Authentic Adhkar: Lesson 37

Sat 22 December 2018

Lesson 37: Supplications before you Sleep (Part 3) and if you wake up suddenly

  • Anas (may Allah be pleased with him) reported Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) as saying: “When you go to bed, say: ” (Alhamdulillaahil ladhii at’a-manaa wa-saqaanaa wa-kafaanaa wa-aa-waa-naa-fa-kam mim-man laa kaafiya lahu wa-laa mu-wiy) Praise is due to Allah Who fed us, provided us drink, sufficed us and provided us with shelter, for many a people there is none to suffice and none to provide shelter.” [Sahih Muslim]
    • This dua reminds the muslim of the blessings which Allah has bestowed upon him and of the difficulties Allah has protected him from
    • We should all be grateful and thankful to Allah for all that he has given us and what he has protected us from
    • Thanking Allah for the blessings he has bestowed upon us causes them to increase further
    • Qur’an Verse: ”And (remember) when your Lord proclaimed: “If you give thanks (by accepting Faith and worshipping none but Allah), I will give you more (of My Blessings), but if you are thankless (i.e. disbelievers), verily! My Punishment is indeed severe.”” [Surah Ibraaheem (Abraham) verse 7]
    • There is a saying: when you find yourself in difficulty, be thankful to Allah for what you have
    • What does it mean “kafaanaa (sufficed us)”?
    • What does it mean “aa-waa-naa (provided us with shelter)”?
    • Qur’an verse: “And Allah has made for you in your homes an abode, and made for you out of the hides of the cattle (tents for) dwelling, which you find so light (and handy) when you travel and when you stay (in your travels), and of their wool, fur, and hair (sheep wool, camel fur, and goat hair), a furnishing and articles of convenience (e.g. carpets, blankets, etc.), a comfort for a while.” [Surah An-Nahl (The Bee) verse 80]
    • All praise be to Allah for what he has bestowed upon us, indeed we cannot even count these blessings
  • Narrated `Ali bin Abi Talib (may Allah be pleased with him): “Fatima came to the Prophet (ﷺ) asking for a servant. He said, “Shall I not inform you of something better than that? When you go to bed, recite “Subhaan Allah’ (Glorified be Allah) thirty three times, ‘Al-hamduli l-laah’ (All praise be to Allah) thirty three times, and ‘Allaahu Akbar’ (Allah is the Greatest) thirty four times. `Ali added, ‘I have never failed to recite it ever since.” Somebody asked, “Even on the night of the battle of Siffin?” He said, “Even on the night of the battle of Siffin.” [Sahih al-Bukhari]
    • Why did Fatimah (may Allah be pleased with her) ask for a servant?
  • What dua can you read if you suddenly wake up at night?
    • Narrated ‘Ubada ibn As-Samit (may Allah be pleased with him) from The Prophet (ﷺ):  “Whoever gets up at night and says: — ‘Laa ilaaha il-lallaah Wahdahu laa Shariika lahu Lahul-mulku, wa Lahul-hamdu wahuwa ‘alaa kulli shai’in Qadiir. Al-hamdu lil-laahi wa subhaanal-laahi wa laa-ilaaha il-lal-laah wallaahu akbar wa laa hawla Walaa Quwata illaa-billaah.’ (There is no diety worthy of worship except Allah. He is the Only One and has no partners . For Him is the Kingdom and all the praises are due for Him. He is able to do all things. All the praises are for Allah. All the glories are for Allah. And none has the right to be worshipped but Allah, And Allah is Greatest and there is neither Might nor Power Except with Allah). And then says: — Allahummaghfirlii (O Allah! Forgive me). Or invokes (Allah), he will be responded to and if he performs ablution, his prayer will be accepted.” [Sahih al-Bukhari]
      • This hadith shows that when one wakes up at night their first response should be to remember Allah
      • Being constantly upon the remembrance of Allah makes one’s supplications and actions more likely to be accepted
    • The Hadith of Abu Hurairah (reported in At-Tirmidhi)
  • If one wakes up due to a nightmare what should he/she do?
  • Narrated Abu Huraira (may Allah be pleased with him): “The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said, “During your sleep, Satan knots three knots at the back of the head of each of you, and he breathes the following words at each knot, ‘The night is, long, so keep on sleeping,’ If that person wakes up and remembers Allah, then one knot is undone, and if he performs ablution the second knot is undone, and if he prays, all the knots are undone, and he gets up in the morning lively and in good spirits, otherwise he gets up in low spirits and lethargic.” [Sahih al-Bukhari]
    • Importance of remembering Allah, making ablution and praying
    • The positive impact of waking up with energy
    • Narrated Abu Huraira (may Allah be pleased with him): Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) said, “When one of you wakes up from his sleep, he must blow of his nose three times, for the Satan spends the night inside one’s nostrils” [Bukhari and Muslim]
    • NOTE: the importance of going to sleep upon the supplications and having ablution prevents these problems
  • Narrated `Abdullah: “It was mentioned before the Prophet that there was a man who slept the night till morning (after sunrise). The Prophet said, “He is a man in whose ears (or ear) Satan had urinated.” [Sahih al-Bukhari]
    • This indicates the importance of guarding over one’s
  • Q&A:
    • The hadith regarding the knots, the prayer mentioned, is that Fajr or can it be a sunnah prayer?
    • Do the hadith regarding waking up suddenly only apply to a specific time of the night (e.g. fajr time)?


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