The Muslim is Forgiven Whilst he Sleeps


Umm ad-Dardaa’ said, “Abud-Dardaa’ stood up one night to pray. He was weeping while saying, ‘O Allah! You perfected my physical form, so perfect my character!’ until morning. 

 I said, ‘O Abud-Dardaa’, your only supplication for the entire night was for good character!’

He replied, ‘O Umm ad-Dardaa’- the Muslim perfects his character until his good character takes him to Paradise. And he corrupts his character until his bad character takes him to the Fire. The Muslim is forgiven while he is asleep.’ 

 I asked, ‘O Abud-Dardaa’, how can a Muslim be forgiven while he is asleep?’

 He said, ‘His brother wakes up at night and performs tahajjud and supplicates and is answered. He supplicates for his Muslim brother and his request is answered.'”
[al-Adab al-Mufrad , #290] 

This is in accordance with the hadith where the prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم  said,

The supplication of a Muslim for his brother in his absence will certainly be answered. Everytime he makes a supplication for good for his brother, the angel appointed for this particular task says: `Ameen! May it be for you, too’.” [Muslim].



Filed under Du`aa - Allah Always Answers., Polishing The Heart

6 responses to “The Muslim is Forgiven Whilst he Sleeps

  1. hamid

    Assalamualaikum warahmatullah.

    Ya rabbi,my sins are great,but a small amount of your forgiveness is greater than them.Ya rabbi forgive the greatness of my sins with a little of your mercy.


  2. CCC

    People with good characters stand out from the crowd, they way the moon stands out from the stars


  3. sayyidoon


    Allaahumma Ij’alnaa Minhum


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  5. renfeer

    How rare are those who wake up in the middle of night & yet even rarer are those who wake up then & invoke for their brothers……….fortunate are the ones who can find a few or atleast even ”one” with that calibre…….

    Just remembered the famous saying of Ali radhiyAllaahu anhu:
    “Unfortunate is he who cannot gain a few sincere friends during his life and seven times unfortunate is the one who has gained them and then lost them.”


  6. Thank you for sharing the beautiful saying of `Ali رضي الله عنه


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