Falling Asleep During the Khutbah

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Falling asleep during Khutbah

This ḥadīth is found in Sunan Abū Dāwūd, and in other places[1], in the ‘Book of Prayer. Chapter: If a man becomes drowsy while the Imām is delivering the sermon.’

Ibn ʿUmar (may Allah be pleased with him) narrated that the Messenger of Allāh (peace and blessings be upon him) said,

“If one of you becomes drowsy[2] when in the Masjid, then let him move from his place of sitting to another place.”[3]

[1] The version of the hadith found in Sunan al-Tirmidhī is, “If one of you becomes sleepy on the day of Jumʿah, then let him move from his place of sitting.” Ṣaḥīḥ Sunan al-Tirmidhī (no. 526)

Refer to al-Ṣaḥīḥah (no. 468) of Shaykh Albānī.

[2] The Darussalam print rendered into English by Yāsir Qādhi and reviewed by Abū Khalīl translated the word نعس to mean yawn. This is incorrect; and unfortunately the English reader maybe mislead to actually move from his seat every time he yawns and this is not the intent – and Allāh knows best. Ibn Athīr mentions in Gharīb al-Ḥadīth that النعاس refers to slumber and the initial stages of sleep.

[3] Ṣaḥīḥ: This ḥadīth was declared to be Ṣaḥīḥ by Shaykh al-Albānī in Ṣaḥīḥ Sunan Abū Dāwūd (no. 1025).

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