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Verses revealed while on Bed and verses revealed during sleep are part of the branches of Qur’anic sciences. As can clearly be inferred from the topic, verses revealed while on bed refers to those verses of the Glorious Qur’an whose revelation occurred to the holy Prophet Muhammad (may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) while he was lying down on the bed. Among such verses is the verse in which Allah says:

يَٰٓأَيُّهَا ٱلرَّسُولُ بَلِّغْ مَآ أُنزِلَ إِلَيْكَ مِن رَّبِّكَ ۖ وَإِن لَّمْ تَفْعَلْ فَمَا بَلَّغْتَ رِسَالَتَهُۥ ۚ وَٱللَّهُ يَعْصِمُكَ مِنَ ٱلنَّاسِ ۗ إِنَّ ٱللَّهَ لَا يَهْدِى ٱلْقَوْمَ ٱلْكَٰفِرِينَ

“O Messenger, convey what was revealed to you from your Lord. But if you do not, then you would not have delivered His message. And God will protect you from the people. God does not guide the disbelieving people.”  (Al-Maa’ida :67)

On the reason of the revelation of this verse, Aisha (May Allah be pleased with her) related that: “one night the holy Prophet could not sleep, then I said to him, O Messenger of Allah what is the matter wth you?, He said: “ wont some righteous man take guard over us this night?. Then lo and behold we heard the sound of weapons upon which he said: who is there? The it was said: Sa’ad and Hudhaifa, (  they said) we came to keep guard of you. Then he (messenger of Allah peace and blessings be upon him) slept until I heard his snoring, then this verse was revealed, then the Messenger of Allah brought his heard from the tent and said: “ oh people you may go for Allah has granted me protection” in one report :he said Oh Uncle! (referring to Sa’ad) “ Allah has protected me against (the harm) of Jinkind and Mankind” (Sahih Muslim& others)

Verses revealed during sleep on the other hand are those verses revealed when the Messenger of Allah was asleep. An example of such verses is the chapter of al-kawthar, as reported by Anas (may Allah be please with him) that; once we were with the Messenger of Allah (may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him) when he slightly fell asleep, he shortly woke up and smiles. We said: “ what makes the Messenger of Allah to laugh? He said a chapter was revealed to me a while ago, he then recited it:

بِسْمِ ٱللَّهِ ٱلرَّحْمَٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ

إِنَّآ أَعْطَيْنَٰكَ ٱلْكَوْثَرَ

فَصَلِّ لِرَبِّكَ وَٱنْحَرْ

إِنَّ شَانِئَكَ هُوَ ٱلْأَبْتَرُ

In the name of God, the Gracious, the Merciful

 We have given you plenty.

So pray to your Lord and sacrifice

 He who hates you is the loser.”

(Reported by Sahih Muslim) Imam Rafi’e said: “they (the companions) understood from this hadith that this chapter was revealed during such sleep.


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