Saturday, November 5, 2011

Benefits of Sleeping According to Sunnah in the Light of Medical Science

Today science tells us the best sleeping position, medical science tells us that its healthy to sleep on your back or on your right side which we (muslims) were told 1600 years ago by our beloved Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings upon him)

  • Sleeping on the right side does not let the weight of stomach and intestine to suppress heart, hence blood circulation is not affected.

  • By sleeping on the right side, the heart remains on the topside, one will not have a deep sleep. A little noise can prepare someone to face any contingency. It also develops the habit of early morning rise.

  • Sitting and rubbing the eyes for a while after awaking adjusts the heartbeat according to the new posture, hence it has positive impact on the heart.

  • Napping after lunch helps to prevent burden on coronary artery. According to cardiologists, having a nap after lunch produces positive effects on heart.

Imam Shafi states that there are 4 types of sleep:

  • To lie on the back-this is the sleep of the Prophet's .
  • To sleep on the right side-this is the sleep of the Worshippers. (us!)
  • To sleep on the left side-this is the sleep of the rulers.
  • To sleep on the stomach-this is the sleep of the devil.

[Related by Al-Bukhari, Muslim, Al-Tirmidhi and Abu Dawood.]
Hazrat Aishah
 “The mattress the Prophet used to sleep on was made of hide, stuffed with fiber.”

Benefits of Avoiding Soft Bed in the Light of Medical Science:
Backache is often caused by regular use of soft bed as the muscles of back are loosened. The pain gets aggravated on continuous use. Extremely soft and comfortable bed can lead to the inflammation of ureters, hence kidney diseases can be prevented by not using soft bed. The use of soft bed can reduce the gap between the vertebrae. The experts don’t recommend it. Infants using soft bed can suffer from deformity of bones, which may lead to disability.

It is Sunnah to dust off the bed before sleeping

[Al-Bukhaari (6320) and Muslim (2714)]
Narrated by Abu Hurrairah:

The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “When one of you goes to his bed, let him dust off his bed with the inside of his lower garment, for he does not know what came onto it after he left it. Then let him say: Bismika Rabbee wada’tu janbi wa bika arfa’uhu wa in amsakta nafsi farhamhaa wa in arsaltahaa fahfazhaa bimaa tuhfaz bihi ‘ibaadika al-saaliheen ( In Your name, my Lord, I lie down, and in Your name I rise. If you should take my soul then have mercy on it, and if You should return my soul then protect it as You protect Your righteous slaves).”  

It's forbidden and not recommended to sleep on Stomach:

Ya’eesh ibn Tihfah al-Ghifaari reported that his father said: 
“I stayed as a guest with the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) with those of the poor whom he hosted. The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) came out in the night to check up on his guests, and saw me lying on my stomach. He prodded me with his foot and said, ‘Do not lie in this manner, for it is a way of lying that Allah hates.’” According to another report, the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) prodded him with his foot and woke him up, and said, “Do not lie like this, for this is how the people of Hell lie.”
(Reported by Ahmad, al-Fath al-Rabbaani, 14/244-245; by al-Tirmidhi, no. 2798, Shaakir edn.; and by Abu Dawood, al-Sunan, Kitaab al-Adab, no. 5040, al-Da’aas edn. Also reported in Saheeh al-Jaami’, 2270-2271).

(Surah Al-‘Ahzab Ch:33 V:21)

لَّقَدْ كَانَ لَكُمْ فِي رَسُولِ اللَّهِ أُسْوَةٌ حَسَنَةٌ لِّمَن كَانَ يَرْجُو اللَّهَ وَالْيَوْمَ الْآخِرَ وَذَكَرَ اللَّهَ كَثِيرًا
“There has certainly been for you in the Messenger of Allah an excellent pattern for anyone whose hope is in Allah and the Last Day and [who] remembers Allah often.”

- In the present day science tells us that it’s best to sleep on the right side or back and not lying on the left side and stomach.Our beloved Prophet Muhammad  (Peace & Blessings be upon him) was aware of this back in his time. Beyond doubt he is the best example for us all to follow for all time. -

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