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Hadith & Seerah, The Noble Traits of His Character, The Ways of the Prophet (SAWS) / Sunday, August 31st, 2008

Hadrat Bara’ (Radi Allaahu Ta’ala Anhu) narrated that while
resting the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) used to place his right
hand under his right cheek and recite the following supplication:


“O Lord! Save me from Thy punishment on the Day of
Resurrection.” [Shamail-e-Tirmiz]

Hazrat Huzaifa (Radi Allaahu Ta’ala Anhu) narrated that the
Holy Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) used to recite the following
supplication on going to bed:


O Allaah! With Thy name I die and live. [Shama’il -e-
Tirmizi]

When he woke, he used to recite:


All praise is to Him Who after putting us to death
enlivened us and we have to return to Him. [Khasa’il-e-Nabawi]

Hadrat Aishah, the truthful (Radi Allaahu Ta’ala Anha)
narrated: When the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) went to bed at
night, he used to raise his hands as in Du’a’ (supplication) and recite
Suratul-Falaq and Suratu’n -Nas – Chapters 112, 113 & 114 (the last two are
called) “The Seekers of Revenge” and blow into his hands which he passed over
his body lightly touching each and every part within his reach – first the
head, then the face and the front part of the body and then the rest of it.
This he did thrice. [Shama’il-e-Tirmizi]

It is authentically reported that the Holy Prophet
(Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) used to recite other invocations also before
going to sleep. His reciting others Surahs of the QURAAN is also established.

According to another tradition, the Holy Prophet
(Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) is reported to have said that whoever goes to
sleep while reciting any of the Surah of the Holy QURAAN, ALLAH details an
angel to guard him from all harms till he wakes up.

Recitation of the three above mentioned surahs (112, 113
and 114) is explicitly established by the Holy Prophet’s own practice. Besides,
recitation by him of Musabbiha i.e. the Surahs beginning with Sabbaha,
Yusabbiha etc.) is also mentioned. Regular recitation of Surah 32 and 77 too
has been reported. Recitation of the Ayat-uI-Kursi (Verse 255 of surah 2) and
the last two verses of surah 2 is also recorded. (Fathul Bari –
Khasail-e-Nabawi)

A Companion of the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wa
Sallam) narrated that the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) directed
him to recite Surah 109 before going to sleep as a regular feature. In addition
to this, recitation of various other supplications is also reported to be the
practice of the Holy Prophet (Sallalahu Alaihi Wa Sallam). [Fathul Bari – Khasail
Nabawi]

Hadrat Anas (Radi Allaahu Ta’ala Anhu) has related that the
Holy Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) used to recite the following prayer
on going to bed:


All praise is for Him who caused us to eat, met all our
needs and favored us with a shelter, for there are many who have none to
fulfill their requirements and afford them a refuge.

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