Invocation Before Sleeping

Besides reading the quran, it was also from the Prophet’s saw guidance that we make supplication at the end of the night. Every Muslim should read them and remember Allah before going to sleep. In a narration by Abu Hurairah

The Book Pertaining to the Remembrance of Allah, Supplication, Repentance and Seeking Forgiveness (Kitab Al-Dhikr)
Muslim :: Book 35 : Hadith 6556

Anas reported Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) as saying: When you go to bed, say:” Praise is due to Allab 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.”

General Behavior (Kitab Al-Adab)
Dawud :: Book 41 : Hadith 5041

Narrated AbuHurayrah:

The Prophet (peace_be_upon_him) said: If anyone lies on his side where he does not remember Allah, deprivation will descend on him on the Day of Resurrection; and if anyone sits in a place where he does not remember Allah, deprivation will descend on him on the Day of Resurrection.

Contemplation on most of the meanings of the supplication
i. The Prophet saw mentioned tawheed
ii. expressed his poverty before Allah
iii. ask for forgiveness
iv. ask for repentance
v. to protect from the punishment in the Hereafter
vi. refuge from Shaytan
vii. praised and thank Allah for His favours

Among the supplications we can start doing

1. Seeking protection from punishment in the Hereafter

General Behavior (Kitab Al-Adab)
Dawud :: Book 41 : Hadith 5027

Narrated Hafsah, Ummul Mu’minin:

When the Apostle of Allah (peace_be_upon_him) wanted to go to sleep, he put his right hand under his cheek and would then say three times: O Allah, guard me from Thy punishment on the day when Thou raisest up Thy servants.

Al Albanee ruled this hadith as authentic.

2. Tawheed and reliance on Allah

The Book Pertaining to the Remembrance of Allah, Supplication, Repentance and Seeking Forgiveness (Kitab Al-Dhikr)
Muslim :: Book 35 : Hadith 6544

Al-Bara’ b. ‘Azib reported that Allah’s, Messenger (may peace be upon said: When you go to bed, perform ablution as is done for prayer; then lie down on the right side and recite:” O Allah, I submit my soul unto You, and I entrust my affair unto You, and I totally rely on You, in hope and fear on You. Verily there is no refuge nor safe haven from You except with You. I believe in Your book which You have revealed and in Your Prophets whom You have sent’. If you die that night, then you will be upon Al Fitrah. And make them the final words you speak.

3. Remembrance of Allah

Invocations
Bukhari :: Book 8 :: Volume 75 :: Hadith 336

Narrated Hudhaifa:

Whenever the Prophet intended to go to bed, he would recite: “Bismika Allahumma amutu wa ahya (With Your name, O Allah, I die and I live).” And when he woke up from his sleep, he would say: “Al-hamdu lil-lahil-ladhi ahyana ba’da ma amatana; wa ilaihi an-nushur (All the Praises are for Allah Who has made us alive after He made us die (sleep) and unto Him is the Resurrection). “

بِاسْمَكَ اللهمَّ أَمُوتُ وَأَحْيَا

With Your name, O Allah, I die and I live

4. Glorifying Allah, seeking protection, asking forgiveness and good health

The Book Pertaining to the Remembrance of Allah, Supplication, Repentance and Seeking Forgiveness (Kitab Al-Dhikr)
Muslim :: Book 35 : Hadith 6550

Abdullah ibn Umar once ordered a man to say the following words upon going to sleep, “O Allah, verily You have created my soul and You shall take its life and death. If you should keep my soul alive, then protect it, and if you should take its life, then forgive it. O Allah I ask You to grant me good health.” A man asked Abdullah, “Did you hear this from Umar  (Abdullah’s father)?” Abdullah said, “From one who is better than Umar – from the Messenger of Allah saw.”


5. Asking to be free of debt and spare from poverty.

The Book Pertaining to the Remembrance of Allah, Supplication, Repentance and Seeking Forgiveness (Kitab Al-Dhikr)
Muslim :: Book 35 : Hadith 6551

Suhail reported that Abu Salih used to command us (in these words): When any one of you intend to go to sleep, he should lie on the bed on his right side and then say:” O Allah. the Lord of the Heavens and the Lord of the Earth and Lord of the Magnificent Throne, our Lord, and the Lord of everything, the Splitter of the grain of corn and the date stone (or fruit kernal), the Revealer of Torah and Injil (Bible) and Furqan, I seek refuge in You from the evil of every beast you shall sieze by the forelock (Thou hast perfect control over it). O Allah, You are the First, there is nothing before You, and You are the Last and there is nothing after You, and You are Evident and there is nothing above You, and You are Innermost and there is nothing beyond You. Remove the burden of debt from us and spare us from poverty.” Abu Salih used to narrate it from Abu Huraira who narrated it from Allah’s Apostle (may peace be upon him).

6. Declaring tawheed and Seeking refuge in Allah from evil

General Behavior (Kitab Al-Adab)
Dawud :: Book 41 : Hadith 5049

Narrated AbuHurayrah:

AbuBakr as-Siddiq said: Apostle of Allah! command me something to say in the morning and in the evening. He said: Say “O Allah, Creator of the heavens and the earth, Who knowest the unseen and the seen, Lord and Possessor of everything. I testify that there is no god but Thee; I seek refuge in Thee from the evil within myself, from the evil of the devil, and his (incitement to) attributing partners (to Allah).” He said: Say this in the morning.

Al Albanee ruled that this hadith is authentic

7. Thanking Allah

The Book Pertaining to the Remembrance of Allah, Supplication, Repentance and Seeking Forgiveness (Kitab Al-Dhikr)
Muslim :: Book 35 : Hadith 6556

Anas reported Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) as saying: When you go to bed, say:” Praise is due to Allab 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.”

اَلْحَمْدُاللهِ الَّذِي أَطْعَمَنَا وَسَقَانَا،وَكَفَانَا وَآوانَا،فَكَمْ مِمَّنْ لَاكَافِيَ لَهُ وَلَا مُؤْوِيَ

8. Tasbeeh, Tahmeed and Takbeer

One-fifth of Booty to the Cause of Allah (Khumus)
Bukhari :: Book 4 :: Volume 53 :: Hadith 344
Narrated ‘Ali:

Fatima complained of what she suffered from the hand mill and from grinding, when she got the news that some slave girls of the booty had been brought to Allah’s Apostle. She went to him to ask for a maid-servant, but she could not find him, and told ‘Aisha of her need. When the Prophet came, Aisha informed him of that. The Prophet came to our house when we had gone to our beds. (On seeing the Prophet) we were going to get up, but he said, ‘Keep at your places,’ I felt the coolness of the Prophet’s feet on my chest. Then he said, “Shall I tell you a thing which is better than what you asked me for? When you go to your beds, say: ‘Allahu Akbar (i.e. Allah is Greater)’ for 34 times, and ‘Alhamdu Lillah (i.e. all the praises are for Allah)’ for 33 times, and Subhan Allah (i.e. Glorified be Allah) for 33 times. This is better for you than what you have requested.”

Now this lesson may be a bit overwhelming to start off reading the dua verbatim. However these are small effort to complete our day fulfilling the purpose of worshipping to Allah.

What the children can do is firts memorise the shorter ones in arabic and understand the meaning. Meanwhile to ponder the meaning od the longer supplications and make dua’ in the language they find comfortable. Insya Allah to build up later.

May Allah make it easy for all of us.

What we can do for now
1. Immediately after Isya’ we read Al Mulk. Because if we wait until we got to bed only to read it, we are bound to go to sleep without reading it.

2. Recite ‘Allahu Akbar (i.e. Allah is Greater)’ for 34 times, and ‘Alhamdu Lillah (i.e. all the praises are for Allah)’ for 33 times, and Subhan Allah (i.e. Glorified be Allah) for 33 times. By the way, we are already doing this dzikir after prayers. Thus you can recite it as you were lying down.

3.Recite this dua’ بِاسْمَكَ اللهمَّ أَمُوتُ وَأَحْيَا

With Your name, O Allah, I die and I live

Insya Allah the easiest one first.

4. Can also make general dua’. Rasulullah’s sunnah of dua’ before sleep in general are
Seeking protection from punishment in the Hereafter
Tawheed and reliance on Allah
O Allah, I submit my soul unto You, and I entrust my affair unto You, and I totally rely on You, in hope and fear on You. Verily there is no refuge nor safe haven from You except with You. I believe in Your book which You have revealed and in Your Prophets whom You have sent’.

5. Glorifying Allah, seeking protection, asking forgiveness and good health
O Allah, verily You have created my soul and You shall take its life and death. If you should keep my soul alive, then protect it, and if you should take its life, then forgive it. O Allah I ask You to grant me good health.

6. Asking to be free of debt and spare from poverty.

7. Declaring tawheed and Seeking refuge in Allah from evil

8. Thanking Allah

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