[Q-ID0359] What are the sunnah times of sleeping? Is it okay to sleep lying on the stomach?


What do the scholars of the Din and the muftis of the Sacred Law state regarding the following: how many times did the Messenger of Allah ﷺ rest during the day and during the night? What was the time he chose for resting? Is it permissible if someone sleeps lying on his right but turns over during sleep and sleeps lying on his stomach? 

Questioner: Abid from Sheffield, UK


بسم اللہ الرحمن الرحیم
الجواب بعون الملک الوھاب اللھم ھدایۃ الحق والصواب

In the books of hadith, it is mentioned that the Messenger of Allah ﷺ used to sleep only once during the day, i.e. in the afternoon. This is known as qaylulah (siesta).

Sayyiduna Anas (may Allah be pleased with him) narrates:

أَنَّ أُمَّ سُلَيْمٍ كَانَتْ تَبْسُطُ لِلنَّبِيِّ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ نِطَعًا، فَيَقِيلُ عِنْدَهَا عَلَى ذَلِكَ النِّطَعِ

That his mother, Umm Sulaym (may Allah be pleased with her), used to spread out a sheet of leather for the Messenger of Allah ﷺ on which he used to do qaylulah. [Sahih al-Bukhari, hadith #6281]

The Holy Prophet ﷺ used to rest at night, after the ‘Isha prayer. He ﷺ disliked being engaged in (worldly) talk after the ‘Isha prayer. [Sahih Muslim, hadith #1462]

Only these two times of resting during day and night have been recorded.

Sleeping whist lying on the right side is sunnah and lying on the stomach has been warned against in the hadith. However, there is no problem if someone turns over during sleep and lies on his stomach.

It is mentioned in al-Shama’il al-Muhammadiyah of al-Tirmidhi that when the Messenger of Allah ﷺ went to bed, he would keep his right hand under his right cheek. [al-Shama’il al-Muhammadiyah, hadith #253]

Sayyiduna Abu Dharr (may Allah be pleased with him) narrates that when he was once lying down on his stomach, the Messenger of Allah ﷺ was passing by him. He ﷺ touched him with his blessed foot and said, “O Jundub! This is the way the denizens of hellfire lie down.” [Sunan Ibn Majah, hadith #3724]

The author of Bahar-e Shari’at states, “This means that the disbelievers lie down in this manner or the denizens of the hellfire will lie down in this manner.” [Bahar-e Shari’at, vol. 3, part 16, pg. 434]

واللہ تعالی اعلم ورسولہ اعلم صلی اللہ علیہ وآلہ وسلم
کتبہ ابو الحسن محمد قاسم ضیاء قادری

Answered by Mufti Qasim Zia al-Qadri

Translated by the SeekersPath Team

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