Beautiful Sunnats of Prophet Muhammad (SAW) - Page 21

4. Before sleeping say Bismillah and do the following:
5. Close the door
6. Put out the lamp.*
7. Fasten the mouth of the lather water bag.
8. Cover the utensils. **
9. If one cannot find anything with which to cover the utensil then one should place a stick across the top of the utensil. (MuslimVol.2, pg.170)
10. It is forbidden to engage in storytelling after Esha. It is better to sleep immediately after salah. It is permissible to remain awake for listening to lectures and advices and to earn one’s livelihood.
11. When going to sleep it is Sunnat to apply Sumra thrice in each eye for both males and females. (Shamaaile Tirmidhi)
12. Before sleeping recite some verses and some surahs of Qur’an Sharief, eg. Alhamadu, Aayatul Kursi, Surah Mulk (tabaarakallazee), the four Quls and Durood Sharief. 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.
13. Before sleeping, recite Tasbeeh Fatima punctually i.e. 33times Subhanallah 33times Alhamdulilah and 34times Allahuakbar (Bukhari, Muslim, Abu Dawood, Tirmidhi)
14. Sleeping on the right hand side and facing qiblah is Sunnat. (Shamaaile Tirmidhi, Abu Dawood
Vol.2, pg.332). To sleep with one’s chest facing the floor and back facing the sky is forbidden.
(TirmidhiVol.2, pg.105, Abu DawoodVol.2, pg.331)
15. After lying down recite this dua:
Bismika rabbi waza’tu jambi wabika arfa’uhoo in amsakta nafsi fagfirlaha wa in arsaltaha fahfazha bima tah’fazu behi ibadakas saliheen - (BukhariVol.2, pg.935, MuslimVol.2, pg.349, TirmidhiVol.2, pg.177)
16. Thereafter recite this dua:
Allahumma bismika amutu wa’haya - (Bukhari, Muslim)
17. Before sleeping recite this Istighfar thrice:
18. Asthagfirulla hallazi la ilaha illa huwal hayyul khayoumu wa’toobu elai - (TirmidhiVol.2, pg.177)
19. If one sees a frightening dream and one’s eyes open, sputter (to make a spitting sound) to the left thrice and recite Aaoozu Billah-i-Minash – Shaitanir Rajeem - thrice. Also change one’s position to the other side and sleep. (MuslimVol.2, chapter of dreams)
* It has been mentioned in the hadith that shaytaan instructs the mouse to drag along the candle which become the means of starting a fire. (Hisne‐‐Haseen together with translation called
** 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. (MuslimVol.2, pg.171)

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