Q: When I go to sleep at night, 2 P.M., (Part No. 24; Page No. 237) I start reading the Adhkar (invocations) and recite Surah Ya-Sin and Surah Al-Waqi`ah. Ten minutes after I fall asleep, I imagine a lot of men beating or biting me, while others are suffocating and pinching me, and sometimes I imagine a giant man who wants to smash me, while another wakes me up from my sleep and many things of the sort. To ward this off, I wake up and perform Wudu' (ablution), but it is just a matter of minutes before such dreams happen again. Due to my loud screaming and shouting, my roommate awakes me. I would like to inform you that I perform the five obligatory prayers and supererogatory Prayer on a regular basis as well as the regular Adhkar and daily reciting Juz' (a 30th of the Qur'an) of the Qur'an, praise be to Allah. Please bear in mind that I am an Egyptian teacher who teaches the subject of Islamic education in the Emirates. I am married but my wife and my two children are in Egypt. My eldest son has undergone many surgical operations and my youngest one was born while I was in
I have not seen him yet. My parents are alive, praise be to Allah, and I love them dearly. Your Eminence, you do not know how much I suffer due to this problem which causes me and even my colleagues and friends who live with me great disturbance. Thus, I have become increasingly tense when night and sleep time approach and I wish that I would not sleep to the extent that some of my friends told me not to read the Adhkar and to go to the movies to see what will happen to me. I ask Allah's forgiveness for even thinking of that.I earnestly wait for your answer. May Allah bless you, (Part No. 24; Page No. 238) and make your end and that of all Muslims good, and bring us and you together in His Jannah (Paradise).
if you want to sleep, you should first perform Wudu' (ablution) the same as you do for Salah (Prayer), and lie down on your right side. You should also recite the Ayat-ul-Kursy (the Qur’anic Verse of Allah’s Chair) as it protects you against Satan, for the Hadith narrated by
Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with him). You should read the Adhkar before sleeping which includes:
With Your Name, my Lord, I place my side (upon the bed) and with Your Grace I will raise it up. If You withhold my soul (cause me to die), have mercy on it but if You let it go (let me live), guard it against that which You guarded Your pious slaves.
O Allah, it is with Your Name that I live and it is with Your Name that I die.
O Allah! I surrender to You and entrust all my affairs to You and depend upon You for Your Blessings both with hope and fear of You. There is no fleeing from You, and there is no place of protection and safety except with You. O Allah! I believe in Your Book (the Qur’an) which You have revealed and in Your Prophet (Muhammad (peace be upon him)) whom You have sent.
Make these the last words you utter before sleeping. Furthermore, it is an act of the Sunnah to bring your palms together and blow into them while reciting:
Say (O Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم): "He is Allâh, (the) One.
(Surah Al-Ikhlas) and Al-Mu`awwidhatayn (Surahs Al-Falaq and Al-Nas) after which you should wipe three times over your head, face, chest, and the parts of the body that your hands could reach.
beware of keeping bad company who incite you to stop reciting the Adhkar and to go to movies, because this is Satanic invitation that will only do you more harm (Part No. 24; Page No. 239) and worsen your condition.May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.