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When Waking Up at Night

When Waking Up at Night (37)
It is reported of the Prophet that he said: "One who wakes up at night and says: Lă 'ilăha 'illa 'allăhu wahdahu la shareeka lahu, lahul mulku wa lahul hamdu, wa huwa `ala kulli shay'in qadeerun, 'al-hamdu lil-lahi, wa subhănallăhi, wa lă 'ilăha 'illa 'allăhu, wa 'allăhu 'akbaru, wa lă hawla wa lă quwwata 'illă bil-lahi 'al-`alyyil-`atheemi,(59)
then says: 'Allăhumma 'ighfirlee,(60)
or supplicates, he will be answered, then if he makes ablution and prays his prayer would be accepted".

(59) There is no 'ilăh except Allah, Alone, no associate does He have, his is the Kingdom, to Him is all praise, and He is very able to do every thing. All praise be to Allah, Glory be Allah, there is no 'ilăh except Allah, and Allah is greater [than every thing]. There is neither might, nor strength except by Allah The High The Magnificent.

(60) O' my 'ilăh forgive me.


To be found under Tahajjud in Saheeh al-Bukhări. The two words "'al-`alyyil-`atheemi" were not in al-Bukhări's wording, they were found with Ibn Măjah, and Ibn As-Sunni with sound ascription as described by Sheikh Al-Albăni. Al-Albăni included this hadeeth in The Authentic of Good Sayings as #35.

When Waking Up at Night (38)
The Messenger of Allah said: "Whoever retires to his bed in a state of taharah [maintaining ablution]... no time span of the night would pass in which he was asking Allah for Good of this Worldly Life, or that of the Hereafter except that Allah would grant him it".

Reported by At-Tirmithi and he said it was a strange-comely hadeeth. A strange hadeeth is one that is reported by only one person at one one or more of the links in its chain of ascription. Al-Albăni said it as At-Tirmithi said, or better, sighting testimonials for it by way of a number of companions. It is included in The Authentic of Good Sayings as #36.

When Waking Up at Night (39)
It is reported of the Prophet that he said: If one of you wakes up then let him say: 'Al-hamdu lil-lăhi 'allathee radda `alayya roohee, wa `ăfănee fee jasadee, wa 'athina lee bithikrihi(61).

(61) All praise be to Allah Who has returned my soul to me, and pardoned me [kept me well] in my body, and has permitted me to engage in his remembrance.


Part of hadeeth #28 above, Al-Albăni said it was good and included it in The Authentic of Good Sayings as #37.

When Waking Up at Night (40)
The Messenger of Allah used to teach them certain words for if they would become startled [in their sleep] 'A`outhu(62) bikalimătil-lăhi 'attămmeti, min ghadhabihi wa sharri `ibadihi, wa min hamazătish-shayăteeni, wa 'an yahdhuroona(63)

(62)Tirmithi's narration goes like this "Would it be that one of you is startled in his sleep then let him say: 'A`outhu..."

(63)I seek protection in the perfect words of Allah from his anger, the evil of his creation, from the instigation's of the shayăteen [plural of shaytan], and from their coming near me.


Reported by Abu Dawood, and the wording of his report of the hadeeth explains that the supplication is said when startled in sleep. It is also reported by At-Tirmithi who said it was comely. Al-Albăni said that At-Tirmithi meant comely not on its own right, but comely due to other than it. Al-Albăni said he agreed because there is sent (mursal) hadeeth that serves as testimonial for this one and strengthens it to the level of a comely hadeeth. A sent, or mursal hadeeth is one whose ascription does not include the name of the companion who heard it from the Prophet . Al-Albăni included this haddeth in The Authentic of Good Sayings as #38.

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