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Etiquettes of Sleeping in the Light of the Quran and Sunnah

by | Jun 12, 2014

Let us know about sleep rewards. All living creatures REQUIRE sleep. Allah has created the sleep cycle to provide comfort. Nobody can remain awake for too long a time. If one does remain awake for longer periods of time like 24 hours or more, they tend to become lazy, dull, edgy, and easily annoyed in the short term and may develop some health issues like dark circles, low immunity, headaches, or body aches if the same routine prevails for long. So a peaceful and proper sleep and rest is very important for health.

Importance of Sleep

If I person does not take adequate sleep on a regular basis, it may result in metabolism problems, effects on mental concentration and health, blood pressure, and quality of life.

Allah says:

وَمِنْ ءَايَٰتِهِۦ مَنَامُكُم بِٱلَّيْلِ وَٱلنَّهَارِ وَٱبْتِغَآؤُكُم مِّن فَضْلِهِۦٓ ۚ إِنَّ فِى ذَٰلِكَ لَءَايَٰتٍ لِّقَوْمٍ يَسْمَعُونَ

“And among his signs is your sleep by night and by day and your seeking of His bounty, verily in that are Signs for those who hearken” [Al-Quran 30:23]

Holy Prophet (PBUH) said to one of his companions who use to pray all night that your body has right over you so sleep at night.

Adequate sleep is required for the body; even too much is injurious to health. It can also make a person dull and lazy. we must always stay moderate in our ways.

Etiquettes of Sleeping in the Light of the Quran and Sunnah

Do you know how your sleep can count as an act of worship and bring you abundant rewards?

Make your intention to sleep for the sake of Allah. And while sleeping follow the sleeping traditions of the Holy Prophet (PBUH).

  • Reciting Ayat al-Kursi: 

Before going to sleep, it is recommended to recite Ayat al-Kursi (Surah Al-Baqarah 2:255) as it provides protection and blessings during the night.

  • Sleeping on the Right Side: 

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) advised sleeping on the right side, as reported in various hadiths. He used to say, 

“When you go to bed, perform ablution as for the prayer, then lie down on your right side” (Sahih al-Bukhari).

  • Seeking Refuge in Allah: 

Before sleeping, say the supplication 

“A’udhu bi kalimatillahit-tammati min ghadabihi wa ‘iqabihi, wa min sharri ‘ibadihi wa min hamazatish-shayateeni wa an yahduroon” 

“I seek refuge in the perfect words of Allah from His anger and His punishment, from the evil of His slaves and from the whispers of the devils and from their presence.” (Sahih Muslim)

  • Reciting Surah Al-Ikhlas, Al-Falaq, and An-Nas: 

The Prophet (peace be upon him) recommended reciting Surah Al-Ikhlas, Surah Al-Falaq, and Surah An-Nas before going to sleep for protection from harm and evil (Sahih al-Bukhari).

  • Sleeping Early: 

It is recommended to sleep early and wake up for Fajr (the dawn prayer), as it is a time of great blessings.

  • Cleaning Teeth Before Sleep: 

The Prophet (peace be upon him) emphasized cleaning the teeth with a toothbrush (miswak) before going to bed (Sahih al-Bukhari).

  • Sleeping in a State of Ablution: 

Performing ablution (wudu) before sleeping is considered virtuous.

  • Keeping Bedroom Clean: 

It is advised to keep the sleeping area clean and tidy. Clean your bed sheet. So as to avoid any dirt, dust, or tiny insects.

  • Sleeping Moderately: 

The Prophet (peace be upon him) discouraged excessive sleeping, as it can lead to laziness and neglect of important duties.

  • Supplicating Before Sleep: 

It is recommended to say specific supplications before sleeping, like 

“Allahumma bismika amutu wa ahya” 

O Allah, in Your name, I die and I live

“Allahumma qini ‘adhabaka yawma tab’athu ‘ibadaka”

O Allah, protect me from Your punishment on the day You resurrect Your slaves (Sahih al-Bukhari).

These etiquettes are meant to bring blessings, protection, and mindfulness to one’s sleep and daily life. Observing them can enhance one’s spirituality and strengthen their connection with Allah.


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