What to recite when awakening in the middle of the night

Question

What is the authenticity of this narration?

Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said:

“The one who wakes up during the night and recites the following du’a

لاَ إِلَهَ إِلَّا اللَّهُ وَحْدَهُ لاَ شَرِيكَ لَهُ، لَهُ المُلْكُ وَلَهُ الحَمْدُ، وَهُوَ عَلَى كُلِّ شَيْءٍ قَدِيرٌ، الحَمْدُ لِلَّهِ، وَسُبْحَانَ اللَّهِ، وَلاَ إِلَهَ إِلَّا اللَّهُ، وَاللَّهُ أَكْبَرُ، وَلاَ حَوْلَ وَلاَ قُوَّةَ إِلَّا بِاللَّهِ

and thereafter says, ‘O Allah, forgive me’ or he makes any du’a, his du’a will be answered and if he makes wudu and performs Salah, his Salah will be accepted”

 

Answer

Imam Bukhari (rahimahullah) has recorded this narration in his Sahih. The Hadith is therefore authentic.

(Sahih Bukhari, Hadith: 1154)

 

Transliteration:

La ilaha illallahu wahdahu la sharika lahu lahul mulku wa lahul hamdu wa huwa ‘ala kulli shay-in qadir, Alhamdulillahi wa subhanallah wa la ilaha illallahu wallahu akbar wa la hawla wa quwwata illa billah

 

 

And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.

 

Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala

 

Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar,

This recital is very simple. One should endeavour to memorise it and remember to recite it whenever one is awakened in the middle of the night. In some narrations outside Bukhari, the Subhanallah appears before the Alhamdulillah [like is the common sequence]. One may recite whichever sequence is easy.

 

Checked by: Moulana Haroon Abasoomar