Reciting the Six Bismillah while Travelling

In order to acquire ease during one’s journey, one should recite the five surahs with six bismillah. The five surahs are Surah Kaafiroon, Surah Nasr, Surah Ikhlaas, Surah Falaq and Surah Naas (one will leave out reciting Surah Lahab in between). One should commence with bismillah, recite bismillah between the surahs and end with bismillah.

عن جبير بن مطعم قال: قال لي رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم: أتحب يا جبير إذا خرجت سفرا أن تكون من أمثل أصحابك هيئة , وأكثرهم زادا؟ فقلت: نعم، بأبي أنت وأمي، قال: فاقرأ هذه السور الخمس، قل يأيها الكافرون، وإذا جاء نصر الله والفتح، وقل هو الله أحد، وقل أعوذ برب الفلق، وقل أعوذ برب الناس، وافتح كل سورة ببسم الله الرحمن الرحيم، واختم قراءتك ببسم الله الرحمن الرحيم قال جبير: وكنت غنيا كثير المال، فكنت أخرج مع من شاء الله أن أخرج معهم في سفر، فأكون أبذهم هيئة , وأقلهم زادا، فما زلت منذ علمنيهن رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم، وقرأت بهن , أكون من أحسنهم هيئة , وأكثرهم زادا حتى أرجع من سفري ذلك (مسند أبي يعلى رقم 7419)

Hazrat Jubayr ibn Mut’im (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said to him: “O Jubayr! When you go on a journey, would you love to be in a better condition than your companions, and with more provisions than them?” I said, “Yes, indeed, may my parents be sacrificed for you.” Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said: “Recite these five surahs, Surah Kaafiroon, Surah Nasr, Surah Ikhlaas, Surah Falaq and Surah Naas. Commence each surah by reciting bismillah before it and (recite bismillah) once at the end of your recitation (of the five surahs).” Hazrat Jubayr (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) says: “I was a person of affluence and I travelled with those whom Allah Ta‘ala had willed. I used to end up during the journey being in an unpleasant and pitiful condition and with the least amount of provisions and resources. From the time I learnt this du‘aa and began reciting it when travelling, I would always be in a good state and my provisions and resources always remained the most until I returned home from my journey.”

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