Had a tough and busy day today? Managed to perform only compulsory prayer? Did not get time to touch the Quran, recite few supplications or perform optional prayers? Conquered the world? Now what? Very tired and going to sleep asap without remembering Allah? Please don’t do that!
This post contains few good things you can do daily at night just before sleeping to remember Allah SWT and to earn great rewards from Him insha Allah. Doing these good, short yet powerful deeds won’t take much time and once it becomes an habit you will love doing it insha Allah. Remember, these are the Sunnah of our beloved Prophet (ﷺ)! 🙂
Preparations Before Going to Bed
- Recite بِسْمِ اللَّهِ Bismillah before closing the doors of the house, before covering utensils with food in them, switch off or turn off fires, light etc. [Bukhari] If one cannot find anything with which to cover the utensil then one should place a stick across the top of the utensil. [Muslim]
- Before getting into the bed, dust the bed Thrice with the corner of your clothes. [Bukhari, Muslim, Abu Dawood, Tirmidhi, Ibn Majah]
- Do Miswaak before retiring to bed even if one has already made it for Isha prayer. [Kitabut Tahaarah and Sunnats]
- To sleep in a state of Wudhu [Tabarani, Hakim, Abu Dawood]
To sleep on the Right, facing the Qibla with the right hand underneath the head like a pillow and with the knees slightly bent. [Bukhari]
Little Quran Recitation
- Recite the last two Ayats of Surat Al-Baqarah (Chapter 2 – The Cow)
- Recite Surat Al-Mulk (Chapter 67 – The Sovereignty) – for protection from the punishment of the grave.
- Recite Surat Al-Kāfirūn (Chapter 109 – The Disbelievers)
- Recite the last three Soorahs (Quls) of the Quran
- Recite Surat Al-‘Isrā’ (Chapter 17 – The Night Journey)
- Recite Surat Az-Zumar (Chapter 39 – The Troops)
Abu Mas’ud Al-Badri (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: I heard the Prophet (ﷺ) saying, “He who recites the two Ayat at the end of Surat Al-Baqarah at night, they will suffice him.” [Al- Bukhari and Muslim]
Narrated An-Nu’man bin Bashir: that the Prophet (ﷺ) said: “Indeed Allah wrote in a book two thousand years before He created the heavens and the earth, and He sent down two Ayat from it to end Surat Al-Baqarah with. If they are recited for three nights in a home, no Shaitan shall come near it.” [Tirmidhi]
The Prophet (ﷺ) said, “Surah al Mulk is the protector from the torment of the grave” [Sahihul Jamiea 1/680, Hakim 2/498 & Nasai]
The Prophet (ﷺ) said, “There is a surah in the Quran which is only thirty verses. It defended whoevere recited it , until it puts him into paradise” i.e., Surah al Mulk [Fath al Qadir 5/257, Sahihul Jamiea 1/680, Tabrani inAl-Awsat & Ibn Mardawaith]
Jabir (radiAllahu anhu) said it was the custom of the Holy Prophet (ﷺ) not to go to sleep until he had read Tabarakalladhi Biyadihil Mulk and Alif Laam Meem Tanzeel. [Ahmad, Tirmidhi and Darami]
Anas (radiAllahu anhu) reported Rasulullah (ﷺ) as saying, “There is a Surah which will plead for its reciter till it causes him to enter paradise” (Tabarakalladhi Biyadihil Mulk). [Tabrani]
It was narrated that Nawfal al-Ashja’i (may Allaah be pleased with him) said: The Messenger of Allaah (ﷺ) said to me: “Recite Qul yaa ayyuha’l-kaafiroon then go to sleep at the end of it, for it is a disavowal of shirk.” [Abu Dawood and al-Tirmidhi]
It was narrated from Aa’ishah (may Allaah be pleased with her) that when the Prophet (ﷺ) went to bed every night, he would hold his hands together and blow into them, and recite into them Qul Huwa Allaahu Ahad, Qul a’oodhu bi rabb il-falaq and Qul a’oodhu bi rabb il-naas. Then he would wipe them over whatever he could of his body, starting with his head and face and the front of his body, and he would do that three times. [Bukhari]
Extra Recitations Recommended:
It was narrated that ‘Aa’ishah (may Allaah be pleased with her) said: “The Prophet (ﷺ) would not go to sleep until he had recited Bani Israa’eel (Soorat al-Isra’) and al-Zumar.” [al-Tirmidhi]
Duas Before Sleeping
- 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:
بِاسْمِكَ رَبِّي وَضَعْتُ جَنْبِي، وَبِكَ أَرْفَعُهُ، فَإِنْ أَمْسَكْتَ نَفْسِي فَارْحَمْهَا، وَإِنْ أَرْسَلْتَهَا فَاحْفَظْهَا، بِمَا تَحْفَظُ بِهِ عِبَادَكَ الصَّالِحِينَ
Bismika Rabbee wadha’tu janbee, wa bika ‘arfa’uhu, fa’in ‘amsakta nafsee farhamhaa, wa ‘in ‘arsaltahaa fahfadhhaa, bimaa tahfadhu bihi ‘ibaadakas-saaliheen.
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. [Bukhari and Muslim]
- The Prophet (ﷺ) would place his right hand under his cheek when about to sleep and supplicate this 3 times:
اللَّهُمَّ قِنِي عَذَابَكَ يَوْمَ تَبْعَثُ عِبَادَكَ
Allaahumma qinee ‘athaabaka yawma tab’athu ‘ibaadaka.
O Allah, protect me from Your punishment on the day Your servants are resurrected. [Abu Dawud]
Also read this Dua:
بِاسْمِكَ اللَّهُمَّ أَمُوتُ وَأَحْيَا
Bismikallahumma amootu wa-ahya
In Your name O Allah, I live and die [Muslim]
- At the time of difficulty when sleeping, Zaid bin Thaabit (RA) complained to Rasulallah (ﷺ) of not being able to go to sleep at times and he advised him to recite the following dua:
اللَّهُمَّ غَارَتِ النُّجُومُ وَهَدَأَتِ الْعُيُونُ وَأَنْتَ حَيٌّ قَيُّومٌ * لَا تَأْخُذُكَ سِنَةٌ وَلَا نَوْمٌ يَا حَيُّ يَا قَيُّومُ أَهْدِئْ لَيْلِي وَأَنِمْ عَيْنِي
Allahummah ghaarithinnujumu wa hadaathil uyoonu wa antha hayyun qayyumulla tha’ khudhu ka sinathuwalaa nawmun yaa hayyun yaa qayyoomu a’hde’ laylee wa anim ‘aynee.
Oh Allah the stars have sunk in and the eyes have become tranquil and quite and You are alive and ever lasting neither does sleep overcome You. Oh the living and ever lasting one make my night my tranquil and give my eyes sleep. [Ibn Sunni, Hisnul Hasin]
- If afraid to go to sleep or feeling lonely or depressed then recite:
أَعُوذُ بِكَلِمَاتِ اللهِ التَّامَّاتِ مِنْ غَضَبِهِ وَعِقَابِهِ، وَشَرِّ عِبَادِهِ، وَمِنْ هَمَزَاتِ الشَّيَاطِينِ وَأَنْ يَحْضُرُونِ
A’oothu bikalimaatil-laahit-taammaati min ghadhabihi wa ‘iqaabihi, wa sharri ‘ibaadihi, wa min hamazaatish-shayaateeni wa ‘an yahdhuroon.
I seek refuge in the Perfect Words of Allah from His anger and His punishment, from the evil of His slaves and from the taunts of devils and from their presence. [Abu Dawud and Tirmithi]
- This is to be recited if you turn over in bed during the night:
لَا إِلَهَ إِلَّا اللهُ الْوَاحِدُ اْقَهَّارُ، رَبُّ السَّمَاوَاتِ وَالْأَرْضِ وَمَا بَيْنَهُمَا الْعَزِيزُ الْغَفَّارُ
Laa ‘ilaaha ‘illallaahul-Waahidul-Qahhaaru, Rabbus-samaawaati wal’ardhi wa maa baynahumal-‘Azeezul-Ghaffaaru.
There is none worthy of worship but Allah, the One, the Victorious, Lord of the heavens and the earth and all that is between them, the All-Mighty, the All-Forgiving. [An-Nasa’i, ‘Amalul-Yawm wal-Laylah, and Ibn As-Sunni]
- If after sleeping one experience a pleasant dream then when ones eyes open then say Alhamdulillah (All Praise be to Allah). Then the pleasant dream should only be revealed to trustworthy learned ones so that the dream can be interpreted correctly.
- If one experiences an unpleasant dream then one should spittle (a form of spitting comprising mainly of air with little spit) three times on the left side and then recite three times:
(I seek refuge with Allah from the evil of shaythan)
Also change one’s position to the other side and sleep [Muslim]. The dream should not be revealed to anyone then it will bring no harm to the person [Bukhari, Muslim]
- Seek forgiveness of Allah (Isthaghfaar). Recite three times:
Asthaghfirullah halladhee laa ilaaha ilallahuwal hayyul qayyumu wa athubu ilay.
I seek forgiveness from Allah besides whom there is none worthy of worship, the living, the sustainer of life and to Him I repent. [Tirmidhi]
- Before you go to bed perform Wudhu as you would for prayer, then lie down on your right side and recite:
اللَّهُمَّ أَسْلَمْتُ نَفْسِي إِلَيْكَ، وَفَوَّضْتُ أَمْرِي إِلَيْكَ، وَوَجَّهْتُ وَجْهِي إِلَيْكَ، وَأَلْجَأْتُ ظَهْرِي إِلَيْكَ، رَغْبَةً وَرَهْبَةً إِلَيْكَ، لَا مَلْجَأَ وَلّا مَنْجَا مِنْكَ إِلَّا إِلَيْكَ، آمَنْتُ بِكِتَابِكَ وَبِنَبِيِّكَ الَّذِي أَرْسَلْتَ
Allahumma aslamtu nafsee ilayk, wafawwadtu amree ilayk, wawajjahtu wajhee ilayk, wa-alja’tu thahree ilayk, raghbatan warahbatan ilayk, la maljaa wala manja minka illa ilayk, amantu bikitabikal-lathee anzalt, wabinabiyyikal-lathee arsalt.
O Allah, I submit my soul unto You, and I entrust my affair unto You, and I turn my face towards You, and I totally rely on You, in hope and fear of You. Verily there is neither refuge nor safe haven from You except with You. I believe in Your Book which You have revealed and in Your Prophet whom You have sent.
The Prophet (ﷺ) said: “Whoever says this and dies in his sleep has died in a state of the natural monotheism (Fitrah).” [Bukhari and Muslim]
Having Intention to Pray Tahajjud
Abu Hurraira (RA) reports that the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) was asked, “What prayer is most virtuous, after the obligatory prayers?” He said, “Prayer in the depths of the night.” [Muslim, Abu Dawud, Tirmidhi, Nisaa’i, Ibn Majah]
Always sleep with the intention of getting up for Tahajjud and Fajr. We should try and pray Tahajjud every night as it is one of the best and most rewarding Nafil prayers one can possible pray and makes it possible for a person to gain the top ranks of the Jannah. If we can’t pray everyday, then we should at least pray as much as we can.
Narrated Al-Mughira: The Prophet used to stand (in the prayer) or pray till both his feet or legs swelled. He was asked why (he offered such an unbearable prayer) and he said, “should I not be a thankful slave.” [Bukhari]
Rasulallah (ﷺ), to whom the Jannat-ul-Firdouse is guaranteed, prayed Tajajjud with long rak’ahs which caused swelling of his blessed feet. Whilst reciting Quran in Salah, Rasulallah (ﷺ) used to cry excessively and this caused a wheezing sound coming from his blessed chest as if a pot was being boiled. This is due to the fear Rasulallah (ﷺ) had of Almighty Allah. And what’s your reason for missing Tahajjud?
It is recommended to start the night prayer with two short rak’ahs, because of the hadith:
Abu Hurraira (RA) reported that the Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ) said, “If you get up for night prayer, start with two short rak’ahs.” [Muslim, Ahmad, Abu Dawud]
Note: Tahajjud is minimum 2 rak’ahs. You can pray up to 12 rak’ahs. This is Sunnah. However there is no limit for voluntary prayers (Nafil). One may also do a lot of Dhikr as well as recitation of the Quran.
The duas at the time of Tahajjud are very readily accepted by Almighty Allah and one should cry and repent to Allah during this time. If one cannot cry due to the hardness of ones heart due major sins then one should at least make a face as if one is crying. Just as a mother tends to her baby quickly and promptly when it cries then in the same way Allah tends to his servant quicker when his servant is crying and sincere.
More Hadiths about the Night Prayer:
Jabir (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) was asked: “Which Salat is the best?” He replied, ” The best Salat is that in which Qiyam (the duration of standing) is longer.” [Muslim]
When the Prophet (ﷺ) (p.b.u.h) got up at night (for the night prayer), he used to clean his mouth. [Bukhari]
Narrated Masruq: I asked `Aisha “What deed was the most beloved to the Prophet?” She said, “The regular constant one.” I said, “At what time did he use to get up at night (for the Tahajjud night prayer)?’ She said, “He used to get up on hearing (the crowing of) the cock (the last third of the night). [Bukhari]
The Prophet (ﷺ) performed the night prayer in pairs (i.e., Rak’ah) and made it odd number by observing one Rak’ah (as Witr). [Bukhari and Muslim]
Narrated Nafi`: Ibn `Umar said, “While the Prophet (ﷺ) was on the pulpit, a man asked him how to offer the night prayers. He replied, ‘Pray two rak`at at a time and then two and then two and so on, and if you are afraid of the dawn (the approach of the time of the Fajr prayer) pray one rak`a and that will be the witr for all the rak`at which you have offered.” Ibn `Umar said, “The last rak`at of the night prayer should be odd, for the Prophet (ﷺ) ordered it to be so. [Bukhari]
‘Aishah (May Allah be pleased with her) reported: If the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) missed his night (Tahajjud) Salat because of indisposition or the like, he would perform twelve Rak’ah during the day. [Muslim]
Abu Salamah bin ‘Abdur-Rahman narrated that Abu Hurairah said: “I heard the Messenger of Allah say concerning Ramadan: ‘Whoeve spends its nights in prayer (Qiyam) out of faith and in the hope of reward, he will be forgiven his previous sins.” [Darussalam, Sahih]
Extra: Short Dhikr to Earn Huge Rewards:
These are final few short supplications (almost everyone of us knows these) you can recite when you are on your bed finally. All these are to be recited at least 100 times at any time during a day. You should try to recite during the day whenever you get ‘free time’ and finish the remaining at night.
- Recite Ayat- ul-Kursi (Quran 2:255)
اللَّهُ لَا إِلَٰهَ إِلَّا هُوَ الْحَيُّ الْقَيُّومُ لَا تَأْخُذُهُ سِنَةٌ وَلَا نَوْمٌ لَّهُ مَا فِي السَّمَاوَاتِ وَمَا فِي الْأَرْضِ مَن ذَا الَّذِي يَشْفَعُ عِندَهُ إِلَّا بِإِذْنِهِ يَعْلَمُ مَا بَيْنَ أَيْدِيهِمْ وَمَا خَلْفَهُمْ وَلَا يُحِيطُونَ بِشَيْءٍ مِّنْ عِلْمِهِ إِلَّا بِمَا شَاءَ وَسِعَ كُرْسِيُّهُ السَّمَاوَاتِ وَالْأَرْضَ وَلَا يَئُودُهُ حِفْظُهُمَا وَهُوَ الْعَلِيُّ الْعَظِيمُ
Allahu la ilaha illa Huwa, Al-Haiyul-Qaiyum La ta’khudhuhu sinatun wa la nawm, lahu ma fis-samawati wa ma fil-‘ard Man dhal-ladhi yashfa’u ‘indahu illa bi-idhnihi Ya’lamu ma baina aidihim wa ma khalfahum, wa la yuhituna bi shai’im-min ‘ilmihi illa bima sha’a Wasi’a kursiyuhus-samawati wal ard, wa la ya’uduhu hifdhuhuma Wa Huwal ‘Aliyul-Adheem
Allah – there is no deity except Him, the Ever-Living, the Sustainer of [all] existence. Neither drowsiness overtakes Him nor sleep. To Him belongs whatever is in the heavens and whatever is on the earth. Who is it that can intercede with Him except by His permission? He knows what is [presently] before them and what will be after them, and they encompass not a thing of His knowledge except for what He wills. His Kursi extends over the heavens and the earth, and their preservation tires Him not. And He is the Most High, the Most Great.
Prophet (ﷺ) said, “By reciting it (Ayat- ul-Kursi), there will be a guardian appointed over you from Allah who will protect you during the night, and Satan will not be able to come near you until morning” [Al-Bukhari]
- Recite 100 times:
I seek forgiveness of Allah
Your Lord knows best what is in your inner-selves. If you are righteous, then, verily, He is Ever Most Forgiving to those who turn unto Him again and again in obedience, and in repentance. [Al-Isra 17:25]
If anyone constantly seeks pardon (from Allah), Allah will appoint for him a way out of every distress and a relief from every anxiety, and will provide sustenance for him from where he expects not. [Abu Dawud]
Al-Agharr Al-Muzani (May Allah be pleased with him) said:
The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said, “Sometimes I perceive a veil over my heart, and I supplicate Allah for forgiveness a hundred times in a day.” [Muslim]
- Recite 100 times:
سُبْحَانَ اللّهِ وَ بِحَمْدِهِ ، سُبْحَانَ اللّهِ الْعَظِيمِ
SubhanAllahi wa biHamdihi, Subhan-Allahil adheem
Glory be to Allah, and Praise, Glory be to Allah, the Supreme
Whoever says (the above) a hundred times during the day, his sins are wiped away, even if they are like the foam of the sea. [Bukhari and Muslim]
Abu Dharr reported that the Prophet (ﷺ) said, “Shall I tell you the words that Allah loves the most?” I said: “Yes, tell me, O Messenger of Allah.” He said: “The words dearest to Allah are: subhanAllah wa bihamdihi. [Muslim and Tirmidhi]
A palm tree is planted for the reciter [of the above] in Paradise. [Tirmidhi and al-Hakim]
Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ) said: “Two words are light on the tongue, weigh heavily in the balance, they are loved by the Most Merciful One.” [Bukhari and Muslim]
- Recite 100 times:
سُبْحَانَ اللّهِ ، والْحَمْدُللّهِ ، وَ لا اِلهَ اِلَّا اللّهُ ، وَ اللّهُ اَكْبَرُ ، وَ لا حَوْلَ وَ لا قُوَّةَ اِلَّا بِاللّهِ
SubhanAllah, walHamdulilah, wa La illaha ilAllahu, waAllahu Akbar, wa la Hawla wa la quwwata illa billah
Glory be to Allah, All Praise is for Allah, There is No God but Allah, Allah is the Greatest, There is no might or any power Except with Allah
La Hawla wa la Quwatta illa Billah a treasure from the treasures of Paradise. [Bukhari, al-Fath al-Bari, Muslim]
Abu Sa`id reported that the Prophet (salAllahu alayhi wasalam) said, “Perform the enduring goods deeds (al-baaqiyaat al-SaliHaat) more frequently.” They asked, “What are these enduring good deeds?” The Prophet replied: Takbir (Allahu Akbar), Tahlil (la ilaha illallah), Tasbih (Subhan’Allah), Alhamdulillah, and la hawla wa la quwwata illa billah. [an-Nasa’i and Hakim]
Abd Allah ibn Mas’ud reported that the Prophet said: “During the Night Journey I met Ibrahim (alayhis salam) who said to me: ‘O Muhammad, convey my greetings to your Community, and tell them that the Paradise is of pure land, its water is sweet, and its expanse is vast, spacious and even. And its seedlings are SubhanAllah, walhamdulilah, wa la ilaha ilAllah, waAllahu Akbar.'” [Tirmidhi and Tabarani]
- Recite 100 times:
لا اِلهَ اِلَّا اللّهُ وَحْدَهُ لا شَرِيكَ لَهُ ، لَهُ الْمُلْكُ وَ لَهُ الْحَمْدُ وَ هُوَ عَلَى كُلِّ شَيْءٍ قَدِيرٌ
La illaha ilAllahu, waHdahu la shareeka lahu, lahul Mulku, wa lahul Hamd, wa Huwa ala kulli shaiy’in Qadeer
There is No God But Allah Alone, who has no partner. His is the dominion and His is the raise, and He is Able to do all things
Whoever says the above one Hundred times, has the reward of freeing ten slaves, a hundred good deeds are recorded for him and a hundred bad deeds are wiped away and he has gained refuge from the devil that day until evening and none shall come with anything better except someone who has done more. [Bukhari and Muslim]
- Recite at least 10 times:
اَللَّهُمَّ صَلِّ عَلىَ مُحَمَّدٍ وَعَلىَ آلِ مُحَمَّدٍ كَماَ صَلَّيْتَ عَلىَ إِبْرَاهِيْمَ وَعَلىَ آلِ إِبْرَاهِيْمَ إِنـَّكَ حَمِيْدٌ مَجِيْدٌ اَللَّهُمَّ باَرِكْ عَلىَ مُحَمَّدٍ وَعَلىَ آلِ مُحَمَّدٍ كَماَ باَرَكْتَ عَلىَ إِبْرَاهِيْمَ وَعَلىَ آلِ إِبْرَاهِيْمَ إِنـَّكَ حَمِيْدٌ مَجِيْدٌ
Allahumma salli ala muhammadiw wa ala aali muhammadin kamaa sallaita ala ibrahima wa ala aali ibrahima innaka hamidum majid. Allahumma baarik ala muhammadiw wa ala aali muhammadin kamaa baarakta ala ibrahima wa ala aali ibrahima innaka hamidum majid.
O Allah, give Your mercy to Prophet Muhammad and his family as You gave Your mercy to Prophet Ibrahim and his family. You are the Most Exalted, the Most Noble. O Allah give Your blessings to Prophet Muhammad and his family as You gave Your blessings to Prophet Ibrahim and his family. You are the Most Exalted, the Most Noble.
Indeed, Allah confers blessing upon the Prophet, and His angels [ask Him to do so]. O you who have believed, ask [ Allah to confer] blessing upon him and ask [ Allah to grant him] peace. [Quran 33:56]
Abdullah bin Masood (رضي الله عنه) reported Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) as saying: The one who will be nearest me on the Day of Resurrection will be the one who invoked most blessings on me. [Tirmidhi]
Whosoever recite a durood for me 10 times, Allah will give him 10 blessings, 10 sins of his account deleted, and his rank elevated 10 degrees. [Ahmad, Nasai, and Hakeem]
Don’t make my graveyard a celebration (worship) place, and recite a durood for me, because your recitation will arrive to me wherever you are. [Abu Dawood]
Once Umar bin Khattab (رضي الله عنه) said to his nation: The supplication is stopped between the heaven and the earth and nothing of it ascends, till you invoke blessing on your Prophet. [Tirmidhi]
We should make the habit of utilizing maximum the little time before sleeping in the remembrance of Allah as sleep is a form of death. When a person sleeps, his soul is taken.
Allah takes the souls at the time of their death, and those that do not die [He takes] during their sleep. Then He keeps those for which He has decreed death and releases the others for a specified term. Indeed in that are signs for a people who give thought. [Quran 39:42]
And it is He who takes your souls by night and knows what you have committed by day. Then He revives you therein that a specified term may be fulfilled. Then to Him will be your return; then He will inform you about what you used to do. [Quran 6:60]
On the authority of Ibn ‘Umar, radiyallahu ‘anhuma, who said: The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) took me by the shoulder and said: “Be in this world as though you were a stranger or a traveler/wayfarer.” Ibn ‘Umar used to say: “When evening comes, do not expect (to live till) morning, and when morning comes, do not expect (to live till) evening. Take from your health (a preparation) for your illness, and from your life for your death.” [Bukhari]
May Allah help us to do these good deeds consistently and give us the ability to wake up regularly for Tahajjud and act upon the Sunnah of our Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ). Ameen!
More Evening/Night Duas:
- How I Consistently Wake Up 45 Minutes Before Fajr Adhan
- 18 Tips to Enjoy Taraweeh/Tahajjud
- Tahajjud: How to Wake Up without an Alarm Clock