5 Dua’s Before Sleeping ‒ From Hadiths

During our sleep, Allah (SWT) temporarily takes our soul, which is why sleep is often referred to as a minor death. However, there are other instances where Allah chooses to keep the soul.


Surat Az-Zumar [39:42] - The Noble Qur'an - القرآن الكريم


It is Allah Who takes away the souls at the time of their death, and those that die not during their sleep. He keeps those (souls) for which He has ordained death and sends the rest for a term appointed. Verily, in this are signs for a people who think deeply. [Az-Zumar 39:42] 



Dua before Sleeping 1:


Blowing into the cupped palms

It was narrated from ‘Aishah (may Allah be pleased with her) that when the Messenger of Allah ﷺ  went to his bed every night, he would put his cupped hands together, then blow into them, then recite into them  Qul Huwa Allahu ahad, Qul a’udhu bi Rabb il-Falaq and Qul a’udhu bi Rabb il-Nas [i.e., the last three surahs of the Quran), then he would wipe his hands over as much of his body as he could, starting with his head and face, and the front part of his body. He would do that three times.

Bukhari (5017)


Dua’s before Sleeping 2:


Dua before sleeping


Hudhayfah ibn al-Yaman (may Allah be pleased with him) said:

When the Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) wanted to sleep , he would say,

“Bismika Allahumma amutu wa ahya (In your name, O Allah, I die and I live)”,

and when he woke up he would say

“Al-hamdu Lillah alladhi ahyana ba’da ma amatana wa ilayhi al-nushur (Praise be to Allah who has brought us back to life after causing us to die, and to Him is the resurrection).”

Narrated by al-Bukhari (6324).


Dua’s before Sleeping 3:

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:
Dua before sleeping
‘Allahumma aslamtu nafsi ilayk, wa wajjahtu wajhi ilayk, wa fawwadtu amri ilayk, wa aljatu zahri ilayk, raghbatan wa rahbatan ilayk, la malja wa la manja minka illa ilayk. Amantu bi kitabik alladhi anzalt, wa bi nabiyyik alladhi arsalt 
” O Allah, I turn my face towards Thee and entrust my affair to Thee. I retreat unto Thee for protection with hope in Thee and fear of Thee. There is no resort and no deliverer (from hardship) but Thou only. I affirm my faith in Thine books which Thou revealed and in Thine Apostles whom Thou sent.”
Make this as the last word of yours (when you go to sleep) and in case you die during that night, you would die upon Fitra (upon Islam). And as I repeated these words in order to commit them to memory, I said:” I affirm my faith in Thy Messenger (Rasul) whom Thou sent.” He said: Say:” I affirm my faith in the Apostle (Nabi) whom Thou sent.” [Sahih Muslim 2710]


Dua’s before Sleeping 4:

The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said,

“When any of you goes to bed, he should shake off (or dust off) his bedsheet because he does not know what might have fallen on it after he had left it. Then he should recite: 

Dua before sleeping

‘Bismika Rabbi wada’tu janbi, wa bika arfa’uhu, in amsakta nafsi farhamha, wa in arsaltaha fahfazha bima tahfazu bihi ‘ibadakas-salihin 

[With Your Name, my Rubb, I place my side (upon the bed) and with Your Grace I will raise it up. If You withhold my soul (cause me to die), have mercy on it but if You let it go (let me live), guard it against which You guarded Your pious slaves].”Riyad as-Salihin 1460


Dua’s before Sleeping 5:

Recite Ayat Al-Kursi

ayatul kursi


“One who reads Ayat Al Kursi before bed will have a guardian protecting him and Satan will not approach him until dawn.”

Narrated Muhammad bin Sirin:

Abu Huraira said, “Allah’s Messenger ﷺ put me in charge of the Zakat of Ramadan (i.e. Zakat-ul-Fitr). Someone came to me and started scooping some of the foodstuff of (Zakat) with both hands. I caught him and told him that I would take him to Allah’s Messenger ﷺ.” Then Abu Huraira told the whole narration and added “He (i.e. the thief) said, ‘Whenever you go to your bed, recite the Verse of “Al-Kursi” (2.255) for then a guardian from Allah will be guarding you, and Satan will not approach you till dawn.’ ” On that the Prophet ﷺ said, “He told you the truth, though he is a liar, and he (the thief) himself was the Satan.”

Sahih al-Bukhari 3275


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