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Du’a when removing the garments

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Is it true that we should recite the following when removing our clothes:

bismillahi ladhi la ilaha ilahu

 بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الَّذِي لَا إِلَهَ إِلَّا هُوَ


Sayyiduna Anas (radiyallahu’anhu) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu’alayhi wasallam) said:

‘When a Muslim recites the following before removing his clothing, it will serve as a veil between him [his naked body] and the Jinn.’

 بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الَّذِي لَا إِلَهَ إِلَّا هُوَ

Bismillahil ladhi la ilaha illa hu

(‘Amalul Yawmi wal Laylah of Ibnus Sunni, Hadith: 273 & Tabarani, see Majma’uz Zawaid, vol.1 pg.205)

Some narrations only have the word: Bismillah.

(See Nataijul Afkar, vol.1 pg.151-155)

One may recite either of the two.

These narrations are suitable for practice and are well corroborated.

‘Allamah Nawawi (rahimahullah) has quoted this Hadith under the chapter: What should be recited when the clothes are removed for bathing, sleeping and related issues.

(Al-Adhkar, Hadith: 55)

And Allah Ta’ala Knows best,

Answered by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar

Checked by: Moulana Haroon Abasoomar

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