Innovations and saying the testimony of faith before going to sleep

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Question: Is it a blameworthy innovation to say the testimony of faith before going to sleep?


Wa alaykum assalam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh,

Dear questioner,

It is perfectly fine to say the testimony of faith before going to sleep, or any other time of day, be it regularly or not.

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The shahada is also specifically sunna to recite before going to sleep as part of a longer prayer in which one says, ‘I bear witness that there is no god but you.’ (Tirmidhi; Abu Dawud; Kitab al Adhkar, Nawawi)

Thank you for your important question.

I pray this helps.

[Ustadh] Farid

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