Adab of sleeping

Question:

Aoa,
Hope this post finds you in the best state of Iman & health. Ameen.
In a latest Suhbah, MAWLANA SHAYKH HISHAM QS gave a Wird to recite before sleeping. Read that in chatlog but couldnt find the Suhba/transcript.Can you please provide that wird?Thanks

Answer:

If a real `abid is busy in his prayers and awraad, and tries to struggle against his self (ego), of all that, what is the most important `ibaadah Allah has given to human beings?”

Grandshaykh (q) said, “Now many people come to me asking for du`a, because people are in difficulties. You have to think of what you need to do when someone comes asking for help for a problem and the help is so easy. This help I recommend to anyone:  First of all, to get away from that sickness or difficulty that came to you, you must recite the Shahadatayn three times: Ash-hadu an laa ilaaha illa-Llah wa ash-hadu anna Muhammadu ‘r-Rasoolullah. Now this is the first attack against your Shaytan, who is whispering to you that you are sick, to destroy the power of Shaytan by three Shahadahs. That makes Iblees so upset, because he was so jealous of Sayyidina Muhammad (s), who was given Maqaam al-Mahmood that he sought for himself!

Then Grandshaykh (s) said, “This will prepare you to retaliate against your difficulties. Your difficulty is not from Allah (swt), it is from your `amal. It accumulates and then it effects you physically.”

Awliyaullah said to recite in this order:

  • Read three times Shahadah, then you are in position of Tawheed, and then 70 times astaghfirullah, make istighfaar for Allah to take away the difficulty coming on you, then one time Fatihat al-Kitab.
  • 3 times Shahadah: Ash-hadu an laa ilaaha illa-Llah wa ash-hadu anna Muhammadan `abduhu wa Rasooluh.
  • 70 times Astaghfirullah
  • 3 times Surat al-Ikhlaas
  • 10 times Laa ilaaha illa ’Llah
  • 10 times Salawaat: Allahumma salli `alaa Muhammadin wa `alaa aali Muhammadin wa sallim.
  • Immediately send as a trust to Rasoolullah (s): Awda`na hadha ad-dhikr `indaka yaa Sayyidee yaa Rasoolullah wa hiya lanaa wadi`yatan ya man arsalahu ’Llah Rahmatan li ’l-`Alameen.
  • 300 times Astaghfirullah

وَنُنَزِّلُ مِنَ الْقُرْآنِ مَا هُوَ شِفَاء وَرَحْمَةٌ لِّلْمُؤْمِنِينَ

And We sent down in the Qur’an such things that have healing and mercy for the Believers.

(Surat al-’Israa, 17:82)

It means if you make istighfaar and read Fatihah you are reading what Allah has revealed on Prophet twice: every verse of Holy Qur’an was revealed one time except Fatihat al-Kitab, which was revealed at Meccatu ‘l-Mukarramah at the Ka`bah and was dressed by angels, and in Madinatu ‘l-Munawwarah at Rawdat an-Nabi (s), which was dressed on Prophet (s), and then at his maqaam.

Surat al-Fatiha is the cure for all problems.

الْفَاتِحَةُ لِمَا قُرِئَتْ لَهُ

The Prophet (s) said, “Surat al-Fatihah is for whatever you read it.”

and:

فاتحة الكتاب شفاء من كل داء

Surat al-Fatihah is a cure for every sickness. (Bayhaqi)

If you read it on a sick person it will cure him, and if you read it on yourself it will cure you. Then three times read Surat al-Ikhlaas; it is called ‘ikhlaas to show the sincerity, so we are showing, “O My Lord, You are The One Who Cures and The One Who Resolves Difficulty.” Then reas ten times, “Laa ilaaha illa-Llah,” ten times salawaat and then you immediately deposit as a trust with Sayyidina Muhammad (s) and he will bring it on Judgment Day. If someone reads it on a sick person it will clear him.

Adab Before Sleeping

Grandshaykh (q) said, “If he recites this on himself before sleeping, if a servant reads this adab, Allah (swt) will send him ru’ya saaliha, good inspiration, and he will be in the care of Allah (swt) that night and before he wakes up his soul is in sajda under the `Arsh, as the Prophet (s) said, “When the mu’min says Shahadatayn after he makes wudu and prays two raka`ats, his soul will make sajda under the `Arsh.”

إن الأرواح تعرج بها في منامها، وتؤمر بالسجود عند العرش، فمن كان طاهراً سجد عند العرش، ومن كان ليس بطاهر سجد بعيداً من العرش

The souls ascend when they sleep and are ordered to make sajda at the Throne. Whoever is in a state of purity makes sajda at the Throne, and whoever is not in a state of purity makes sajda far from it. (Bayhaqi)

When you wake up Allah sends back your soul with the tajalli that He dressed you with when you were under the `Arsh. He said these awraad that the Sahaabah (r) kept reading in different ways. Also, the mashayikh al-`izhaam, the high level Awliyaullah keep that awraad and never stopped it in their life. If you can do that daily it will prepare you to be in presence of 124,000 Awliyaullah and you will be in their presence on that night when you sleep with that adab. If you do that every night, you get different rewards on each night with those Awliyaullah because:

أَلا إِنَّ أَوْلِيَاء اللّهِ لاَ خَوْفٌ عَلَيْهِمْ وَلاَ هُمْ يَحْزَنُونَ

Behold! Verily on the Friends of Allah there is no fear, nor shall they grieve. (Surah Yunus, 10:62)

It means they will not be deprived of those rewards, Allah (swt) will dress them. Allah (swt) will reward from His Endless Reward whoever keeps that adab Allah (swt). In this Ramadan, make us to keep that adab! Grandshaykh (s) said if a servant falls into a problem, wa law `abada `ibadata ‘th-thaqalayn, that even if he prays the prayers of Jinn and Ins it will not take him out of that problem that affected him except by reading that awraad including 300 istighfaar, then he will be pulled out of that difficulty he is facing. 

This is a short suhbah, but it is important for us as there are so many different awraad that we don’t know which the Prophet (s) taught the Sahaabah (r), who taught the Taabi`een. Until the Day of Judgement there will be people keeping these awraad and teaching them to their students. We are weak servants. May Allah dress us with the rewards of all these awraad, even we did not do them but our intention is to do them!

Wa min Allahi ‘t-tawfeeq bi hurmati ‘l-Fatihah.

[from sufilive.com: “Those Who Carry the Holy Quran“]

Shaykh Hisham Kabbani

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