Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings upon him, had a night ritual before going to sleep every night. This was recorded and varies depending on the hadith, we will go over these in this article so that you can model your life to be in the likeliness of the prophet.
The First Dua Before Sleeping you can recite is the following:
Transliteration: Bismika rabbee wadaAAtu janbee wabika arfaAAuh, fa-in amsakta nafsee farhamha, wa-in arsaltaha fahfathha bima tahfathu bihi AAibadakas-saliheen
Translation: In Your name my Lord, I lie down and in Your name I rise, so if You should take my soul then have mercy upon it, and if You should return my soul then protect it in the manner You do so with Your righteous servants.
Second Effective Dua For Sleeping:
Transliteration: Allahumma innaka khalaqta nafsee wa-anta tawaffaha, laka mamatuha wamahyaha in ahyaytaha fahfathha, wa-in amattaha faghfir laha. Allahumma innee as-alukal-AAafiyah.
Translation: O Allah, verily You have created my soul and You shall take its life, to You belongs 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.’
Power of Ayatul Kursi Before Sleeping:
We covered the power and benefits of Ayatul Kursi before. It is often regarded as one of the loftiest ayat of the entire Quran by many scholars.
Transliteration: Allaahu laa ‘ilaaha ‘illaa Huwal-Hayyul-Qayyoom, laa ta’khuthuhu sinatun wa laa nawm, lahu maa fis-samaawaati wa maafil-‘ardh, man thal-lathee yashfa’u ‘indahu ‘illaa bi’ithnih, ya’lamu maa bayna ‘aydeehim wa maa khalfahum, wa laa yuheetoona bishay’im-min ‘ilmihi ‘illaa bimaa shaa’a, wasi’a kursiyyuhus-samaawaati wal’ardh, wa laa ya’ooduhu hifdhuhumaa, wa Huwal-‘Aliyyul- ‘Adheem
Translation: Allah! There is none worthy of worship but He, the Ever Living, the One Who sustains and protects all that exists. Neither slumber nor sleep overtakes Him.
To Him belongs whatever is in the heavens and whatever is on the earth. Who is he that can intercede with Him except with His Permission? He knows what happens to them in this world, and what will happen to them in the Hereafter. And they will never compass anything of His Knowledge except that which He wills.
His Throne extends over the heavens and the earth, and He feels no fatigue in guarding and preserving them. And He is the Most High, the Most Great.
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Practical Advice Before Sleeping
1 There are different things the Prophet (pbuh) has been recorded of doing before sleeping. Although these are not mandatory (sunnah) we will mention them and you can choose whether you would like to incorporate it into your life.
From Al-Bukhari #6320, Muslim #64, Abu Dawud #5050:
If one of you rises from his bed and then returns to it, he should dust it with the edge of his garment three times for he does not know what has occurred in his absence and when he lies down he should supplicate:
bismika rabbee wada‛tu janbee wa bika arfa‛uhu, fa in amsakta nafsee farhamhaa, wa in arsaltahaa fahfazhaa bi maa tahfazu bihi ‛ibaadakas-saaliheen
Translates to “In Your name my Lord I lie down, and in Your name I rise, so if You should take my soul then have mercy upon it, and if You should return my soul then protect it in the manner You do so with Your righteous slaves.”
2 Recite the last two ayats of Surah Al-Baqarah. Verses 285-286.
The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) has said:
“Whoever recites the last two verses of Surah Al-Baqarah at night, those two verses shall be sufficient for him (i.e. to protect him from all that can cause him harm).”
3 The Last we will discuss is Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) Recited Surah Al-Ikhlas, Al-Falaq, and An-Nas three times each before going to bed.
Surah Al-Ikhlas: (1) qul huwa-llaahu aḥad (2) allaahuṣ-ṣamad (3) lam yalid wa lam yoolad (4) wa lam yakul-lahuۥ kufuwan aḥad
Surah Falaq: (1) qul a‛oodhu birabbil-falaq (2) min sharri maa khalaq (3) wa min sharri ghaasiqin idhaa waqab (4) wa min sharrin-naffaathaati fil-‛uqad (5) wa min sharri ḥaasidin idhaa ḥasad
Surah An-Nas: (1) qul a‛oodh-u birabbin-naas (2) malikin-naas (3) ilaahin-naas (4) min sharril-waswaasil-khannaas (5) alladhee yuwaswisu fee ṣudoorin-naas (5) minal-jinnati wan-naas
Sources: Bukhari No# 5017; Abu Dawud No# 5056; At-Tirmidhi No# 3402