19 Sept 2013

Sleep is a Blessing

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Learning objective:
- to learn the Arabic vocabulary word for sleep and its mention in the Qur'an
- to understand the importance of sleep
- to appreciate sleep as a blessing
- to implement a bedtime routine as recommended in Hadith

We have made sleep for rest 78:9

Why do I sleep?
Every living thing sleeps, from the smallest insect to the largest whale. Allah has made the night especially so that we can rest our body, muscles and mind.

Without enough sleep you can:
Forget what you learned/Be grumpy/feel too tired to play/Become impatient/Have trouble listening and concentrating/Become ill.

Sleep is a blessing from Allah.

A bedtime routine helps you relax and get ready for bed. There are some actions recommended by the Ahlulbayt. A bedtime checklist can be printed from Muslim Mums Magazine or Islamic Pixels.You can also draw up a poster or make a bedtime book using photos of the child carrying out the routine.

Print Online: Muslim Mums Magazine 
To be safe from nightmares make up a 'Sweet Dream Spray' of water on which Ayatul Kursi and 4 Quls have been recited. Have the child spray it around the room before going to bed while asking Allah to keep you safe at night.
Also recommended to keep Surah Dukhan under the pillow.

Prayer Lullaby by Dawud Wharnsby, based on the Prophet's (ﷺ) dua when going to bed: Listen online

Part with the reassuring Quranic phrase 'إِنَّ اللَّهَ كَانَ عَلَيْكُمْ رَقِيبًا Allah always watches over you' (4:1) instead of just 'sweet dreams' :)
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