Du’as (Supplications) During Travel

Du’a Before Leaving The House

Narrated from Anas ibn Maalik (may Allah be pleased with him), according to which the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Whoever says – i.e., when he leaves his house –

بِسْمِ اللهِ ، تَوَكَّلْـتُ عَلى اللهِ وَلا حَوْلَ وَلا قُـوَّةَ إِلاّ بِالله

Bismillaah, tawakkaltu ‘ala Allaah, wa laa hawla wa laa quwwata illa Billaah 

(In the name of Allah, I put my trust in Allah and there is no power and no strength except with Allah)” 

it will be said to him: You are taken care of and you are protected and guided, and the devils will move away from him, and one devil says: What can you do with a man who has been guided, taken care of and protected?

[Narrated by Abu Dawood (5095) and al-Tirmidhi (3462); classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Saheeh Abi Dawood] 

Du’a Before Setting Off On A Journey

It was narrated from ‘Abd-Allaah ibn ‘Umar (may Allah be pleased with him) that when the Messenger of Allah (Peace and Blessings of Allah be upon him) mounted his camel to set out on a journey, he would say:

اللَّهُ أَكْبَرُ، اللَّهُ أَكْبَرُ، اللَّهُ أَكْبَرُ سُبْحَانَ الَّذِي سَخَّرَ لَنَا هَذَا وَمَا كُنَّا لَهُ مُقْرِنِينَ وَإِنَّا إِلَى رَبِّنَا لَمُنْقَلِبُونَ، اللَّهُمَّ إِنَّا نَسْأَلُكَ فِي سَفْرِنَا هَذَا الْبِرَّ وَالتَّقْوَى ، وَمِنَ الْعَمَلِ مَا تَرْضَى ، اللَّهُمَّ هَوَّنْ عَلَيْنَا سَفْرِنَا هَذَا وَاطْوَعَّنَّا بَعْدهُ ، اللَّهُمَّ أَنْتَ الصَّاحِبُ فِي السَّفَرِ، وَالْخَلِيفَةُ فِي الأَهْلِ، اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي أَعُوْذُ بِكَ مِنْ وَعْثَاءِ السَّفَرِ، وَكآبَةِ الْمَنْظَرِ وَسُوءِ المُنْقَلَبِ فِي الْمَالِ وَالأَهْلِ + آيِبُونَ تَائْبُونَ عَابِدُونَ لِرَبِّنَا حَامِدُونَ

“Allahu akbar, Allahu akbar, Allahu akbar. Subhaan allathi sakhkhara lana hadha wa ma kunna lahu muqrineen wa inna ila rabbina la munqaliboon. Allaahumma inna nas’aluka fi safarina haadha al-birra wa’l-taqwa wa min al-‘aml ma tarda, Allaahumma hawwin ‘alayna safarana haadha watwi ‘anna bu’dahu. Allaahumma anta al-saahib fi’l-safar wa’l-khaleefah fi’l-ahl. Allaahumma inni a’oodhu bika min wa’tha’ al-safar wa ka’aabat al-manzar wa su’ al-munqalib fi’l-maali wa’l-ahl

(Glory be to the One Who has placed this (transport) at our service and we ourselves would not have been capable of that, and to our Lord is our final destiny. O Allah, we ask You for righteousness and piety in this journey of ours, and we ask You for deeds which please You. O Allah, facilitate our journey and let us cover its distance quickly. O Allah, You are the Companion on the journey and the Successor (the One Who guards them in a person’s absence) over the family. O Allah, I seek refuge with You from the difficulties of travel, from having a change of heart and from being in a bad predicament, and I seek refuge with You from an ill-fated outcome with regard to wealth and family).”

And when he returned he would say the same words, with the following addition:

آيِبُونَ تَائْبُونَ عَابِدُونَ لِرَبِّنَا حَامِدُونَ

“Aayiboona taa’iboona ‘aabidoona li rabbina haamidoon 

(Returning, repenting, worshipping and praising our Lord).” 

(Narrated by Muslim, 1342)

Glorification of Allah by a Traveler while Ascending and Descending

Ibn `Umar (May Allah be pleased with them) reported: Whenever the Prophet (Peace and Blessings of Allah be upon him) and his army ascended a height, they would proclaim:

اللهُ أَكْـبَر

“AllahuAkbar (Allah is Greatest),”

and when they climbed down, they would proclaim:

سُبْـحانَ الله

“SubhanAllah (Allah is free from imperfection).”
(Narrated by Abu Dawud, Riyad-us-Saliheen Chapter 171)

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