We often turn to religion, and our creator, during times of adversity in the same way that our Prophet Mohammed (saw) did. As stated in the Holy Quran, it is narrated that Allah Almighty promised to respond to any calls made to Him; ‘Call upon Me, I will respond to you’.
With back to school season just around the corner, it’s important to remember to implement those protections which are in our control and are mandated by the government and schools – including the use of face masks, physical distancing, frequent hand-washing, etc. – but keep in mind that there is much that isn’t in our control. We are limited in our abilities and dependent on Allah swt to protect us, for no harm can befall us or our loved ones except by His Will.
As well as teaching our children responsible practices to stay safe in school, it’s also a good opportunity to remind them to call upon Allah for help and to trust in him.
With this in mind, we’ve put together a quick list of protective duas you can recite (and teach your children to recite before they go back to school).
Dua for protection against every kind of harm
Bismillahil-lazi la yadhurru ma’asmihi syai’un fil ardhi wa la fis-sama’i wa huwas-sami’ul aleem
In the Name of Allah with Whose Name there is protection against every kind of harm in the earth or in heaven, and He is All-Hearing and All-Knowing
Dua for leaving the house
Bismi-llaahi, tawakkaltu ’ala-llaahi, wa laa hawla wa laa quwwata illaa bi-llaah.
In the name of Allah, I place my trust in Allah, and there is no might nor power except with Allah. [Abu Dawud]
Dua for entering the house
Bismi-llaahi walajnaa, wa bismi-llaahi kharajnaa, wa ’alaa Rabbinaa tawakkalnaa.
In the name of Allah we enter and in the name of Allah we leave, and upon our Lord we place our trust. [Abu Dawud]
Dua to seek forgiveness and for well-being
Allahumma inni as’alukal-’afwa wal ’afiyah fid-dunya wal-akhirah
O Allah, I seek Your forgiveness and my well-being in this world and the Hereafter
Dua for total protection
Allahummah-fazni min baini yadaiya, wa min khalfi, wa ’an yameeni, wa ’an syimali wa min fauqi, wa a’uzu bi’azomatika an ughtala min tahti
O Allah protect me from my front, behind me, from my right and my left, and from above me, and I seek refuge in Your Magnificence from being taken unaware from beneath me
Dua for protection from every evil that brings harm
A’uzu bikalimatillahit-tammaati min syarri ma kholak
I seek protection in the perfect words of Allah from every evil that has been created
Dua for protection from diseases
Allahumma inni a’uzubika minal baros, wal junuun wal juzzam, wa min sayyi’il-asqam
O Allah, I seek refuge in You from leprosy, madness, elephantiasis, and evil diseases
Dua for protection from a sudden affliction
Bismillaahi-Ladhee laa yaḍurru maʿa ismiHi shayʾun fil-arḍhi wa laa fīs-samaaʾi wa Huwa As-Sameeʿul-Aleem.
This du’a has been taken from the following hadith:
The Prophet (saw) said, ‘Whoever repeats, “In the Name of Allah, with Whose Name nothing is harmed on earth nor in heaven, and He is the All-Hearing, the All-Knowing” three times [in the evening] will not be stricken with a sudden affliction until he reaches the morning. And whoever repeats this three times in the morning will not be stricken with a sudden affliction until he reaches the evening’. [Abu Dawud]
Dua for anxiety and other worries
Allaahumma, innee a’oodhu biKa min-al-hammi wal-hazni, wal-’ajzi wal-kasali, wal-bukhli wal-jubni, wa ḍal’i-ddayni wa ghalbati-rrijaal.
O Allah, I take refuge in You from anxiety and sorrow, weakness and laziness, miserliness and cowardice, the burden of debts and from being overpowered by men. [Abu Dawud]
Dua for feeling restless or apprehensive during sleep
A-’oodhoo bikalimaati-llaahi-ttaammaati min ghaḍabiHi, wa ’iqaabiHi, wa sharri ’ibaadiHi, wa min hamazaati-shayaateen wa an yahḍuroon.
I take refuge in the perfect words of Allah from His anger and punishment, and from the evil of His servants, and from the taunt of devils and from their presence. [Abu Dawud]
Dua for protecting children
U-’eedhukumaa bi kalimaati-llaahi-ttaammati, min kulli shaytaanin, wa haammatin, wa min kulli ’aynin laamma.
Ibn Abbas related that the Prophet (saw) used to seek refuge in Allah for Al-Hasan and Al-Husayn (his grandsons), saying, ’Your forefather (i.e. Ibrahim) used to seek refuge with Allah for Ismail and Ishaaq with this [supplication]: ”I take refuge in the perfect words of Allah from every devil, and vermin, and from every evil, harmful, envious eye“’. [Bukhari]
May Allah swt protect you and your loved ones from illness, stress and hardships, ameen.
While reciting the above duas, don’t forget that giving sadaqah is also essential protection against calamity: The Messenger of Allah (saw) said, ‘Rush to give charity, for indeed calamities cannot go beyond it’ [Tabarani].
You can read more about the virtues of giving sadaqah regularly here.
As children around the world go back to school, some online and some in class, why not give Sadaqah towards needy children to support them while protecting yourself from calamity? You can feed a child, donate a school kit, or give towards our education fund.
May Allah put barakah in whatever you spend for His sake, ameen.