Three Companions [may Allah bless them] came one day to the wives of the Prophet to question them about his private life by saying, “How did the Prophet live? As they recounted elements of his private life, one of them said, “As for me, I do not marry women” (Pretending to observe celibacy). The second said, “As for me, I pray and I do not sleep,” and the third said, “As for me, I fast and I do not eat . ”
Having read their words, the Prophet praised Allāh, praised Him, and said, “I know Allah better than you, I fear him more than you, but at night I pray and sleep, day, I fast and eat, and I marry women. Whoever turns away from my tradition (Sunnah) is not mine.
Regarding sleep, since this is the subject that concerns us in this article, it is obvious that the human body needs it to relax. There is no point in wanting to deprive oneself of it all the time and claiming to get closer to Allah just by means of fatigue, especially if one is not used to it, the capacity or the exceptional gift. Too too much to pull on the rope, we risk just exhausted, without more benefit.
Great Masters such as Imam al-Ghazali and ‘Abd al-Qadir al-Jilani [may Allah be merciful to them] counseled the aspirants/disciples to sleep eight hours in twenty-four hours. On the other hand, for more efficiency, it may be wise to divide this time. Imam al-Ghazali said, “Know that night and a day are twenty-four hours. Do not sleep more than eight hours, because if you are sixty, that is enough to make you lose twenty, or one-third.
Recently, while advising people who have difficulty getting up for the Subh prayer, Sheykh Muhammad al-Yaqou’bi said, “Usually, you should not sleep continuously for more than 4 or 5 hours. So, if you go to bed (at 11 am maximum), then you should get up at 4 am without the help of anyone. If you sleep 7 or 8 hours in a row without getting up then there is something wrong with you. Sleep 3, 4, 5 hours, wake up, pray 2 rakaat and go to sleep again if you must, but do not sleep continuously. This should help you in the Subh prayer. If you wake up an hour or two before Subh, read Quran or do Dhikr, it will be considered as night worship, which is very profitable. ”