The Practice Before Sleep taught by the Prophet

Bedtime is a great time to rest your body after a day of activities. The average adult takes 6-8 hours of sleep in one day. With enough sleep, the body can get back healthy and fit for activities the next day.

When drowsiness comes, we usually rush into the bedroom to rest immediately. But starting tonight try to change the routine by undergoing the practice of sunnah before bed that is practiced by the Prophet Muhammad SAW.

By keeping the practice, Allah SWT will send angels to keep from being disturbed by satan.

Wudu’

The practice of sunnah that needs to be done before going to bed is wudoo’. This purifying activity will keep us holy. Angels also love to accompany people whose bodies are clean from uncleanness.

In a hadith of the Prophet (pbuh) he said,

“If you come to your bed, then ablution is like wudu for prayer. Then lie down on the right side of your body” (HR. Bukhari No. 247 and Muslim no.2710)

The benefits of lying down to the right are also mentioned by Ibn Qayim scholars:

” Sleeping on the right side is recommended in Islam so that one does not have trouble to wake up to the night prayer. Sleeping on the right side is more beneficial to the heart. While sleeping on the left side is useful for the body (but makes a person more lazy)” (Zaadul Ma’ad, 1/321-322).

Witr Praying

If you still have energy, try to do the practice before going to bed by establishing sunnah witir prayers. Dream’s friends can pray with one rakaat, or three rakaat.

From Abu Hurairah Radhiyallahu ‘Anhu, he said: “The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) instructed me to fast three days from each month, witr prayer before going to bed, and from Dhuha prayer, so it is really awwabin prayer (prayer of those who obey Allah a lot).” (HR. Ahmad and Ibn Huzaimah. Shaykh al-Albani denied it in Saheeh al-Targhib wa al-Tarhib).

Read surah Al-Baqarah verse 255 before going to bed

The next practice done before going to bed is to read the Ayatul Kursi.

From Abu Hurairah radhiyallahu ‘anhu said,

“The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) assigned me to guard the treasures of Ramadan zakat then there are people who come to steal food but I take it back, then I say, “I will definitely complain to the Messenger of Allaah ‘alaihi wasallam” . Then Abu Hurairah radhiyallahu ‘anhu narrated a hadith concerning this matter. Then the one who came to him said, “If you want to lie on your bed, read the verse of Al Kursi because with it you are always guarded by Allah Ta’ala and shaytan will not be able to approach you until morning” . The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “It is true what he said when he was a liar. He’s a shaytan” . (HR. Bukhari no. 3275)

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Reading a dua Before Bed

The last practice done before going to bed is to read the prayer before going to bed.

From Hudzaifah, he said,

“When the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) was about to go to sleep, he said: ‘Bismika allahumma amuutu wa ahya (In Your name, O Allah I am dead and I live).’ And when he awoke, he said, “Alhamdulillahilladzii ahyaana ba’da maa amatana wailaihi nusyur (Praise be to Allah who gave us life after he had killed us, and to Him is the place of return.” (HR. Bukhari no. 6324)

As much as possible, Muslims get used to sleeping early at night (do not often sleep late) if there is no useful interest.

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