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Which side of the bed should husband & wife sleep on?

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Nasihah (Advice): Wudhu before sleeping:

It is narrated from Abdullah bin Umar Radhiyallahu Anhu that the Messenger of Allah Sallallaahu Alayhi Wa Sallam said, “Purify these bodies, and Allah will purify you. Whenever a person spends his night in a state of purification, an angel spends his night within his (the person’s) hair and he does not turn over during the night except that he [the angel] says: O Allah, forgive Your slave, for he went to sleep in a state of purification.”  (Tabrani)


Question and Answer:

Q.I have heard that when you get married, is there a certain manner and side of which husband and wife should sleep on the bed?

(Questions published as received)

A.  There is no specific mention in the Qur’an or Hadith as to which side of the bed the husband and wife should sleep on. The positions may be mutually agreed upon.

Yes, the Sunnah method of sleeping is to dust the bed thrice before getting into bed and to sleep on the right side with the cheek resting on the right palm and the left hand on ones side.

And Allah Knows Best

Mufti Suhail Tarmahomed

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