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Wording of another du’a to be recited before sleeping

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1. Can you confirm the reference and reliability of this du’a?

2. I found two variations of the du’a. Which one is valid?

بِاسْمِكَ رَبِّي وَضَعْتُ جَنْبِي، وَبِكَ أَرْفَعُهُ، فَإِنْ أَمْسَكْتَ نَفْسِي فَارْحَمْهَا / [ فَاغْفِرْ لَهَا]، وَإِنْ أَرْسَلْتَهَا فَاحْفَظْهَا، بِمَا تَحْفَظُ بِهِ عِبَادَكَ الصَّالِحِينَ


This du’a has been authentically recorded as a du’a to be recited before sleeping.

Both these versions have been recorded in Sahih Bukhari.

The words: فَارْحَمْهَا appear in Hadith: 6320.

The words: فَاغْفِرْ لَهَا appear in place of فَارْحَمْهَا  in Hadith: 7393.

In fact, one narration outside Sahih Bukhari mentions both words together.

(Fathul Bari, Hadith: 7393)

And Allah Ta’ala Knows best,

Answered by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar

Checked by: Moulana Haroon Abasoomar

This answer was collected from HadithAnswers.com. The answers were either answered or checked by Moulana Haroon Abasoomar (rahimahullah) who was a Shaykhul Hadith in South Africa, or by his son, Moulana Muhammad Abasoomer (hafizahullah), who is a Hadith specialist. 

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