Supplications of the Prophet
At Sleeping Time (28)
If one of you gets up from his bed and then returns
to it, then let him shake it out [yanfudh(48)
it] with the inside of his waist wrapper three times,
for one does not know what succeeded him on it, and
when he has lied down he should say Bismika rabbee
wadha`tu jambee, wabika 'arfa`uhu, fa 'in 'amsakta nafsee
farhamhã, wa 'in 'arsaltahã, fahfathhã
bimã tahfathu bihi `ibãdaka 'as-sãliheena(49)
upon waking up let him say: Al-hamdu lil-lãhi
'allathee `ãfãnee fee jasadee, wa radda
`alayya roohee, wa 'athina lee bithikrihi(50)
Yanfudh is a form of the verb nafadha which is a perturbation
with the purpose of removing something. For example
this same word is used to refer to perturbations such
as shaking-out a dust mat. In this case you are using
the inner side of your garment (izar) and perturbing
the surface of your bed as if you were dusting it
In Thy name, O my Lord, I have laid my side, and by
You I shall lift it, if You keep hold of my soul [i.e.
take my life] then have mercy on it, and if You are
to send it on, then preserve it in [or with] that
which You preserve your pious bondservants in [or
All praise be to Allah that has sparred me in my body,
returned my soul upon me, and has permitted that I
engage in his remembrance.
Reported by At-Tirmithi who said it was comely. Al-Albãni
said it was of good ascription, and he included it
in The Authentic of Good Sayings as #28.
© 1993 Waleed Al-Essa
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