Saying duas during various occasions is one of the most basic and cornerstone practices of Islam, and traveling duas are one of them. It’s not uncommon to see Muslims reciting duas for various occasions and events, and they all relate to our beautiful religion. The Prophet (PBUH) used to recite these duas himself, and he taught them to his companions as well. In turn, they recorded the duas and then passed them on through the generations via Hadith, etc.
Duas are a way of gaining Allah’s blessings and protection. We often recite duas before engaging in certain acts. However, the Prophet (PBUH) actually told us to recite duas for various reasons, and not all of them relate to doing something. Instead, we should just generally recite them on a regular basis. Examples of such duas include the duas before sleeping, including certain verses of the .
It is very important for Muslims to be well aware of duas and their benefits. This does not mean that we solely rely on duas, and we don’t do anything else in life. On the contrary, Islam instructs us to live our lives, but according to Allah’s commands. At the same time, we should also recite duas and engage in other acts of worship. Allah doesn’t need our duas, He is self-sufficient. However, we need the positive effects of the duas such as the traveling duas, and therefore, we should recite them.
We should note here that for many people, duas are something that are alien nowadays, and sadly, many Muslims even have negative thoughts about them, refusing to acknowledge their benefits. This is alarming to see, and it’s a byproduct of not taking Islam seriously.
Why read dua for traveling
During the time of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), travel was something very dangerous. Since there was no easy method of transport, any form of travel required serious thought and planning. Traveling from one place to another, especially over long distances, was a very dangerous act. Travelers were few, and there was already the threat of robberies and groups looking to take advantage of a hapless traveler. Hence, Muslims recited traveling duas, seeking Allah’s protection.
Fast forward 1400 years and travel is now very common. There are many ways of going from one place to another. Travel by cars and other vehicles is something almost every person living in an urban area often experiences. For people who travel across countries or even continents, trains and airplanes are the most common means of transport.
However, traveling is still exceedingly dangerous. Accidents are the most common danger of travel. While many millions of people travel every day and only a small percentage of them face accidents, the reality is that accidents are quite common. Additionally, in countries with inadequate policing systems, criminals looking to steal from travelers at gunpoint or otherwise is common.
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Some examples of traveling duas
- For someone who is leaving on a journey: Allahumma atwee lahul bu’ da wahawwin ‘alayhis-safara
- Dua for travel when leaving home: Bismillahi tawakkaltu’ alallahi wala hawla wala quwwata illa billah
- Dua that travelers should recite: Subhan allazee sakhkhara lana haza wamaa kunna lahu muqrineen, wa’innaa’ilaa Rabbinaa lamun qaliboon.
- The dua for a traveler returning home: Aai boona taai boona ‘aabi doona li rabbi na haami doon