surely Allah is Most Bounteous to people; but most people do not give thanks.Is morning and evening Adhkar mandatory? ›
The morning and evening adhkār are a collection of duʿās and remembrances prescribed by the Messenger ﷺ which a Muslim should read on a daily basis in the morning and evening.What is best zikr Allah? ›
Jabir (RadhiAllahu Anhu) reported that the Prophet (SallAllahu Alayhi Wa Sallam) said, “the best remembrance of Allah is to repeat La ilaha illa Allah.”.Do you need Wudu for Adhkar? ›
It is permissible to recite wird (a portion of the Quran) and the adhkar for morning and evening without wudoo, because 'Aishah (may Allah be pleased with her) said: The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) used to remember Allah in all situations.Who slept for 25 years? ›
Rip Van Winkle, short story by Washington Irving, published in The Sketch Book in 1819–20. Though set in the Dutch culture of pre-Revolutionary War New York state, the story of Rip Van Winkle is based on a German folktale.Which prophet was sick for 7 years? ›
Also, Prophet Job was not dumped on garbage for seven years as some Jews said. Job was inflicted with this severe illness for so long, that his patience with his illness became famous. People would say, “This requires the patience of Job,” using him as an example of a patient person.Who slept his life away? ›
Rip Van Winkle lived in a village in New York State back in the days when it was still ruled by the British. He fell asleep for 20 years and woke up to find that there had been some very big changes (at least on the surface).What does wallahi Deen meaning? ›
(Islam) Alternative form of wallah. (MTE, slang) I swear to God; used to add emphasis.
Allah describes the night as a covering, something that hides and protects. It falls over the world like a piece of clothing that keeps away light and energy so that all of creation can relax and recuperate from the toil of the day. Sleep is a rest for the human being.What to say before sleeping? ›
- Good night.
- Sleep well.
- Have a good night's sleep.
- Make sure you get a good night's sleep.
- I hope you sleep well.
- See you in the morning.
- Sweet dreams.
- Sleep tight!
Omission of Bismillah
However, Surat at-Tawbah begins with an ultimatum to certain polytheists in Arabia.
Due to the importance of certain forms of remembrance of Allah, we see that the prophet (Salla'Allahu 'alayhi wasallam) used to constantly repeat some supplications every morning and every evening. These supplications are often referred to as the morning and evening supplications, or the daily adhkar.When should you recite evening Adhkar? ›
Whoever recites that after 'Asr prayer, or after Maghrib prayer – according to the view that the time for the evening adhkaar lasts until then – that will suffice for the adhkaar of prayer and the evening adhkaar.How can I get immediate help from Allah? ›
Seek out those times to make dua. One of them is during the last third of the night. The proper etiquette of making dua is first to praise Allah, then send peace and blessings upon the Messenger, and then ask for whatever it is that we want.Which time is forbidden to sleep in Islam? ›
The Prophet (pbuh) said, “One should not sleep before the night prayer, nor have discussions after it” [SB 574]. Additionally, Muslims are required to wake up for Fajr prayer, which is about one hour before sunrise. The Prophet did not sleep after Fajr prayer.What to recite after waking up? ›
اَلْحَمْدُ لِلَّهِ الَّذي أَحْيَانَا بَعْدَ مَا أَمَاتَنَا وَإِلَيْهِ النُّشُورُ. Alhamdu lillahil-lathee ahyana baAAda ma amatana wa-ilayhin-nushoor. All praise is for Allah who gave us life after having taken it from us and unto Him is the resurrection.When should I read Athkar Al Sabah? ›
Therefore, you can say adhkar al-sabah when you wake up from sleeping, because it is still the time of subh (morning). And Allah is the Source of strength.At what time dua is accepted? ›
Times when your dua is accepted
After the adhan. During the salah (when a slave is closest to his Lord in a prostration state or before the end of salah after finishing the tashahhud). After the obligatory prayers.