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Sleeping Habits of Nabi صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم

Do not leave the fire lamp On while sleep
1. Narrated by Salim رضي الله عنه, from his father that Nabi صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم said “Do not leave fire (lamps) in your houses when you go to sleep”. : Reference Ibn Ma-jah: 3769; Book no. 33; In English volume no. 5; Book 33, Hadees no 3769.
2. Narrated Abu Musa رضي الله عنه that Nabi صلی اللہ علیہ وسلمsaid “Fire is enemy to you when you go to sleep, extinguish it”. : Reference Ibn Ma-jah: 3770; Book no. 33; In English volume no. 5; Book 33, Hadees no 3770.
 
Disliked talking after & sleeping before Isha Salah
3. Narrated Abu Barza رضي الله عنه that Nabi صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم disliked sleeping before Isha salah & to talk after it. : Reference Bukhari: 568; Book no. 9; In English volume no. 1; Book no. 10; Hadees no. 543.
Sleep early & offer Tahajjud
4. Narrated Al-Aswad that A’isha رضي الله عنه replied to his question, that Nabi صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم used to sleep in the early part of the night and would wake up (in the beginning ) at the latter part & used pray  (Tahajjud) & then return to his bed till Mu’azzin called Azan, He use to get for Fajar.  : Reference Bukhari: 1146; Book no. 19; In English volume no. 2; Book no. 27; Hadees no. 247.
While Sleeping
5. Narrated that Jabir رضي الله عنه said “I heard Nabi صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم say, ‘You should use antimony (surma/kohl) when you go to sleep, for it improves the eyesight and makes the hair (eyelashes) grow’.   : Reference Ibn Ma-jah: 3625; Book no. 31; In English volume no. 4; Book no. 31, Hadees no 3625.
6. Nabi صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم taught us to wash hands before going to sleep & said do not go to sleep with bad smell on hands, if something happens blame yourself only (if bad smell is present on hands). : Reference Ibn Ma-jah: 3421 & 3422; Book no. 29; In English volume no. 4 Book 29, Hadees no 3296 & 3297.
 
Recitation before sleep
7. Narrated Irbad Bin Sariyah رضي الله عنه that Nabi صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم would recite the Musabbihat (Chapters 17, 57, 59, 61-64 & 87) before sleep and say “Indeed there is an Ayah in them that is better than one thousand Ayat. : Reference Tirmizi: 2921; Book No. 45, In English volume no. 5; Book 42, Hadees no 2921.
8. Narrated Hudhaif رضي الله عنه Whenever Nabi صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم intended to go to bed, Heﷺ would recite:
   اللَّهُمَّ بِاسْمِكَ أَمُوتُ وَأَحْيَا
 Allahumma Bismika 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).: Reference Bukhari: 6324; Book no. 80; In English volume no. 8; Book no. 75; Hadees no. 336
9. Narrated Hafsah رضي الله عنها that when Nabi صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم wanted to go to sleep, He صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم use to put his right hand under His cheek and would then say three times
‏ اللَّهُمَّ قِنِي عَذَابَكَ يَوْمَ تَبْعَثُ عِبَادَكَ
Allahumma Qinee A’zaabaka yauma tab’aso ai’baadaka.
(O Allah, guard me from Thy punishment on the day when Thou raisest up Thy servants.) : Reference Abu Dawud: 5045; Book no. 43; In English Book no. 42; Hadees no. 5027.
10. Hazrat Bara’ Bin Aazib رضي الله عنه says that Nabi صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم said “Whenever you go to bed, perform ablution (Wazoo) like that for the Salaat (prayer), lay on your right side and say
‏  ” رَبِّ قِنِي عَذَابَكَ يَوْمَ تَبْعَثُ عِبَادَكَ ‏”‏ ‏(this is mentioned in one Hadees) : Reference Tirmizi: 3399; Book No. 48; In English volume no. 45; Book no. 6, Hadees no. 3399.
11.  You can recite the following also: –
: اللَّهُمَّ إنِّى أسْلمتُ نَفْسِى إليكَ، ووَجَّهْتُ وجْهىِ إليكَ، وفَوَّضْتُ أمرى إليكَ، وألجأْتُ ظَهْرى إليكَ، رَغبةً ورَهبةً إليكَ، لا ملجأَ:
 ولا مَنْجا منك إلاَّ إليكَ، آمَنتُ بكتابِكَ الذى أنْزَلْتَ، ونبيِّكَ الذى أرْسلتَ.
“O Allah, I surrender myself to You, turn my face towards You, entrust all my affairs to You and depend upon You for Your Blessings, both with hope (in You) and fear of You. There is no fleeing from You and there is no place of protection and safety except with You, O Allah, I believe in Your Book (the Quran) which You Have Revealed and in Your Prophet (Muhammad) whom You Have Sent. Make these words the last of your speech, because if you die on that very night, you will die on the Faith (i.e. on the religion of Islam)”. : Reference Bukhari: 7488; Book no. 97; In English volume no. 9; Book no. 93; Hadees no. 580.
12. Narrated A’isha رضي الله عنها that when Nabi صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم use to go to bed, He صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم used to recite Sura Ikhlaas, Falaq & Naas & blew on palms & passed them over His face & those parts of body to which His hands reached & if fell ill His صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم use to order me to do the same for Him. : Reference Bukhari: 5748; Book no. 76; In English volume no. 7; Book no. 71; Hadees no 644.
 
During sleep knots of shaitaan
13. Abu Hurairah رضي الله عنه transmitted it from Nabi صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم that when any one of you goes to sleep, the devil ties three knots at the back of his neck, sealing every knot with:” You have a long night, so sleep.” So if one awakes and mentions Allah, a knot will be loosened; if he performs ablution two knots are loosened; and if he prays (all) knots will be loosened, and in the morning he will be active and in good spirits; otherwise we will be in bad spirits and sluggish in the morning. : Reference Muslim 776; Book no. 6; In English; Book no. 4; Hadees no. 1702.
Sleeping on the stomach is the worst way to sleep
14. Abu Umamah رضي الله عنه says that Nabi صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم passed by a sleeping man in the Masjid who was lying on his face (stomach) and He صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم touched him with His foot, saying: “Sit up, for this is a hellish kind of sleep (Jahannamiah).  : Reference Ibn Ma-jah: 3725; Book no. 33; In English volume no. 5; Book no. 33, Hadees no 3725.
15. Narrated from Qais Bin Tihfah Al-Ghifari that his father رضي الله عنه said, Nabi صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم 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. : Reference Ibn Ma-jah: 3723; Book no. 33; In English volume no. 5; Book no. 33, Hadees no 3723.
 
About a sleeping person
16. Narrated by Abdullah Ibn Abbas رضي الله عنه that Nabi صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم said: Do not pray behind a sleeping or a talking person. : Reference Abu Dawud: 694; Book no. 2; In English Book no. 2; Hadees no. 694.
Excessive sleep
17. Narrated by Jabir Bin Abdullah رضي الله عنه that Nabi صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم said  ‘The mother of Sulaiman Bin Dawud said to Sulaiman: “O my son, do not sleep too much at night, for sleeping too much at night will leave a man poor on the Day of Resurrection.” : Reference Ibn Ma-jah: 1332; Book no. 5; In English volume no. 1; Book 5, Hadees no 1393.
 
If you feel a lot of sleepy
18. Abu Hurairah رضي الله عنه reported that Nabi صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم said, “When anyone of you stands up for Salat at night and finds it difficult to recite the Qur’an accurately and he is unaware of what he is reciting, he should go back to sleep.” : Reference Riyad As-Salihin; Book no. 9; Hadees no. 1186; In English; Book no. 9; Hadees no. 196
19. It was narrated from Saad Bin Jubair, from Al-Aswad Bin Yazid رضي الله عنه, that A’isha رضي الله عنها says that Nabi صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم said ‘Whoever has the habit of praying at night but he sleeps and misses it, that is a charity that Allah (SWT) has given to him, and the reward of his prayer will be recorded for him.'” : Reference An-Nasa’i: 1785; Book no. 20; In English volume no. 2; Book no. 20, Hadees no 1786.
 
Wake up from sleep
20. Huzaifah رضي الله عنه reported, that Nabi صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم whenever got up (from sleep), Heﷺ would rub His teeth with Miswaak (tooth-stick). : Reference Riyad As-Salihin; Book no. 9; Hadees no. 207; In English; Book no. 9; Hadees no.11 97.
21. Narrated from Salim from his father رضي الله عنه that Nabi صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم said, “When anyone of you wakes up from sleep, he should not put his hand into the vessel until he has washed it.” : Reference Ibn Ma-jah: 394; Book no. 1; In English volume no. 1; Book 1, Hadees no 394.
22. Nabi صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم use to pray the two (voluntary Sunnah) Rak’ah of Fajar (Dawn), & use to lay on his right side”. (Means between 2 Sunnah of Fajar & 2 farz of Fajar).   : Reference Tirmizi: 420 & 440; Book No. 2, In English volume no.1; Book no. 2, Hadees no 420 & 440.
 
Separate the beds of 10 years children: –
23. Narrated Abdullah Ibn Amr Ibn Al-‘As رضي الله عنه that Nabi صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم said Command your children to pray when they become seven years old, and beat them for it (prayer) when they become ten years old; and arrange their beds (to sleep) separately. : Reference Abu Dawud: 495; Book no. 2; In English Book no. 2; Hadees no. 495.
Sitting or sleeping in half shade & half sun light
24. Narrated Ibn Buraidah رضي الله عنه from his father that Nabi صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم disallowed sitting between the shade and the sun”. : Reference Ibn Ma-jah: 3722; Book no. 33; In English volume no. 5; Book no. 33, Hadees no. 3722. (This Hadees indicates that it is not allowed to lye or sit while partially in the shade and partially under the sun.
It is Sunnah to dust off the bed before sleeping: –
25. Narrated by Abu Hurairah رضي الله عنه that Nabi صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم 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 lie down, and in Your name I rise. If you should take my soul then have mercy on it, and if You should return my soul then protect it as You protect Your righteous slaves).  : Reference Bukhari: 6320; Book no. 80; In English volume no. 8; Book no. 75; Hadees no. 332.
 
Science & Hadees
Benefits of Sleeping According to Sunnah in the Light of Medical Science: –
Today science tells us the best sleeping position, medical science tells us that its healthy to sleep on your back or on your right side which we (Muslims) were told more than 1400 years ago by our beloved Prophet Muhammad صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم.
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Sleeping on the right side does not let the weight of stomach and intestine to suppress heart, hence blood circulation is not affected. By sleeping on the right side, heart remains on the topside, one will not have a deep sleep. A little noise can prepare someone to face any contingency. It also develops the habit of early morning rise.
Sitting and rubbing the eyes for a while after awaking adjusts the heartbeat according to the new posture, hence it has positive impact on the heart.
Napping after lunch helps to prevent burden on coronary artery. According to cardiologists, having a nap after lunch produces positive effects on heart.
 
Imam Shafi states that there are 4 types of sleep
To lie on the back-this is the sleep of the Prophet صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم’s. To sleep on the right side-this is the sleep of the Worshippers. To sleep on the left side-this is the sleep of the rulers. To sleep on the stomach-this is the sleep of the devil.
 
Related by Al-Bukhari, Muslim, Al-Tirmizi and Abu Dawood. Narrated by Hazrat A’isha رضي الله عنها reports
 “The mattress the Prophet صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم used to sleep on was made of hide, stuffed with fiber.”
 
 
Benefits of Avoiding Soft Bed in the Light of Medical Science
Backache is often caused by regular use of soft bed as the muscles of back are loosened. The pain gets aggravated on continuous use. Extremely soft and comfortable bed can lead to the inflammation of ureters; hence kidney diseases can be prevented by not using soft bed. The use of soft bed can reduce the gap between the vertebrae. The experts don’t recommend it. Infants using soft bed can suffer from deformity of bones, which may lead to disability.
Sleeping on the floor
Doctor Nixon says, “When a healthy person sleeps his muscles become relaxed. A comfortable bed is bad for the spinal cord and in my eyes I have met such patients that have been affected with a bad back. Children’s bones are weak and if they sleep on soft beds it affects their bones and this will affect them throughout their lives. Soft beds results in back pain as the muscles and back become slack and if soft beds are used regularly then this becomes a regular accordance.”
It is Sunnah to dust off the bed before sleeping
Narrated by Abu Hurairah رضي الله عنه that Nabi صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم 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 lie down, and in Your name I rise. If you should take my soul then have mercy on it, and if You should return my soul then protect it as You protect Your righteous slaves).  : Reference Bukhari: 6320; Book no. 80; In English volume no. 8; Book no. 75; Hadees no. 332.
Dusting the bed
No religion mentions the practice of cleaning the bed before sleeping. Once a person did not wash his hands bed before sleeping, being cold that day, a snake rested in the bed and bit the person killing him. One may ask there are no snakes that roam around freely, however bedbugs that live in the bed may harm you. SUNNAH; Look at the method taught by the Holy Prophet ﷺmore than 1400 years ago. It is Sunnah to dust the bed 3 times before sleeping in it. Ensuring that there are no bedbugs or of the sort resting in the bed! SubhanAllah!
It’s forbidden and not recommended to sleep on Stomach
In the present day science tells us that it’s best to sleep on the right side or back and not lying on the left side and stomach. Our beloved Prophet Muhammad صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم was aware of these principles.
Prophet صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم slept for a part of the night
Modern Studies have shown that this may be the best advice for many people
SLEEP STUDIES for 6 years of more than a million Americans showed that a good night’s sleep is 7 hours. It also showed that people who sleep for 8 hours or more tend to die prematurely. Study leader, Daniel F. Kripke, says, “You really don’t have to sleep for 8 hours and you don’t have to worry about it. It is evidently very safe to sleep only 7, 6 or even 5 hours a night.”
STATISTICS…In the study the death risk for people with excess sleep was 34% compared to only 12% for those who slept 8 hours and only 22% for those who had too little sleep!
Awakening at last part of night
Prophet صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم would sleep shortly after Isha and wake up in the very early hours of the morning, sometimes as early as midnight to pray Tahajjud Salah.
TREATMENT FOR DEPRESSION up to 60% of depressed people will show a 30% improvement after just one night awake.
Sleep inhibits the thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) that helps control our metabolism and indirectly our levels of energy. An estimated 25 to 30% of depressed patients have low TSH levels. Recent research shows that staying awake at the last part of night and the early morning hours boost it.
Sleeping after Asr salah
A gas exits from the earth at the time of Asr salah which is heavy and can affect a person’s mind and heart. If a person sleeps before Isha, the body cannot fight this gas hence causing illnesses.
Kaylula sleeping after Zohr Salah
Anas رضي الله عنه said, “The companions of the Holy Prophet صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم would observe Friday Prayer first and then have a siesta (kaylula).”
Doctor Geolick Oston, who has written many books writes, “If it was in my control I would close schools, factories etc and make everyone rest at this time as if this is observed then we would have less ill patients and people would be saved from many illnesses.” The psychologist suggests that sleeping at this time refreshes the body, strengthening it and it is saved from many physical and mental illnesses. But this is best after eating in the afternoon and for no longer than an hour.
Sleeping with wazoo
 A similar ritual is also encouraged by many experts who say that washing motor and sensory organs such as the hands, arms, eyes, legs, mouth and genitals before sleep using cool water relaxes the body preparing it for a deep sleep.
 
 
Conclusion of Hadees
Nabi صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم’s sleeping habit is the best and most beneficial for the body& its organs. Nabi صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم did not oversleep or deprive his body of necessary sleep; He used to sleep when sleep is warranted and would lay on his right side and remember Allah in supplication (Dua) until sleep overwhelmed his eyes. In addition, his body would not be burdened with overeating or overdrinking. He neither slept on the bare floor, or on high beds. Rather, he had mats made of leaves, used to lean on a pillow and would sometimes place his hand under his cheek. : Reference Healing with Medicine of Prophet صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم by: Imam Ibn Qayyim Al-Jauziyah.

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