Quran to recite before sleeping 

  • Aayat al-Kursi (al-Baqarah 2:255)
    • Evidence:
      • It was narrated by Abu Hurairah: Allah’s Messenger (صلى الله عليه وسلم) deputed me to keep Sadaqat (al-Fitr) of Ramadan. A comer came and started taking handfuls of the foodstuff (of the Sadaqa) (stealthily). I took hold of him and said, “By Allah, I will take you to Allah’s Messenger (صلى الله عليه وسلم) .” He said, “I am needy and have many dependents, and I am in great need.” I released him, and in the morning Allah’s Messenger (صلى الله عليه وسلم) asked me, “What did your prisoner do yesterday?” I said, “O Allah’s Messenger (صلى الله عليه وسلم)! The person complained of being needy and of having many dependents, so, I pitied him and let him go.” Allah’s Messenger (صلى الله عليه وسلم) said, “Indeed, he told you a lie and he will be coming again.” I believed that he would show up again as Allah’s Messenger (صلى الله عليه وسلم had told me that he would return. So, I waited for him watchfully. When he (showed up and) started stealing handfuls of foodstuff, I caught hold of him again and said, “I will definitely take you to Allah’s Messenger (صلى الله عليه وسلم). He said, “Leave me, for I am very needy and have many dependents. I promise I will not come back again.” I pitied him and let him go.
        In the morning Allah’s Messenger (صلى الله عليه وسلم) asked me, “What did your prisoner do.” I replied, “O Allah’s Messenger (صلى الله عليه وسلم)! He complained of his great need and of too many dependents, so I took pity on him and set him free.” Allah’s Apostle said, “Verily, he told you a lie and he will return.” I waited for him attentively for the third time, and when he (came and) started stealing handfuls of the foodstuff, I caught hold of him and said, “I will surely take you to Allah’s Messenger (صلى الله عليه وسلم) as it is the third time you promise not to return, yet you break your promise and come.” He said, “(Forgive me and) I will teach you some words with which Allah will benefit you.” I asked, “What are they?” He replied, “Whenever you go to bed, recite “Ayat-al-Kursi”– ‘Allahu la ilaha illa huwa-l-Haiy-ul Qaiyum’ till you finish the whole verse. (If you do so), Allah will appoint a guard for you who will stay with you and no satan will come near you till morning. ” So, I released him. In the morning, Allah’s Apostle asked, “What did your prisoner do yesterday?” I replied, “He claimed that he would teach me some words by which Allah will benefit me, so I let him go.” Allah’s Messenger (صلى الله عليه وسلم) asked, “What are they?” I replied, “He said to me, ‘Whenever you go to bed, recite Ayat-al-Kursi from the beginning to the end —- Allahu la ilaha illa huwa-lHaiy-ul-Qaiyum—-.’ He further said to me, ‘(If you do so), Allah will appoint a guard for you who will stay with you, and no satan will come near you till morning.’ (Abu Huraira or another sub-narrator) added that they (the companions) were very keen to do good deeds. The Prophet (ﷺ) said, “He really spoke the truth, although he is an absolute liar. Do you know whom you were talking to, these three nights, O Abu Huraira?” Abu Huraira said, “No.” He said, “It was Satan.”
      • Reference: Sahih al-Bukhari 2311
  • Surah al-Kaafiroon: recite before going to bed because it is a disavowal of shirk.  
    • Evidence
      • Farwah b. Nawfal quoted his father as saying that the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم) said to Nawfal (his father): “Recite (the Surah) ‘Say, O you disbelievers!’ and then go to sleep at its end, for it is a declaration of freedom from polytheism.”
        • Reference: Sunan Abi Dawud 5055
        • Classed as sahih by Al-Albani.
  • al-Ikhlaas and al-Mi’wadhatayn [i.e., the last three soorahs of the Qur’aan] 3 times each. 
    • Evidence:
      • Narrated by ‘Aisha (may Allah be pleased with her): “Whenever the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم) went to bed every night, he used to cup his hands together and blow over it after reciting Surat Al-Ikhlas, Surat Al-Falaq and Surat An-Nas, and then rub his hands over whatever parts of his body he was able to rub, starting with his head, face and front of his body. He used to do that three times.”
        • Reference: Sahih al-Bukhari 5017

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