Islam is a religion that teaches us the complete code of conduct for life, from basics like dua for entering the house to critical issues like the settlement of inheritance. But it is these small deeds that bring us closer to religion, and seeking protection and blessings from Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَى) is the best way to lead a happy life.
As Muslims, we should always try to improve our deeds and avoid sins; incorporating Dhikr into our everyday routines can help us do so. We need to plead to Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَى) for safety from all known and unknown risks of life, and what better time to do so than when leaving for work or returning home from it?
A home should be the safest place for a person, and as Muslims, we are blessed to have these Duas that can help protect us from harm. This article will discuss the manners and dua for entering and leaving the house.
Let’s have a look:
Dua for Entering the House
The Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ) said, “When a man enters his house, let him say: ‘O Allah, I ask You for good when entering and when exiting. In the name of Allah, we enter, and in the name of Allah we exit, and in Allah our Lord we put our trust,’ then let him greet his family.”
It shows that our beloved Prophet (ﷺ) had emphasized seeking Allah’s blessing when leaving and entering the house.
In Surah An-Nur, Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَى) says,
“فَإِذَا دَخَلْتُمْ بُيُوتًا فَسَلِّمُوا عَلَىٰ أَنْفُسِكُمْ تَحِيَّةً مِنْ عِنْدِ اللَّهِ مُبَارَكَةً طَيِّبَةً”
which translates to “Whenever you enter houses, greet one another with a blessed, goodly greeting, as enjoined by God.” It goes to show how essential it is for Muslims to enter their home and seek blessings from Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَى) and protection from all that would cause harm.
It not only increases goodwill among family members but also creates a happy and healthy living environment.
An easy to remember dua for entering home is:
“للَّهُمَّ إِنِّي أَسْأَلُكَ خَيْرَ الْمَوْلِجِ وَخَيْرَ الْمَخْرَجِ بِسْمِ اللَّهِ وَلَجْنَا وَبِسْمِ اللَّهِ خَرَجْنَا وَعَلَى اللَّهِ رَبِّنَا تَوَكَّلْنَا”
Translation: O, Allah! I ask Thee for good both when entering and when going out; in the name of Allah we have entered, and in the name of Allah we have gone out, and in Allah our Lord do we trust.
It is stated in Sahih Muslim to say this Dua and then greet the family members at home as you enter the house.
Narrated by Jabir b. Abdullah (رَضِيَ ٱللَّٰهُ عَنْهُ) in Sahih Muslim, the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said, “When a person enters his house and mentions the name of Allah at the time of entering it, and while eating the food, Satan says (addressing himself) You have no place to spend the night and no evening meal; but when he enters without mentioning the name of Allah, the Satan says: You have found a place to spend the night, and when he does not mention the name of Allah while eating food, he (the Satan) says: You have found a place to spend the night and evening meal.”
It tells us how important it is to say the dua for entering the house to seek protection from Satan and his whispers.
Dua for Leaving the House
Just like it’s essential to remember Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَى) when entering the house, it is just as important when leaving the house. We should always recite a leaving home dua to ensure that we are defended, guided, and protected by God against any harm that may come our way.
In Sunan Abi Dawood, Anas ibn Malik (رَضِيَ ٱللَّٰهُ عَنْهُ) reported that Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ) said, “when a man goes out of his house and say this dua:
“بِسْمِ اللَّهِ تَوَكَّلْتُ عَلَى اللَّهِ لاَ حَوْلَ وَلاَ قُوَّةَ إِلاَّ بِاللَّهِ”
Translation: In the name of Allah, I trust in Allah; there is no might and no power but in Allah.
The following will be said to him in reply:
“You are guided, defended, and protected.” The devils will go far from him and ask among themselves, ‘How can you deal with a man who has been guided, defended, and protected?”
It shows how powerful this dua is; it makes Satan, and his friends question their techniques, and Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَى) assigns his angels to protect the person who sought help from Him.
In Sahih Ibne Majah, Umm Salamah (رَضِيَ ٱللَّٰهُ عَنْهَا) narrated that Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) would say this dua whenever he left house:
“اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي أَعُوذُ بِكَ أَنْ أَضِلَّ أَوْ أَزِلَّ أَوْ أَظْلِمَ أَوْ أُظْلَمَ أَوْ أَجْهَلَ أَوْ يُجْهَلَ عَلَىَّ”
Translation: O Allah, I seek refuge with You from going astray or stumbling, from wronging others or being wronged, and from behaving or being treated in an ignorant manner.
Both these Duas are practical and essential; you can recite whichever is easier for you to remember.
Conclusion for Easy to Remember Dua for Entering & Leaving House
If you find it difficult to remember any of the above-mentioned duas for entering the house or leaving it, then you should at least always recite بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم (in the name of God) as it is a necessary act of worship. Likewise, when you enter your home, always greet your family members by saying, “السلام عليكم” (peace be unto you).
Meanwhile, try to learn these Duas by heart and recite them. You can keep their copies in your pocket or save them in your phone to instantly read them as you remember.
In conclusion, we, as Muslims, should never forget how important the remembrance of Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَى) is. It is essential to recall His name even in the most mundane acts of our daily routine. It builds up our Taqwa and strengthens the belief system that helps us become better Muslims.
May Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَى) guide us to the straight path.
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