9 Duas for Travelling for a Safe Journey (Arabic & English)

Duas for Travelling

Islam is a comprehensive religion that covers all spheres of life. In addition to the five obligatory prayers, Allah has commanded us to seek His blessings and guidance before undertaking any action. For instance, we must seek Allah’s protection from any harm during travelling by reciting Dua for Travelling.

Whether we travel by car, train, or airplane, we must recite certain Duas before starting our journey. Of course, we plan ahead of time, but no one is certain how our plan progresses or ends. Therefore, Muslims must seek Allah’s direction and assistance to reach their destinations safely and return home to their family. While you do so, opt for Dua Travels to maximize your experience.

Islam allows all Muslims to travel when the intentions are for the right purpose. While reciting Dua for travelling, Muslims must firmly believe in Allah (SWT) and His blessings. He is the only one who has the power to protect us from unfortunate events like accidents and the harm of travelling. Let us explore some of the most beneficial as we must recite before and during the journey.

What Does the Holy Quran Say about Travelling?

Holy Quran, the sacred scripture, is the book of wisdom that teaches man the purpose of life and guides Muslims on the right way to lead their lives. The Islamic Holy Book covers all aspects of life and directs Muslims to success in this world and hereafter. According to the Quran, this world is temporary, and human beings are in a constant state of Travel. However, Allah (SWT) also mentions physical travelling several times.

In the Quran, ‘sayyir’ refers to the one who travels. The word sayir literally means to move or travel. Allah (SWT) used this word 27 times in the Quran in several expressions, including “Do Travel,” “Do they not Travel,” and “Tell them to Travel.”

Do they then not travel through the Earth, so that their minds gain wisdom and their ears thus learn to hear? 22:46

The Holy Prophet (PBUH) also emphasized travelling. He told the believers that travelling is a great way to expand their horizons and seek knowledge. In one instance, he said

“Keep to travelling by night because the earth is folded (traversed more easily) during the night.” [Abu Dawud].

Dua Before Travelling

Shariah recommends to off 2 rakaat nawafil before starting travel. It is because the Holy Prophet (PBUH) performed this task before going on any journey. You can get the confirmation of this practice from the following hadith.

Dua Before Travelling

“When you leave your house, perform two raka’at and this will safeguard you against evil. When you enter your home, perform another two raka’at and this will safeguard you against evil.”

(Musnad Al-Bazzar)

Dua for Travel

Once you have left home, you may recite the following Dua for Travel at any point during your journey.

Dua for Travel

O Allah, we ask You in our travel for righteousness, taqwa, and good deeds that You are pleased with. O Allah makes our travel ease and shortens the distance for us. O Allah, You are our Companion in travel and the guardian of our family (in our absence). O Allah I seek refuge in You from the hardships of travel, a sight of grief, and from an unfortunate occurrence in wealth and family.

Dua for Travelling in Quran

The Quran clearly stated the Dua for safe Travel regardless of the mode of transport. The following Dua for Travelling is recited to seek Allah’s protection and safety throughout the journey.

Dua for Travelling in Quran

While reciting this Dua, Muslims ask Allah for His blessings and wisdom through the journey. They also thank Allah for the permission to ride the vehicle. Also, this is a means to ask for Allah’s  (SWT) forgiveness before setting off, so our sins are forgiven by the Almighty if we encounter any unfortunate events.

Travel Dua in English

Here’s the travel Dua English version if you struggle with reciting Arabic correctly:

Travel Dua in English

Glory unto Him Who created this transportation, for us, though we were unable to create it on our own. And unto our Lord, we shall return.

Dua Before Driving a Car

The Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) advised reciting the following surah as Dua for travelling in a car while travelling by car to safeguard both you and your travelling companions.

Dua Before Driving a Car

“With the Name of Allah. Praise is to Allah. Glory is to Him Who has provided this for us though we could never have had it by our efforts. Surely, unto our Lord, we are returning. Praise is to Allah. Praise is to Allah. Praise is to Allah. Allah is the Greatest. Allah is the Greatest. Allah is the Greatest. Glory is to You. O Allah, I have wronged my own soul. Forgive me, for surely none forgives sins but You.” (Abu Dawud 3/34, At-Tirmidhi 5/501)

Dua when getting into a plane

Here are some Duas for Travelling on Plane. When you recite the following as advised by Holy Prophet (PBUH), you will stay under the shadow of the mercy of Allah (SWT).

  • Dua Before Starting the journey:

Dua Before Starting the journey

“I begin with the Name of Allah; I trust in Allah; there is no altering of conditions but by the Power of Allah.”

  • Dua on Boarding the Plane

Dua on Boarding the Plane

“In the name of Allah and all praise is for Allah. How perfect He is, 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.”

(Hadith reported by Abu Daud and At-Tirmidhi)

  • When Travelling to Leave the Country

Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) recommended we say the following prayer for a safe journey:

When travelling to leave the country

“O Allah, Lord of the seven heavens and all that they envelop, Lord of the seven earths and all that they carry, Lord of the devils and all whom they misguide, Lord of the winds and all whom they whisk away. I ask You for the goodness of this village, the goodness of its inhabitants, and for all the goodness found within it, and I take refuge with You from the evil of this village, the evil of its inhabitants, and from all the evil found within it.”

Dua on Returning Home

Dua for Travelling, with its amazing benefits, will get you home safely. After you have recited Dua for Journey, offering 2 raka’at of prayer is recommended after returning home as you did before setting off on your journey.

Dua on Returning Home

“When you leave your house, perform two raka’at and this will safeguard you against evil. When you enter your home, perform another two raka’at and this will safeguard you against evil.”

(Musnad Al-Bazzar)

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