MANNERS & DUA Series - Part 2 | Prophetic (SAW) Practices, Azkar And Dua On Sleeping And Night Prayers

By Fazal Bahardeen | 16, Apr, 2020
MANNERS & DUA - Practices, Dua, and Night Prayers

We covered the manners and dua of waking up in the morning in part 1 of the series. Here we will cover another important day to day activity of our life; sleeping. We spend around one third of our life sleeping. If we make sure that this routine act is done following the sunnah of the Prophet (SAW), we will get great reward even when we are performing this routine act. 

Here, we will cover briefly some of the Ahadith pertaining to prayers, manners, recitations, dua and azkar before sleeping and during the night.


Verses from the Qur’an on Night and Sleep

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وَهُوَ الَّذِي يَتَوَفَّاكُمْ بِاللَّيْلِ وَيَعْلَمُ مَا جَرَحْتُمْ بِالنَّهَارِ ثُمَّ يَبْعَثُكُمْ فِيهِ لِيُقْضَىٰ أَجَلٌ مُسَمًّى ۖ ثُمَّ إِلَيْهِ مَرْجِعُكُمْ ثُمَّ يُنَبِّئُكُمْ بِمَا كُنْتُمْ تَعْمَلُونَ

And it is He who takes your souls by night and knows what you have committed by day. Then He revives you therein that a specified term may be fulfilled. Then to Him will be your return; then He will inform you about what you used to do. (6:60) - Sahih International

وَهُوَ الَّذِى جَعَلَ لَكُمُ الَّيْلَ لِبَاساًوَالنَّوْمَ سُبَاتاًوَجَعَلَ النَّهَارَ نُشُوراً

“And it is He who has made the night for you as clothing and sleep [a means for] rest and has made the day a resurrection” (25:47) - Sahih International

وَالَّذِينَ يَبِيتُونَ لِرَبِّهِمْ سُجَّدًا وَقِيَامًا

“And those who spend [part of] the night to their Lord prostrating and standing [in prayer]” (25:64) - Sahih International

وَمِن رَّحْمَتِهِ جَعَلَ لَكُمُ الَّيْلَ وَالنَّهَارَ لِتَسْكُنُواْ فِيهِ وَلِتَبتَغُواْ مِن فَضْلِهِ

“And out of His mercy He made for you the night and the day that you may rest therein and [by day] seek from His bounty and [that] perhaps you will be grateful.” (28:73) - Sahih International

وَمِنْ آيَاتِهِ مَنَامُكُمْ بِاللَّيْلِ وَالنَّهَارِ وَابْتِغَاؤُكُمْ مِنْ فَضْلِهِ ۚ إِنَّ فِي ذَٰلِكَ لَآيَاتٍ لِقَوْمٍ يَسْمَعُونَ

“And of His signs is your sleep by night and day and your seeking of His bounty. Indeed in that are signs for a people who listen.” (30:23) - Sahih International

اللَّهُ يَتَوَفَّى الْأَنْفُسَ حِينَ مَوْتِهَا وَالَّتِي لَمْ تَمُتْ فِي مَنَامِهَا ۖ فَيُمْسِكُ الَّتِي قَضَىٰ عَلَيْهَا الْمَوْتَ وَيُرْسِلُ الْأُخْرَىٰ إِلَىٰ أَجَلٍ مُسَمًّى ۚ إِنَّ فِي ذَٰلِكَ لَآيَاتٍ لِقَوْمٍ يَتَفَكَّرُونَ

“Allah takes the souls at the time of their death, and those that do not die [He takes] during their sleep. Then He keeps those for which He has decreed death and releases the others for a specified term. Indeed in that are signs for a people who give thought. (39:42) - Sahih International

وَمِنَ اللَّيْلِ فَاسْجُدْ لَهُ وَسَبِّحْهُ لَيْلًا طَوِيلًا

“And during the night prostrate to Him and exalt Him a long [part of the] night.” (75:26) - Sahih International

وَجَعَلْنَا نَوْمَكُمْ سُبَاتاً 

“And made your sleep [a means for] rest.”  (78:9) - Sahih International


Manners of Sleeping

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Narrated Abu Barza (RA):

Allah's Messenger (SAW) disliked to sleep before the `Isha' prayer and to talk after it.

(Sahih al-Bukhari)

Narrated Jabir (RA):

Allah's Messenger (SAW) said, "Extinguish the lamps when you go to bed; close your doors; tie the mouths of your water skins, and cover the food and drinks." I think he added, ". . . even with a stick you place across the container."

Al-Bara' bin 'Azib (RA):

Messenger of Allah (SAW) directed me thus: "Whenever you go to bed, perform Wudu' as you do for Salat .....

(Al-Bukhari and Muslim)

(Sahih al-Bukhari)

Narrated Abu Huraira (RA):

The Prophet (SAW) said, "When anyone of you go to bed, he should shake out his bed with the inside of his waist sheet, for he does not know what has come on to it after him....."

(Sahih al-Bukhari)

Narrated Qais bin Tihfah Al-Ghifari that his father (RA) said:

The Messenger of Allah (SAW) found me sleeping in the masjid on my stomach. He nudged me with his foot and said: 'Why are you sleeping like this? This is a kind of sleep that Allah dislikes,' or 'that Allah hates.

(Sunan Ibn Majah)

Narrated Al-Bara' bin `Azib (RA):

The Messenger of Allah (SAW) used to lay his head upon his right hand when going to sleep....

(Jami` at-Tirmidhi)

Narrated that Jabir (RA):

I heard the Messenger of Allah (SAW) say: ‘You should use antimony when you go to sleep, for it improves the eyesight and makes the hair (eyelashes) grow.’

(Sunan Ibn Majah)

Narrated Abu Hurairah (RA):

Messenger of Allah (SAW) said, "Whoever sits in a place where he does not remember Allah (SWT), he will suffer loss and incur the displeasure of Allah; and whoever lies down (to sleep) in a place where he does not remember Allah, he will suffer sorrow and incur the displeasure of Allah."

(Sunan Abi Dawud)

Recitations from the Qur'an before Sleeping

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Narrated `Aisha (RA):

Every night when the prophet (SAW) went to his bed, he joined his palms together and blew onto them, and recited over them them: ‏ قُلْ هُوَ اللَّهُ أَحَد”say: he is Allah, One” and ‏ قُلْ أَعُوذُ بِرَبِّ الْفَلَقِ ‏; say: I seek refuge in the Lord of the dawn and ‏قُلْ أَعُوذُ بِرَبِّ النَّاسِ: say: I seek refuge in the Lord of men. Then he would wipe as much of his body as he could with his hands, beginning with his head, his face and the front of his body, doing that thrice.

(Sunan Abi Dawud)

Narrated Abu Huraira (RA):

Allah's Messenger (SAW) deputed me to look after the Sadaqat of Ramadan. A person came and started taking handfuls of the foodstuff (stealthily). He narrated the rest of the hadith and at the end he said: "Whenever you go to bed, recite "Ayat-al-Kursi"-- 'Allahu la ilaha illa huwa-l-Haiy-ul Qaiyum' till you finish the whole verse. (If you do so), Allah will appoint a guard for you who will stay with you and no Shaitan will come near you till morning." The Prophet (SAW) said, "He really spoke the truth, although he is an absolute liar. Do you know whom you were talking to, these three nights, O Abu Huraira?" Abu Huraira said, "No." He said, "It was Shaitan."

(Sahih al-Bukhari)

'Abd al-Rahman b. Yazid reported:

I met Abu Mas'ud near the House (Ka'ba) and said to him: A hadith has been conveyed to me on your authority about the two (concluding) verses of Surah al-Baqara. He said: Yes. The Messenger of Allah (SAW) said: Anyone who recites the two verses at the end of Surah al-Baqara at night, they would suffice for him.

(Sahih Muslim)

Farwah b. Nawfal quoted his father as saying:

The Prophet (SAW) said to Nawfal (his father), “Recite (the Surah) 'Say, O you disbelievers!' قُلْ يَا أَيُّهَا الْكَافِرُونَ and then go to sleep at its end, for it is a declaration of freedom from polytheism.” (Sunan Abi Dawud)

Narrated Jabir (RA):

The Messenger of Allah (SAW) did not sleep until he had recited:

‏الم تَنْزِيلُ

'Alif-Lam-Mim. The Sending-down' (Surah 32) 

‏تَبَارَكَ الَّذِي بِيَدِهِ الْمُلْكُ

and 'Blessed is the One in whose hand the kingdom is' (Surah 67).

(Al-Adab Al-Mufrad)

Narrated 'Aisha (RA):

The Prophet (SAW) would not sleep until he recited Surat Bani Isra'il and Az-Zumar.

(Jami` at-Tirmidhi)

Dua and Azkar When One Intends to SleepMan Asking for dua

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Narrated Abu Huraira (RA):

The Prophet (SAW) said, "When anyone of you go to bed, he should shake out his bed with the inside of his waist sheet, for he does not know what has come on to it after him, and then he should say:

 بِاسْمِكَ رَبِّ وَضَعْتُ جَنْبِي، وَبِكَ أَرْفَعُهُ، إِنْ أَمْسَكْتَ نَفْسِي فَارْحَمْهَا، وَإِنْ أَرْسَلْتَهَا فَاحْفَظْهَا بِمَا تَحْفَظُ بِهِ عِبَادَكَ الصَّالِحِينَ

 'Bismika Rabbi Wada`tu Janbi wa bika arfa'uhu, In amsakta nafsi farhamha wa in arsaltaha fahfazha bima tahfazu bihi ibadakas-salihin."

“In Your name, my Lord, I lay down my side and by you I raise it again. If You take my soul, then have mercy on it, and if You release it, protect it by that which You protect righteous sales”

(Sahih al-Bukhari)

Narrated Hudhaifa ibn al-Yamani (RA):

Whenever the Prophet (SAW) intended to go to bed, he would recite: 

 بِاسْمِكَ اللَّهُمَّ أَمُوتُ وَأَحْيَا

Bismika Allahumma amutu wa ahya (With Your name, O Allah, I die and I live) 

And when he woke up from his sleep, he would say: 

الْحَمْدُ لِلَّهِ الَّذِي أَحْيَانَا بَعْدَ مَا أَمَاتَنَا، وَإِلَيْهِ النُّشُورُ

Al-hamdu lil-lahil-ladhi ahyana ba'da ma amatana; wa ilaihi an-nushur (All the Praises are for Allah Who has made us alive after He made us die (sleep) and unto Him is the Resurrection)

(Sahih al-Bukhari)

Narrated Al-Bara' bin `Azib (RA):

The Messenger of Allah (SAW) used to lay his head upon his right hand when going to sleep, then say: 

رَبِّ قِنِي عَذَابَكَ يَوْمَ تَبْعَثُ عِبَادَكَ

“My Lord, safeguard me from Your punishment the Day You resurrect Your slaves (Rabbi qinī `adhābaka yawma tab`athu `ibādak).”

(Jami` at-Tirmidhi)

Ali bin Abi-Talib (RA) said:

Fatimah (RA) complained to me about her hands blistering from grinding flour. So I said: ‘If you were to approach your father and ask him for a servant?’ So he (the Prophet (SAW)) said: ‘Should I not direct the two of you, to that which is better for you than a servant? When the two of you lay down to sleep, say thirty-three, thirty-three, thirty-four, of At-Taḥmīd ( ٱلْحَمْدُ لِلَّٰهِ‎), At-Tasbīḥ (سُبْحَانَ ٱللَّٰهِ), and At-Takbīr (الله أكبر).”

(Jami` at-Tirmidhi)

Narrated Abu Hurayra (RA):

Abu Bakr (RA) said, "Messenger of Allah (SAW), teach me something that I can say morning and evening." The Prophet (SAW) said,

اللَّهُمَّ عَالِمَ الْغَيْبِ وَالشَّهَادَةِ، فَاطِرَ السَّمَاوَاتِ وَالأَرْضِ، رَبَّ كُلِّ شَيْءٍ وَمَلِيكَهُ، أَشْهَدُ أَنْ لاَ إِلَهَ إِلاَّ أَنْتَ، أَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنْ شَرِّ نَفْسِي، وَمِنْ شَرِّ الشَّيْطَانِ وَشِرْكِهِ، قُلْهُ إِذَا أَصْبَحْتَ وَإِذَا أَمْسَيْتَ، وَإِذَا أَخَذْتَ مَضْجَعَكَ

 "O Allah, Knower of the Unseen and the Visible, Creator of the heavens and the earth, everything is in Your hands. I testify that there is no god but You. I seek refuge with You from the evil of myself and the evil of Shaytan and his (encouragement to) associate others (with You)." 

Say it in the morning and the evening and when you go to sleep."

(Al-Adab Al-Mufrad)

Al-Bara' bin 'Azib (RA):

Messenger of Allah (SAW) directed me thus: "Whenever you go to bed, perform Wudu' as you do for Salat then (before sleeping) recite:

اللَّهُمَّ أَسْلَمْتُ نَفْسِي إِلَيْكَ، وَوَجَّهْتُ وَجْهِي إِلَيْكَ، وَفَوَّضْتُ أَمْرِي إِلَيْكَ، وَأَلْجَأْتُ ظَهْرِي إِلَيْكَ، رَغْبَةً وَرَهْبَةً إِلَيْكَ، لاَ مَلْجَأَ وَلاَ مَنْجَا مِنْكَ إِلاَّ إِلَيْكَ، آمَنْتُ بِكِتَابِكَ الَّذِي أَنْزَلْتَ، وَنَبِيِّكَ الَّذِي أَرْسَلْتَ

"All-ahumma aslamtu nafsi ilaika, wa wajjahtu wajhi ilaika, wa fauwadtu `Amri ilaika, wa alja'tu zahri ilaika, raghbatan wa rahbatan ilaika. La Malja'a wa la manja minka illa ilaika. Amantu bikitabika al-ladhi anzalta wa nabiyyika al-ladhi arsalta”

“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 (SAW) You have sent." 

Messenger of Allah (SAW) 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)

Suhail reported that Abu Salih used to command us:

When any one of you intends to go to sleep, he should lie on the bed on his right side and then say:

اللَّهُمَّ رَبَّ السَّمَوَاتِ وَرَبَّ الأَرْضِ وَرَبَّ الْعَرْشِ الْعَظِيمِ رَبَّنَا وَرَبَّ كُلِّ شَىْءٍ فَالِقَ الْحَبِّ وَالنَّوَى وَمُنْزِلَ التَّوْرَاةِ وَالإِنْجِيلِ وَالْفُرْقَانِ أَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنْ شَرِّ كُلِّ شَىْءٍ أَنْتَ آخِذٌ بِنَاصِيَتِهِ اللَّهُمَّ أَنْتَ الأَوَّلُ فَلَيْسَ قَبْلَكَ شَىْءٌ وَأَنْتَ الآخِرُ فَلَيْسَ بَعْدَكَ شَىْءٌ وَأَنْتَ الظَّاهِرُ فَلَيْسَ فَوْقَكَ شَىْءٌ وَأَنْتَ الْبَاطِنُ فَلَيْسَ دُونَكَ شَىْءٌ اقْضِ عَنَّا الدَّيْنَ وَأَغْنِنَا مِنَ الْفَقْرِ

" O Allah. the Lord of the Heavens and the Lord of the Earth and Lord of the Magnificent Throne, our Lord, and the Lord of everything, the Splitter of the grain of corn and the datestone (or fruit kernel), the Revealer of Torah and Injil (Bible) and Criterion (the Holy Qur'an), I seek refuge in Thee from the evil of every- thing Thou art to seize by the forelock (Thou hast perfect control over it). O Allah, Thou art the First, there is naught before Thee, and Thou art the Last and there is naught after Thee, and Thou art Evident and there is nothing above Thee, and Thou art Innermost and there is nothing beyond Thee. Remove the burden of debt from us and relieve us from want." 

Abu Salih used to narrate it from Abu Huraira (RA) who narrated it from Allah's Apostle (SAW).

(Sahih Muslim)

Abu Hurairah (RA) reported:

Abu Bakr asked, "O Messenger of Allah (SAW)! Teach me some words so that I may recite them in the morning and in the evening." The Messenger of Allah (SAW) said, "Recite these words:

اللهم فاطر السماوات والأرض عالم الغيب والشهادة، رب كل شيء ومليكه أشهد أن لا إله إلا أنت، أعوذ بك من شر نفسي وشر الشيطان وشركه‏

 'Allahumma fatiras-samawati wal-ardi, 'alimal-ghaibi wash-shahadati, Rabba kulli shai'in wa malikahu. Ash- hadu an la ilaha illa Anta, a'udhu bika min sharri nafsi, wa sharrish- Shaitani wa shirkihi “

“O Allah! Creator of the heavens and the earth! Knower of the hidden and the exposed! Rubb of everything and every one. I bear witness that none has the right to be worshipped but You. I seek Your Protection from the evil of my own self from the evil of Satan and from the evil of Shirk to which he calls).”

The Messenger of Allah (SAW) added: "Recite these words in the morning and the evening and when you go to bed.

اللهم فاطر السماوات والأرض عالم الغيب والشهادة، رب كل شيء ومليكه أشهد أن لا إله إلا أنت، أعوذ بك من شر نفسي وشر الشيطان وشركه‏"‏ قال‏:‏ ‏"‏قلها إذا أصبحت، وإذا أمسيت، وإذا أخذت مضجعك

(Sunan Abi Dawud)

Narrated Anas (RA):

When the Messenger of Allah (May peace be upon him) went to his bed, he would say: 

الْحَمْدُ لِلَّهِ الَّذِي أَطْعَمَنَا وَسَقَانَا وَكَفَانَا وَآوَانَا فَكَمْ مِمَّنْ لاَ كَافِيَ لَهُ وَلاَ مُئْوِيَ

Praise be to Allah who has fed us, given us drink, satisfied us and given us refuge. Many there are who have no one to provide sufficiency for them, or give them refuge.

(Sunan Abi Dawud)

Narrated AbulAzhar al-Anmari (RA):

When the Messenger of Allah (SAW) went to his bed at night, he would say: 

بِسْمِ اللَّهِ وَضَعْتُ جَنْبِي اللَّهُمَّ اغْفِرْ لِي ذَنْبِي وَأَخْسِئْ شَيْطَانِي وَفُكَّ رِهَانِي وَاجْعَلْنِي فِي النَّدِيِّ الأَعْلَى

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, and place me in the highest assembly.

Abu Dawud said: Abu Hammam al-Ahwazi transmitted it from Thawr. He mentioned Abu Zuhair al-Anmari (instead of Abu al-Azhar).

(Sunan Abi Dawud)

Narrated Abdullah ibn Umar (RA):

When the Messenger of Allah (SAW) went to his bed, he would say: 

 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

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 Thee from Hell.

(Sunan Abi Dawud)

Abdullah b. 'Umar commanded a person that as he went to bed, he should say:

 اللَّهُمَّ خَلَقْتَ نَفْسِي وَأَنْتَ تَوَفَّاهَا لَكَ مَمَاتُهَا وَمَحْيَاهَا إِنْ أَحْيَيْتَهَا فَاحْفَظْهَا وَإِنْ أَمَتَّهَا فَاغْفِرْ لَهَا اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي أَسْأَلُكَ الْعَافِيَةَ 

" O Allah, Thou created my being and it is for Thee to take it to its ultimate goal. And its death and life is due to Thee, and if Thou givest it life, safeguard it; and if Thou bringst death, grant it pardon. O Allah, I beg of Thee safety." 

A person said to him: Did you hear it from Umar? Thereupon he said: (I have heard from one) who is better than Umar, viz. from Allah's Messenger (SAW). Ibn Nafi, reported this on the authority of Abdullah b. Harith but he did not make mention of this" that he heard it himself".

(Sahih Muslim)

Witr and Qiyamul-laylMan in the mosque asking for dua

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Narrated Abu Huraira (RA):

Allah's Messenger (SAW) said, "Every night when it is the last third of the night, our Lord, the Superior, the Blessed, descends to the nearest heaven and says: Is there anyone to invoke Me that I may respond to his invocation? Is there anyone to ask Me so that I may grant him his request? Is there anyone asking My forgiveness so that I may forgive him?

(Sahih al-Bukhari)

Narrated Abu Umamah (RA):

`Amr bin `Abasah reported to me that he heard the Prophet (SAW) say: “The closest that the Lord is to a worshipper is during the last part of the night, so if you are able to be of those who remember Allah in that hour, then do so.”

(Jami` at-Tirmidhi)

Narrated Abu Umamah (RA):

The Messenger of Allah (SAW) was asked: "At what time does the supplication find the greatest response?" He (SAW) replied, "A supplication made during the middle of the last part of the night and after the conclusion of the obligatory prayers."

(Jami` at-Tirmidhi)

Narrated Al-Aswad (RA):

I asked `Aisha (RA) "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. If he was in need of a bath he would take it; otherwise he would perform ablution and then go out (for the prayer)."

(Sahih al-Bukhari)

Narrated Jabir (RA)

Messenger of Allah (SAW) said “Whoever among you fears that he will not wake up at the end of the night, let him pray Witr at the beginning of the night, then go to sleep. Whoever hopes that he will wake up at the end of the night, let him pray Witr at the end of the night, for recitation (of the Qur’an) at the end of the night is attended (by the angels), and that is better.”

(Sunan Ibn Majah)

Narrated ‘Abdur-Rahman bin ‘Abdin Al-Qari:

I heard ‘Umar bin Khattab say: ‘The Messenger of Allah (SAW) said: ‘Whoever sleeps and misses his daily portion of Qur’an, or any part of it, let him read it between the Fajr prayer and the Zuhr prayer, and it will be recorded as if he had read it during the night.”

(Sunan Ibn Majah)

Narrated `A'isha (RA):

The Prophet (SAW) used to offer his night prayer while I was sleeping across in his bed. Whenever he intended to offer the witr prayer, he used to wake me up and I would offer the witr prayer too.

(Sahih al-Bukhari)

Narrated from Abu Ad-Darda (RA):

Who attributed it to the Prophet (SAW): "Whoever goes to his bed intending to get up and pray qiyam at night, then sleep overwhelms him until morning, will have recorded that which he intended and his sleep is a charity given to him by his Lord, the Mighty and Sublime.”

(Sunan an-Nasa'i)

Narrated that ‘Aishah (RA):

The Messenger of Allah (SAW)) used to sleep during the first part of the night and stay awake during the latter part.”

(Sunan Ibn Majah) 

Narrated `Abdullah bin `Amr bin Al-`As (RA):

Allah's Messenger (SAW) told me, "The most beloved prayer to Allah is that of David and the most beloved fasts to Allah are those of David. He used to sleep for half of the night and then pray for one third of the night and again sleep for its sixth part and used to fast on alternate days.

(Sahih al-Bukhari)

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Narrated Jabir (RA):

Allah's Messenger (SAW) as saying If anyone sees a dream which he does not like, he should spit on his left side three times, and seek refuge with Allah from the Satan three times, and let him turn over from the side on which he was sleeping.

(Sahih Muslim)

Narrated Ubadah b. al-Samit (RA):

The Messenger of Allah (SAW) as saying; If anyone is alarmed while asleep and he says when awakes:

اَ إِلَهَ إِلاَّ اللَّهُ وَحْدَهُ لاَ شَرِيكَ لَهُ لَهُ الْمُلْكُ وَلَهُ الْحَمْدُ وَهُوَ عَلَى كُلِّ شَىْءٍ قَدِيرٌ سُبْحَانَ اللَّهِ وَالْحَمْدُ لِلَّهِ وَلاَ إِلَهَ إِلاَّ اللَّهُ وَاللَّهُ أَكْبَرُ وَلاَ حَوْلَ وَلاَ قُوَّةَ إِلاَّ بِاللَّهِ

There is no god but Allah alone Who has no partner, to whom dominion belongs, to whom praise is due, and who has power over everything (omnipotent). Glory be to Allah, and praise be to Allah, and there is no god but Allah, and then he prays: O my Lord, forgive me. “

Abu Dawud said : Al-Walid’s version has; and he prays, his prayer will be answered. If he gets up, performs ablution, and prays, his prayer will be accepted.

(Sunan Abi Dawud)

Narrated Abu Sa`id Al-Khudri (RA):

The Prophet (SAW) said, "If anyone of you sees a dream that he likes, then it is from Allah, and he should thank Allah for it and narrate it to others; but if he sees something else, i.e., a dream that he dislikes, then it is from Satan, and he should seek refuge with Allah from its evil, and he should not mention it to anybody, for it will not harm him."

(Sahih al-Bukhari)

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Khawwat ibn Jubayr (RA) said:

Sleeping during the beginning of the day is stupidity. Sleeping during the middle of the day is good, and sleeping at the last part of it is foolish.

 (Al-Adab Al-Mufrad)

Narrated Anas bin Malik (RA):

We used to offer the Jumu’ah prayer early and then have an afternoon nap.

(Sahih al-Bukhari)

As-Sa'ib ibn Yazid said, 

Umar (RA) used to pass by us in the middle of the day - or near to it - and say, 'Get up and take a midday nap. Any time spent here after this is for shaytan.

 (Al-Adab Al-Mufrad)

Anas bin Malik (RA) said:

They used to gather and then take a midday nap.

 (Al-Adab Al-Mufrad)

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Extensive research continues to be done by the science community on sleep and how to sleep better. Here are some of the recommendations from them through those research.

How much sleep do you need? According to the National Sleep Foundation, the recommended sleep ranges per day are:

  • Newborns (0-3 months): 14-17 hours
  • Infants (4-11 months): 12-15 hours
  • Toddlers (1-2 years): 11-14 hours
  • Preschoolers (3-5): 10-13 hours
  • School-age children (6-13): 9-11 hours 
  • Teenagers (14-17): 8-10 hours
  • Younger adults (18-25): 7-9 hours 
  • Adults (26-64): 7-9 hours
  • Older adults (65+): 7-8 hours

Here are some recommendations to get better sleep:

  • Take a short midday nap. Limit naps to 15 to 20 minutes in the early afternoon.
  • Stop consuming Caffeine 6–8 hours before sleep.
  • Say no to late-night television. Stop watching TV and turn off any bright lights 2 hours before heading to bed. 
  • Try not to drink any fluids 1–2 hours before going to bed.
  • Exercise daily, but do not perform it too late in the day as this may cause sleep problems.
  • Don't eat late in the evening
  • A relaxing warm bath or shower may help you sleep better.
  • When it’s time to sleep, make sure the room is dark.
  • Evaluate your bedroom to ensure the ideal temperature, sound, and light.
  • Sleep on a comfortable mattress and pillows.
  • Stick to the same sleep schedule throughout the week, including the weekends.

You may refer to this infographic:Sleeping manner from the Prohet (SAW)

Let us follow the sunnah of the Prophet (SAW) and incorporate these practices into our daily lives as we carry out our routine act of sleeping. 

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