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Strange Dreams and Night Behavior

Answered by Shaykh Faraz A. Khan

Question: I was wondering if you could shed some light on the below.

What is the reality/meaning behind people who behave bizarrely during the sleep. I sometimes speak, get-up and do stuff and have what can be described as total mumble-jumble dreams (completely non-sense stuff). I often dismiss the dreams but what worries me is the getting out the bed and doing stuff in my sleep.

However, I am very steadfast in reciting the Quls and Ayahtul Kursi before sleeping.

Answer: Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullah,

I pray this finds you in the best of health states.

As long as you are taking the means prescribed by the sunna to ward off the devil, then you should not be worried any jinn involvement with respect to your dreams or behavior during sleep. You might want to consult a physician to see if there is an underlying medical condition that can be dealt with.

The means to ward off the devil include:

(a) Seek refuge in Allah Most High, by saying, A’udhu bi Llahi min ash-shaytani r-rajim [Bukhari, Muslim]; and recite Ayat al-Kursi, as well as the last three surahs (Ikhlas, Falaq, Nas) [Tabarani, Mu’jam Kabir].

These verses can be recited after each prayer once, and in the morning and evening three times each.

(b) Be consistent in remembrance of Allah (dhikr). Dhikr is a powerful fortress that blocks out the devil’s whisperings, which are in reality of no power or consequence. As Ibn Ata’illah states, “If the devil is not heedless of you, then do not you be heedless of the One in Whose Hand is your forelock.” Allah is in full control. Allah created the devil to spur us forward in our journey to Him Most High.

(c) Find good company—people who make much remembrance of Allah, and who remind you to do the like.

(d) Learn sacred knowledge under righteous scholars so you know the reality of the Sacred Law and its limits. Implement what you learn. The more sound knowledge one has of the religion, the more empowered one is to deal with the devil.
(e) Maintain a strong relationship with the Qur’an, reading some portion daily, however little. Make sure you pray all five prayers on time, and try to attend the mosque for as many of the five as you can.

And Allah knows best.
wassalam
Faraz

Checked & Approved by Faraz Rabbani

Benefits of Reciting Ayat al-Kursi (Verse of the Throne)

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam

Question: Assalamu Aleikum,

Inshallah this finds you well and may Allah reward you for your efforts, Ameen.

I hear that if one recites Ayat al Kursi after every fard salah, then only death is keeping him/her from entering Jannah! Meaning, one can have an easier time attaining Jannah with this simple act of ibadah alone.

I am curious, what are the benefits of reciting Ayat al Kursi? Can you please narrate some of the Sahih and Hasan hadith that speak of such benefits?

Answer: Wa alaikum assalam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh,

I hope you are in the best of health and spirits, insha’Allah.

The narrations (hadith) that speak of the virtues, and benefits, of the verse of the Throne (ayat al-kursi) are numerous.

The Greatest Verse

Abu Huraira narrated that the Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him and give him peace) said, “Everything has its splendor, and the splendor of the Qur’an is Surah al-Baqara. In it is a verse which is the greatest verse of the Qur’an: Ayat al-Kursi.” [Tirmidhi]

The nobility, and superiority, of certain verses are due to that which they are indicating and pointing towards; and there is no doubt that the being of Allah, and His glorious attributes, is the greatest of meanings that can be pointed to.

Moreover, it tells us that Allah is One, Living, Self-sustaining, the King of kings, the Owner of the universe, supreme in dominion, and might, and absolutely exalted, beyond comparison. [Munawi, Fayd al-Qadir Sharh al-Jami` al-Saghir]

In addition, Imam Razi mentions in his Lawami` al-Bayyinat that some regarded al-Hayy al-Qayyum to be the supreme name of Allah.

Some of the Benefits of the Verse of the Throne (ayat al-kursi)

Amongst the benefits, which have been related, of reciting this verse include that which has been recorded by Imam Bukhari and Imam Tirmidhi, in their respective collections.

It is related that Abu Hurayra said, “The Messenger of God (Allah bless him and give him peace) put me in charge of guarding the alms (zakat) of Ramadan. Someone came to me and began to take handfuls of food. I grabbed him and said, ‘By Allah, I will take you to the Messenger of God!’ – and he mentioned the narration – “He said, ‘When you go to bed, recite the Throne verse (ayat al-kursi), and you will have someone guarding over you from Allah and Satan will not come near you until morning.’ The Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, ‘He told you the truth even though he is a liar. That was Satan.'” [Bukhari]

It is also related that Abu Huraira said, “The Messenger of God (Allah bless him and give him peace) said, ‘Whoever recites, when he wakes up, the chapter Ha Mim until [t: the verse ending] ilayhi al-masir and the Throne verse (ayat al-kursi) is protected, through them, until the evening; and whoever recites them at evening time is protected, through them, until morning.’” [Tirmidhi]

And Allah alone gives success.

Wassalam,

Tabraze Azam

Checked & Approved by Faraz Rabbani