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Performing Salah before leaving the home for protection

I have heard a Hadith, that if you pray two rak’ahs of Salah before leaving home and two rak’ahs when entering your home, you will be protected from harm. Is this authentic?


Sayyiduna Abu Hurayrah (radiyallahu ‘anhu) reports that Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said:

“When you intend to leave your house you should offer two rak’ahs of [nafl]. These rak’ahs will protect you from an evil exit [harm] and when you enter your home you should offer two rak’ahs they will safeguard you from harm.”

(Musnad Bazzar, Hadith: 8567)

Hafiz Haythami (rahimahullah) has declared the narrators reliable.

(Majma’uz Zawaid, vol. 2 pg. 283/4. Also see Faydul Qadir, Hadith: 576, Tanzihush Shari’ah, vol. 2 pg. 109/110 and Al Mudawi of Ahmad Siddiq Al Ghumari)

And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.

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Checked by: Moulana Haroon Abasoomar

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