No No on Sleeping

It is disliked to sleep on the stomach

Ibn Tikhfa al-Ghifari reported that his father told him that he had been one of the People of the Bench. He told him, “I was sleeping in the mosque during the last part of the night, lying on my stomach. Someone came to me and moved me with his foot, saying, ‘Get up. This is a manner of lying down which Allah hates.’ I raised my head and the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, was standing by my head.”

This hadith describes that Allah does not like us sleeping with our stomach down. So we must try our best to avoid sleeping in the position.

As the reason why it is disliked, AbuDharr said it in a different narration

“The Prophet saw passed by me while I was lying down on my stomach. He saw then struck me with his foot and said,
“O Junaidab, this is nothing other than they lying-down position of the dwellers of Hell fire”


1. Allah dislikes the position of lying down on the stomach

2. For this is the position of the dwellers of the Hell fire

It is disliked to sleep on a roof which has no fence or wall to prevent one from falling

‘Ali reported that the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, “If anyone spends the night on the top of his house without protection, Allah has no responsibility for (protecting) him.”

This hadith is related by Bukhari in Al Adab Al Mufrad and Al Albaanee ruled that it is authentic

From this hadith, it is clear to us that we must not miss taking the commonsense to guard our own safety. And thus taking the necessary steps to prevent whatever that is  potential to be harmful.

Some people sleep walk or some people get drowsy when waking up. Either way sleeping unprotected at a high place can be a potential danger.

One should mention Allah’s name, protect oneself and place tawakkal to Allah. Either Allah will protect him from danger or reward him for any harm that befalls him or expiate his sins.

However if one misses in taking reasonable steps to avoid harm and harm befallen on him, he is not rewarded. If he dies, he is not a martyr.

We must be aware of this hadith even when we are sleeping in high rise apartment with an unguarded open window.

May Allah protect us from any harm.


1. Be aware when sleeping at raised areas. Make sure our sleeping area is safe and prevent us from falling, Insya Allah.


Let us review what we learned so far about sleeping

1. recite the quran before sleeping

Tell me

i. what should you recite.

ii. what have you been reciting so far

2. Manners of sleeping

Can you list them?

3. Invocation before sleeping

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