Sleep is one of the signs and blessings of Allah which is mentioned in the Qur'an.
Allah gave us sleep as a time of rest and recovery. Sleep makes us humble and reminds us that we are not invincible. Even if we are the most powerful person in the world, we still have to sleep and be vulnerable when we sleep.
Sleep is a time when we can keep away from sins, and we can be thankful to Allah to have that time. It is also a reminder of death and the resurrection, for those who pay attention to it and ponder it.
Sleep has been praised by Imam Rida (A): "Sleep is the sultan of the brain, the foundation of the body, and its strength."
Of course this praise is not for excessive sleep. It is not good to sleep excessively (beyond what one needs) or to live in such a way that all one cares about is eating and sleeping or to sleep just out of laziness. Still, a normal amount of sleep can be considered a part of worship (especially in the month of Ramadan), and what is normal or required varies from person to person and at different ages of our lives.
Sleep is part of the natural cycle, and virtually all animals sleep. They sleep at the correct time for their species and are awake at the correct time for their species.
Sometimes it is valuable to reduce sleep for the sake of worship, and of course there is nothing wrong with being awake because one needs to be awake, one wants to be awake, or one simply can't sleep. And of course it is good to be awake on laylat al qadr, etc. But in general in order to be a healthy functioning person, it is good to get the amount of sleep that one needs. I think in general, in industrialized/urban areas, there is much more of a tendency to get not enough sleep (especially in the age of electronics and television) rather than to oversleep.
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Allah has created the night so that people may better rest and sleep. It is advisable to sleep in the first part of the night and not to go to sleep too late. There are some exceptions in certain days of the year or in relation to certain acts like seeking knowledge and reading the Qur'an. However generally speaking, the believer is not advised to stay awake an amount of time that would weaken his body or psychological state for salat al-layl, salat al-fajr or his daily commitments. Every person needs to adjust their timetable according to their situations and not necessarily sleeping less tantamount to lack of piety.
Having said that, sleeping too much is undesirable. To cut oversleeping habits, it is advisable to pray salat al-fajr as soon as the time enter and not fall asleep after it. If the body gets too tired by not sleeping enough in the morning, it is recommended to sleep a little in the middle of the day.
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Tawheed al-Mufadhdhal is very good book in this regard. You can find it in the internet.
If they are not sure that the dead body was given Ghusl of Mayyit, they should preform Ghusl of touching the dead body (Ghusl of Mass-e- Mayyit) which is like any other Ghusl.
It not allowed in Islam to keep a dead body with out burying it.
It have been confirmed that the body of Shaheed (martyr) and many pious believers remain fresh and never decay. Hundreds of such cases are registered in many countries when their graves were accidentally broken after long time and they bodies were found fresh. There are books written in this subject mentioning details of many similar cases.
Thank you for your question. There is no problem in manscaping any area of the body by yourself.
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Islamic rules are for all human beings every where and every time. Living in the West or East of the Earth does not change the rules.
It is not allowed for Muslim men to look at uncovered parts of body or hair of non Mahram females.
A ghusl itself should not take you more than a minute or two. Please keep in mind that when one excessively doubts and repeats their act multiple times, this will lead to waswasah, and simple things will become very difficult.
Please watch this tutorial on ghusl:
Also, on the topic of waswasah, watch this lesson:
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No, it is sufficient to perform Ghusl al-Janabah with a single pitcher of water. It is better to balance the concern over washing everything with the concern of not wasting water. Remember that Islam came from the desert! And in most of human history people didn't have showers. Also, maybe it is not good for your skin to take very long showers.
Of course, please don't start worrying that you are committing a sin by washing too much or using too much water! Just keep in mind that Islam is meant to be easy and that Allah is forgiving; as long as you are trying to do it correctly, He is not going to punish you if you accidentally miss one small spot, and eventually you will do another ghusl for one reason or another and that spot will be taken care of.
The soul will continue on its journey to the next phase of its existence, whether or not the body is buried. If it were necessary for a body to be buried in order for the soul to progress, the earth would be packed with lost souls since so many people throughout time have died and have not had burials!
However, it is likely that performing the appropriate funeral rites may ease the transition into the next phase of existence.
If you are concerned about someone's soul, you could pray for it.
These four quotations from historical sources should help answer this question.
Al-Hakim, in his al-Mustadrak, states that the Prophet kept confiding in 'Ali till the time of his death. Then he breathed his last.
When the body of the Prophet (s) was being given ghusl, according to Tarikh al-Khamis, al-’Abbas, Fadhl and Qutham turned the body of the Prophet (s) from one side to the other as Usamah and Shaqran poured water over it. All of them were blind-folded.
Ibn Sa'd narrates in his al-Tabaqat from Imam 'Ali that the Prophet had so enjoined that if anyone except himself ('Ali) had given him the funeral bath, he would have gone blind.
Ibn ‘Abd al-Barr, in his al-Isti'ab, quotes 'Abdullah ibn 'Abbas as saying that 'Ali had four such exceptional honours to his credit as none of us had, and he listed them all, the fourth being that he was the only person who gave the Prophet his funeral bath and lowered him in his grave.
Thank you for your question. The body, mind and ruh are all levels of the human soul. The body is the manifests the of the soul on the material plane. The mind is the manifestation of the soul comprising a number of levels and the ruh is a deeper aspect of the soul. They are affected by each other and this is most clearly observed in the mind, which receives information from the bodily senses and inspiration from the ruh.
May you always be successful