What to read before sleeping (Part 2)
When getting into bed after a long tiring day, we naturally just want to fall asleep. However, it’s a beautiful habit to remember Allah Ta’ala and connect with Him before we fall asleep.
Our amazing Nabi ﷺ has taught us many practices, Adhkar, Dua’s and Surahs from the Qur’an through which we can connect with Allah Ta’ala and gain many amazing benefits. To make it easy we will learn a few of these at a time.
Then read the following:
1.) Read 33 times Subhanallah, 33 times Alhamdulillah and 34 times Allahu Akbar
Sayyidah Fatimah radhiyallahu anha went requested our beloved Nabi ﷺ for a servant (to help with her housework etc). Our beloved Nabi ﷺ told her:
“Shall I not tell you of something that is better for you than that (a servant)? When you go to sleep, glorify Allah (by saying Subhanallah) thirty-three times, praise Allah (by saying Alhamdulillah) thirty-three times, and magnify Him (by saying Allahu Akbar) thirty-four times.”… (Bukhari, Muslim).
2.) Recite the last two verses of Surah al-Baqarah
Our beloved Nabi ﷺ said:
“Whoever recites the last two verses of Surah al-Baqarah every night, they will suffice him.” Narrated by al-Bukhari (5009) and Muslim (808).
Meaning they will protect him from harm during the night; or they bring the reward of worship during the qiyam on that night. It can also be both. Allah knows best.
3.) After placing the hand under the cheak read اَللّٰهُمَّ بِاسْمِكَ أَمُوْتُ وَأَحْيَا (allahumma bismika amootu wa’ahya)
Hudhaifah radhiyallahu anhu reported:
Whenever the Prophet (ﷺ) lay down for sleep at night, he would place his (right) hand under his (right) cheek and supplicate: “Allahumma bismika amutu wa ahya [O Allah, with Your Name will I die and live (wake up)].” And when he woke up, he would supplicate: “Al-hamdu lillahil-ladhi ahyana ba’da ma amatana, wa ilaihin-nushur (All praise is due to Allah, Who has brought us back to life after He has caused us to die, and to Him is the return).”