Waking up from sleep

Today we are going to learn about the adab of waking up from sleep.  For now we’ll focus on actions that follows the sunnah when waking up from sleep. On the following lessons we will look on ayatul quran that Prophet Muhammad sallallahu alaihi wasalam read when he wakes up.

1. Wipe your face when you wake up.

Ablutions (Wudu’)

Bukhari :: Book 1 :: Volume 4 :: Hadith 183

Narrated ‘Abdullah bin ‘Abbas:

that he stayed overnight in the house of Maimuna the wife of the Prophet, his aunt. He added : I lay on the bed (cushion transversally) while Allah’s Apostle and his wife lay in the length-wise direction of the cushion. Allah’s Apostle slept till the middle of the night, either a bit before or a bit after it and then woke up, rubbing the traces of sleep off his face with his hands. He then, recited the last ten verses of Sura Al-Imran, got up and went to a hanging water-skin. He then Performed the ablution from it and it was a perfect ablution, and then stood up to offer the prayer. I, too, got up and did as the Prophet had done. Then I went and stood by his side. He placed his right hand on my head and caught my right ear and twisted it. He prayed two Rakat then two Rakat and two Rakat and then two Rakat and then two Rakat and then two Rakat (separately six times), and finally one Rak’a (the Witr). Then he lay down again in the bed till the Mu’adhdhin came to him where upon the Prophet got up, offered a two light Rakat prayer and went out and led the Fajr prayer


1. Wipe your face when you wake up

2. Take note that in the hadith, it also says that he recite certain part of surah Imran. And then he made ablution

2.  Make Dua’

الْحَمْدُاللَّهِ الَّذِي أَحْيَانَا بَعْدَمَا أَمَاتَنَا وَإِلَيْهِ النُّشُور

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

Muslim :: Book 35 : Hadith 6549

Al-Bara’ reported that whenever Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) went to bed, he said:” O Allah, it is with Thine Name that I live and it is with Thine Name that I die.” And when he got up he used to say:” Praise is due to Allah, Who gave us life after our death (sleep) and unto Thee is resurrection.

We will remember this dua’, Insya Allah.

3.  Brush Your Teeth

Ablutions (Wudu’)

Bukhari :: Book 1 :: Volume 4 :: Hadith 246

Narrated Hudhaifa:

Whenever the Prophet got up at night, he used to clean his mouth with Siwak.

It has become my habit to have a glass of water before I brush my teeth. It is not in the sunnah (at least the one I know off). But Insya Allah we should brush our teeth before taking wudhu’.

4.  Snuffing water into nose

Do you know that when you sleep shaytan likes to sleep in the upper part of your nose? Alhamdulillah, now that we know, when we take wudhu’ Insya Allah we will snuff in water properly.

Beginning of Creation

Bukhari :: Book 4 :: Volume 54 :: Hadith 516

Narrated Abu Huraira:

The Prophet said, “If anyone of you rouses from sleep and performs the ablution, he should wash his nose by putting water in it and then blowing it out thrice, because Satan has stayed in the upper part of his nose all the night.”

5. Wash Your Hands

Wash your hands before you take wudhu and do everything else.

The Book of Purification (Kitab Al-Taharah)

Muslim :: Book 2 : Hadith 541

Abu Huraira said: When anyone amongst you wakes up from sleep, he must not put his hand in the utensil till he has washed it three times, for he does not know where his hand was during the night.

The sunnah of waking up Insya Allah.
1. To wipe your face
2. To read the du’a of waking up
3. To recite the last ten ayahs of Al Imran
4. To wash your hands three times
5. To brush your teeth
6. To snuffle water onto your nose which is also part of wudhu’

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