"Allah receiveth (men's) souls at the time of their death, and that (soul) which dieth not (yet) in its sleep. He keepeth that (soul) for which He hath ordained death and dismisseth the rest till an appointed term. Lo! herein verily are portents for people who take thought."
Surah Az Zumar , Chapter 39 : 42, from The Noble Qur'an...
No small wonder the ever careful practitioner, in the the tradition of his Prophet before his night sojourn, with heart full of trepidation and hope, would routinely read the four 'Kuls',followed by the 'Fatihah ' and finally 'washed further with a short rendition of 'The Lord of The Throne'[ Ayatul Kursi,al Baqarah 2 : 255 ].Then lastly a final repeat of The Shahadah.
Some more careful at heart would even recite as a preamble,nightly, without fail,a complete rendition of Surah Al Waqiah [ chapter 59 ], and Surah al Mulk [ chapter 67 ]. This, also a tradition of The Last Prophet.
But why not?
Our very own souls leave our lifeless sleep-bound bodies to be with our Lord 'for temporary safe keeping' during our nightly sojourn. Sleep is transient 'death'. If for some, the souls are held back, it is 'curtain' for the uninitiated and the secular minded, the end of this universe so to speak.THE END. End of story. Fullstop...
To the careful practitioner, this would herald the 'beginning of a new beginning'...." Ma Rabbuka....Who is thy Lord? ".From 'unreality to reality. From this 'unreal' world of matter without mass, to that 'real' world of souls without words...Alam Barzakh.
For some of them , they sleep in fits, waking up in the middle of the night, in remembrance of their Lord:
"Is he who payeth adoration in the watches of the night, prostrate and standing, bewaring of the Hereafter and hoping for the mercy of his Lord, (to be accounted equal with a disbeliever)? Say (unto them, O Muhammad): Are those who know equal with those who know not? But only men of understanding will pay heed."
Az Zumar , 39 : 9
How succinct. If just some of our movers and shakers of society, first ladies and last ladies of this planet; mega 'pirates and robbers' of the world; prime ministers and presidents of nations; kings and princes;... could just read and comprehend The Divine Letters.... This whole world would be a much more tolerable place for everyone. Rich and poor, black and white, brown and yellow. To live and share the bounties, pearls and gem and all, without any precondition.
Sadly this is just an utopian dream. One final day this 'unreal world' will crumble when the trumpet is blown..the veil will be removed....
"And the trumpet is blown, and all who are in the heavens and all who are in the earth swoon away, save him whom Allah willeth. Then it is blown a second time, and behold them standing waiting! (68) And the earth shineth with the light of her Lord, and the Book is set up, and the prophets and the witnesses are brought, and it is judged between them with truth, and they are not wronged. (69) And each soul is paid in full for what it did. And He is best aware of what they do. (70)"
Az Zumar , 39 : 68-70