Random Q&A

Musa (‘alayhis salam) asking Allah Ta’ala if He sleeps?

Answered according to Hanafi Fiqh by

Musa (‘alayhis salam) once wondered, does Allah Ta’ala sleep?

So Allah sent to him an Angel, who kept Musa (‘alayhis salam) awake for three days, and then gave Musa (‘alayhis salam) two bottles [to hold] in each hand. After that Musa (‘alayhis salam) slept and the two bottles fell from his hands and broke. He said: “Allah has given me an example, that if Allah slept then the heavens and the earth would not have been upheld.”

Is this narration okay to quote? Is it weak?


This narration is not suitable to quote.


Hafiz Ibn Kathir (rahimahullah) writes: ‘This is probably from the israely (historical) narrations. It is actually known that Nabi Musa (‘alayhis salam) would never have been unaware of Allah Ta’ala being free and independent of sleep.

(Tafsir Ibn Kathir, Surah Baqarah, Ayah: 255)


‘Allamah Ibnul Jawzi (rahimahullah) -even before Ibn Kathir – also issued a similar ruling. He further states that this question was indeed posed by the Banu Israel to Nabi Musa (‘alayhis salam), as they were ignorant of this fact regarding Allah Ta’ala, like has been authentically recorded in Kitabus Sunnah of Ibnul Imam Ahmad. i.e, Nabi Musa (‘alayhis salam) was aware that Allah Ta’ala does not sleep, and therefore didn’t ask Allah, contrary to what the narration in question suggests.

(Refer: Al-‘ilalul Mutanahiyah, Hadith: 23)

And Allah Ta’ala Knows best,

Answered by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar

Checked by: Moulana Haroon Abasoomar

This answer was collected from 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. 

Find more answers indexed from:
Read more answers with similar topics:
Subscribe to IslamQA Weekly Newsletter

Subscribe to IslamQA Weekly Newsletter

You will receive 5 Q&A in your inbox every week

We have sent a confirmation to you. Please check the and confirm your subscription. Thank you!