Listening to the Qur’an with the intention to fall asleep.
In the name of Allah, the most Beneficent, the most Merciful.
It is narrated by Saaiduna Umar Bin Khattab Radiallahu Anhu that he said: “I heard the Prophet of Allah Sallallahu Alahi Wasalam say: “Actions are only according to intentions, and to each only what he intended. Whoever emigrates towards Allah and His Messenger, his emigration is towards God and His Messenger; whoever emigrates for the attainment of a worldly goal or in order to marry a woman, then his emigration is only towards what he emigrated to.” (Sahih Bukhari & Sahih Muslim)
Furthermore, there are narrations from Sahih Bukhari and Sahih Muslim where the Prophet of Allah Sallallahu Alahi Wasalam requested Saaiduna Abdullah Ibn Masud Radiallahu Anhu and Saaiduna Ubay Bin Kaab Radiallahu Anhu to read portions of the Holy Qur’an to him. This shows the virtue of listening to the Holy Qur’an as a person could contemplate on the wordings and commentary of the verses. (Mazahirul Haqq p.56 v.3)
From the aforementioned discussion we can derive that it is very good and spiritual to listen to the Holy Qur’an. However, when you are listening to the Holy Qur’an it should be done with the intention to contemplate on the words and not to enable you to go to sleep. It is permissible for you listen to the Holy Qur’an before you go to sleep, but make the intention of contemplating on the words and not to go to sleep. If you then fall asleep then it will be permissible
Only Allah Knows Best
Mohammed Tosir Miah
Darul Ifta Birmingham.