Islamic Sleeping Position: 4 Things You Must Understand

Posted on

Hi all readers! Are you looking for an explanation of the Islamic sleeping position? If your answer is “Yes”, congratulations! Now you are reading the right article. Why? Because that is what I will explain in this article. As Muslims, we must understand that. That’s why I wrote this article. So, you have to read it to the end.

Specifically, there are four important things about “Islamic sleeping positions” which I will explain in this article. The four important things I mean are as follows:

  1. Sleeping in Islam.
  2. Sunnah Before Sleeping in Islam.
  3. Islamic Sleeping Position: Why Is It Important?
  4. Best Islamic Sleeping Positions.

Sleeping in Islam

The first important thing about the Islamic sleeping position that I will explain now is “sleeping in Islam”. Specifically, I will explain it in Islamic law: is it obligatory (wajib), recommended (sunnah), permissible (mubah), better not to do it (makruh), or not to do it (haram)? I want you to understand that before you read any more explanations in this article because that is one of the basics on the topic of this discussion.

It’s true, sleep is one of the normal activities that everyone does. There are several things that cause a person to sleep, such as sleepiness, fatigue, pain, and so on. But that status can change in Islam.

To be honest, if we read some Islamic legal literature, then we will not find an explanation that the original law of sleep is permissible. The arguments for this opinion are the rules of Islamic law below:

الْأَصْلُ فِيْ الْأَشْيَاءِ الْإِبَاحَةُ إِلَّا إِذَا دَلَّ الدَّلِيْلُ عَلَى خِلَافِهِ

The law of origin of a thing is permissible (mubah), unless there is an argument that explains something else.

So, as Muslims, according to the law as long as we sleep, we can sleep and we can not sleep.

But the law of sleep can change if there are other reasons. Sleep status can turn into a recommendation (sunnah) because there is a hadith that encourages Muslims to do that. An example is napping. We can find this explanation in the hadith below:

قِيْلُوْا فَإِنَّ الشَّيَاطِيْنَ لاَ تَقِيْلُ

Sleep qailulah (sleep after Zuhr) because the devil does not take sleep qailulah (sleep after Zuhr).

In addition, sleep status can change to be strictly prohibited (haram) if it causes a Muslim not to perform his obligations as a Muslim. An example is sleeping before praying (salat) until he does not pray (salat).

One important thing I want to say is that sleep is one of the things that can spoil wudu. What this means is that if we sleep, then we must perform wudu before performing obligations or suggestions that require us to be in a holy state, such as praying (salat) and holding the Quran.

We can find this explanation in the hadith below:

عَنْ مُعَاوِيَةَ رَضِيَ اللهُ عَنْهُ قَالَ : قَالَ رَسُوْلُ اللهِ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ : الْعَيْنُ وِكَاءُ السَّهِ فَإِذَا نَامَتِ الْعَيْنَانِ اِسْتَطْلَقَ الْوِكَاءُ . رَوَاهُ أَحْمَدُ وَالطَّبْرَانِيُّ وَزَادَ : وَ مَنْ نَامَ فَلْيَتَوَضَّأْ

From Mu’awiyah radiyallahu anhu, he said, “The Messenger of Allah sallallhu alaihi wa sallam said, “The eye is the anal cord. If two eyes have slept then the string will be untied.” The hadith was narrated by Ahmad and ath-Thabrani. He (ath-Thabrani) added (the hadith editor), “Whoever has been sleeping, let him perform wudu.”

That’s a brief explanation of sleeping in Islam. As Muslims, we must understand that.

Sunnah Before Sleeping in Islam

The second important thing about the Islamic sleeping position that I will explain now is the “sunnah before sleeping in Islam”. The point is that there are some things that are highly recommended to Muslims so that they do it before they go to sleep. I want you to understand that so that you have a complete understanding of this discussion.

In several previous articles, I have explained many things about the sunnah before sleeping. Of course, I’m not going to explain all of that again here. Now I will only explain some of the important points.

In general, there are four sunnahs sleeping in Islam:

One: wudu before sleeping.

The first Sunnah before sleeping is wudu before sleeping. I think we all know what wudu is and what to do in wudu. In several previous articles I have explained a lot about it. So, I’m not going to explain it all again now.

But one important thing I want to make clear about wudu before sleeping is, that the goal is for Muslims to be in a holy state before they go to sleep. We can find an explanation of wudu before sleeping as a sunnah before sleeping in the hadith below:

قَـالَ النَّبِيُّ – صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ – لِلْبَرَّاءِ بْنِ عَازِبٍ رَضِيَ اللهُ عَنْهُ : إِذَا أَتَيْتَ مَضْجَعَكَ ، فَتَوَضَّأْ وُضُوْءَكَ لِلصَّلَاةِ ، ثُمَّ اِضْطَجِعْ عَلَى شِقِّكَ الْأَيْمَنِ… الْحَدِيْثُ . مُتَّفَقٌ عَلَيْهِ

The Prophet (Muhammad) sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said to Barra’ bin ‘Azib radliyallahu anhu, “If you are going to sleep, then do your wudu like your wudu for prayer (salat), then lie down on your right side… (al-Hadith).” This hadith was narrated by al-Bukhari and Muslim.

That is a brief explanation of wudu before sleeping as a sunnah before going to bed. As Muslims, we must understand that.

Two: praying before sleeping.

The second Sunnah before sleeping is praying before sleeping. We can find this explanation in the hadith below:

عَنْ أَبِيْ هُرَيْرَةَ – رَضِيَ اللهُ عَنْهُ – مَرْفُوْعاً: إِذَا أَوَى أَحَدُكُمْ إِلَى فِرَاشِهِ فَلْيَنْفُضْ فِرَاشَهُ بِدَاخِلَةِ إزَارِهِ فَإِنَّهُ لَا يَدْرِيْ مَا خَلْفَهُ عَلَيْهِ ، ثُمَّ يَقُوْلُ : بِاسْمِكَ رَبِّيْ وَضَعْتُ جَنْبِيْ ، وَبِكَ أَرْفَعُهُ ، إِنْ أَمْسَكْتَ نَفْسِيْ فَارْحَمْهَا، وَإِنْ أَرْسَلْتَهَا ، فَاحْفَظْهَا بِمَا تَحْفِظُ بِهَ عِبَادَكَ الصَّالِحِيْنَ

From Abu Hurairah radiyallahu anhu (hadith marfu’), “If one of you is going to sleep, then let him shake his bed with his clothes, because he really does not know what is on it. Then let him pray, “In the name of Your name, O my Lord, I lay down my side. In Your name I lift it up. If You hold back my spirit, then have mercy on it (my spirit). But if You release it, then guard it (my spirit), as You guard your good servants.”

That’s a brief explanation of praying before sleeping as a sunnah before going to bed. As Muslims, we must understand that.

Three: clean the bed before sleeping.

The third Sunnah before sleeping is to clean the bed. I think you already understand that. The point is that we have to clean our bed. We can find an explanation of that in the hadith about praying before sleeping which I have explained earlier.

Four: lie on the right side.

The fourth Sunnah before sleeping is to lie on the right side. I think you already understand that. We can find an explanation of that in the hadith about ablution before going to bed which I have explained earlier.

That is a brief explanation of the sunnah before sleeping in Islam. As Muslims, we must understand that.

Islamic Sleeping Position: Why Is It Important?

The third important thing about “Islamic sleeping positions” which I will explain now is “why is understanding Islamic sleeping positions important?”. I want you to understand that so that you understand the main reason why you are reading this article.

Actually, the explanation of the question relates to the sunnah “why is following the sunnah important?”. So, what we must understand first is “what is sunnah?”

In general, sunnah is everything that is attributed to the Prophet Muhammad, such as words, actions, decisions, characteristics, and so on.

In general, when Muslims say that something is sunnah, they mean that it is related to one (perhaps several) things related to the prophet Muhammad.

As for the reason “why is following the sunnah important?” is that the sunnah is one of the main references for Muslims after the Quran. In the sunnah there are many instructions so that they can live very well in this world and in the hereafter. We can find this explanation in the hadith below:

تَرَكْتُ فِيْكُمْ أَمْرَيْنِ لَنْ تَضِلُّوْا بَعْدَهُمَا : كِتَابَ اللهِ جَلَّ وَعَزَّ ، وَسُنَّةَ نَبِيِّهِ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ

I have left two matters with you. As long as you hold to them, you will not go the wrong way. They are the Book of Allah and the Sunnah of His Prophet sallallahu alaihi wa sallam.

That’s a brief explanation of ” why is understanding Islamic sleeping positions important?”. As Muslims, we must understand that.

Read Also:

What Are the Rules of Sharia?

Best Islamic Sleeping Positions

Gravatar Image
Founder, Author, Indonesian Blogger, Muslim, Graduate of Al-Azhar University, Cairo, Egypt.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *