Gain rewards by following the Sunnah etiquettes of sleep
Striving to follow the Sunnah etiquettes of sleep in Islam gives us a great opportunity to gain incredible rewards. We read in a hadith:
Abu Darda reported: The Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “Whoever comes to his carpet intending to stand for prayer at night, yet his eyes are overcome with sleep until morning, his intention is recorded for him and his sleep is charity for him from his Lord Almighty.” (Sunan al-Nasai)
We learn from this that if we make the intention to pray Tahajjud, but whilst we are there we accidentally fall asleep, the intention we had to pray Tahajjud will still be recorded for us. When we reflect on this, we realise how blessed we are. Indeed Allah is Al-Kareem (The Most Generous). Even our sleep at that time is described as charity for us from Allah.
Before going to sleep, Prophet Muhammad (SAW) would sincerely praise Allah. We read in a hadith:
Ibn Umar reported: When the Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, would lie down for sleep, he would say, “All praise is due to Allah, who has sufficed me, protected me, fed me, and given me drink, who has been favourable to me and who has given me generously. All praise is due to Allah in every circumstance. O Allah, Lord and Sovereign of all things, I seek refuge in you from the Hellfire.” (Sunan Abi Dawud)
This shows us that the Prophet (SAW) would declare various blessings he is grateful for before going to sleep, such as safety, food and water.
Another practice of the Prophet (SAW) is that he would only sleep after the evening prayer (Isha). Aisha (RA) reported:
“The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, would not sleep before evening prayer and he would not stay up after it.” (Sunan Ibn Majah)
The Prophet (SAW) would sleep on his right side. He would also make a detailed du’aa in which he would ask Allah to protect him. Abu Salih reported:
The Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, commanded us, when one intends to sleep, to lie on his right side and then say, “O Allah, Lord of the heavens and Lord of the earth, Lord of the Great Throne, our Lord and the Lord of all things, the Splitter of the grain and seed, the Revealer of the Torah, the Gospel, and the Criterion (the Quran), I seek refuge in you from the evil of everything whose forelock you hold. O Allah, you are the First, there is nothing before you. You are the Last, there is nothing after you. You are the Manifest, there is nothing above you. You are the Hidden, there is nothing beyond you. Relinquish my debts and enrich me from poverty.” (Sahih Muslim)
May Allah enable us to add more of the various Sunnah practices to our routines. Aameen.