Bed time Adhkar


Here are the prescribed prayer for bedtime.....

بِاسْمِكَ اللَّهُمَّ أَمُوتُ وَأَحْيَا (O Allah, in Your name I die and live) narrated by Al-Bukhari.

2- One should put his hands together, then, puff into them and recite: (Say, قُلْ هُوَ اللَّهُ أَحَدٌ “He is Allah, The Only One”), (Say, قُلْ أَعُوذُ بِرَبِّ الْفَلَقِ “I take refuge with The Lord of the Daybreak”) and (Say, قُلْ أَعُوذُ بِرَبِّ النَّاسِ “I take refuge with The Lord of mankind”), then using them, wipe 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- Reciting the verse of the Chair (ayat-al-Kursii):
اَللَّهُ لاَ إِلَهَ إِلاَّ هُوَ الْحَيُّ الْقَيُّومُ لاَ تَأْخُذُهُ سِنَةٌ وَلاَ نَوْمٌ لَهُ مَا فِي السَّمَاوَاتِ وَمَا فِي الأَرْضِ مَنْ ذَا الَّذِي يَشْفَعُ عِنْدَهُ إِلاَّ بِإِذْنِهِ يَعْلَمُ مَا بَيْنَ أَيْدِيهِمْ وَمَا خَلْفَهُمْ وَلاَ يُحِيطُونَ بِشَيْءٍ مِنْ عِلْمِهِ إِلاَّ بِمَا شَاءَ وَسِعَ كُرْسِيُّهُ السَّمَاو ;َاتِ وَالأَرْضَ وَلاَ يَئُودُهُ حِفْظُهُمَا وَهُوَ الْعَلِيُّ الْعَظِيمُ
narrated by Al-Bukhari.

* The fruit of reciting this ayah (a verse of the Qur’an): this who recites it, a preserver from Allah remains over him, so that no devil can approach him. As was proved to be authentic in the previous hadith (the Prophet’s saying).

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بِاسْمِكَ رَبِّ وَضَعْتُ جَنْبِي وَبِكَ أَرْفَعُهُ إِنْ أَمْسَكْتَ نَفْسِي فَارْحَمْهَا وَإِنْ أَرْسَلْتَهَا فَاحْفَظْهَا بِمَا تَحْفَظُ بِهِ عِبَادَكَ الصَّالِحِينَ (my God, in Your name, I put my side, and by You, I raise it. If You hold my self, then have mercy on it and if You send it, then preserve it with what You preserve Your righteous slaves with). Narrated by AlBukhari and Muslim.

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اللَّهُمَّ أَنْتَ خَلَقْتَ نَفْسِي وَأَنْتَ تَوَفَّاها ، لَكَ مَمَاتُها وَمَحْيَاهَا ، إِنْ أَحْيَيْتَها فَاحْفَظْهَا ، وَإنْ أَمَتَّها فاغْفِرْ لَها ، اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي أَسْألُكَ الْعَافِيَةَ
(O Allah, surely You have created my self and You take it up. To You its life and its death. If You give it life, then preserve it and if You give it death, then forgive it. O Allah, indeed, I ask You for wellness). Narrated by Muslim.

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اللَّهُمَّ قِنِى عَذَابَكَ يَوْمَ تَجْمَعُ عِبَادَكَ أَوْ تَبْعَثُ عِبَادَكَ
(O Allah, protect me against Your torment on the day resurrect Your slaves). Three times. Narrated by Abu-Dawoud and At-Termithi. One should say this when he puts his right hand under his cheek.

7- (سُبْحَانَ اللّهSubhan Allah (Glorified be Allah) thirty three times, اَلْحَمْدُ للّهAlHamdulillah (all praise is to Allah) thirty three times, and اللّهُ أَكْبَرٌAllahu Akbar (Allah is The Greater) thirty four times. Narrated by Al-Bukhari and Muslim.

8-
الْحَمْدُ لِلَّهِ الَّذِي أَطْعَمَنَا وَسَقَانَا، وَكَفَانَا وَآوَانَا، فَكَمْ مِمَّنْ لَا كَافِيَ لَهُ وَلَا مُؤْوِيَ
(All praise is to Allah, Who has fed us, given us water, sufficed us and given us refuge, as how many those, who do not have anyone to suffice them and give them refuge, are). Narrated by Muslim.

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اَللّّهُمَّ عَالِمَ الْغَيْبِ وَالشَّهَادَةِ، رَبَّ كُلِّ شَيْءٍ وَمَلِيكَهُ، أَشْهَدُ أَنْ لَا إِلَهَ إِلَّا أَنْتَ، أَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنْ شَرِّ نَفْسِي، وَشَرِّ الشَّيْطَانِ وَشِرْكِهِ وَأَقْتَرِفَ عَلَى نَفْسِيْ سُوْءًا، أَوْ أَجُرَّهُ إِلَى مُسْلِمٍ،
(O Allah, Knower of the Unseen and the Witnessed, Originator of the heavens and the earth, the Lord of everything and its Sovereign, I bear witness that there is no god but You. I take refuge with You from the evil of myself, from the evil of Satan and his trap and from causing myself any harm, or driving it to any Muslim). Narrated by Abu-Dawoud and At-Termithi.

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اللَّهُمَّ أَسْلَمْتُ نَفْسِي إليْكَ ، وَوجَّهْتُ وَجْهي إلَيْكَ ، وفَوَّضْتُ أَمْرِي إلَيْكَ ، وَأَلجَأْتُ ظهْري إلَيْكَ ، رَغْبةً وَرهْبَةً إلَيْكَ ، لا مَلْجأ ولا مَنْجى مِنْكَ إلاَّ إلَيْكَ ، آمَنْتُ بِكتَابكَ الذي أَنْزلتَ ، وَنَبيِّكَ الذي أَرْسَلْتَ
(o Allah, I have submitted myself to You, confided my command to You, directed my face to You and resorted to You out of my desire and awe of You. There is no refuge or escape from You, except to You. I have believed in Your book, which You have sent (down) and Your Prophet, who You have sent). Narrated by Al-Bukhari and Muslim.

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اللَّهُمَّ رَبَّ السَّمَوَاتِ السَّبْعِ وَرَبَّ الْأَرْضِ، وَرَبَّ الْعَرْشِ الْعَظِيمِ، رَبَّنَا وَرَبَّ كُلِّ شَيْءٍ، فَالِقَ الْحَبِّ وَالنَّوَى، وَمُنْزِلَ التَّوْرَاةِ وَالْإِنْجِيلِ وَالْفُرْقَانِ، أَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنْ شَرِّ كُلِّ شَيْءٍ أَنْتَ آخِذٌ بِنَاصِيَتِهِ، اللَّهُمَّ أَنْتَ الْأَوَّلُ فَلَيْسَ قَبْلَكَ شَيْءٌ، وَأَنْتَ الْآخِرُ فَلَيْسَ بَعْدَكَ شَيْءٌ، وَأَنْتَ الظَّاهِرُ فَلَيْسَ فَوْقَكَ شَيْءٌ، وَأَنْتَ الْبَاطِنُ فَلَيْسَ دُونَكَ شَيْءٌ، اقْضِ عَنَّا الدَّيْنَ وَأَغْنِنَا مِنَ الْفَقْرِ
(O Allah, Lord of the seven heavens and Lord of the Magnificent Throne, our Lord and the Lord of everything, Splitter of grains and nuclei, Sender of the Bible, the Gospel and Al-Furqan (The Criterion), I take refuge with You from everything You take by the forelock. O Allah, You are The First, as there is nothing before You, You are The Last, as there is nothing after You, The Manifest, as there is nothing over You and The Immanent, as there is nothing below You, pay the debt for us and enrich us after poverty). Narrated by Muslim.

12- Reciting the last two verses of Surat Al-Baqarah, starting with His words (Exalted be He): (The Messenger has believed in what has been sent down to him from his Lord, and the believers {believe}), for the hadith: (this who recites them at night, they suffice him), narrated by Al-Bukhari and Muslim.

· Scholars disagreed about the meaning of (they suffice him): it has been said: they are sufficient for him, as he needn’t perform the Qiyam* of his night. Also, it has been said that they protect him against every evil and adversity. I have said: it may mean both things… the end of An-Nawawi’s words (Al-Adhkar).

13- One should be pure, for the hadith (if you go to bed, have an ablution).

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

15- One should put the right hand under his cheek (when he lay down, he used to put his right hand under his cheek). Narrated by Abu-Dawoud.

16-Dusting the bed off (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.

17- Reciting Surat (Say, قُلْ يَا أَيُّهَا الْكَافِرُونَ  “O you disbelievers”), as one of its fruits: (it is an acquittal of polytheism), narrated by Abu-Dawoud, At-Temidhi and Ahmad, and was proved to be authentic by Ibn-Hibban, Al-Hakim and AdhDhahabi agreed with him. Also, it was proved to be good by Al-Hafedh and authentic by Al-Albani.

· An-Nawawi said: one should give priority to doing everything stated in this chapter, but, if he could not, he might be confined to doing 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 hadith: (every glorification is sadaqa, every time one says: Allah is The Greater is sadaqa, every praise (to Allah) is sadaqa and every time one says: there is no god but Allah is sadaqa…). narrated by Muslim.
*An-Nawawi said: has the same reward.

2- If the Muslim preserves these glorifications before sleeping, 100 trees will be planted for him in paradise, for the previous hadith narrated by Ibn-Majah, about the fruits of post-prayer adhkar.

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

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

* Qiyam = supererogatory prayers performed at night, after Isha’ (evening) prayer.

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