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Reciting a Surah before sleeping

What is the authenticity of this narration:

Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said:

“Any Muslim that retires to bed, and recites a surah from the Kitab of Allah, Allah Ta’ala will appoint an Angel over him, thus nothing harmful will come close to him until he awakens from his sleep whenever he awakens.”


This Hadith is suitable to quote and practice upon.

Imam Tirmidhi, Imam Ahmad (rahimahumallah) and others have recorded it on the authority of Sayyiduna Shaddad ibn ‘Aws (radiyallahu ‘anhu) with a weak chain.

(Sunan Tirmidhi, Hadith: 3407 and Musnad Ahmad, vol. 4 pg. 125. Refer: Al Adhkar of Imam Nawawi, Hadith: 277)

Hafiz Ibn Hajar (rahimahullah) has declared the Hadith sound –hasan-[due to corroboration].

(Nataijul Afkar, vol. 3 pg. 74. Also see Sahih Ibn Hibban; Al Ihsan, Hadith: 1974 and Targhib, vol. 1 pg. 415)

And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.

Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala

Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar

Checked by: Moulana Haroon Abasoomar

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