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

The Holy Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) used to
sleep on a leather mattress stuffed with the bark of date-palm, or on ordinary
mat, or on a piece of canvas or leather or sometimes on a bedstead plaited with
rush strings. At home he sometimes sat resting on a pillow. [Zad-ul-Ma’ad]

The Holy Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) liked the
canvas on which he rested to be folded only once and during sleep, the sound of
his breathing was quite noticeable.

He used to rest on his back with one leg lying over the
other but in such a way that those parts of the body which are required to
remain covered are not exposed but he has forbidden to rest in this manner if
there is such a likelihood. [Zadul Ma’ad]

The Holy Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) never slept
before the Isha’ (night) prayer.

He never slept in a house in which a lamp has not been lit.
[Zadul Ma’ad]

If rest while he was in a state of uncleanliness (needing of
Ghusl-bath), he would wash the unclean parts and then perform ablution. [Zadul

It perform ablution before going to bed.

If wash his hands before going to sleep

tunic and hang it, then he would dust the bedding with a
piece of cloth. [Zadul Ma’ad]

Up at night, he would pass water in the vessel. An antimony
container was always placed at the head of the bed. He used to apply antimony
at sleeping time. The color of the antimony container was invariably black.
When he used the antimony he would apply the needle thrice to each eye and
sometimes only twice and then one measure to both eyes. (lbn-e-Sa’d).

to discuss odd matters with his family members, sometimes
about the household affairs and sometimes Muslims in general. [Nashrut

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