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The manners of sleeping in Islam – The Islamic way (Sunnah way) of Sleeping

​Islam is a full and complete system of life. It teaches everything for human being for their successful and happy life in this world and hereafter. Accordingly, our beloved Prophet ﷺ has taught us very beautiful and fruitful disciplines which we should follow in the every aspects of our life. If we follow these etiquettes, these general day to day activities will be considered as Ibadah (Worship) and we will be given rewards from Allah Almighty.

Here we are going to learn about the teachings of beloved Prophet ﷺ  for sleeping.


♦ Say Bismillah (In the name of Allah) and close the doors of your house, cover the utensils with food in them, switch off or turn off fires, lights etc

Allah's Messenger (ﷺ) said, "Close the doors and mention Allah's Name, for Satan does not open a closed door. Tie the mouth of your waterskin and mention Allah's Name; cover your containers and utensils and mention Allah's Name. Cover them even by placing something across it, and extinguish your lamps." (Bukhari)

♦ Perform wudu

The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said, "Whenever you intend to go to bed, perform Wudu' as is done for Salat (prayer) [Bukhari and Muslim]

♦ Before climbing into bed, dust the bed and bed sheet thrice and read this Dua (supplication) 

​“'Bismika Rabbi wada'tu janbi, wa bika arfa'uhu, in amsakta nafsi farhamha, wa in arsaltaha fahfazha bima tahfazu bihi 'ibadakas-salihin”

[With Your Name, my Lord, I place my side (upon the bed) and with Your Grace I will raise it up. If You withhold my soul (cause me to die), have mercy on it but if You let it go (let me live), guard it against which You guarded Your pious slaves]." ​

The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said, "When any of you goes to bed, he should shake off (or dust off) his bedsheet because he does not know what might have fallen on it after he had left it. Then he should recite: 'Bismika Rabbi wada'tu janbi, wa bika arfa'uhu, in amsakta nafsi farhamha, wa in arsaltaha fahfazha bima tahfazu bihi 'ibadakas-salihin   (Bukhari)

♦ Sit in your bed and recite the following Al Quran chapters

• Recite Ayat- ul-Kursi (Chapter 2:255)

Prophet (ﷺ) said, “By reciting it (Ayat- ul-Kursi), there will be a guardian appointed over you from Allah who will protect you during the night, and Satan will not be able to come near you until morning”   [Bukhari]

• Recite Surat Al-Kāfirūn (Chapter 109 – The Disbelievers)

It was narrated that Nawfal al-Ashja’i (may Allaah be pleased with him) said: The Messenger of Allaah (ﷺ) said to me: “Recite Qul yaa ayyuha’l-kaafiroon then go to sleep at the end of it, for it is a disavowal of shirk.”   [Abu Dawood & Tirmidhi]

• Recite the last three Soorahs (Quls) of the Quran and

It was narrated from Aa’ishah (may Allaah be pleased with her) that when the Prophet (ﷺ) went to bed every night, he would hold his hands together and blow into them, and recite into them Qul Huwa Allaahu Ahad, Qul a’oodhu bi rabb il-falaq and Qul a’oodhu bi rabb il-naas. Then he would wipe them over whatever he could of his body, starting with his head and face and the front of his body, and he would do that three times.    [Bukhari]

♦ Recite the following Dhikrs

Subhan Allah 33 times

Alhamdulillah 33 times

Allahu Akbar 34 times

Ali (May Allah be pleased with him) reported:

The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said to me and to Fatimah, "When you go to bed, recite: Takbir (Allahu Akbar) thirty-three times and Tasbih (Subhan-Allah) thirty-three times and Tahmid (Al-hamdu lillah) thirty-three times." (Bukhari)

♦ Sleep on your Right side, with the right hand underneath your right chin and the left hand upon your left leg, and with the knees slightly bent and Recite the following Dua (supplication)

"Allahumma bismika amutu wa ahya,"

O Allah, in Your name, I live and die

When the Prophet (ﷺ) went to bed at night, he would put his hand under his cheek and then say, "Allahumma bismika amutu wa ahya,"  O Allah, in Your name, I live and die    [Bukhari & Muslim]

♦ Avoid sleeping at the position your feet pointing towards the direction of Qiblah. This is an issue of propriety (adab) and is not sinful act. [Ibn Abidin, Radd al-Muhtar; Muhit Burhani]

​♦ At the time of difficulty when sleeping, recite following dua.

Allahummah ghaarithinnujumu wa hadaathil uyoonu wa antha hayyun qayyumulla tha’ khudhu ka sinathuwalaa nawmun yaa hayyun yaa qayyoomu a’hde’ laylee wa anim ‘aynee.

[Oh Allah the stars have sunk in and the eyes have become tranquil and quite and You are alive and everlasting neither does sleep overcome You. Oh the living and everlasting one make my night my tranquil and give my eyes sleep]

Zaid bin Thaabit (RadhiAllahu Anhu) complained to beloved Prophet (ﷺ) of not being able to go to sleep at times and he advised him to recite the following dua:

Allahummah ghaarithinnujumu wa hadaathil uyoonu wa antha hayyun qayyumulla tha’ khudhu ka sinathuwalaa nawmun yaa hayyun yaa qayyoomu a’hde’ laylee wa anim ‘aynee.   [Ibn Sunni, Hisnul Hasin]

♦ If you frightened during sleep, afraid to go to sleep or feeling lonely or depressed then recite:

A’oothu bikalimaatil-laahit-taammaati min ghadhabihi wa ‘iqaabihi, wa sharri ‘ibaadihi, wa min hamazaatish-shayaateeni wa ‘an yahdhuroon.

I seek refuge in the Perfect Words of Allah from His anger and His punishment, from the evil of His slaves and from the taunts of devils and from their presence.            [Abu Dawud & Tirmithi]

♦ if you see a good dream or bad dream:

If you see a good dream, say Alhamdulillah (All Praise be to Allah) and you can tell only to your beloveds.

If you see a bad dream, say “Audhu billaahi Minash Shaythaanir Rajeem” (I seek refuge with Allah from the evil of shaythan) and do not tell to anyone. Then the bad dream will not harm you.

Prophet (ﷺ) said: "A good dream is from Allah, so if anyone of you saw a dream which he liked, he should not tell it to anybody except to the one whom he loves, and if he saw a dream which he disliked, then he should seek refuge with Allah from its evil and from the evil of Satan, and spit three times (on his left) and should not tell it to anybody, for it will not harm him. (Bukhari)

♦ Recite the following Dua (Supplication) while waking up in the morning:

"Al-Hamdu lil-lahi al-ladhi ahyana ba'da ma amatana, wa ilaihi an-nushur." 

When the Prophet (ﷺ) went to bed, he would say: "Bismika amutu wa ahya." and when he got up he would say:" Al-hamdu li l-lahil-ladhi ahyana ba'da ma amatana wa ilaihin-nushur.   (Bukhari)