Al-Kāfi - Volume 3 > One Who Goes to Sleep Before Performing Salah (Prayer) or Forgets
Hadith #9

9ـ مُحَمَّدُ بْنُ يَحْيَى عَنْ أَحْمَدَ بْنِ مُحَمَّدٍ عَنْ عَلِيِّ بْنِ النُّعْمَانِ عَنْ سَعِيدٍ الأعْرَجِ قَالَ سَمِعْتُ أَبَا عَبْدِ الله (عَلَيْهِ الْسَّلام) يَقُولُ نَامَ رَسُولُ الله (صلّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَآلِه) عَنِ الصُّبْحِ وَالله عَزَّ وَجَلَّ أَنَامَهُ حَتَّى طَلَعَتِ الشَّمْسُ عَلَيْهِ وَكَانَ ذَلِكَ رَحْمَةً مِنْ رَبِّكَ لِلنَّاسِ أَ لاَ تَرَى لَوْ أَنَّ رَجُلاً نَامَ حَتَّى تَطْلُعَ الشَّمْسُ لَعَيَّرَهُ النَّاسُ وَقَالُوا لاَ تَتَوَرَّعُ لِصَلَوَاتِكَ فَصَارَتْ أُسْوَةً وَسُنَّةً فَإِنْ قَالَ رَجُلٌ لِرَجُلٍ نِمْتَ عَنِ الصَّلاَةِ قَالَ قَدْ نَامَ رَسُولُ الله (صلّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَآلِه) فَصَارَتْ أُسْوَةً وَرَحْمَةً رَحِمَ الله سُبْحَانَهُ بِهَا هَذِهِ الأمَّةَ.

9. Muhammad ibn Yahya has narrated from Ahmad ibn Muhammad from Ali ibn al-Nu‘man from Sa‘id al-‘Araj who has said the following: “I once heard abu ’Abd Allah, ‘Alayhi al-Salam, say, ‘The Messenger of Allah remained sleeping during the time of the morning Salah (prayer) and Allah, most Majestic, most Glorious, made him to remain sleeping until sunrise and this was a blessing from Him for the people. Consider, when one remains sleeping until sunrise, people reproach him saying, “You do not avoid sins in matters of Salah (prayer).” This became a Sunnah, tradition and guideline. If one man says to another man, “You remained sleeping during the time of Salah (prayer), he can respond saying, ‘the Messenger of Allah also remained sleeping.’” Thus, it became a Sunnah and guideline and a blessing, which Allah, most Glorious, granted this nation.’”