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Surah Zumar verse 67: protection during travels

Fatwaa ID: 1496

Assalamualaikum WRWB. I was once told that if I wanted extra protection while traveling, I should recite ayah 67 of surah Zumar after reciting the portion of ayah 13 from surah Zukhruf. Is there any basis to this? Jazakallahu khairaa

In the Name of Allaah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.
As-salaamu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullaahi wa-barakaatuh.

Reciting verse 67 of Surah AZ-Zumar as a form of protection during travels is narrated in the Ahaadith. Rasulullaah ﷺ said,

أمان لأمتي من الغرق إذا ركبوا السفن والبحر أن يقولوا: بسم الله المالك * (وما قدروا الله حق قدره والأرض جميعا قبضته يوم القيامة والسماوات مطويات بيمينه سبحانه وتعالى عما يشركون) * * (بسم الله مجراها ومرساها إن ربي لغفور رحيم) *.
“Protection for my umrah from drowning when they ride the ships and the sea (in general) is that they recite (the following two verses):
وَمَا قَدَرُوا۟ ٱللَّهَ حَقَّ قَدۡرِهِۦ وَٱلۡأَرۡضُ جَمِیعࣰا قَبۡضَتُهُۥ یَوۡمَ ٱلۡقِیَـٰمَةِ وَٱلسَّمَـٰوَ ٰ⁠تُ مَطۡوِیَّـٰتُۢ بِیَمِینِهِۦۚ سُبۡحَـٰنَهُۥ وَتَعَـٰلَىٰ عَمَّا یُشۡرِكُونَ﴾ [الزمر ٦٧])
They have not shown Allaah His due reverence—when on the Day of Judgment the ˹whole˺ earth will be in His Grip, and the heavens will be rolled up in His Right Hand. Glorified and Exalted is He above what they associate ˹with Him˺! [Zumar 67]

بِسۡمِ ٱللَّهِ مَجۡرٜىٰهَا وَمُرۡسَىٰهَاۤۚ إِنَّ رَبِّی لَغَفُورࣱ رَّحِیمࣱ﴾ [هود ٤١]
“In the Name of Allaah it will sail and cast anchor. Surely my Lord is All-Forgiving, Most Merciful.” [Hud 41]
[Tabaraani, Abu Ya’la]

Firstly, the authenticity of the above narration is debated. The scholars advise that is suitable for practice in consideration of the collective strength of the chains. Secondly, the recitations above are prescribed for when riding a watercraft. However, it is possible that Allaah Ta’aala, out of His infinite grace and mercy, extends it to other forms of travel as well. What you have been told may be based on this.

And Allaah Ta’aala knows best.
Mufti Muajul I. Chowdhury
Darul Iftaa New York

وصل اللهم وسلم وبارك على سيدنا محمد وعلى ءاله وصحبه أجمعين


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