Answered by Shaykh Yusuf Weltch
Is it permissible to listen to the Quran while falling asleep?
In the Name of Allah, the Most Merciful and Compassionate
It is of the etiquettes of the Qur’an that when it is playing (or being recited) that one pays attention to it.
Allah Most High says, “When the Quran is recited, listen to it attentively and be silent so that you may be shown mercy.” [Qur’an; 7:204]
Thus the one who wishes to listen to the Qur’an as they lay down does not go against the above verse since they are attentive (until they fall asleep) and they are silent. When they feel they are being overpowered by sleep, it is best for them to turn off the recitation.
The reason is that the one sleeping may do some actions (unknowingly) that go against the etiquettes of the Qur’an.
Hope this helps
Allah knows best
[Shaykh] Yusuf Weltch
Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani
Shaykh Yusuf Weltch is a teacher of Arabic, Islamic law, and spirituality. After accepting Islam in 2008, he then completed four years at the Darul Uloom seminary in New York, where he studied Arabic and the traditional sciences. He then traveled to Tarim, Yemen, where he stayed for three years studying in Dar Al-Mustafa under some of the greatest scholars of our time, including Habib Umar Bin Hafiz, Habib Kadhim al-Saqqaf, and Shaykh Umar al-Khatib. In Tarim, Shaykh Yusuf completed the memorization of the Qur’an and studied beliefs, legal methodology, hadith methodology, Qur’anic exegesis, Islamic history, and several texts on spirituality. He joined the SeekersGuidance faculty in the summer of 2019.