Explanation of the Hadeeth Separate their Sleeping Arrangements 

Posted on February 7, 2015

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Question:
May Allaah treat you well. As it relates to the statement:

وفرقوا بينهم في المضاجع

And separate their sleeping arrangements.

Does this refer to the male and female siblings or does it include males being separated from (other) males?

Shaykh Sulaymaan Ar-Ruhaylee
Answer:

“Command them to pray at seven and beat them for it at ten, and separate their sleeping arrangements.” Some of the people of knowledge said that it means separate the male from the female; while some said that it is inclusive of both. That which is apparent to me, and Allaah knows best, is that there is a separation between the male and the female and there is another separation between the males. As for the separation between the male and the female it is to separate the bed as well as the room. So they are to be in separate rooms. So the female is not to sleep with her male siblings.
As for the separation between males, then it is to separate their beds. So they are not to sleep in the same bed. So the Hadeeth is general, and for each there is a separation that it appropriate for them, and Allaah knows best.

Translated by Raha ibn Donald Batts
Rabi Al-Akhar 12, 1436/February 1, 2015

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