Revive a Sunnah
“Say, “If you (really) love Allah, then follow me (Sall-Allahu ‘alayhe wasallam), [so] Allah will love you and forgive you your sins. And Allah is Forgiving and Merciful.”
(Noble Quran 3:31)

Bed Time Sunnahs

1- Recite the bedtime Du’as from the Masnun Du’as such as Allah-humma bismka amutu wa ahya (Oh Allah, with your name I die and live)

2- Recite the 3 Quls 3 times: One should put his hands together, then, blow into them and recite Surah Ikhlas, Surah Falaq, Surah Naas then, saying that, wipes as much as he can of his body, starting with his head, his face and the front of his body. He should do this three times. [Narrated by Al-Bukhari]

3- Recite Ayat-ul-Kursi (the verse of the Throne): The fruit (reward) of reciting this ayah is that who recites it, the protection from Allah remains over him, so that no devil can approach him. [narrated by Al-Bukhari]

4- Reciting the last two verses of Surat Al-Baqarah Aamanar-Rasulu: This who recites them at night, they suffice him. [narrated by Al-Bukhari and Muslim]

· Scholars have different views about the meaning of (they suffice him): it has been said: they are sufficient for him, as it is equal to praying Tahajjud of that night. Also, it has been said that they protect him against every evil and adversity. Imam Nawawi said, it may mean both things.

5- Recite Tasbeeh Fatimah: Subhan Allah thirty three times, Al-Hamdulillah thirty three times, and Allahu Akbar thirty four times. [Narrated by Al-Bukhari and Muslim]

6- Reciting Surah Kafirun: as one of its fruits is that it is a protection from polytheism.

7- Make wudhu: One should be pure, for the hadith which says “if you go to bed, have an ablution”.

8- Sleeping on the right side… (…then lie on your right side …). [Narrated by Al-Bukhari and Muslim]

9- One should put the right hand under his cheek: when he (sallallahu-‘alayhi wasallam) lay down, he used to put his right hand under his cheek. [Narrated by Abu-Dawoud]

10-Dusting the bed off: Prophet (sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam) said “ when anyone of you goes to his bed, he should dust it off… as he does not know what he has left behind him…. [Narrated by Al-Bukhari and Muslim]

· An-Nawawi said: one should give priority to do everything stated in this chapter, but, if he could not, he might be confined to do what he can (do) of its most important (items).

· By observation, we find that most people sleep twice in their day and night, as then, they would have applied these Sunnahs , or some of them, twice, because these Sunnahs are not restricted to night’s sleep, rather they include even sleeping during the day as the ahadith are general.

The fruit of applying these Sunnahs at bedtime:

1- 100 sadaqa (charitable deeds) is written for the Muslim when he keeps these glorifications constantly before sleeping, for the hadîth which says that every glorification is sadaqa, every time one says: Allahu Akbar is sadaqa, Alhamdulillah is sadaqa and every time one says: there is no god but Allah is sadaqa….[ narrated by Muslim]

2- If the Muslim preserves these glorifications before sleeping, 100 trees will be planted for him in paradise.

3- Allah protects the slave, keeps the devil away from him in that night and he remains safe from evils and pests.

4- The slave ends his day with remembering Allah, obeying Him, putting trust on Him, asking Him for help and declaring His oneness.

Note: Arabic version of Du’as is preferable.

Why Revive the Sunnah?

1. The Prophet’s way is the best way.
“Truly, in the Messenger of Allah [SAWS] you have a good example to follow for the one who hopes for the Meeting with Allah and the Last Day and remembers Allah much.”[Al-Ahzab: 21]

2. The Sunnah of the Prophet [SAWS] is THE way to get Allah’s love.
“Say: If you (really) love Allah then follow me [SAWS], Allah will love you and forgive you your sins. And Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.”[Aal-e-Imran: 31]

3. Following the Sunnah will help us increase in good deeds.
“…Help you one another in Al-Birr and At-Taqwa (virtue, righteousness and piety); but do not help one another in sin and transgression. And fear Allah. Verily, Allah is Severe in punishment.”[Al-Ma’idah: 2]

4. The AJR! Large amounts of Ajr (reward) are up for grabs!
“Whoever revives an aspect of my Sunnah that is forgotten after my death, he will have a reward equivalent to that of the people who follow him, without it detracting in the least from their reward.”[Reported by al-Tirmidhi]

5. The Revival of the Ummah can only come by following the Sunnah of the Prophet [SAWS]
The last of this Ummah will not be corrected except by which the first of this Ummah was corrected by and that is the Book and the Sunnah. [Imam Darul Hijrah, Malik ibn Anas {r} d. 179]