Ibn al-Qayyim: Sit for a short while before you sleep and do this …

January 4, 2012 § 5 Comments


Ibn al-Qayyim said, ‘Avoid those things that necessitate the punishment of the grave.

And from the most beneficial of them is that when a man wants to sleep, he sits for an hour, for the Sake of Allaah, calling himself to account over the things that he has lost and gained during that day of his. Then, between him and his Lord, he renews his sincere repentance over those things that he lost, and sleeps on that repentance, firmly resolving not to return to the sin when he wakes up–and he does this every night.

So if he dies on that night of his, he would have died upon repentance and if he wakes up, he will wake up going towards action, pleased with the postponement of his appointed time so that he can turn to his Lord and set right what he missed out on.

And there is nothing more beneficial for the servant than this sleep, especially when he follows that [i.e., his resolve to renew his repentance] up with the remembrance of Allaah, performing those sunnahs which have been reported from the Prophet of Allaah when going to bed, [doing so] until sleep overtakes him.

So whoever Allaah wishes good for, He will grant him the success to do that. And there is neither movement, nor power except through Allaah.”

Ar-Rooh, p. 79.

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§ 5 Responses to Ibn al-Qayyim: Sit for a short while before you sleep and do this …

  • Muwahhidah says:

    Subhaanallaah! may Allaah grant us the ability to put into practice what we learn… Jazaakallaahu khairaa

  • A says:

    thank you very much for posting it. iA i will do it as often as possible and try to make it my habit.

  • Umar Ahmad says:

    Jazaka Allahu Khayrun for the Post, I will try my best to do this, as well as off course reciting surat Al Mulk and the other sunnahs we do before sleeping.

  • Adnaan ibn Salman says:

    BismillaahirRahmaanirRaheem
    asSalaamu’alaikumwarahmatullaah

    JazaakAllaahukhairan for setting up this blog, and also for you Sh Albaanee blog.

    I remember someone mentioning that ar-Rooh may not have been authentically attributed to Ibn-ul-Qayyim, or that he wrote it earlier in his life (and it contains errors). I think that he had narrated something from Sh al-Albaanee in that regard. Is this correct?

    JazaakAllaahukhairan

  • Name says:

    Arabic text can be found here: http://islamport.com/w/qym/Web/3173/75.htm

    @Adnaan: some have debated Ibnul Qayyim’s authorship of this book, but others have verified its authenticity, and this is the correct position, and this becomes clear if this matter is looked into. and Allah knows best.

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