Traveling for many of us only has a leisurely purpose. However, if you are a believer of Islam, you should know that Islam attaches great significance with traveling. One of the pillars of Islam is Hajj- Pilgrimage, requiring lots of traveling.
If we look into the lives of Prophet, Moosa (a.s), Isa (a.s), Nooh (a.s), Ibrahim (a.s), and Prophet Muhammad (saww); they all traveled in their lives for religious purpose. Hence, traveling consumes importance in Islamic tradition.
What Dua To Say When Traveling?
It is interesting that our mortal life is itself a part of a journey to the immortal world. Any action that has been imposed by the religion itself. How can the Almighty leave us without any guidance on that? There are duas and instructions one should remember while traveling. These are very easy ones and one should recite according to the purpose of the journey he/she is into.
6 – Dua For Making The Intention To Travel
Allah guides believers in the Quran about the intention that one should have while traveling. He should think that his transportation is also granted to him by Allah, so he should be thankful to Allah showing humility. Following is one of the duas that everyone should know. This dua is the most common and an excerpt from the Quran Surah Zukhruf, ayat 13. Also have a look at these 10 Islamic Duas For Success That Every Muslim Should Know.
5 – Dua For Protection During A Journey
Imam al-Sadiq (a.s) is reported as saying: If one recites Ayah al-Kurse every night during the journey, he, as well as whatever/whosoever is with him, will be in safety. One may add the following to the prayer:
4 – Dua To Travel & Settle In A New Place
This dua is one of the beautiful duas that Allah himself has taught to His believer in the Holy Quran in the seventeenth chapter, Surah Bani Israe’l. The ayat, although revealed before the migration to Madinah of Holy Prophet (pbuh), clearly identifying the importance of traveling for the sake of religion. Nevertheless, this dua transcends time and space. One should recite this prayer when one intends to get settled in a new area, city, or country. In his Tafseer, Abul Ala Modudi states,
“This prayer clearly shows that the time of Hijrah (Migration) had come near. That is why Allah has instructed the Holy Prophet to this effect: You should follow the truth wherever and in whatever condition you be. If you migrate from a place, you should migrate for the sake of the truth, and wherever you go, you should go for the sake of the truth. “
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3 – Dua When Visiting A Place For First Time:
Many times, it happens that we travel to a place for the first time, and in our hearts lie many apprehensions associated with the journey. Students travel to different lands for their higher studies, people travel for their jobs knowing as less as nothing about their job environment. Fear of new place and anxiety of meeting new people is very natural in these circumstances. Well, putting trust in Allah and showing to Him that we are nothing without His aid and help is what this dua reflects. For secure and safe traveling this dua certainly is very useful and one of the easier ones. One may also recite this dua when We want to be Successful in our plans. For more days on success, you may follow this link.
Prophet (saww) said:
The Prophet (saww) said: When a man goes out of his house and recites the following will be said to him at that time: “You are guided, defended and protected.” The devils will go far from him and another devil will say: How can you deal with a man who has been guided, defended, and protected?
Reported by Abu Dawood (5095) and Al-Tirmidhi (3462); classified as Saheeh by al-Albaani in Sahih Abi Dawood.
Bismillahi Aamantu Billahi Tawakkaltu Alallahi MashAllahi La Hawla Wala Quwwata Illa Billah.
2 – Dua For Alla’s Protection During Your Trip
Traveling symbolizes that we, humans, are a temporary creature, it encloses the men of the world as one community, it enlightens the virtue of humility in a person. It gives you an insight into Allah’s blessings in the form of different creatures. Imam Shafi stated:
For in travel, there are five benefits: Relief of adversity, earning of livelihood, knowledge, etiquette, and noble companionship.” (Imam as-Shafi)
Allahuma-ahfizni wah-fiz ma mai’i wa ballighni wa balligh ma mai’i bibalagh kal-hassan billahi-staftah wa billahi-istanjah wa bi-muhammadi (sallal laho alaiihi wasallam) atuwajji. Allahumma sahl-li kulli hizwani wa zillal li kulli swa’oobati wa aa’twaini min-al-khair kullahi aksari mimma arjoo wazrif aa’nni min-asshari aksari mimma ahzar fi aa’fiya ya arhamar rahimeen.
1 – The Prophet’s Traveling Dua:
Abdullah bin ‘Umar (may Allah be pleased with him) has reported that when the Prophet Muhammad (Peace and Blessings of Allah be upon him) set out for a journey and mounted on his camel, he would recite the following dua:
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. – (Narrated by Muslim, 1342)
Can you see, how beautifully Allah has guided His men in every aspect of life? Can you see why Islam is seen as a code of life?
It is because of these minute precisions Allah has given to us! The one who has created us has formulated basic codes so that we are not left alone anywhere, and we remind ourselves that Allah is present nearest to us and takes care of our journey. We just need to work on the ethics of travel. We need to recite the days telling Allah that we only put our trust in Him.
Q. Should You Pray Before Traveling?
A. Yes, it is highly recommended to say 2 raka’at nafal prayers before you start your journey. As the Prophet PBUH said:
“When you leave your house, perform two raka’at and this will safeguard you against evils. When you return home, perform another two raka’at and this will safeguard you against evils.”
Similarly, when you come back home after the journey, you should again say 2 raka’at prayer to thank Allah.
Q. Are Duas Accepted When Traveling?
A. The Prophet PBUH has told us about certain times of the day or certain instances in life when the chances of acceptance of prayer are very high. One of these times is when a Muslim is traveling. So if your trip and your dua are both for a good reason, remember Allah during the journey and He will surely remember you.
As the Prophet PBUH said:
Three supplications will not be rejected (by Allah (SWT)), the supplication of the parent for his child, the supplication of the one who is fasting, and the supplication of the traveler. [al-Bayhaqi, at-Tirmidhi – Sahih]