It is inevitable that during the “holidays”, even the ones that I don’t celebrate, that I often think about my family. Sadly, I did not get a chance to visit my parents but I was reminded last night of two things: 1) a “du’ah” my mother taught me as a young child (my mother would sing “Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep” every night as a child and then we’d say our prayers and go to sleep) and 2) the du’ah the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم teaches before bed time. It was a really nice bringing together of something from my past and having it coincide with Islam, my chosen religion (as the Qur’an says, نَزَّلَ عَلَيْكَ الْكِتَابَ بِالْحَقِّ مُصَدِّقًا لِمَا بَيْنَ يَدَيْهِ وَأَنْزَلَ التَّوْرَاةَ وَالْإِنْجِيلَ/”[God] has sent down the Book to you with truth, confirming what was there before it. And He sent down the Torah and the Gospel.”1)
أَنَّ النَّبِيَّ صلى الله عليه وسلم قَالَ لَهُ ” أَلاَ أُعَلِّمُكَ كَلِمَاتٍ تَقُولُهَا إِذَا أَوَيْتَ إِلَى فِرَاشِكَ فَإِنْ مُتَّ مِنْ لَيْلَتِكَ مُتَّ عَلَى الْفِطْرَةِ وَإِنْ أَصْبَحْتَ أَصْبَحْتَ وَقَدْ أَصَبْتَ خَيْرًا تَقُولُ اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي أَسْلَمْتُ نَفْسِي إِلَيْكَ وَوَجَّهْتُ وَجْهِي إِلَيْكَ وَفَوَّضْتُ أَمْرِي إِلَيْكَ رَغْبَةً وَرَهْبَةً إِلَيْكَ وَأَلْجَأْتُ ظَهْرِي إِلَيْكَ لاَ مَلْجَأَ وَلاَ مَنْجَا مِنْكَ إِلاَّ إِلَيْكَ آمَنْتُ بِكِتَابِكَ الَّذِي أَنْزَلْتَ وَبِنَبِيِّكَ الَّذِي أَرْسَلْتَ
Prophet said to him: “Should I not teach you some words to say when you go to your bed, so if you died, you will die upon the Fitrah, and if you reach the morning, you will reach it in good? You say: ‘O Allah, verily, I submit myself to You, and I turn my face to You, and I entrust my affair to You, hoping in Your and fearing in You. And I lay myself down depending upon You, there is no refuge [nor escape] from You except to You. I believe in Your Book which You have revealed, and in Your Prophet whom You have sent.”
Transliteration of the du’ah: (Allahumma Inni Aslamtu Nafsi Ilaika Wa Wajjahtu Wajhi Ilaika, Wa Fawwadtu Amri Ilaika, Raghbatan Wa Rahbatan Ilaika Wa Alja’tu Zahri Ilaika, La Malja [Wa La Manja] Minka Illa Ilaik. Amantu Bikitabikal-ladhi Anzalta Wa Binabiyyikal-ladhi Arsalt)
The hadith can be found in numerous locations, quoting here from al-Bara’ bin ‘Azib. Collected in al-Tirmidhi (sahih). I look forward to teaching my daughter both of them.
1. Qur’an, Al ‘Imran (3), verse 3.