Hadith on Moderation: Pause Prayer if Sleepiness Strikes

📖Sahih Muslim 786
‘A’isha reported Allah’s Apostle (ﷺ) as saying: When anyone amongst you dozes in prayer, he should sleep, till sleep is gone, for when one of you prays while dozing he does not know whether he may be asking pardon or vilifying himself.

  • This hadith in Sahih Muslim 786 advises that if a person becomes too sleepy during prayer, they should discontinue their prayer and sleep until their drowsiness subsides. This guidance applies to all individuals, including those with health problems. If someone is experiencing a health condition that causes extreme drowsiness or sleepiness, it is important for them to prioritize their health and well-being. In such cases, it is advisable for individuals to seek medical advice and follow the prescribed treatment plan to manage their condition effectively. If the health condition or medication causes them to become excessively sleepy during prayer, it is permissible and encouraged for them to delay the prayer until they are in a better state to perform it with attentiveness and focus. This guidance ensures that individuals can fulfill their religious obligations while also taking care of their physical and mental well-being. Islam emphasizes the importance of being fully present and attentive during prayer, and it acknowledges that praying while in a state of extreme drowsiness may lead to unintentional mistakes or inappropriate actions. By prioritizing rest and seeking appropriate medical attention when needed, individuals can ensure that they can engage in prayer with the appropriate level of focus and devotion.