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The Adab of Sleep

Mawlana Shaykh Hisham Kabbani

21 February 2016 Fenton Zawiya, Michigan

A`oodhu billahi min ash-Shaytaani 'r-rajeem. Bismillaahi 'r-Rahmaani 'r-Raheem.

Nawaytu 'l-arba`een, nawaytu 'l-`itikaaf, nawaytu 'l-khalwah, nawaytu 'l-`uzlah,

nawaytu 'r-riyaada, nawaytu 's-salook, lillahi ta`ala al-`Azheem fee hadha 'l-masjid.

أَطِيعُواْ اللّهَ وَأَطِيعُواْ الرَّسُولَ وَأُوْلِي الأَمْرِ مِنكُمْ

Obey Allah, obey the Prophet, and obey those in authority among you. (Surat an-Nisa, 4:59)

As-salaamu `alaykum wa rahmatullaahi wa barakaatuh. When a wali sleeps, one out of 49 powers (of the soul) stay in the body and the rest go under the `Arsh. For a mu’min and for Muslims, Allah will call your soul and keep part of it in the body for waking up and to do sajda under the `Arsh. So if you have wudu and you sleep like that, inshaa-Allah Allah (swt) will make you do sajda under the `Arsh. Why would you lose that chance? Sleep and then wake up before Fajr by one hour or half an-hour and do what you want to do, it is better than you to tire yourself and then sleep in the day and not at night.

Every 24 hours [is designated]: 8 hours for `ibadah, 8 hours to sleep and 8 hours to work and spend time with your family. 3 x 8 = 24. It is okay to borrow one hour from here and one hour from there, but give rest to your body that Allah (swt) has given to you in respect of His decision. Why did He make sleep obligatory? Sleep is obligatory, you cannot force yourself to not sleep, you fall asleep when you are sitting, why? Because Allah gave you that chance and you don’t know what kind of rewards you are getting. If you spend 8 hours in sleep it is `ibaadah because Allah gave that to you, so you are sami`na wa aata`na, listening and obeying. It is okay if you want to give one hour of your sleep time to your `ibaadah or your family; to spend time with your family is `ibaadah, so it will be written for you as `ibaadah, but not to just sit and fight or argue. Today people sit and fight or argue like roosters. Do you see how they fight? So keep respect of the `ibaadah.

وَقُلِ اعْمَلُوا فَسَيَرَى اللَّـهُ عَمَلَكُمْ وَرَسُولُهُ وَالْمُؤْمِنُونَ

And say [to them, O Muhammad!], “Act [in righteousness] for Allah will see your actions and so will His Messenger and the Believers.” (Surat at-Tawbah, 9:105)

It means after Allah gives first, then Prophet (s) looks; Allah will give the Judgement and that is why it comes first. On the Day of Judgement:

فَمَن يَعْمَلْ مِثْقَالَ ذَرَّةٍ خَيْرًا يَرَهُ وَمَن يَعْمَلْ مِثْقَالَ ذَرَّةٍ شَرًّا يَرَهُ

There whoever did an atom’s weight of evil will see it and whoever did an atom's weight of good will see it. (Surat az-Zalzalah, 99:7-8)

He jumps between `ibaad, human beings: if you do good you get good, if you do bad you get bad. Allah’s Decision is first and then He says, “Yaa Habeebee, I made My Decision, these are My Decisions and now I am giving you the shafa`ah.” That comes second after The Judge gives the decision, then the lawyers speak.

So when Allah Rabb al-`Izza gives the decision, then Prophet (s) speaks, and no one can speak except for the Prophet (s)! That is why it is important to remind our heart, our mind and our body that there is a shaf`ee that will intercede for us. It is important to mention his name every moment that we are remembering him and if we are not remembering, then it is our mistake. May Allah (swt) forgive us.

Bi hurmati 'l-habeeb, bi hurmati 'l-Fatihah.


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