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10 Easy Steps To Developing Imaan Before Sleep

Saturday, 25 December 2010

In the name of God, Compassionate, Merciful بسم الله الرحمن الرحيمِ | Peace be with you السلام عليكم

Keeping the energy and imaan constant during daylight hours has it’s own jihad merit but how do you develop your faith in bed? And no, “that” is not what I’m talking about. That’s a whole different article and counseling session in itself.

The ahadith of the Prophet ﷺ taught Muslims to make sleeping an active part of worship, and now we're in Muharram, it's the best month to kick start it into action as a permanent new year resolution.

1. Get into the habit of making wudhu before going to sleep. There is no measure of how effective a cleansed body is for your faith. {Video: How to make wudhu by IISNA.com}

2. Try to stay awake a little longer each night for extra salah, Qur’an reading and dhikr. Block an extra half hour after/before fajr for worship too...

3. Make a list of the good deeds you achieved today and where you think you could improve tomorrow. It is a good idea to fill in a self-review chart before sleep to assess your day’s productivity. As a minimum, list 3 goals you can achieve for the next day (biting your tongue, making dhikr while ironing, helping the spouse with cooking).


 4. Sleep on your right side or your back and say,

Allahumma qinee `adhaaba ka yauma tab `athu `ibaadak - ‘O Allaah, protect me from Your punishment on the day Your servants are resurrected.’ (3x)


5. If you’re sleeping next to someone (married, of course) encourage him or her to do the same - salat, dhikr and Qur'an. Extend this to get the whole family involved.

6. Parents: before tucking your children in read them stories about the prophets and ask them to share their day's events (even 8yr olds face major stresses); make dhikr with them on their hands and help them fill out their own productivity charts. Your positivity will rub off onto them so stay upbeat even when you’re shattered! That is true Muslimness.

7. Make effective tasbih through repetition and consistency - good habits make you stronger. Read the following before sleeping:


(i) Subhan'Allah - ‘How Perfect Allah is’ (33x)

(ii) Alhamdulillah - ‘All praise is for Allah’ (33x)

(iii) Allahu Akbar -‘Allah is Greater’ (34x)




Subhan'Allah wa bi hamdihi - ‘How perfect Allah is and I praise Him.’ (100x)  سُبْحَانَ اللّهِ وَ بِحَمْدِهِ


8. Read ayatul Kursi (Qur’an, 2:255) and Surah As-Sajdah and Al-Mulk. As the very least, the Prophet ﷺ also said: ‘Whoever recites the last two verses of Surat Al-Baqarah at night, those two verses shall be sufficient for him.’ (Read Qur'an, 2:285-286).

{For more adiyah (duas) before sleeping check out Makedua.com - print them out.}

9. Upon laying down read the du`a: Bismika Allahumma amootu wa aHya - “In your name Oh Allah do I die (sleep) and live (wake up)”.


10. When you wake up each morning say: Alhamdulillahilladhi aHyaana ba`da ma amaatana wa ilayhinushoor -  “All praise is for Allah who gave us life after having taken it from us and unto Him is the Resurrection.”


This will also make you more alert for holier days e.g. Laylat al-Qadar, Eid, Ashura.

Finally, reconnect with Allah however you need to. Make the intention to submit, to accept you need Allah, then find an active path to develop that connection: through individual prayer, through congregational prayer at the masjid, through good company, through the Qu'ran. Always look at Allah’s signs around you to rekindle any loneliness; nature is the first key to understanding Allah. And always, always ask Allah for forgiveness.

Remember, planning is part of the active Muslims’ faith. If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.



More:
12 Steps for Sobriety, Strength and Sakoon
Greed Does Not Exist in a Muslim's Heart
Word of the Day: Burgeon
Beating Ramadan Insomnia {productivemuslim.com}
The Vigil of Standing and Prostration {suhaibwebb.com}
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hijabrockers said...

Thank you for sharing this. =) I luv it sis.

Zaufishan said...

MashaAllah. Happy soul polishing!

Apple443 said...

Thanks for the share. One of mine is Ayat al kursiyy.

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