Muslim sleep

When Muslim sleep certain aspects should be kept in mind and made into a habit.

Necessary preparation

·         You should relieve yourself before going to bed.

·         You should go to bed in the state of Wudu (ablution), i.e. a state of purity.

·         It is not good to go sleep on a full stomach

·         Ensure you have prayed your salah (prayers), and have enough time to sleep and get up without the fear of missing prayer.

When to sleep

·         Going sleep before Isha (night prayer) is inadvisable, as you may not wake in time and have possibility of missing it.

·         Sleeping during the day is ok; however it should not be at a time when prayers are at a risk of being missed.

·         The sunnah (way of the Prophet) encourages siesta (Qaylula) between Zuhr (mid day prayer) and Asr (late day prayer). This helps to relax the eyes and body, and re energise the mind and body for the rest of the day, which increases productivity.

·         Ideally, Muslim sleep should begin directly after Isha (night prayer), this does not mean you pray very late, as this will make you lazy in your prayer, unless necessary duties need attending to. This will allow enough time for sleep being able to wake up the next day for fajr (Morning Prayer) or even better tahajjud (optional night prayer).

The bed

·         Should be simple, neither too comfortable nor uncomfortable, enough to provide the necessary relaxation without encouraging over sleeping. Remember, everyone’s level of comfort is different, as the Prophet was able to get enough sleep on a folded leaves.

·         The bed should not be too high in the interest of humility and safety. Kid’s bunk beds are ok as long as safety measures are in place.

·         Security is important, lonely places should be avoided where help cannot be reached

When going to sleep

·         Examine the mattress and pillow to ensure no harmful insects or objects are inside, this is best done by dusting the bed three times.

·         Read the dua (supplication) Allhum ma bismi ka amutu wa ahya (In your name, O Allah I live and die)

·         Sleep on the right side and avoid sleeping on the left, do not sleep on the stomach.

·         Should not force himself to sleep, sleep should occur naturally. If you are finding it difficult to sleep recite the kalmia continuously la ila ha illal allah, in a relaxed and paced manner.

When awakening

·         Wake early morning for fajr, ideally for tahajjud.

·         Start the new day like you ended by remembering Allah.

·         Make your bed

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