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[Sunnah Series] Waking Up


The most important thing that a Muslim can attend to and take care of in his daily life is acting according to the Sunnah of the Messenger salAllahu ‘alayhi wa sallam. Dhun-Nun Al-Masri said, “From the signs of one’s love for Allah is following His beloved Prophet’s actions, manners, commands, and recommendations.”

Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala says,

قُلْ إِن كُنتُمْ تُحِبُّونَ اللَّهَ فَاتَّبِعُونِى يُحْبِبْكُمُ اللَّهُ وَيَغْفِرْ لَكُمْ ذُنُوبَكُمْ وَاللَّهُ غَفُورٌ رَّحِيمٌ

“Say: ‘If you really love Allah then follow me and Allah will love you and forgive your sin. And Allah is Oft-Forgiving, the Most Merciful.” (3:31)

Hasan Al-Basri said, “The sign of their love (for Allah) is in their adherence to the Sunnah of His Prophet.”

The rank of the believer is measured by his following of the Messenger – he is higher and more exalted with Allah according to the extent of his practicing of the Sunnah.

It is interesting to note that if one of us lost some money, how concerned and worried we would be and how much effort we would exert in trying to find it. But how many Sunan have we lost in our lives? Does this sadden us? Have we strived to revive them in our lives?

One of the problems we suffer from is that we have begun to value and admire the dinar and dirham more than the Sunnah.

From the benefits of adhering to the Sunnah are:

– To reach the level of love – Love of Allah – for His believing slave.
– It is a means to compensate for any deficiency in the obligatory actions.
– It is a protection from falling into innovation.
– It indicates the exaltation of those things that represent the religion of Allah.

Waking Up

1. Wipe the Effects of Sleep from the Face with Your Hands

Imam An-Nawawee and Ibn Haja stated this wiping to be desirable based on the following:

“When the Messenger of Allah salAllahu ‘alayhi wa sallam woke up, he would sit up and rub away the effects of sleep from his face with his hand.” [1]

2. Say the Supplication for Waking Up
الحَمْدُ لِلهِ الَّذِي أَحْيَانَا بَعْدَ مَا أَمَاتَنَا وَإِلَيْهِ النُّشُورُ

“All praise is for Allah who gave us life after death (sleep) and to Him is the resurrection.” [2]

3. Use a Siwaak

When the Prophet woke up from the night (sleep), he used to clean his mouth with a Siwaak. [3]

4. Snuff Water:

When one of you wakes up from sleep, then snuff water three times. For indeed, Shaytan spends the night in the upper part of his nose. [4]

5. Wash both Hands Three Times

When one of you wakes up from sleep, he must not dip his hand into a utensil until he washes it three times. [5]


Book: More than 1000 Sunan Every Day and Night (Adhkar Min Alf Sunnah Fee Al-Yawm Wa Al-Laylah, Dar-us-Salaam Publications)

[1] Al-Bukhari, the Book of Ablution, Hadeeth # 183.
[2] Al-Bukhari, the Book of Invocations, Hadeeth # 6312.
[3] Al-Bukhari, the Book of Ablution, Hadeeth # 245
[4] Al-Bukhari, the Book of the Beginning of Creation, Hadeeth # 3295. Muslim, the Book of Purification, Hadeeth # 245. The wording is according to Muslim.
[5] Musim, the Book of Purification, Hadeeth # 278


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