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.”



The muftis of Mr. Taqi Usmani’s Darul Uloom in Korangi, Karachi, Pakistan issued the following baatil fatwa regarding a woman travelling without a valid Shar’i Mahram:

“Question: What, is it permissible for a Mahram person to leave at the airport a woman who will travel alone in the plane, then at her destination another Mahram will receive her?”

Answer (by the Korangi muftis):
Be it clear that in general conditions (aam haalaat) it is not permissible for a woman to travel without her husband or a mahram even if the journey is by plane. However, if there is a dire need (shadeed majboori) which compels a woman to travel without a mahram, then in such a case it is permissible for her to travel with a group of pious women on condition that there is no fear of fitnah.

Since the time travelling by plane is not much, the fear of fitnah is minimized. Hence, in the case asked (in the question), if truly the need is dire, then there appears to be scope for this when a mahram leaves her at the airport, and another mahram receives her at the other airport, and furthermore, if there are pious women with her on the plane, and she does not have to pass the night at some place.”

(End of Korangi’s Zig-Zag fatwa)
An essential requisite for a Mufti engaged in the duty of Ifta’ is that he should have Taqwa and be far-sighted. It is not permissible for a moron to be or to act as a mufti irrespective of the academic course of Deeni study he had pursued.

If a mufti lacks a panoptic view of the scenario of the case regarding which a fatwa is sought, then it is not permissible for him to issue a fatwa. Lack of sincerity, worldly and nafsaani motives, inadequate comprehension of the kutub, and lack of panoptic vision induce a mufti to issue zig-zag fatwas. He attempts, albeit abortively, to navigate between Haqq and Baatil to produce fatwas – liberal fatwas – to assuage the questioners, and this evil has greater applicability if the questioner is wealthy or belongs to the ruling class of scorpions. Little does such a mufti maajin understand that in the department of Ifta’ he is in a veritable spiritual minefield. If the Fear of Allah Ta’ala is not embedded in his heart, he will blow up and destroy his Imaan with his zig-zag and even blatantly baatil corrupt fatwas.