One of the beautiful things about Islam is that there is a prayer for our normal daily activities and even a dua for traveling abroad. When we venture on a journey, we should pray to Allah and remember Him. It brings us closer to Allah and saves us from untoward incidents on our journey.
Reciting a dua brings Allah’s protection and mobilizes angels to protect us during our journey and bring us safely back home to our loved ones.
Few Dua’s for Traveling
Have you ever found yourself on the plane, ready to take off, but unable to find your booklet of dua for traveling? Often we find ourselves without access to these special duas or prayers when we need them the most. In our opinion, memorizing duas is the best solution.
Below are the few dua for traveling that Muslims recite before journeys and upon returning home.
Dua for traveling while leaving home
Here is a dua for traveling that Muslims often recite when leaving home :
“In the name of Allah, I place my trust in Allah, and there is no power or strength except with Allah. O Allah, I seek refuge in You from travel difficulties and changes in my condition. O Allah, make my travel easy and return safely to my family and property.”
This dua is a way for Muslims to seek Allah’s protection and guidance away from home. It is also a reminder to trust Allah’s power and rely on Him for safety and ease during the journey.
And Recite Ayat ul Kursi as a dua for traveling,
ٱللَّهُ لَآ إِلَٰهَ إِلَّا هُوَ ٱلْحَىُّ ٱلْقَيُّومُ ۚ لَا تَأْخُذُهُۥ سِنَةٌ وَلَا نَوْمٌ ۚ لَّهُۥ مَا فِى ٱلسَّمَٰوَٰتِ وَمَا فِى ٱلْأَرْضِ ۗ مَن ذَا ٱلَّذِى يَشْفَعُ عِندَهُۥٓ إِلَّا بِإِذْنِهِۦ ۚ يَعْلَمُ مَا بَيْنَ أَيْدِيهِمْ وَمَا خَلْفَهُمْ ۖ وَلَا يُحِيطُونَ بِشَىْءٍ مِّنْ عِلْمِهِۦٓ إِلَّا بِمَا شَآءَ ۚ وَسِعَ كُرْسِيُّهُ ٱلسَّمَٰوَٰتِ وَٱلْأَرْضَ ۖ وَلَا يَـُٔودُهُۥ حِفْظُهُمَا ۚ وَهُوَ ٱلْعَلِىُّ ٱلْعَظِيمُ
Allah has no deity except Him, the Ever-Living, the Sustainer of [all] existence. Neither drowsiness overtakes Him nor sleep. To Him belongs whatever is in the heavens and whatever is on the earth. Who is it that can intercede with Him except by His permission? He knows what is [presently] before them and what will be after them, and they encompass not a thing of His knowledge except for what He wills. His Kursī extends over the heavens and the earth, and their preservation tires Him not. And He is the Highest, the Greatest.
Dua for safety during the trip
The dua that Holy Prophet (ﷺ) recited when he would mount an animal for traveling. He would say Bismillah and then recite this dua for traveling safe in care, plane or any other mode of transport,
سُبْحَانَ الَّذِي سَخَّرَ لَنَا هَذَا وَمَا كُنَّا لَهُ مُقْرِنِينَ وَإِنَّا إِلَى رَبِّنَا لَمُنْقَلِبُونَ.
“Glory unto Him, Who created this transportation for us, though we could not create it ourselves. And unto our Lord, we shall return.”
We may be traveling by car, plane, train, or boat; whatever the means of transportation is, it is always essential to remember Allah during our journey. Recite the dua for traveling in a plane, car, or another mode.
رَّبِّ اَدْخِلْنِيْ مُدْخَلَ صِدْقٍ وَّاَخْرِجْنِيْ مُخْــرَجَ صِدْقٍ وَّاجْعَلْ لِّيْ مِنْ لَّدُنْكَ سُلْطٰنًا نَّصِيْرًا
And say, “My Lord! Grant me a good entrance and an honorable exit1 and give me a supporting authority from Yourself.”
Dua for traveling, upon Reaching Destination Safely
Allah commanded Prophet Noah to create a ship and load it with two creatures (male and female) of every living thing with a soul. A strong storm brought heavy rainfall when the command came to leave on the ship. The verse of Surah Hud was then revealed, meaning that the ship’s moving course and resting (anchorage) would be all in Allah’s hands.
وَقَالَ ٱرْكَبُوا۟ فِيهَا بِسْمِ ٱللَّهِ مَجْر۪ىٰهَا وَمُرْسَىٰهَآ ۚ إِنَّ رَبِّى لَغَفُورٌ رَّحِيمٌ
“And [Noah] said, “Embark therein; in the name of Allāh is its course and anchorage. Indeed, my Lord is Forgiving and Merciful.”
The verse is from Sura Hud, which relays the trials and tribulations of Prophet Noah (AS). It is often used when someone reaches their destination safely. It can be memorized easily when traveling abroad and after reaching your destination.
Dua Upon Returning Home
The Holy Prophet would recite this dua upon returning from his journeys. After returning from a journey, he would say Allah you Akbar three times and then recite this dua.
آيِبُونَ تَائِبُونَ عابِدُونَ ساجِدُونَ لِرَبِّنَا حَامِدُونَ
“We return, repentant, worshipping, prostrating, and praising our Lord.”
(Sahih al-Bukhari 3084)
We must not forget Allah once we have returned safely to our homes. Often we only remember Allah when we are starting our journey or when we are in the process of traveling. But we should be grateful to Allah once we return safe and sound.