We have the hadith

... Whenever you go to bed perform ablution like that for the prayer ... -- Sahih al-Bukhari 247 (sunnah.com); see also Sahih Muslim 2710 a (sunnah.com)

However, sleeping (or, at least, deep sleep) is regarded as invalidating wudu (see e.g. Islam Q&A, Darul Ifta Birmingham). Hence the question:

Question: If sleeping invalidates wudu, why are we encouraged to do wudu before sleeping?

Sahih al-Bukhari continues "...if you die on that very night, you will die with faith..." and Sahih Muslim instead says "...you would die upon Fitra...". This seems to attribute a high value to an invalidated wudu, and it makes me think any prior wudu should suffice. But I feel like I'm missing something here.

  • One reason is that it is the sunnah of the Prophet.
    – Medi1Saif
    Commented Jun 1, 2017 at 7:58
  • It's recommended for all times. During sleep, your soul is still active. You're not dead. It kinda changes your mindset before you go to sleep. Imagine if you just watched a TV show and went to sleep or you made wudu and became thoughtful of your hereafter...remembered your sins and told yourself I must do better and later in sleep you asked Allah to make you better...But yes I see the circularity of it.
    – Thaqalain
    Commented Jun 1, 2017 at 15:34

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It is a recommended Sunnah to sleep in a state of ritual purity.

[Shurunbulali, Maraqi al-Falah]

There are 5 benefits of sleeping with Wudhoo:

  • Angels would pray for you (make dua)

The Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him and give him peace) said,

“When you go to bed, you should perform the ablution (wudu) for the prayer, and then lay down on your right side. Then say, ‘O Allah, I have turned my face to You and I have surrendered my self to You and I have committed my back to You out of fear and desire for You. There is no place of safety or refuge from You except with You. I have believed in Your book which You revealed and Your Prophet whom You sent.’ If you die that night, you will die in fitra (natural state). And make these the last words you utter.'” [Bukhari]

This means that the angels will pray for you.

As for the angels praying for you, this too has been related. It is reported that the Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him and give him peace) said,

“Purify these bodies, and Allah will purify you. There is not a slave who spends his night in a state of purification except that an angel spends the night besides him. And whenever the slave turns over during the night, the angel says: ‘O Allah, forgive Your slave, for he went to sleep in a state of purification.’” [Tabarani, al-Mu`jam al-Kabir], (Al-Mu’jamul Awsat of Tabarani, Hadith: 5087)

  • The soul will make sajdah under the ‘Arsh (Throne) of Allah Most High.

Sayyiduna Abud Darda (radiyallahu ’anhu) has said:

‘When a person sleeps, his soul (ruh) rises to the throne (‘Arsh) of Allah. If he slept with wudu, the soul is permitted to make sajdah (by the ‘Arsh of Allah). If he slept in the state of impurity, permission for sajdah is refused.’

(Kitabuz Zud of Ibnul Mubarak, Hadith: 1245. Also see: Fathul Bari, Hadith: 1149)

  • The reward of engaging in salah and dhikr the entire night.

Imam Abu Murayah Al ‘Ijli (Allah’s mercy be upon him) said:

‘Whoever retires to bed in the state of wudu and falls off to sleep while engaging in the dhikr of Allah Most High, his bed will be regarded as a Masjid. He will receive the reward of being in salah and dhikr until he awakens.’

The narration is suitable to quote as reported.

(Musannaf ‘Abdur Razzaq, Hadith: 19837 and Fathul Bari, Hadith: 6311)

  • Be raised on the day of Qiyamah with Wudu

The ‘Ulama state that one of the primary reasons for sleeping with wudu is to prepare for death.

Sayyiduna Ibn ‘Abbas (Allah be pleased with them) advised:

‘Ensure that you spend the nights in wudu, for the souls will be raised in the condition [of purity] that they were taken in.’

(Musannaf ‘Abdur Razzaq, see Fathul Bari, Hadith: 6312 and ‘Umdatul Qari, Hadith: 247)

  • Protection from nightmares

Hafiz Ibn Hajar (Allah’s mercy be upon him) writes:

‘One who sleeps with wudu will see better dreams.’

(Fathul Bari, Hadith: 6311)

Shaykhul Hadith Moulana Muhammad Zakariyya Kandehlawi (Allah’s mercy be upon him) says:

‘One who sleeps with wudu is saved from bad dreams.’

(Taqrir Bukhari 2/78)

To summarise, the following benefits of sleeping with wudhoo are:

  • Angels making dua for you
  • The soul will make sajdah under the ‘Arsh (Throne) of Allah Most High
  • The reward of engaging in salah and dhikr the entire night
  • Be raised on the day of Qiyamah with Wudu
  • Protection from nightmares

And Allah knows best.

Source: MuslimVillage.com

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