Lesson no. 20 Sleep & Insomnia: -


Insomnia is a sleep disorder that is characterized by difficulty in sleep or staying asleep. People with insomnia have one or more of the following symptoms: - Difficulty falling asleep, waking up often during the night & having trouble going back to sleep, waking up too early in the morning, feeling tired upon waking.
Please read lesson no. 68 Sleeping Habits of Nabi ﷺ so that you know & learn about sleeping habits of our Prophet ﷺ, it is very important to read lesson 68 first.
Nabi ﷺ’s sleeping habits are the best & most beneficial for the body& its organs. Nabi ﷺ did not oversleep or deprive His Body of necessary sleep; He used to sleep when sleep is warranted & would lie on His Right Side & remember Allah in supplication (Dua) until sleep overwhelmed His Eyes. In addition, His Body would not be burdened with overeating or overdrinking. He ﷺ neither slept on the bare floor, or on high beds. Rather, He had mats made of leaves, used to lean on a pillow & would sometimes place His Hand under His Cheek.
[Healing with Medicine of Prophet ﷺ by: Imam Ibn Qayyim Al-Jauziyah]
Insomnia means habitual sleeplessness or inability to sleep. It can be a disease or sign symptom of an underlying disease.

Nabi ﷺ’s guidance about insomnia -

Insomnia (sleeplessness): -

1. Sulaiman Bin Buraidah رضي الله عنه narrated that his father said that Khalid Bin Waleed رضي الله عنه complained to Nabi ﷺ: ‘O Rasoolullah ﷺ! I do not sleep at night due to insomnia.’ So Nabi ﷺ replied: When you go to your bed, recite: -

اللَّهُمَّ رَبَّ السَّمَوَاتِ السَّبْعِ وَمَا أَظَلَّتْ وَرَبَّ الأَرَضِينَ وَمَا أَقَلَّتْ وَرَبَّ الشَّيَاطِينِ وَمَا أَضَلَّتْ كُنْ لِي جَارًا مِنْ شَرِّ خَلْقِكَ كُلِّهِمْ جَمِيعًا أَنْ يَفْرُطَ عَلَىَّ أَحَدٌ مِنْهُمْ أَوْ أَنْ يَبْغِيَ عَلَىَّ عَزَّ جَارُكَ وَجَلَّ ثَنَاؤُكَ وَلاَ إِلَهَ غَيْرُكَ وَلاَ إِلَهَ إِلاَّ أَنْتَ

O Allah, Lord of the Seven Heavens & what they have shaded, Lord of the earths & what they carry, Lord of the Shayaateen & those they have misguided, be for me a Protector against the evil of Your creation, all of them together, so that none of them should transgress against me, or oppress me, mighty is the one who seeks protection in You & glorified is Your praise & there is none worthy of worship other than You & there is none worthy of worship except You.
[Tirmizi: 3523; Book. 48, English vol. 6; Book 45, Hadees. 3523]
2. One should not sleep immediately after eating & do some zikr or offer Salah is best.
[Shamail-e-Kubra; vol. 1; page. 94]

For Sleeplessness: -

إِنَّ اللَّهَ وَمَلَائِكَتَهُ يُصَلُّونَ عَلَى النَّبِيِّ ۚ يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا صَلُّوا عَلَيْهِ وَسَلِّمُوا تَسْلِيمًا

Recite the above verse of Chapter 33 (Surah) A’zaab verse no. 56 for 11 times before going to sleep. [Cures from the Quran a pocket Book by Muhammad Elahi page. 78] Details given below are according to the Ulama & Islamic Scholars & not from Hadees.

Science & Hadees regarding sleeping Habits of Nabi ﷺ: -

Please refer lesson no. 68 Sleeping Habits of Nabi ﷺ in part-1

For night mares (bad dreams): -

Surah Al- Sharh: 1 to 8 سورة الشرح: ١ إلى ٨

أَلَمْ نَشْرَحْ لَكَ صَدْرَكَ ﴿١﴾ وَوَضَعْنَا عَنكَ وِزْرَكَ ﴿٢﴾ الَّذِي أَنقَضَ ظَهْرَكَ ﴿٣﴾ وَرَفَعْنَا لَكَ ذِكْرَكَ ﴿٤﴾ فَإِنَّ مَعَ الْعُسْرِ يُسْرًا﴿٥﴾ إِنَّ مَعَ الْعُسْرِ يُسْرًا ﴿٦﴾ فَإِذَا فَرَغْتَ فَانصَبْ ﴿٧﴾ وَإِلَىٰ رَبِّكَ فَارْغَب ﴿٨

Recite the above Chapter 94 Surah Sharh for 9 times before going to bed.
[Cure of our worries from Holy Quran, by Maulana Muhammad Shafique page. 48]