Dua if you stir during the night

Moon over a beach at night

Moon over a beach at night

By Wael Abdelgawad for IslamicSunrays.com

You are trying to sleep but you are restless. You wake up, and turn onto the other side. You can’t get comfortable. You wake up because you are too hot or too cold. There is some vague worry or uneasiness keeping you awake… Did you know there is a dua for those moments when you wake up in the dark, stirring restlessly?

Laa ‘ilaaha ‘illallaahul-Waahidul-Qahhaaru, Rabbus-samaawaati wal’ardhi wa maa baynahumal-‘Azeezul-Ghaffaaru.

There is none worthy of worship but Allah, the One, the Victorious, Lord of the heavens and the earth and all that is between them, the All-Mighty, the All-Forgiving.

See the Arabic version here. (Reference: This is to be said if you turn over in bed during the night. Al-Hakim graded it authentic and Ath-Thahabi agreed 1/540. Also see An-Nasa’i, ‘Amalul-Yawm wal-Laylah, and Ibn As-Sunni. See also Al-Albani, Sahihul-Jami’ As-Saghir 4/ 213).

Isn’t that beautiful? Islam has a dua or prayer for every occasion. If anyone sees that fact as a burden, he is missing the point. These duas are not a requirement or a burden, they are gifts. They are little gems, powerful invocations to bring your mind closer to Allah, ease your heart, and bring peace to your spirit.

A dua like this is a mercy from Allah, as if He is saying, here is a way to contact me when you are in need, here are beautiful words to comfort your soul.


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Wael Abdelgawad is an Egyptian-American living in Fresno, California. He is the founder of several Islamic websites, including Zawaj.com and IslamicAnswers.com, and also of various technology and travel websites. He is a writer and poet, and has been a web developer since 1997. This project, IslamicSunrays.com, is very dear to his heart, as it has allowed him to express ideas that have growing inside him for many years. Wael is divorced and has one lovely young daughter. He practices and teaches martial arts (somewhat obsessively), and loves Islamic books, science fiction, and vanilla fudge ice cream. Wael is an advocate for human rights and blogs about these issues at AbolishTorture.com. He is also a volunteer with the MyDeen Muslim youth organization in Fresno. Wael tagged this post with: , , , Read 266 articles by
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  1. Striving Soul says:

    Most amazing picture Brother. Its beautiful, I’d love to be there to contemplate.

    You made a good point in saying that we are blessed as Muslims for being given a dua for every affliction or occassion. I recall a post on Islamicanswers.com where a sister found it a burden having to say ‘Alhumdulillah’ instead of ‘Thank God’.

  2. María says:

    Thank you for sharing tools to be closer to Him during the dark hours.

  3. SisterZ says:

    The Prophet(sws) said: ‘Whoever awakes at night and then says:

    ‘None has the right to be worshipped except Allah, alone without associate, to Him belongs sovreignty and praise and He is over all things wholly capable. How perfect Allah is, and all praise is for Allah, and none has the right to be worshipped except Allah, Allah is the greatest and there is no power nor might except with Allah, The Most High, The Supreme,’ [3rd and 4th kalimahs]

    And then supplicates: ‘O my Lord forgive me,’ will be forgiven.

    Al Waleed said, “or he(sws) said: ‘and then asks, he will be answered. If he then performs ablution and prays, his prayer will be accepted’.”

    The following book has many duas of the Prophet(sws), including the one mentioned here and in Wael’s post. Its an excellent and essential pocket size book to carry with you at all times.

    ‘Fortification of the Muslim through rememberance and supplication from the Quran and Sunnah’. Compiled and referenced by Sa’eed Ibn ‘Ali Ibn Wahf Al-Qahtaani.


    • wael says:

      Thanks sister! I may add that to the article. – Wael

      • SisterZ says:

        That would be great Wael. Perhaps you could add a link to the Arabic aswell inshaAllah. I’m typing from a secret hideout at the moment: (my phone and under my duvet) hence can’t add any links just yet.


  4. SisterZ says:

    Oh man, I just looked at the picture for this post and its breathtakingly amazing!

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