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Ramadan 2016

Insomnia (Inability to sleep)

Holy Prophet (S.A.W) informed us that the best time to sleep is after the food has been digested. It is Sunnah to start off sleeping on the right side. Sleeping during the day is bad, as Hazrat al-Suyuti (R.A) points out, it affects the complexion, gives rise to diseases and makes a man lazy. (Al- Nasa’i, Al-Tirmidhi p.17)

Our beloved Prophet (S.A.W) however, did encourage a Qaylula (a short sleep in the hottest part of the day). Hazrat Jabir (R.A) reports that Holy Prophet (S.A.W) forbade a person to sleep (or sit) partly in the sun and partly in the shade.

Rihan (sweet basil) can be sprinkled in water to induce sleep. (Ibid. p. 64)
Sleeping facing down is also forbidden. Finally, sleeping in the state of ablution is strongly encouraged.

Rasoolullah (S.A.W) prescribed a Dua for Insomnia, below is the transliteration of the Dua:

I seek refuge in the perfect words of Allah from His anger, and from His punishment, and from the evil of His slaves, and from the whispering of the Shaytan and from their presence.

Hazrat Abdullah ibn Umar (R.A) taught these words to his children. While they were still young, he would write it down and put it in a ta’wiz (amulet) for them to wear around their necks. (Sunan al-Tirmidhi, Hadith no. 3451. See also, Sunan Abu Dawud (Hadith no. 3395) & Muwatta Malik (Hadith no. 1496))


We have been blessed with many bounties from Allah (S.W.T), one being the eyesight. It has extreme importance in our daily life because without eyesight life becomes difficult even in the basic of tasks.

Most people are getting eyesight problems due to certain reasons. It can be carelessness or some other medical factors that affects our eyesight. There are many Prophetic practices that can prevent us from weakness of eyesight or can even improve our eyesight. By adopting these Prophetic practices we can save this natural gift and also money on treatment. 

Antimony (Athmad) strengthens the optic nerve and preserves the health of the eye, (Ibid. p. 35) as does Anisun (Aniseed) (Ibid. p. 38). Eating turnips and water melon improves the eyesight.