Essential Duas for Hajj: A Comprehensive Guide for Pilgrims

By Halal Trip | 16, May, 2024
Essential Duas for Hajj: A Comprehensive Guide for Pilgrims
Hajj is one of the most important pillars of Islam and is compulsory for anyone who has the means to do so. So if you're one of the blessed people who are about to perform Hajj, Alhamdulillah!
Learning important duas is an integral part of your Hajj preparation before you leave. Here are some of the useful duas to keep on hand for a productive Hajj and pilgrimage to Mecca or Makkah. You can find the Hajj duas in English translation as well.

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Travel Duas for a Safe Journeyman holding prayer beads

These are the travel duas that anyone must recite when leaving/returning home for a journey, however long or short. These are the most important duas for safe journeys and seeking protection against any harm that might occur during it. Similarly, it also applies for when going on pilgrimage to Mecca for Hajj/Umrah and returning home afterward as well. The following is a list of travel duas in Arabic and their English translation.

Dua When Leaving Home

بِسْمِ اللهِ ، تَوَكَّلْتُ عَلَى اللهِ وَلاَ حَوْلَ وَلاَ قُوَّةَ إِلاّ بِاللهِ

“In the name of Allah, I place my trust in Allah, and there is neither might nor power except with Allah.”

الَّهُمَّ إِنِّي أَعُوذُ بِكَ أَنْ أَضِلَّ، أّوْ أُضَلَّ، أَوْ أَزِلَّ، أَوْ أُزَلَّ، أَوْ أَظْلِمَ، أَوْ أُظْلَمَ، أَوْ أَجْهَلَ، أَوْ يُجْهَلَ عَلَيَّ

“O Allah, I seek refuge with You from leading others astray.”

Dua When Returning Home

بِسْـمِ اللهِ وَلَجْنـاَ، وَبِسْـمِ اللهِ خَـرَجْنـَا، وَعَلـَى رَبِّنـَا تَوَكَّلْـنَا

“In the name of Allah we enter and in the name of Allah we leave, and upon our Lord we place our trust.”

Dua for When Traveling On Plane/Car/Ship, Or Any Other Vehicle  

بِسْمِ اللهِ وَالْحَمْدُ لِلَّهِ سُبْحَانَ الَّذِيْ سَخَّرَ لَناَ هَذَا وَمَا كُنَّا لَهُ مُقرِنِيْنَ وإِنَّا إِلَى رَبِّناَ لمُنْقَلِبُوْنَ ، الْحَمْدُ لِلَّهِ ، الْحَمْدُ لِلَّهِ ، الْحَمْدُ لِلَّهِ ، اللهُ أَكْبَرُ ، اللهُ أَكْبَرُ ، اللهُ أَكْبَرُ ، سُبْحَانكَ الَّلُهمَّ إِنِّيْ ظَلَمْتُ نَفْسِيْ فَاغْفِرْلِيْ فَإِنَّهُ لاَ يَغْفِرُ الذُّنوْبَ إِلاَّ أَنتَ.

“In the name of Allah and all praise is for Allah. How perfect He is, the One Who has placed this (Transport) at our service and we ourselves would not have been capable of that, and to our Lord if our final destiny. All praise is for Allah, All praise if for Allah, All praise if for Allah. Allah is the greatest. How perfect You are, O Allah, verily I have wronged my soul, so forgive me, for surely none can forgive sins except You.”

Dua for Entering the MosqueHajj Umrah Duas

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This is the dua to be read when you enter the Masjid-Al-Haram. Enter with your right foot and recite:

أَعُوذُ بِاللهِ الْعَظِيمِ وَبِوَجْهِهِ الْكَرِيمِ وَسُلْطَانِهِ الْقَدِيمِ مِنَ الشَّيْطَانِ الرَّجِيمِا ,للَّهُمَّ افْتَحْ لِي أَبْوَابَ رَحْمَتِكَ

“I seek refuge with Allah, The Supreme and with His Noble Face, and His eternal authority from the accursed devil. O Allah, open the doors of mercy".

Talbiyah of Hajj: Recite Throughout your Journey

The Talbiyah is what you should recite all through your journey to Hajj (and Umrah). It is often chanted loudly by the men of the group, but you can also recite it quietly. Prophet Muhammad (SAW) said that if a Muslim recites the Talbiyah, then the east and the west, his right and left, every tree and cloud on the earth will recite along with him.

لَبَّيْكَ اللَّهُمَّ لَبَّيْكَ ، لَبَّيْكَ لَا شَرِيكَ لَكَ لَبَّيْكَ ، إِنَّ الْحَمْدَ وَالنِّعْمَةَ لَكَ وَالْمُلْكَ ، لَا شَرِيكَ لَكَ

"I am present, O Allah, I am present, there is no partner unto You. I am present. Definitely, praise and glory is yours (for You). The Kingdom is also Yours. There is no partner for You".

Recommended Duas for Tawaf

There are no set duas for reciting during tawaf, but the following are recommended supplications:.

سبحانلله والحمدلله و لا إلها اللله والله أكبر و لا حالة و لا قوات البيلله

“Praise be to Allah, and God is the greatest, and not the state, nor the forces of the people.”

سبحان الل

“Glory be to Allah.”

الحمد للا,

“All praise be to Allah.”

الله أكبر,

“Allah is the greatest."

لا إلها اللله, إتش.

“There is no God but Allah.”

سبحان الله واب حامد هي سبحان الله حيل أزم

“All glory be to Allah, and all praise to Him. Glorified is Allah, the Great.”

Dua for Sa’ee: Between Safa and Marwah

The following dua has been narrated by Jabir (rali) that Prophet Muhammad (SAW) would recite when he came close to Mount Safa:

إِنَّ الصَّفَا وَالْمَرْوَةَ مِنْ شَعَائِرِ الله فَمَنْ حَجَّ الْبَيْتَ أَوِ اعْتَمَرَ فَلا جُنَاحَ عَلَيْهِ أَنْ يَطَّوَّفَ بِهِمَا وَمَنْ تَطَوَّعَ خَيْرًا فَإِنَّ الله شَاكِرٌ عَلِيمٌ

“Verily! As-Safa and Al-Marwah are of the Symbols of Allaah. So it is not a sin on him who perform Hajj or ‘Umrah of the House (the Kaaba at Makkah) to perform the going between them (As-Safa and Al-Marwah). And whoever does good voluntarily, then verily, Allaah is All-Recogniser, All-Knower.”
The Prophet (SAW) would then say:

نَبْدَأُ بِمَا بَدَأَ اللَّهُ بِهِ

“I begin with what Allaah began with.”
He (SAW) would then climb Mount Safe, face the Qibla and utter the Takbir thrice.

الله أكبر الله أكبر الله أكبر

“Allaahu Akbar, Allaahu Akbar, Allaahu Akbar.”
When the Prophet (SAW) began ascending the Mount Safa, he would recite:

لَى كُلِّ شَيْءٍ قَدِيرٌ ، لَا إلَهَ إلَّا الله أَنْجَزَ وَعْدَهُ وَنَصَرَ عَبْدَهُ وَهَزَمَ الْأَحْزَابَ وَحْدَهُ

“There is nothing worthy of worship except Allah, Alone. He has no partner, To Him belongs the kingdom, & all praise belongs to Him, & He has power above all things, There is nothing worthy of worship except Allah, He fulfilled His promise, Granted victory to His servant, And alone He defeated the allied army.”
The Prophet (SAW) would then repeat the same duas for Mount Marwa as he did for Mount Safa.

Dua for Ease
Hajj Umrah duas man holding quran

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There is no arguing that Hajj is a physically and mentally trying time on any human being. But it’s important to keep the goal in mind: to please Allah and gain forgiveness from Him for your sins. If you feel like things are getting too difficult, recite the following dua and leave the rest up to the Almighty.

اللَّهُمَّ رَحْمَتَكَ أَرْجُو فَلَا تَكِلْنِي إِلَى نَفْسِي طَرْفَةَ عَيْنٍ وَأَصْلِحْ شَأْنِي كُلَّهُ لَا إِلَهَ إِلَّا أَنْتَ

"O Allah, I hope for Your mercy, do not leave me for even the duration of an eye blink (duration) and correct my total condition. Besides You there is none worthy of worship.”
You can also recite the following dua before asking what you need from Allah. This is the dua that Yunus (AS) recited when he was trapped inside the belly of fish. He called upon his Creator with these words, and Allah saved him. It is said that whoever recites these words when in need, Allah will surely accept his duas.

لَا إِلَهَ إِلَّا أَنْتَ سُبْحَانَكَ إِنِّي كُنْتُ مِنَ الظَّالِمِينَ

"O Allah, there is none worthy of worship besides You. You are Pure, definitely I have oppressed my soul by sinning".

Dua When Drinking Zam Zam Water

Access to and the ability to drink as much of the blessed Zam Zam water as you want is one of the perks of your pilgrimage to Mecca and Medina. Zam Zam has been said to have healing properties as well, so recite the following dua along with any other duas when drinking it.

للَّهُمَّ إِنِّي أَسْأَلُكَ عِلْمَاً نَافِعَاًً وَرِزْقَاً وَاسِعَاًَ وَشِفَاءً مِنْ كُلِّ دَاءٍ

"O Allah, I seek beneficial knowledge, wide sustenance, and cure from all ailments from You.”
This is a useful Hajj dua list to have with you for a productive Hajj and pilgrimage to Mecca. Make memorizing (or writing them down to have with you at all times) an important step in your Hajj preparation before you leave. And have a blessed Hajj!

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