Some Important Sunnats of Sleeping and Awakening

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by : Shaikh ul Arab wal Ajam Hazrat Maulana Shah Hakeem Muhammad Akhtar Saheb RA

Basic Sunnats Before Sleeping


1. ‪It is substantiated from hadith that Rasulullah Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam rested at sometime or the other on the following : A mat made from palm leaves ~ A chatai (straw mat) ~ A mat made from cloth‬~ ‪On the ground ~ On a wooden bed‬ ~ ‪On a bed ~ ‬ ‪On skin and hide‬ (Zaadul Ma’ad)

2. ‪It is Sunnat to sleep in the state of wudhu (Abu Dawood)‬

3. ‪Before climbing into bed, dust the bed thrice with the corner of your clothes. (Bukhari, Muslim, Abu Dawood, Tirmidhi, Ibne Majah)‬

4. Before sleeping say‬ :

بِسْمِ ٱللّٰهِ:‬

‪and do the following :‬

‬> ‪Close the door‬

> ‪Put out the lamp

> ‪Fasten the mouth of the leather water bag.‬

> ‪Cover the utensils :‬ It is mentioned in Muslim Sharief that there is one night in the year wherein plague descends. If this plague has to pass over any open utensil, then a portion of that plague definitely falls into it. (Muslim-Vol.2 Pg 171)

5. ‪If one cannot find any thing with which to cover the utensil then one should place a stick across the top of the utensil. (Muslim-Vol.2 Pg 170)

6. ‪It is forbidden to engage in story-telling after Esha. It is better to sleep immediately after salaah. It is permissible to remain awake for listening to lectures and advices and to earn one’s livelihood.‬

7. ‪When going to sleep it is Sunnat to apply Surmah thrice in each eye for both males and females. (Shamaa’ile Tirmidhi)

8. ‪Before sleeping recite some verses and some surahs of Qura’an Sharief, eg. Surah Faatiha, Aayatul Kursi, Surah Mulk, the four Quls and Durood Shareef. If one is unable to recite so much then at least recite a few surahs as this is the foundation for salvation in this world and hereafter.‬

9. ‪Before sleeping, recite Tasbeeh Faatimah punctually i.e. SubhaanAllah 33-times Alhumdulilah 33-times and Allah hu Akbar 34-times

سُبْحَانَ اللهِ، والْحَمْدُ للهِ، وَاللهُ أَكْبَرُ

Subhaanallaahi, – Walhamdu lillaahi, -Allahu ‘Akbar.

Glory is to Allah (thirty-three times in Arabic) , praise is to Allah (thirty-three times) , Allah is the Most Great (thirty-four times) ‪
(Bukhari, Muslim, Abu Dawood, Tirmidhi)‬

10. ‪Sleeping on the right hand side and facing Qiblah is Sunnat. (Shamaa’ile Tirmidhi, Abu Dawood-Vol.2, pg.332). To sleep with one’s chest facing the floor and back facing the sky is forbidden. (Tirmidhi-Vol.2, pg.105 – Abu Dawood-Vol.2, pg.331)‬

11. ‪After lying down recite this dua:‬

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

Bismika Rabbee wadha’tu janbee , wa bika ‘arfa’uhu, fa’in ‘amsakta nafsee farhamhaa, wa ‘in ‘arsaltahaa fahfadhhaa, bimaa tahfadhu bihi ‘ibaadakas-saaliheen.

With Your Name1 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.2

(Bukhari-Vol.2, pg.935, Muslim-Vol.2, pg.349,Tirmidhi-Vol.2, pg.177)‬

12. ‪Thereafter recite this dua:‬

اللَّهُمَّ بِاسْمِكَ أَمُوتُ وَأَحْيَا

Allahumma Bismika amutu wa Ahya

O Allah , In Your Name, I die and I live. 
(Bukhari, Muslim)

13. ‪Before sleeping recite this Istighfaar thrice:‬

أَسْتَغْفِرُ اللَّهَ الَّذِي لَا إِلَهَ إِلَّا هُوَ الْحَيُّ الْقَيُّومُ ، وَأَتُوبُ إِلَيْهِ‬

(Tirmidhi-Vol.2, pg.177)‬

14. ‪If one sees a frightening dream and one’s eyes open, sputter(to make a spitting sound) to the left thrice and recite thrice :

أعوذ بالله من الشيطان الرجيم

A`ūdhu billāhi min ash-shaitāni r-rajīm

Also change one’s position to the other side and sleep. (Muslim-Vol.2, chapter of dreams)‬

Basic Sunnats Upon Awakening


1.Immediately upon awakening rub the face and the eyes with both the palms in order to remove the effects of sleep. ( Shamaaile Tirmidhi )‬

2. ‪When the eyes open in the morning recite this dua:‬

الْحَمْدُ للهِ الَّذِي أَحْيَانَا بَعْدَ مَا أَمَاتَنَا وَإِلَيْهِ النُّشُورُ

Alhamdu lillahil-ladhi ‘ahyana ba’da ma ‘amatana wa’ilayhin-nushur

All praise is due to Allah who brought us to life after having granted us death and to Him will we be resurrected. (Bukhari, Abu Dawood, Muslim)‬

3. ‪When awakening from sleep cleanse the mouth with a Miswaak. (Musnad Ahmad, Abu Dawood- pg.8)‬

4. The use of the Miswaak should be repeated when making Wudhu. Using the Miswaak upon awakening is a separate Sunnat. (Bazlul Majhood,“Commentary of Abu Dawood” Vol.1 pg.35)‬

5. When wearing one’s trousers, first put on the right leg, then the left one. When putting on a kurta or shirt, first put on the right sleeve and then the left one. The same procedure should be followed when wearing a vest. When wearing a shoe, first put on the right shoe. When removing any garment or shoe, first remove the left, then the right.This is the Sunnat method when removing any garment from the body (Bukhari, Tirmidhi “ the chapter on clothing” and Shamaaile Tirmidhi )‬

6. Before immersing the hands into any utensils, wash them thrice thoroughly. (Tirmidhi – Vol. 1, pg. 13)

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Lessons from Hadith Shareef ~ 5 Rights of a Muslim over another Muslim

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عن أبي هريرة رضي الله عنه أن رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم قال‏:‏ ‏”‏حق المسلم علي المسلم خمس‏:‏ رد السلام، وعيادة المريض، واتباع الجنائز، وإجابة الدعوة، وتشميت العاطس” ‏(‏‏(‏متفق عليه‏)‏‏)‏ ‏.‏

Hazrat Abu Hurairah RadhiAllahu Anhu reported: Rasulullah Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam said: 

“Every Muslim has five rights over another Muslim

(i.e., he has to perform five duties for another Muslim):

1. To return the Salaam
2. To visit the sick
3. To attend the Janaazah (funeral)
4. To accept an invitation
5. To respond to the sneezer
[i.e., to say: `Yarhamuk-Allah (may Allah bestow His Mercy on you),’ when the sneezer praises Allah].”
[Al-Bukhari and Muslim]

Lessons from Hadith Shareef ~ 7 Types of People who will Enjoy the Shade of Allah Ta’ala on the Day of Qiyamah

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عَنْ أَبِي هُرَيْرَةَ، عَنِ النَّبِيِّ صلى الله عليه وسلم قَالَ ‏ “‏ سَبْعَةٌ يُظِلُّهُمُ اللَّهُ فِي ظِلِّهِ يَوْمَ لاَ ظِلَّ إِلاَّ ظِلُّهُ الإِمَامُ الْعَادِلُ، وَشَابٌّ نَشَأَ فِي عِبَادَةِ رَبِّهِ، وَرَجُلٌ قَلْبُهُ مُعَلَّقٌ فِي الْمَسَاجِدِ، وَرَجُلاَنِ تَحَابَّا فِي اللَّهِ اجْتَمَعَا عَلَيْهِ وَتَفَرَّقَا عَلَيْهِ، وَرَجُلٌ طَلَبَتْهُ امْرَأَةٌ ذَاتُ مَنْصِبٍ وَجَمَالٍ فَقَالَ إِنِّي أَخَافُ اللَّهَ‏.‏ وَرَجُلٌ تَصَدَّقَ أَخْفَى حَتَّى لاَ تَعْلَمَ شِمَالُهُ مَا تُنْفِقُ يَمِينُهُ، وَرَجُلٌ ذَكَرَ اللَّهَ خَالِيًا فَفَاضَتْ عَيْنَاهُ ‏”‏‏.‏

Hazrat Abu Huraira RA narrates:

Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam said, “Allah will give shade, to seven, on the Day when there will be no shade but His”. (These seven persons are) :

1. A just ruler.

2. A youth who has been brought up in the worship of Allah.

3. A man whose heart is attached to the Masaajid.

4. Two persons who love each other only for Allah’s sake and they meet and part in Allah’s love.

5. A man who refuses the invitation of a charming woman of noble birth (for illicit intercourse with her) and says: I fear Allah!

6. A man who gives charity so secretly that his left hand even, does not know what his right hand has given.

7. And a person who remembers Allah in seclusion and his eyes are then flooded with tears.”



Lessons from Hadith Shareef ~ The Fountain (Al~Haudh) Of Al~Kauthar

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When making Dua, we should Ask Allah Ta’ala to grant us the intercession of Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam on the day of Qiyamah and bless us with the water of Haudh-e-Kauthar from his Mubaruk hands … If we bring the True Sunnats into our lives, together with making a proper Whudu and performing Salaah, we will acquire a brightness on our faces on the day of Qiyamah and Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam will very easily recognise us and give us the water of Haudh-e-Kauthar from his Mubaruk hands to drink….


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قَالَ عَبْدُ اللَّهِ بْنُ عَمْرٍو قَالَ النَّبِيُّ صلى الله عليه وسلم ‏ “‏ حَوْضِي مَسِيرَةُ شَهْرٍ، مَاؤُهُ أَبْيَضُ مِنَ اللَّبَنِ، وَرِيحُهُ أَطْيَبُ مِنَ الْمِسْكِ، وَكِيزَانُهُ كَنُجُومِ السَّمَاءِ، مَنْ شَرِبَ مِنْهَا فَلاَ يَظْمَأُ أَبَدًا ‏”‏‏.‏

Narrated by Hazrat Abdullah bin Amr RA: Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam said :

“My Fountain (Kauthar) is so long that it takes a month’s journey to cross it. Its water is whiter than milk, and its smell is more fragrant than musk, and its drinking cups are (as numerous) as the (number of) stars in the sky; and whoever drinks from it, will never be thirsty.” 

~ Bukhari

عَنِ ابْنِ عُمَرَ، قَالَ قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ ـ صلى الله عليه وسلم ـ ‏ “‏ الْكَوْثَرُ نَهَرٌ فِي الْجَنَّةِ حَافَتَاهُ مِنْ ذَهَبٍ مَجْرَاهُ عَلَى الْيَاقُوتِ وَالدُّرِّ تُرْبَتُهُ أَطْيَبُ مِنَ الْمِسْكِ وَمَاؤُهُ أَحْلَى مِنَ الْعَسَلِ وَأَشَدُّ بَيَاضًا مِنَ الثَّلْجِ ‏”‏ ‏.‏

 : Narrated from Hazrat Ibn ‘Umar RA that Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam said

“Kauthar is a river in Paradise whose banks are of gold and its bed is of rubies and pearls. Its soil is more fragrant than musk, its water is sweeter than honey and whiter than snow.”

Sunan Ibn Majah ~

Narrated by Hazrat Al-Musaiyab RA: Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam said : 

“Some men from my companions will come to my Al-haud (Lake-Fount) and they will be driven away from it, and I will say, ‘O Lord, my companions!’ It will be said, ‘You have no knowledge of what they innovated after you left: they turned apostate as renegades (reverted from Islam). 

~ Bukhari

Lessons from Hadith Shareef ~ Being ‘Sadooqul Lisaan’ (Truthful of Tongue) and ‘Makhmumul Qalb’ (Pure of Heart)

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 عَنْ عَبْدِ اللَّهِ بْنِ عَمْرٍو، قَالَ قِيلَ لِرَسُولِ اللَّهِ ـ صلى الله عليه وسلم ـ أَىُّ النَّاسِ أَفْضَلُ قَالَ ‏”‏ كُلُّ مَخْمُومِ الْقَلْبِ صَدُوقِ اللِّسَانِ ‏”‏ ‏.‏ قَالُوا صَدُوقُ اللِّسَانِ نَعْرِفُهُ فَمَا مَخْمُومُ الْقَلْبِ ?  قَالَ ‏”‏ هُوَ التَّقِيُّ النَّقِيُّ لاَ إِثْمَ فِيهِ وَلاَ بَغْىَ وَلاَ غِلَّ وَلاَ حَسَدَ‏”‏ ‏

Hazrat Abdullah bin Amr RA says that Rasulullah ﷺ was asked: “Who among men is the best?” He (ﷺ) replied: “Everyone who is pure of heart (**Makhmumul Qalb) and truthful of tongue (*Sadooqul Lisaan).” They enquired: “Truthful of Tongue“—we know what this is. But what is “Makhmumul Qalb”? He (ﷺ) said : “It is (the heart) that is pure and pious upon which there is no sin, transgression, deceit, malice or envy in it.”

~ Sunan Ibn Majah

We find in the Ahadeeth of Rasulullah  ﷺ, there is great emphasis on speaking the truth and having a Qalbe-Saleem (pure clean heart).

These two Arabic words in this Hadith : Sadooqul Lisaan and Makhmumul Qalb, highlight the importance of these characteristics.

 *Sadooqul Lisaan : A person who is truthful and who’s tongue always utters that which is correct (not false).

When a person speaks lies, then those angels that are around him, move far away from him, because of the odour and the stench that emanates from the persons mouth.

**Makhmumul Qalb : Literally, the word means, ‘the heart must be swept’ (cleansed). That heart which is pure, clean, pious, righteous. It has no sin on it. There are no black spots on this heart. There are no traces of malice in it.

• Rasulullah ﷺ said, “Whosoever gives me a guarantee that he will safeguard what is between his jaws (the tongue) and what is between his legs (the private parts), I shall guarantee him Jannah.” (Bukhari)

Concerning malice and jealousy, our good A’amaal are destroyed because of these traits.

• Rasulullah ﷺ said, “Beware of jealousy, for indeed jealousy consumes one’s good deeds like fire consumes wood.” (Sunan Abi Dawud)

• Hazrat Anas bin Malik reported: Rasulullah ﷺ said to me, “O boy, if you are able every morning and evening to remove any rancor from your heart towards anyone, then do so.” Then Rasulullah  ﷺ  said to me, “O boy, that is my tradition (sunnah) and whoever revives my tradition has loved me, and whoever loves me will be with me in Paradise.”(Tirmidhi)

Let us talk less…  Control our tongues …  Speak the truth … Be honest … and reach our Allah with a Qalbe-Saleem (pure clean heart)