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Sleeping on one’s stomach due to a medical condition

Fatwaa ID: 1783

Asalam alaykum
I heard of a hadith the shaytan sleeps in the position of lying down on stomach. If a person has a herniated disc in his or her spine and sleeping on the stomach helps with the pain. Then is it permissible for such a person to sleep in such a position without incurring a sin

In the Name of Allaah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.
As-salaamu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullaahi wa-barakaatuh.

The Shari’ah has regarded lying down on one’s stomach as an abhorrent act. It is also harmful for one’s body. Rasulullaah ﷺ advised that this is a position that Allaah Ta’aala dislikes and it is also the position of the people in Hellfire. However, if a person has a medical condition like the above, then there is no problem or reprehension. He may sleep in the manner that he is comfortable in.

And Allaah Ta’aala knows best.
Mufti Muajul I. Chowdhury
Darul Iftaa New York

03/11/1445 AH – 09/27/2023 CE | AMG1-3471

وصل اللهم وسلم وبارك على سيدنا محمد وعلى ءاله وصحبه أجمعين


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