Dua Before entering the Toilet

Dua Before entering the Toilet In Arabic

بِسْمِ اللَّهِ
اللَّهُـمَّ إِنِّي أَعُـوذُ بِـكَ مِـنَ الْخُـبْثِ وَالْخَبَائِثِ


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Dua Before entering the Toilet In English Transcription

(Bismil-lah) allahumma innee aAAoothu bika minal-khubthi wal-khaba-ith

Dua Before entering the Toilet In English

(In the name of Allah). O Allah, I take refuge with you from all evil and evil-doers.

Al-Bukhari 1:45, Muslim 1:283

Explanation Of This Duaa:

Upon entering the bathroom, my whole family and I read the dua as we walked in and out. Should this dua be read when we use the toilet? As it happens sometimes, a person can simply go to the bathroom to comb their hair, etc. ?

Praise be to Allah.

Scholars have stated that the reason why it is essential to seek refuge with Allah when entering the bathroom is to seek protection from Him from demons who frequent places where there are impurities and where shadows are discovered. There are hadiths that indicate this.

According to Zayd ibn Arqam (may Allah be pleased with him), the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “These toilets are haunted (inhabited by demons). the toilet allowed him to say,’A’oodhu Billaahi min al-Khubthi wa’l-khabaa’ith (I seek refuge with Allah for male and female demons). Reported by Abu Dawood, 6; classified as saheeh by al-Albaani in Sahih Abi Dawood.

Al-Hattaab said: These places are chosen to seek protection with Allah for two reasons:

1. Because it is about toilets and that, by the will of Allah, the devils dominate the toilets.

2.The toilets are a dirty place where one should not verbally remember Allah. The shaytaan benefits if we do not remember him, because the memory of Allah drives him away. Thus, the command to seek refuge with Allah before that means that one will be protected from the shaytaan until its exit. End quote.

Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen (may Allaah have mercy on him) said in al-Sharh al-Mumti’ (1/83):

The purpose of this refuge is to seek protection from Allah against al-khubthi wa’l-khabaaith (the male and female devils), for it is a perverse and impure place (khabeeth), and the place that is khabeeth is the abode of al-khubthi wa’l-khabaa’ith (the male and female devils). It is therefore appropriate, when you wish to enter the toilets, to say: A’oodhu Billaahi min al-Khubthi wa’l-khabaaith (I seek refuge with Allah for the male and female devils), so that no khubth (bad) or khabaa That will touch him. End quote.

It is for this reason that the Muslim must always seek refuge with Allah whenever he enters the toilet, that he intends to relieve himself or that he enters another purpose for which the people use bathrooms, such as cleaning, etc. Thus, the Muslim will protect himself from evil demons.

It is written in al-Mughni (1/190):

Ahmad said: He should say when entering the toilet: A’ahuhu Billaahi min al-Khubthi wa’l-khabaaith (I seek refuge from Allah against the male and female demons). I never entered this place to wudoo without saying it, but something happened to me that I did not like. End quote.

Some fuqaha ‘have said something similar, as stated in Haashiyat Nihaayat al-Muhtaaj min Furoo’ al-Shaafa’i (1/142):

When he takes a child to the toilet so that he can relieve himself, is it the Sunnah he says in the name of the child or not? There are different opinions about it, but it is not unlikely that he has to say it.


It also includes the mother who wants to breastfeed her child where he is relieved or sits on the pot. End quote.

Shaykh Ibn Baaz (may Allaah have mercy on him) was interrogated in Majmoo ‘al-Fataawa (10/29): Is the du’aa only for entering the bathroom, or is it only a person who wants to relieve himself?

He replied that it is a mustahabb to say du’aa ‘to enter the bathroom in any case, without limiting itself to the moment when a person will relieve himself.

The same goes for the du’aa who left the toilet. Al-Tirmidhi (7) said that A’ishah said: When the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) left the toilet, he used to say Ghufraanaka (your forgiveness).

Scholars have stated that the reason we should apologize when leaving the toilet is that it is not to remember Allah when we were in the bathroom. Muslims see this as a gap and compensate for it by asking for forgiveness.

See al-Nihaayah and Ghareeb al-Hadith by Ibn al-Atheer (3/703).

This wisdom also applies to those who enter the bathroom for a reason other than relieving themselves. Asking for forgiveness is the daily habit of the Muslim. So there is nothing wrong with saying it after getting out of the bathroom.

See also answer to question no. 26816.

And Allah knows better.


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