Is Sleeping on One’s Stomach Sinful?

Answered by Mawlana Ilyas Patel


If someone sleeps on his stomach, and then he ejaculates, not because of a wet dream, because he drank much water, and because he pressed his private part into the bed, and slept on his stomach, while he was half asleep so he was kind of awake, but sleeping.

Is this a major sin? What does the person have to do in this situation? What should we do to stop this from happening?


In the Name of Allah, the Most Merciful and Compassionate.

I pray you are in good faith and health. Thank you for your question.

Sleeping on one’s stomach is disliked. If you have a habit of sleeping on your stomach, you should now work on sleeping on your right, then however your turn during the night. If you know you have slept on your stomach while awake at night, try to change your posture.

Allah Dislikes Lying Down on One’s Stomach

Takhfa ibn Qays (Allah be pleased with him) reported that while I was lying on my belly in the masjid, a man shook me with his foot and said, “Verily, Allah hates this posture.” I looked up; it was the Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him and give him peace). [Abu Dawud]

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[Mawlana] Ilyas Patel
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Mawlana Ilyas Patel is a traditionally trained scholar who has studied in the UK, India, Pakistan, Syria, Jordan, and Turkey. He started his early education in the UK. He went on to complete the hifz of the Quran in India, then enrolled in an Islamic seminary in the UK, where he studied the secular and ‘Aalimiyya sciences. He then traveled to Karachi, Pakistan. He has been an Imam in Rep of Ireland for several years. He has taught hifz of the Quran, Tajwid, Fiqh, and many other Islamic sciences to children and adults onsite and online extensively in the UK and Ireland. He taught at a local Islamic seminary for 12 years in the UK, where he was a librarian and a teacher of Islamic sciences. He currently resides in the UK with his wife. His interest is a love of books and gardening.