In an age of crime and danger, where hijackings, burglaries, hold-ups, murders, rapes and kidnappings are rife, people are understandably worried about their safety and security.

Effective safety and security can be acquired through making du‘aa to Allah Ta‘ala to protect us and reciting the various du‘aas of protection mentioned in the ahaadeeth, together with adopting the means of protection such as burglar bars, security gates, alarm systems, armed response, etc.

Hereunder, we will elaborate on the aspect of making du‘aa for safety and security, while a separate article on physical, practical safety tips will follow.

Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), in his blessed ahaadeeth, has taught us various du‘aas of protection. We should make it a point to recite these du‘aas regularly, with the firm conviction that by doing so, we will enjoy the Divine protection of Allah Ta‘ala. We should also ensure that we teach these du‘aas to our children and practically remind them to read these du‘aas so that they will remain safe and secure.

There are many different sunnah du‘aas of protection. Ideally, we should recite as many of them as we can. Nevertheless, for the sake of ease, we have presented just five du‘aas that can easily be read by one and all. We should try to read these du‘aas in the morning and evening, before sleeping, before leaving the home, etc.

These du‘aas are:

1. Aayatul Kursi. (Saheeh Bukhaari #2311)

2. The last two verses of Surah Baqarah. (Saheeh Bukhaari #4008)

3. The three “Quls” i.e. Surah Ikhlaas, Surah Falaq and Surah Naas. These should be recited three times each. (Sunan Abi Dawood #5082)

4. The du‘aa below. This should also be recited thrice. (Sunan Tirmizi #3388)

بِسْمِ اللهِ الَّذِيْ لَا يَضُرُّ مَعَ اسْمِهِ شَيْءٌ فِيْ الْأَرْضِ وَلَا فِيْ السَّمَاءِ وَهُوَ السَّمِيْعُ الْعَلِيْمْ​

5. The following du‘aa. (Ibnu ‘Asaakir – Al Jaami‘us Sagheer #6140)

بِسْمِ اللهِ عَلَى دِيْنِيْ وَنَفْسِيْ وَوَلَدِيْ وَأَهْلِيْ وَمَالِيْ​

May Allah Ta‘ala keep us all safe and secure, aameen.