The hallmark of the selected bondsmen of Allah, as described in the Holy Quran, is that they do not resort to their beds, and that they pass their nights in divine devotion, praying to Allah to hold them firmly on the straight path and bestow upon them His bliss, and to do the same, our Prophet (P.B.U.H) was addressed by Allah in the Holy Quran:
"O the raiment-clad! Offer the service in night save a little part thereof a half portion thereof or abate a little portion thereof. Or add thereto and recite the Quran methodically. Soon we pass on you a heavy order".
The benifitional outcome of this night-service has been pointed out by Allah Himself:
"The night vigil is more impressive and more suitable for recital".
In the light of these Divine directives, our Prophet (P.B.U.H) was used to retire to the bed in the early hours of the night and to stipulate the late hours for service to Allah. These are the best timings for sleep and service. To wake till late night in the common circumstances and to compensate it by deep or scanty dozes during day hours causes hypertension.
The Natural law has allotted very wisely the first portion of the night for total relief and retirement, and the late hours for prayer and meditation, and day hours for livelihood and other avocations. Allah says:
"We did your sleep a repose and did the night a cover, and did the day a strife for livelihood".
You should observe a high equanimity in sleep and wake. It means that you should not lengthen your sleep to such a precarious point where your body is badly hit by lassitude and lethargy and the vital brain functions come to stand still, and that you should not sleep so sporadically that your mental strain remains un-alleviated. It is narrated by Abdullah Bin Amr that the Prophet (P.B.U.H) asked him I have come to know that in the day you observe fast and in the night you remain offering prayers? Don't do such as your body has some rights with you, and your eyes have some rights with you, and your wife has some rights with you.
Some narrations have the following addition:
"So you should observe fast and break fast too, and you should offer prayer in night and sleep too".
"Have they not seen that we appointed the night to provide with relief and the day with light. It carries the indicatives to those who believe".
Before going to bed, the Prophet (P.B.U.H. ) used to perform ablution and before leaning his back to the bed, he used to recite a portion of the Holy Quran, and more often he was chanting the following prayer:
"With your name, O Allah, I have kept my back and with your name I shall take it up. O Allah if you hold my soul please pardon it, and if you release it please protect it with what you protect the righteous bondsmen".
Some times he (P.B.U.H) was chanting the prayer:
"All praise be to Allah who fetched us the food and drink, and took our burdens and provided us with shelter while there are so many persons who remain support less and shelter-less".
Our Prophet (P.B.U.H) used to eschew a very comfortable soft and posh bed. His bed was of a leather, filled with the palm fibers. Some narrations by Ummul Momineen Hafsa indicate that his bed was a coarse folded rug, floored beneath him. Some times he was sleeping on the mat. He never used any expensive and soft object for his dormitory or for relief. It is narrated by Abdullah Bin Masood that once Prophet (P.B.U.H.) lay down on the mat which turned his skin streaky. When he got up, I began wiping out those streaks and told O Prophet of Allah! please allow us to floor some thing extra on this mat to shun these streaks. The Prophet (P.B.U.H) replied very calmly: I have nothing to do with this world: I have nothing to do with this world: My stand to this world is just like a rider, stayed for some while under the shadow of a tree, then left it to his destination.
In a narration by Omer (R.A), Prophet's comment has come as follows:
"O Omer: Are you not pleased with that they enjoy the world and we enjoy the life hereafter?".
Before sleeping, the Prophet (P.B.U.H) was keeping every necessary thing beneath his pillow, and it was his order to take the stock of every thing before going to bed, to all kitchen utensils and to put off the fire if any.
While retiring to bed, the Prophet (P.B.U.H) was bringing both his hands close together, as they are positioned in the prayer, and was reciting the last three Suras of the Holy Quran and was blowing his hands with these prayers and then passing his hands on his body trice wherever they reached. To lie down on the right side, keeping his hand under the right cheek, was preferable to him (P.B.U.H). He (P.B.U.H) also used to dust off his bed before retiring to it. By the late hours of night, he was getting up to engage himself in the prayers. Some times he was getting up prior to his scheduled time, and sometimes he was remaining vigilant throughout the night.
KHWAJA SHAMS-UD-DEEN AZEEMI
IN THE NAME OF ALLAH, THE MERCIFUL, THE BENEVOLENT
Dedicated to those scientists, who are inching towards the cognizance of the facts, spotlighted by Allah Almighty, in the wake of their intelligent observation for the top vertex of scientific achievement, which is not other than the "Disastrous end of the Universe". And this is probably during 15th century of Lunar calendar.
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