وَمِن رَّحْمَتِهِ جَعَلَ لَكُمُ اللَّيْلَ وَالنَّهَارَ لِتَسْكُنُوا فِيهِ وَلِتَبْتَغُوا مِن فَضْلِهِ وَلَعَلَّكُمْ تَشْكُرُونَ
Wamin rahmatihi jaAAala lakumu allayla waalnnahara litaskunoo feehi walitabtaghoo min fadlihi walaAAallakum tashkuroona
28:73 It is out of His Mercy that He has made for you Night and Day, – that ye may rest therein, and that ye may seek of his Grace; – and in order that ye may be grateful.
EXPLAINING THE NIGHT RITUALS OF TAQWA by Sr. HY
Look at sleeping like you are going to salah. Going to bed is as important as salah because as you are going to sleep you should be in “perfect situation” mindset in Dhikr of Allah say bismillah.
If you decide you are going to go to bed then:
A. Do wudu (ablution) as you would for salah and lay on your right side.
B. Always think dua is an ibada. Act of worship
Dua is of two kinds:
1. Dua: supplication of request
2. Dua al ibada: not asking anything – glorifying Allah
C. It teaches me I know nothing compared to Him (Subhanawataala)
D. Go against Nafs and glorify Him. (Subhanawataala) Allah knows what you want.
E. Make remembering Allah top priority.
WHY LAY ON THE RIGHT SIDE?
Lay on your right side because the prophet did it. Obeying this is ibada.
It is usually the best posture for a Muslim. (Also medically speaking, it has benefits such as ease in stomach emptying and thus prevention of reflux)
In general the right side is the best.
Hadith – Following the Sunnah (something he did/said/approved), of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) is ibada
Observing the Sunnah – do it out of love for the prophet and what he loves
F. Make this dua:
اللّهُـمَّ أَسْـلَمْتُ نَفْـسي إِلَـيْكَ، وَوَجَّـهْتُ وَجْـهي إِلَـيْكَ، وَفَوَّضْـتُ أَمْـري إِلَـيْكَ، وَأَلْـجَـاْتُ ظَهـري إِلَـيْكَ، رَغْبَـةً وَرَهْـبَةً إِلَـيْكَ، لا مَلْجَـأَ وَلا مَنْـجـا مِنْـكَ إِلاّ إِلَـيْكَ، آمَنْـتُ بِكِتـابِكَ الّـذي أَنْزَلْـتَ وَبِنَبِـيِّـكَ الّـذي أَرْسَلْـت.
“Allaahumma aslamtu nafsee ilayk, wawajjahtu wajhee ilayk, wafawwadtu amree ilayk, wa’alja’tu dhahree ilayk, raghbatan wa rahbatan ilayk, laa malja’a walaa manjaa minka illaa ilayk, aamantu bikitaabikal-ladhee anzalt, wabinabiyyikal-ladhee arsalt.”
“Ô Allaah, I have surrendered my self to You, and I have oriented my face (heart) to You, and I have submitted (all matter of my life for decision) to You, and I have turned my back for refuge, in desire and in fear, towards You. There is no refuge and no escape from You except to You. I have believed Your book which You have revealed, and in Your Nabiy which You have sent.”
ONCE before sleeping (page 143 Hisnul Mubarak))*
(This is to be the very last dhikr that one recites before sleeping, while lying on one’s right side.)
In summary these rituals reiterate that this person is:
1. Perfect servant
2. Pleased with Allah
3. Pronounce – faith
4. Asks for help
5 Expresses the Complete need and destitute to Allah
6. Has the greatest acceptance of Allah’s decree, Allah will be happy with you.
7. Is acknowledging His lordship