Sleepless Child

Answered by Shaykh Farid Dingle

Question: Assalamu alaykum

After adopting a girl and her brother, my son has found that he cannot sleep at night and is extremely demanding? From a spiritual point view, what should we do?

Answer: Dear questioner,

Thank you for your very important question.

The first thing is to be thankful to Allah. The Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) said, ‘I and he who takes care of an orphan are like this in Paradise,’ and he held out his hand making a small space between his index finger and ring finger. (Bukhari and Muslim) It is huge honour and grace from Allah to be able to do such an amazing act of worship.

Secondly, be very positive. ‘I am nigh to what my servant thinks of Me. If he thinks good of Me, it will be good for him; if he thinks evil of Me, it will be evil.’ (Ibn Hibban)

Thirdly take all the medical and psychiatric means to get her to sleep properly. Taking the means to avoid a problem, does not mean that you are not content with Allah sending you it.

I pray this helps.

Wassalam,
[Shaykh] Farid Dingle

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Shaykh Farid Dingle grew up in a convert family in Herefordshire, UK. In 2007, he moved to Jordan to pursue traditional studies. Shaykh Farid continues to live in Amman, Jordan with his wife and kids. In addition to continuing his studies he teaches Arabic and several of the Islamic sciences.

Shaykh Farid began his journey in sacred knowledge with intensives in the UK and Jordan (2004) in Shafi’i fiqh and Arabic. After years of studying Arabic grammar, Shafi’i fiqh, hadith, legal methodology (usul al-fiqh) and tafsir, Sh. Farid began specializing in Arabic language and literature. Sh. Farid studied Pre-Islamic poetry, Umayyad, Abbasid, Fatimid, and Andalusian literature. He holds a BA in Arabic Language and Literature and continues exploring the language of the Islamic tradition.

In addition to his interest in the Arabic language Shaykh Farid actively researches matters related to jurisprudence (fiqh) which he studied with Shaykh Hamza Karamali, Shaykh Ahmad Hasanat, and continues with Shaykh Amjad Rasheed.

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