Sleep but cannot move
Mu' meneen Brothers
As Salaam Aleikum wa
Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh. (May Allah's Peace, Mercy and Blessings be
upon all of you)
One of our
brothers/sisters has asked this question:
DEAR BURHAN BHAI!
I HAVE A SEVERE PROBLEM. SOMETIMES, WHILE I GO TO SLEEP, I GET A SUDDEN FEELING
AND THAT IS, I FEEL UNABLE TO MOVE AN PART OF MY BODY, NOT EVEN MY EYES. I FEEL
AS IF MY EYES ARE CLOSED BUT I AM ABSOLUTELY SURE THAT I CAN SEE EVERYTHING IN
MY ROOM, IN THIS CONDITION. MY BODY GETS LIKE A STATUE, I WANT TO SHOUT FOR
HELP BUT I CAN NOT. A YEAR BEFORE, I STARTED READING THE "AYA TUL
KURSI" BEFORE SLEEPING, REGULARILY, AND THIS THING STOPPED HAPENING TO ME.
HOWEVER IT HAPPENS NOW BUT ONLY SOMETIMES. THE SAME THING HAPPENS WITH SOME OF
MY FRIENDS AS WELL. I WOULD BE VERY THANKFUL TO U IF U GIVE ME SOME INFORMATION
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Sleep but cannot move
In the name of Allah, We praise Him, seek His help and
ask for His forgiveness. Whoever Allah guides none can misguide, and whoever He
allows to fall astray, none can guide them aright. We bear witness that there
is no one (no idol, no person, no grave, no prophet, no imam,
no dai, nobody!) worthy of
worship but Allah Alone, and we bear witness that Muhammad(saws) is His
slave-servant and the seal of His Messengers.
The condition that you have
described have been experienced by many people, and this has basically to do with the position one sleeps
in. Sometimes, when one sleeps flat on his stomach or his
back, some veins might get under
pressure, etc. and one gets this feeling upon waking up that he wants to speak
but cannot speak, or wants to move but
cannot move. The best way to avoid
this is to sleep on ones sides, as was
the way of the Messenger of Allah (saws),
whose position when sleeping was normally to put his right palm under
his cheek and sleep on his right side.
The Prophet (saws) said to Bara, "When
you go to bed, make wudu as you do for
the regular prayer, and then lie down on your right side and say, ' O Allah, I
surrender my soul to You, and I tum my face toward You, and I trust my affairs
to Your care. I turn to You in fear and hope. There is no refuge nor any
protection against You except in You. I believe in Your Book which You have
revealed to Your Prophet whom You sent'."
Then he (saws) added, "If you die,
you will die in your true nature, and these words will be your last
The Prophet (saws) instructed his Companions
that when they go to bed they should supplicate, "In Your name, O Lord, I
lay me down to sleep. And by Your leave I raise myself up. So if You take away
my soul during sleep, forgive it, and if You keep it alive after sleep protect
it just as You protect Your pious servants."
The Prophet (saws)
once advised his daughter, Fatimah,
"Say Subhan-Allah thirty three times, Al-Hamdu-lillah thirty three times, and Allahu Akbar, thirty four
times." He (saws) also commended
the recitation of Ayatal-Kursi, the Verse of the Throne, Qur'an 2.255
along with the above supplications, and said that he who does so will be under
the protection of Allah, Who will
assign a protector to protect him.
Whatever written of Truth and
benefit is only due to Allah’s Assistance and Guidance, and whatever of error
is of me. Allah Alone Knows Best and He
is the Only Source of Strength.
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