Qailulah is the short nap (forty winks) some time after midday. It is a nap encouraged by Nabi صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَم .
There are many benefits in qailulah. In fact in every act commanded by اللَّه سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَى there are benefits for man.
The Creator is fully aware of the requirements of the physical body and the celestial soul. All acts of Islamic ibaadat have been devinely designed for providing considerable benefit to both the body and the soul.
Furthermore, although these acts are for our own benefit, اللَّه سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَى in His kindess and mercy rewards us when these acts are executed with the intention of ibaadat.
With regard to qailulah, it is narrated in the Hadith:
– Take a nap (i.e. Qailulah), for verily, shaitaan does not make qailulah
– The nap at midday increases intelligence.
– Seek aid with the food of Sehri for the fast of the day, and with qailulah for the Salaat of the night.(Tahajjud)
The Mashaaikh say that qailulah without performance of Tahajjud is like Sehri without fasting. Qailulah is at any time after midday preferably before Zuhr salaat.
Even western researchers claim that there is considerable benefit in the afternoon nap. In a recent press report, it is mentioned:
“They found snoozing for just one hour in the day is enough to increase the brain’s ability to learn new facts in the hours that follow.
Medical researchers have shown that power naps not only refresh the mind, they also make people smarter.
Dr. Matthew Walker, a psychologist at the University of California, who led the study said: “Sleep not only rights the wrong of prolonged wakefulness, but at a neuro-cognitive level, it moves you beyond where you were before you took a nap.”
Modern science are only discovering new beneficial phenomenas which was devinely commanded by اللَّه سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَى and taught to us by Nabi صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَم more than 1400 years ago. How fortunate is this Ummah.