Isn’t it hard to leave the comfort and safety of our homes? We’ve all been there, gearing up for a journey, whether for work, studies, or a much-needed vacation. You might feel a tug in your heart as you step out, knowing that the journey ahead, no matter how exciting, is also unpredictable and full of risks.
Yet, as Muslims, we’re given a unique gift to navigate these challenges – the travelling duas. Like a beacon in the night, these prayers guide us when we set off, throughout our journey, and when we’re back in the warm embrace of home.
I’ve touched on the topic of Duas for travelling and their proper recitation in this article. These duas for safe travels are like our spiritual armour and serve as a soothing comfort to our souls. As Muslims, we recite these heartfelt prayers before we set off, during our journey, and as we step back into the safety of our homes.
Travelling Duas in Islam
In Islam, We have been taught by the Quran and Hadith to start every activity with a specific dua.
It’s talking to Allah through a dua or prayer, is like having a heart-to-heart with a friend who always guides and helps. It’s like starting a task with a secret weapon that ensures smooth success.
Each dua is not just a call for help but also a way of worshipping Allah and we get its benefit on the Day of Judgment (roz-e-Qiamat). So, a dua is beneficial for Muslims in their life on this planet and for life after death.
In Islam, there are specific duas or prayers, suggested for nearly every action we take, including unique prayers for travelling safely. These special prayers, known as travelling duas, are like our companions on every journey. Reciting these duas doesn’t just make the ride smoother, but it also fills your spiritual backpack with blessings for this world and the next.
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How to Recite Traveling Dua?
Performing a Dua, or prayer, in Islam doesn’t need any special preparations like wudu (ablution), usually done before prayers. However, as a Muslim, it is better to always remain neat and clean, including when you’re travelling.
Starting your journey? It’s an ideal time to offer your traveling dua. There is a set pattern for offering a Dua in Islam. It includes:
- Start with the name of Allah (S.W.T.)
- Recite the specific dua for that particular need
- End with durud (sending peace and blessings upon Prophet Muhammad ﷺ)
Remember, you can always recite the travelling dua straightaway if you prefer. This isn’t a strict rule, just a way to make your journey more blessed.
Best Duas for Travelling in English
There are many specific duas for travelling available in Quran and Hadith. Every dua is important and has its impact. Let’s explore some of the duas considered best for travelling.
1. Dua for specific modes of transport
The most popular dua for travelling is in Surah Az-Zukhruf, verse 13 and verse 14. This dua specifically deals with the mode of transport, requesting Allah’s help for safe travel.
“Glory be to the One Who has subjected these for us, for we could have never done so ˹on our own And surely to our Lord we will ˹all˺ return.”
2. Dua to Recite When Heading Out to a New City
Another very popular dua about safe travelling is from Quran’s Surah Al-Isra, verse 80. This dua is specific for leaving for another city.
And say, “My Lord! Grant me an honourable entrance and an honourable exit and give me a supporting authority from Yourself.”
3. Duaa to Recite When Stepping Out of Your Home
Another dua for travelling is from a Hadith, quoted by Al-Tirmazi. This dua is for leaving the house before travelling.
Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said, “Whoever says (upon leaving his house): ‘Bismillah, tawakkaltu ‘alallah, wa la hawla wa la quwwata illa billah [I begin with the Name of Allah; I trust in Allah; there is no altering of conditions but by the Power of Allah],’ it will be said to him: ‘You are guided, defended and protected.’ The devil will go far away from him.”
4. Dua to Recite Throughout the Journey and Upon Returning Home
Another dua from Hadith is quoted in the famous book of Hadith,“Sahi Al-Muslim.” It is recommended as a prayer during travelling and can be recited at any time during the journey. You can also recite this dua be recited again when you return from the journey.
“Allah is the Most Great. Allah is the Most Great. Allah is the Most Great. Glory is to Him Who has provided this for us though we could never have had it by our efforts. Surely, unto our Lord we are returning. O Allah, we ask You on this our journey for goodness and piety, and for works that are pleasing to You. O Allah, lighten this journey for us and make its distance easy for us. O Allah, You are our Companion on the road and the One in Whose care we leave our family. O Allah, I seek refuge in You from this journey’s hardships, and from the wicked sights in store and from finding our family and property in misfortune upon returning.”
5. Dua to recite when you reach your destination
When you reach your destination place and enter the temporary accommodation at that place, a dua for this particular time is quoted in “Sahi Al-Muslim” at serial number 2708a.
Khaula bint Hakim Sulamiyya reported:
“I heard Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) as saying: When anyone lands at a place, and then says:” I seek refuge in the Perfect Word of Allah from the evil of what He has created,” nothing would harm him until he marches from that stopping place.”
6. Dua to recite when you face trouble during travelling
If you face any difficulties or problems during travelling, a specific dua is quoted in Hadith book 9, Hadith 112
“He reported God’s messenger as saying, “If anyone continually asks pardon, God will appoint for him a way out of every distress and a relief from every anxiety, and will provide for him from where he did not reckon.” Ahmad, Abu Dawud and Ibn Majah transmitted it.”
7. Dua to recite when you return home safely
After a happy journey, recite this dua when you return home safely, quoted Sahi Muslim at serial number 217.
“From every elevated point say Allāhu Akbar (Allah is the Most Great) three times and then recite: None has the right to be worshipped but Allah alone, Who has no partner. His is the dominion and His is the praise, and He is Able to do all things. We return repentant to our Lord, worshipping our Lord, and praising our Lord. He fulfilled His Promise, He aided His slave, and He alone defeated the Confederates.”
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Traveling is like a book with different chapters of adventures, challenges, and experiences. No matter the uncertainties and risks, we embrace the journey. And yes, technology has made it safer and more comfortable than ever.
But there’s something special about being a Muslim traveller. We have travelling duas, like a spiritual GPS, guiding us through each pivotal moment of our journey. We believe these prayers help us navigate safely and return home soundly.
So, each time you buckle up for a journey, remember to recite these duas for safe travel. They’re more than just words; they’re your trust and faith in Allah Almighty.
Stay safe, stay blessed, and enjoy the journey under Allah’s watchful eyes. Safe travels!
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