Muhammad, under inspiration from Allah, said that upon awakening, one must blow his nose three times to rid himself of the Devil, who spends the night in a man’s nostrils (Sahih Bukhari, IV, 516; Muslim I, 462). This is God’s Holy Word, the foundation of the one true religion? In fact, falling asleep can be very dangerous for a Muslim. Muhammad said that “Yawning is from Satan” (Bukhari IV, 509). As for Muslims who fall asleep while praying, the prophet said Satan urinates in their ears (Ibid., II:245). Furthermore, one must be very careful not to turn one’s eyes up when praying. Abu Haraira heard the prophet say, “People should avoid lifting their eyes towards the sky while supplicating in prayer, otherwise their eyes would be snatched away” (Muslim I, 863). Moreover, apparently Allah does not accept prayer from those who have bad breath from eating onions or garlic. We have the word of the prophet for that, who said on more than one occasion, “Whoever has eaten garlic or onion…should not come near our mosque” (Bukhari, 1:812-15; VII:363-63).
On the positive side, Muhammad had a remedy even for those in hell. Passing by two graves one day, Islam’s founding prophet stopped, took a green date-palm leaf, split it, and put half on each grave. “‘O Allah’s Apostle! Why have you done so?’ people asked. Muhammad replied, ‘I hope that their punishment [in hell] may be lessened until they [i.e., the palm leaves] become dry’”(Ibid. II:443). Women should be especially concerned, however, because Muhammad claimed that he had been given a look into hell, and most of its inhabitants were women (Ibid. I:28, 301; II:161).