For many people, a car is an essential part of their daily lives. It helps them commute to work, run errands, and transport themselves and their loved ones safely.
One way to show your gratitude and seek protection for your vehicle is through dua or supplication. Dua for car is a powerful way to seek Allah’s blessings and protection for your car, ensuring safe travels and protection against accidents or mishaps.
Dua For Traveling in Car
The du for traveling in a car in Arabic text is:
سُبْحَانَ الَّذِي سَخَّرَ لَنَا هَذَا وَمَا كُنَّا لَهُ مُقْرِنِينَ، وَإِنَّا إِلَى رَبِّنَا لَمُنقَلِبُونَ
Subhaanal-lathee sakhkhara lanaa haathaa wa maa kunnaa lahu muqrineen. Wa ‘innaa ‘ilaa Rabbinaa lamunqaliboon.
Meaning In English
Glory to Him Who has subjected this to us, and we could never have it (by our effort). And verily, to our Lord we indeed are to return.
Whenever the Prophet SAW mounted his beast to set out on a journey, he would recite some words of remembrance.
The first thing that quickly comes to mind is that one should say: ‘Praise is to Allah, the one who subjected this to us,’
It is ordered to say: “Subhanahu (Glory to Him),” because this absolves Allah of any imperfection or defect.
When man mounts the ships and beasts, he realizes how depedent he is on them to fulfil his need.
So, he glorifies Allah, the Honored and Glorious, Who is Self-Sufficient and Independent of any of His creatures. Glorification is more appropriate in this situation.
Although there is evidence in the Sunnah to praise Allah in this situation, we are discussing this verse at the moment:
“Glory to Him Who has subjected this to us and we could never have it (by our efforts),” That is, we could not have overpowered it had not Allah subdued it to us.
This statement is a truly significant one. When man mounts these subdued beasts or ship on a journey, it brings about remembrance of the terminal journey from this world.
This is the journey of man to Allah, Honored and Glorious, when he dies, being carried by people on their necks.
So, he remembers: “And verily to our Lord we indeed are to return,” That is, to the Honored and Glorious.
Therefore, it is necessary for a person to recite this word of remembrance when he boards a car or an aeroplane.
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The long form of the Dua for traveling in a car is found in Hadith narrated by Ibn Umar.
Ibn Umar (Allah be pleased with them) reported that whenever Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) mounted his camel while setting out on a journey, he glorified Allah (uttered Allah-o-Akbar) thrice, and then said:
سُبْحَانَ الَّذِي سَخَّرَ لَنَا هَذَا وَمَا كُنَّا لَهُ مُقْرِنِينَ وَإِنَّا إِلَى رَبِّنَا لَمُنْقَلِبُونَ اللَّهُمَّ إِنَّا نَسْأَلُكَ فِي سَفَرِنَا هَذَا الْبِرَّ وَالتَّقْوَى وَمِنَ الْعَمَلِ مَا تَرْضَى اللَّهُمَّ هَوِّنْ عَلَيْنَا سَفَرَنَا هَذَا وَاطْوِ عَنَّا بُعْدَهُ اللَّهُمَّ أَنْتَ الصَّاحِبُ فِي السَّفَرِ وَالْخَلِيفَةُ فِي الأَهْلِ اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي أَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنْ وَعْثَاءِ السَّفَرِ وَكَآبَةِ الْمَنْظَرِ وَسُوءِ الْمُنْقَلَبِ فِي الْمَالِ وَالأَهْلِ
Meaning In English
Glory be to Him who has made this subservient to us, for we have no power over it ourselves, and to our Lord we shall return. O Allah, we ask You during this journey for righteousness, fear of Your, and deeds that are pleasing to You. O Allah, make this journey easy for us and make the distance short for us. O Allah, You are our companion during the journey and the guardian of the family. O Allah, I seek refuge in You from the hardship of travel, ugly scenes, and an evil return to our property and family.
Subhaan allathi sakhkhara lana hadha wa ma kunna lahu muqrineen wa inna ila rabbina la munqaliboon. Allaahumma inna nas’aluka fi safarina haadha al-birra wa’l-taqwa wa min al-‘aml ma tarda, Allaahumma hawwin ‘alayna safarana haadha watwi ‘anna bu’dahu. Allaahumma anta al-saahib fi’l-safar wa’l-khaleefah fi’l-ahl. Allaahumma inni a’oodhu bika min wa’tha’ al-safar wa ka’aabat al-manzar wa su’ al-munqalib fi’l-maali wa’l-ahl
Source: Sahih Muslim, Hadith Number 1342
Dua For Car (New)
اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي أَسْأَلُكَ خَيْرَهَا ، وَخَيْرَ مَا جَبَلْتَهَا عَلَيْهِ ، وَأَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنْ شَرِّهَا ، وَشَرِّ مَا جَبَلْتَهَا عَلَيْهِ
Allahumma innee as’aluka khayrahaa, wa khayra maa jabaltahaa ‛alayhi, wa a‛oodhu bika min sharrihaa, wa sharri maa jabaltahaa ‛alayh.
The messenger of Allah (may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: If you buy a camel, then you should take hold of it’s hump and say,
“O Allah, I ask You for the goodness within her and the goodness that you have made her inclined towards, and I seek refuge with You from the evil within her and the evil that you have made her inclined towards.”
Scholars such as Al-Albani said that the same du’a can be said when buying a car as the purpose and the goodness and evil of it are the same as a riding animal (see commentary in the etiquettes of Marriage p93)
The car, and similar vehicles in which people ride, is a creation of Allah, just like animals.
Undoubtedly, the owner hopes for the good that comes from it and fears the evil that may arise. Therefore, he should ask Allah for its goodness and seek refuge in Him from its harm.
Furthermore, the car is similar to a camel or a donkey in terms of its use as a means of transportation.
All of them are hoped to bring good and feared to bring harm. Therefore, this supplication can be recited upon buying a new car.