ETIQUETTE OF SLEEPING

Last edition, we started the discussion about sleep and its etiquettes. In it we mentioned that the sleep is a mercy and blessing from Allaah the Most Exalted to His creatures. Likewise, it was mentioned that sleep serves as a barrier from committing sins, it may be preferred over performing acts of worship and that it breaks the ablution once consciousness is lost.

We also informed about the Prophetic manners of sleeping and his blessed advice to all Muslims. In this edition, we bring to you more of such advices and what you should do if anything happens in your sleep like dreams and what you should do at the time of waking up. Remember Allaah much. As you go to bed, you should engage in the remembrance of Allaah and conclude the affairs of your day with goodness.

Jaabir (RA) narrated that the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessing be upon him) said: "Truly! Whenever the man betakes himself to his bed, an angel and a devil rush towards him, then the angel will say: Oh Allaah! Seal his affairs with a good deed." However, the devil will say: "Seal it with evil and bad conduct." So if he remembers and mentions Allaah the Most Exalted .and thereafter sleeps, the angel spends the night guarding him." (Ibn Sunni)

Not mentioning Allaah's Name at the time of sleeping will only earn you a loss from Allaah. Abu Hurairah (RA) narrated that the Messenger of Allaah(peace and blessing be upon him) said: "Whoever sits in a gathering and does . not mention the name of Allaah therein, upon him from Allaah is a blame and whoever reclines and sleeps while not mentioning the name of Allaah the Exalted in it, upon him from Allaah is a blame. "(Abu Dawood)

More prayers. There are many ways of remembering Allaah before going to bed in order to be protected while sleeping. Some of them, we had mentioned earlier. From them is to say "Allaahu Akbar"  Allaah is Greatest - 33-34 times, Subhanallaah - Glorified be Allaah - 33- 34 times and Alhamdulillah - 33 times. The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessing be upon him) gave this advice to his daughter Faatimah (RA) and her husband Alee bin Abi Taalib (RA).

He (RA) narrated that the Prophet (peace and blessing be upon him) said to them: "Whenever the two of you go to bed or your place of rest, say Allaahu Akbar 33 or 34 times, Subhanallaah 33or 34 times and Alhamdulillah - 33 times." Alee (RA) added: "I never abandoned it ever since I heard it from the Messenger of Allaah." It was said to him: "You did not abandon it even on the night of the battle of Siffeen?" He said: "I did not abandon it even on the of the battle of Siffeen" (Muslim) Also, the recitation of Suratul-Kaafirun (Q109) is from the advice of the Messenqer : of Allaah (peace and be upon him).

Abdullah bin Abbaas (RA) related that the Prophet(peace and blessing be upon him) said: "Shall I not point you to a word that will .save you from associating partners with Allaah the Exalted? Your reading of Qui Yaa ayyuhal Kaafirun at the time of yours leeping. "(Musnad Abu Yala) Events in your sleep. Waking up during the night. It is desirable for the one who wakes up in his sleep, during the night and intends to go back to bed to also remember Allaah until the sleep overtakes him.

Ubaadah bin As-Samit (RA) narrated that the Prophet (peace and blessing be upon him) said: "Whoever alternates between sleep and wakefulness during the night and then says: "Laa lIaaha IIlallaahu Wahdahu Laa Shareeka Lah, Lahul- Mulku Wa Lahul- Hamd, Wa Huwa Alaa Kulli Shain In Qadeer, Subhaanallaah, Wal- Hamdu Lillaah, Wa Laa lIaaha IIlallaah, Wallaahu Akbar, Wa Laa Hawla Wa Laa Quwwata Ilia Bi lIaahi"- I. There is no diety worthy of worship except Allaah, He is alone without partners.

To him belongs the dominion and for Him is the Praise and He has power over all things. Glorified be Allaah and the Praise is for Allaah, and there is no god except Allaah, Allaah is greatest. There is no might nor power except with Allaah. "- Thereafter he says: " Allaah forgive me or he makes supplication, responseWil l be given to him and if he performs salaah, his salaah will be accepted." (Bukhari)

Pray in the last part of the night

Abu Hurairah (RA) narrated that the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessing be upon him) said: "Our Lord descends every night to the heavens of this world when the third and last part of the night remains. Then He says: "Who is calling upon Me that I may respond to him, who is asking from Me that I may give to him, who is seeking My forgiveness that I may forgive him (and this continues until the daybreak becomes clear). "(Bukhari)

Visions in your sleep 

What are dreams? Have you ever seen someone smiling in his sleep or its very opposite of a person crying? Very many people see different things while asleep and many amongst the people have been led astray for seeking their interpretations from the ignorant folks. Dreams are series of images; events and feelings that happen in your mind while you are asleep. For the believers, dreams are the leftovers of Prophethood.

Ubaadah bin As-Samit (RA) narrated that the Prophet (peace and blessing be upon him) said: "The good dreams of a righteous believer is a part of the forty six parts of prophethood." (Bukhari). And Abu Hurairah (RA) said: "I heard Allaahs Messenger (peace and blessing be upon him) saying: "Nothing is left of prophethood except al-Mubashiraat." The people asked: "What are al- Mubashiraat?" He replied: "The true good dreams that convey glad tidings." (Bukhari)

Dreams can be good or bad

The good and pleasant dream called - ar-Ruyah - is from Allaah. Whenever you see a dream that you love, you should praise Allaah by saying - Alhamdulillah - and narrated to others especially those you love and trust and who love you in return. Abu Saeed al-Khudri (RA) related that he heard the Prophet (peace and blessing be upon him) saying: "When anyone of you sees a good dream that he loves, certainly it is only from Allaah the Exalted. So let him praise and thank Allaah for it and relate it, and he should not relate it except to the one he loves, and if he sees other than that from what he dislikes, it is surely from the Shaytaan. So let him seek refuge in Allaah from its evil and he should not mention it to anyone for it will not harm him. "(Bukhari)

Nightmares called - al-Hulm - are the bad dreams that are from the instigations of Shaytaan. They are usually very frightening and unpleasant. Whoever sees a bad dream should not tell anyone about it. Rather, he should spit lightly without saliva to his left side and seek refuge in Allaah from the Shaytaan three times and turn over from the side upon which he was lying down.

Jaabir (RA) narrated that the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessing be upon him) said: "If anyone of you sees a dream that he dislikes, let him spit lightly three times to his left side and seek refuge in Allaah three times from the Shaytaan and let him turn over or change the side of his body upon which he was lying. "(Muslim)

And if you can, stand up and perform the salaah. Abu Hurairah (RA) reported that the Prophet (peace and blessing be upon him) said: "When anyone of you sees a dream and he dislikes it, he should not inform anyone and let him stand up and perform the salaah." (Tirmidhi) Avoid seeking interpretation. Having dreams is not a strange phenomenon, however what you do afterwards may prove good or for you.

You should do as the Prophet (peace and blessing be upon him) has advised and avoid seeking the interpretation of dreams from the people of falsehood. Once interpreted, your dreams will meet with that reality. Muaawiyah bin Haydah (RA) narrated that the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessing be upon him) said: "The dream is tied to a birds leg, as long as it is not interpreted. If it is interpreted, it comes true." (Ahmad)

This article was culled from the publications of Deen Communication Limited

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