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Qayloolah - Afternoon Siesta


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Qayloolah - Afternoon Siesta


Have you heard the hadith "Take a nap, for the shayaateen do not take naps"? (Tabaraani)

A short mid-day nap, which is called Qailoolah, this is a Sunnah of Nabi (S.A.W). It is not necessary to sleep, but rather to lie down during the daytime for some time to relax.

Another Hadith mentions that Nabi (S.A.W) said, "Sleeping early in the day betrays ignorance, in the middle of the day is right, and at the end of the day is foolish."(Fath Al-Bari, p.73).

Another Narration mentions, "We used to offer the Jumua Salah with Nabi (S.A.W) and then take the afternoon nap. (Al-Bukhari)
Ishaaq ibn 'Abd-Allah said: "Taking a nap is one of the deeds of good people. It revitalizes the heart and helps one to pray qiyaam al-layl."

"Relaxing once during the day is very conducive to total relaxation and sleep - once you crawl into bed for the night." [Kerner]

Previous research has shown that short daytime naps improve vigilance and cognitive functions, and are beneficial for memory consolidation. In particular, a nap as short as 10 min can improve alertness and performance for 2.5-4 hours. A recent study assessed the health effects of napping in 23,681 healthy Greek adults for an average of about six years. After controlling for potential confounders, the researchers concluded that those who napped at least three times weekly for about half an hour had 37% lower coronary mortality than those who did not nap

Insomnia is a medical problem affecting an increasing number of people nowadays, and is adding stress upon their stress. Practicing this Sunnah is a beneficial remedy to assist a person battling with insomnia. Resting for Qailulah is also helpful for staying up for Qiyam al-Layl (prayer in the night) Insha’Allah.

Doctor Geolick Oston, who has written many books writes, "If it was in my control I would close schools, factories etc and make everyone rest at this time as if this is observed then we would have less ill patients and people would be saved from many illnesses." The psychologist suggests that sleeping at this time refreshes the body, strengthening it and it is saved from many physical and mental illnesses.

Radio Islam 

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Q: What is the correct time for qailoolah? If a person rests even before zawal e.g. 11 am, would this also be considered qailoolah?



A: Qailoolah (siesta) generally refers to the afternoon nap (i.e. the time after midday). However according to some Ulama' it also refers to resting for a little while before midday.

And Allah Ta'ala (الله تعالى) knows best.

(باب القائلة بعد الجمعة ) أي هذا باب في القائلة بعد صلاة الجمعة والقائلة هي القيلولة وهي النوم بعد الظهيرة وقال ابن الأثير المقيل والقيلولة الاستراحة نصف النهار وإن لم يكن معها نوم يقال قال يقيل قيلولة فهو قائل (عمدة القاري 22/ 263)

( قوله باب القائلة بعد الجمعة ) أي بعد صلاة الجمعة وهي النوم في وسط النهار عند الزوال وما قاربه من قبل أو بعد قيل لها قائلة لأنها يحصل فيها ذلك وهي فاعلة بمعنى مفعولة مثل عيشة راضية ويقال لها أيضا القيلولة وأخرج بن ماجة وبن خزيمة من حديث بن عباس رفعه استعينوا على صيام النهار بالسحور وعلى قيام الليل بالقيلولة وفي سنده زمعة بن صالح وفيه ضعف وقد تقدم شرح حديث سهل المذكور في الباب في أواخر كتاب الجمعة وفيه إشارة إلى أنهم كانت عادتهم ذلك في كل يوم وورود الأمر بها في الحديث الذي أخرجه الطبراني في الأوسط من حديث أنس رفعه قال قيلوا فإن الشياطين لا تقيل وفي سنده كثير بن مروان وهو متروك وأخرج سفيان بن عيينة في جامعه من حديث خوات بن جبير رضي الله عنه موقوفا قال نوم أول النهار حرق وأوسطه خلق وآخره حمق وسنده صحيح (فتح الباري 11/ 72)

Answered by:

Mufti Zakaria Makada

Checked & Approved:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)

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