Remembering Allah according to the teachings of the Prophet (SAW) is the best thing we can do to increase our strength for all that we need to do… that is why following the proper etiquettes of sleeping gives you a unique kind of peace and tranquillity which cleanses and renews your heart for the challenges of life.
Previously I used to be so frustrated that I just couldn’t attain any balance between my various “chores” so that I always felt lost and scattered… running between one thing to the other and still at night I used to feel like I had not “done” anything… and so this worry would not let me sleep well, giving way to another non-productive day…
This is the case with many people who “want” to do good things but their lives are not balanced, so they are not able to fulfil their plans… and so they try to cover up the emptiness of their hearts by spending the precious hours of the night in vain desires like watching useless TV shows, movies, talking on the phone, and chatting on the social media… They might think that they are having fun… but all this “fun” has to end and one has to face the consequences in the morning… waking up with a tired body and a heavy heart, barely in time for a late, disoriented fajr prayer… or sleeping so late that you cannot even pray fajr… and what can be more depressing than losing a race even before it has begun…
Believe it or not this can be changed… but only when you want to… only when you decide to “live” instead of just existing… only when you resolve to “buy success” with each and every moment of your time instead of just “passing” time…
The real transformation from a loser to a success oriented person may take a lot of time… but the decision, the “intention” can be made in a moment…!!
And like I said in my last article… intention is only that for which you make a strong commitment and follow it up with determined efforts.
So when you make intention to wake up for Tahajjud, you would try to go to bed as soon as you can… praying Isha with focus and not getting involved in useless things after that… and all the rest of the etiquettes which we discussed in the previous articles.
Today we come to the last etiquette which is to remember Allah before sleeping. Even though all the etiquettes are done with the remembrance of Allah but now you will be actually be saying the words of zikr which the Prophet (SAW) used to say at his bed time.
Etiquette-18… Remember Allah before you sleep
We all want our dreams to come true… this is probably our most passionate desire in this life to be able to do what we want to do. So here is the secret of achieving this:
Our beloved Prophet (SAW) said: “whenever a
Muslim goes to sleep with wudhu and Allah’s remembrance, and then wakes up during any part of the night and asks Allah for the goodness of this world and the hereafter…Allah will surely grant it to him.”
On the other hand there is the Hadith that “when a person comes to his bed and then does not remember Allah then it will be a cause of regret for him.”
Therefore to avoid regret and to gain success, let’s find out what are those golden words which we should be saying at this precious time before going to sleep:
1- The last two verses of Surah Al-Baqarah
At the end of chapter-2 of the Noble Quran there are two verses which are so powerful, that according to the Hadith of the Prophet (SAW) wherever these two verses are recited, the shaitan cannot come near that place.
One other benefit is that whenever you make a dua after reciting these two verses then it is surely accepted. I am tempted to share a true story here that once my son got lost while we were in the market and I can still remember the horror of that incident how desperately we were trying to find him and there came a point when I felt so weak with despair that I just sat down and started making duas while wiping my tears of pain… then I remembered this Hadith and recited these two verses (which I had memorized thanks to Allah) and made dua with certainty that my Prophet had surely told the truth… and believe me that the next moment I saw my son walking towards me!! Alhamdulillah.
So when you read these verses try to learn their meaning too and feel their depth and power!
2- Surah Al-Kafiroon (chapter 110)
The Prophet (SAW) recommended us to read this surah every night because it is a believer’s open declaration against all kinds of shirk… and reading its words makes us satisfied and content with our religion of worshipping ONLY Allah.
3- Surah Al-Ikhlas (chapter 112)
The Prophet (SAW) said: “is there anyone of you who cannot read one third of the Quran every night?” The companions asked how is it possible? The Prophet (SAW) responded: “Surah Al-Ikhlas is equivalent to one third of Quran.”
How easy it is to gain so much reward but then why are we not eager to get it? Because the shaitan puts doubts in our minds: how is it possible to get so much reward for such a small deed? We fail to realize that we should not evaluate things by their size… Even a person of basic intelligence knows that a small tiny little pearl or diamond is much more valuable than a huge piece of coal or wood… so then why do we not value the gems of Quran which are a million times more precious than all the diamonds and pearls of the world?
4- The last three surahs of the Quran.
Hazrat Ayesha (RA) narrates that when the Prophet (SAW) came to rest upon his bed at night, he would join his hands together and read the last three surahs of Quran and blew upon his hands… then wiped his hands over his head, face and the entire body… he repeated this procedure three times.
This Sunnah may appear to be long in writing but takes only a minute or two… and the act of blowing the powerful words on your hands and wiping over the whole body makes you feel like putting a great protective shield all over yourself. If you can discipline yourself for a few days and make it a habit then I assure you that you won’t ever think of going to sleep without it…!!!
5- The “Ayat-ul-Kursi”
This is no doubt the most magnificent ayat (2:255) of the Quran. The greatest verse of the greatest book… and that is why we read it so much… but since we have memorized it without knowing the meaning therefore we don’t realize its significance in our lives.
I would strongly recommend that you do yourself a favour and learn the meaning of these awesome words and listen to its explanation, so that when you recite this ayah, your heart can be moved by its awesome power and magnificence… and you can feel the comfort of its protection… Because this one ayat can protect us from all dangers and the biggest danger is the shaitan…
In fact the shaitan has himself admitted the fact that he cannot come near a person who reads Ayat-ul-Kursi before sleeping.
6- the “Tasbihaat-e-Fatimah(RA)”
This is a remedy for all types of tiredness and fatigue.
Fatimah (RA) the beloved daughter of our Prophet (SAW), once developed some painful blisters in her hands due to grinding grains on the mill. So she asked for a servant to help her with the house work. When the Prophet (SAW) came to know of her request, he went to her house and said: “Should I not tell you something that’s better than what you have asked for? Whenever you lie down on your bed say “Subhaan Allah” 33 times, then say “Alhamdulillah” 33 times and then say “Allahu Akbar” 34 times… this is better for you than a servant.”
There are many things to be learned from this Hadith but the main thing which touched my heart is that often we look for physical cures for physical problems… but the miracle of Allah’s words heals all our wounds… beginning from their physical aspect and going deep down into the psychological as well as the spiritual aspect.
The Prophet (SAW) could have easily given her a servant but that would have only given her a temporary relief… as compared to this “eternal” gift… which would not only relieve Fatimah (RA) from her fatigue but would keep refreshing all His followers for all times to come. This was the wisdom and mercy of our Prophet (SAW) for which we should love him more than we love our parents or even our own selves…
(to be continued…)