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Sunnah Way of Entering home

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Assalamualaikum, 

What is the way to enter into the house. Left feet first or the right one? Similarly, when going out should a person take right feet out first or left feet? 

Jazakallah

الجواب وباللہ التوفیق

The masnoon way to enter the house is the following:

  1. Announce your arrival by clearing the throat a bit (or make such a sound) before entering the house so the family members inside are aware that you are coming.
  2. Say salaam while entering the house.
  3. Enter the house while reciting this dua:

اَللّٰہُمَّ اِنِّیْ اَسْئَلُکَ خَیْرَ الْمَوْلِجِ وَخَیْرَالْمَخْرَجِ، بِسْمِ اللّٰہِ وَلَجْنَا، وَبِسْمِ اللہِ خَرَجْنَا، وَعَلیَ اللہِ رَبِّنَا تَوَکَّلْنَا۔ (سنن أبي داؤد:رقم : ۵۰۹۶ )

  1. Enter with the right foot first.

کان النبی ﷺ یحب التیمن ما استطاع(صحیح بخاری: ۴۱۶)

Similarly while exiting the house:

  1. Say salaam.
  2. Exit with the left foot first.
  3. Recite the du’aa of exiting the house.
  4. In some narrations it is mentioned to pray two rakaats after entering and before exiting the house. This protects a person from grief and distress.

عن أبي ہریرۃ رضي اللہ عنہ عن النبي صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم قال : إذا دخلت منزلک فصلِّ رکعتین تمنعانک مدخلَ السُّوئِ، وإذا خرجتَ من منزلک فصل رکعتین تمنعانک مخرجَ السُّوء۔ (المسند للإمام البزار، مجمع الزوائد ۲؍۵۷۲)

والسلام

 

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