Shouting in one’s sleep

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Q: I have a problem from many months like when I sleep at night, I wake up shouting as if I have seen something near the place where I sleep. I literally see someone sitting where my feet ends or a face in the wall and scream out of fear and wake up shouting and this happens usually after 5 a.m in India and sometimes it happens like I am not able to move my hands, legs and head and cannot speak. Even after trying to move with all my strength or trying to shout at the top of my voice. I find it hard to breath and at that point if someone just touches me, i wake up then its a relief for me like I survived death and this happens early morning and when I am sleeping straight. I always sleep after reciting surah fatiha then ayatal kursi then 3 times surah ikhlaas surah falak and surah naas then one time surah kafiroon surah takasur and surah kausar then dua for sleeping then 21 times bismillah and one dua is like ﺑِﺴْﻢِ ﺍﻟﻠَّﻪِ ﺍﻟَّﺬِﻱ ﻟَﺎ ﻳَﻀُﺮُّ ﻣَﻊَ ﺍﺳْﻤِﻪِ ﺷَﻲْﺀٌ ﻓِﻲ ﺍﻟْﺄَﺭْﺽِ ﻭَﻟَﺎ ﻓِﻲ ﺍﻟﺴَّﻤَﺎﺀِ ﻭَﻫُﻮَ ﺍﻟﺴَّﻤِﻴﻊُ ﺍﻟْﻌَﻠِﻴﻢُ and then the 1st kalima and then I sleep either on my left or right but still I wake up out of fear dreams. Even if I sleep very late at night, I will still be awake at the same time. What should I do?


A: Let your last meal not be a heavy meal and refrain from caffeine drinks especially after the afternoon.

And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.


Answered by:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)

This answer was collected from, where the questions have been answered by Mufti Zakaria Makada (Hafizahullah), who is currently a senior lecturer in the science of Hadith and Fiqh at Madrasah Ta’leemuddeen, Isipingo Beach, South Africa.

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