Islam is a complete religion which encompasses all the aspects of human life. It direct its followers on all issues be they small or large, imperative or insignificant Here in this blog we intend to shed some light on the sunnah of a day to day activity of sleep. Prescribed hours of sleep is a basic requirement of all human beings. One third or a little less than that of a day we all spend in sleeping. It becomes essential on our parts to try and get the cognizance on how our beloved Prophet dealt with the activity of sleep.
In the form of bulletin points some few authentic actions of sunnah are laid down
1. Sleeping with Wudoo (abulution)
The Prophet PBUH said to al-Baraa` bin ‘Aazib RA: If you go to your bed, then do your wudoo` (ablution) as you would do it for prayer, then lie on your right, [Bukhari]
2. Sleeping on the right side
The Prophet PBUH used to sleep on his right side, putting his right hand on his right cheek, and this is what the Prophet PBUH recommended others to do. According to a saheeh hadeeth narrated from al-Baraa’ ibn ‘Aazib, the Prophet PBUH said: “When you go to bed, do wudoo’ as if for prayer, then lie down on your right side…” [Bukhari]
3. Reciting Surat al-Ikhlas, an-Nas, and an-Naas Before Sleeping
‘Aishah RA narrated that the Messenger PBUH used to recite “Qulhuwallahu ahad”, “Qul a’oothu birrabilfalaq” and “Qul a’oothu birrabinnaas” every night when he went to sleep, then wiped his face and whatever he was able from his body, beginning with his head and face, and what faces him from his body, three times”. [Al-Bukhaari]
4. Doing Takbeer and Tasbeeh When Going to Sleep
‘Ali RA narrates that the Messenger of Allah PBUH said when Faatimah RA asked him for a servant, “Shall I not lead you to that which is better for you than a servant? If you go to your mattresses, or rest to sleep, then say Allahu Akbar thirty-four times, and say subhaan Allah thirty-three times, and say alhamdulilah thirty-three times, for they are better for you than having a servant”
5. Do Zikr while sleeping
Abu Hurairah RA reported: Messenger of Allah PBUH 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].
6. Making Du’a When Awoken from Sleep
‘Ubaadah bin as-Saamit RA narrates that the Prophet PBUH said: “Anyone awoken in the night and says: Laa ilaha illa Allah, wahdatu laa shareeka lah, lahul-mulku walahul hamd, wa huwa ‘ala kulli shay`in qadeer, alhamdulilah was-subhaan Allah, wallahu akbar, wa laa hawla wa laa quwata illa billah, then said, Allahumma aghfirli or invoked Allah, he will be answered, and if he does ablution and prays, his prayer will be accepted” [al-Bukhaari: 1154]
7. Du’a Once Awake
Narrated by Huthayfa Al –Yamaan, “Alhamdulilahalatheeahyaanaaba’damaaamatana, wailayhin-nushoor” (Praise be to ALLAH SWT who granted us life after death, and to HIM we will be resurrected) (Al-Bukhari: 6312)
8. Disapproved posture of sleep
Ya’ish bin Tikhfah Al-Ghifari RA 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 PBUH. [Abu Dawud] This form of lying is a common practiced by many of us out of ignorance. We need to correct our posture of sleeping.
Muslims must strive to emulate the Prophet PBUH not only in the matters pertaining to five pillars of Islam (Shahadah, Salat, Zakat, Ramadhan and Hajj) and shariah laws but implement Sunnah in our recurrent activities such as walking, talking, eating, bathing, washing, smiling, greeting, travelling, and even sleeping. May ALLAH SWT guide, strengthen, provide courage and staunch conviction to replicate Prophet’s PBUH way of life (Sunnah) in all facades of our life.
It is indisputable that Muhammad PBUH is the most diligently followed personality in the history of civilization. There is no human like him and never will be. He is our Prophet and Messenger and may ALLAH SWT elevate his position to a magnitude than it already is. Pray ALLAH SWT grant us love for HIM and HIS Messenger PBUH, Aameen.