Imam an-Nawawi said that it is preferable to say the tasmiyah, increase in the remembrance of Allah and to greet the people.
- Remember Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala when Entering:
When a man enter his house and mentioned the Name of Allah while entering and while eating Shaytan says (to other Shayateen), “There is no abode for you and no food.” [Muslim, the Book of Drinks, Hadeeth # 2018]
- Supplicate when Entering:
اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي أَسْأَلُكَ خَيْرَ الْمَوْلِجِ وَخَيْرَ الْمَخْرَجِ بِسْمِ اللَّهِ وَلِجْنَا و بسم الله خرجنا وَعَلَى اللَّهِ رَبِّنَا تَوَكَّلْنَا
“O Allah, I ask You for the best of entering and the best of leaving. In the Name of Allah we enter, and in the Name of Allah we leave, and in our Lord, we place our trust.” [Abu Daw’oud, the Book of Good Manner, Hadeeth # 5096]
By this, the person is consciously seeking to put his reliance on Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala when entering and leaving the house. This is also a means to create a permanent bond with Allah.
- Use a Siwaak:
When the Prophet salAllahu ‘alayhi wa sallam entered his home, he began by using a siwaak. [Muslim, the Book of Purification, Hadeeth # 253]
- Say the Tasleem:
“When you enter the houses, greet one another with a greeting
from Allah, blessed and good…” [Surah an-Nur: 61]
- Leaving with the following Supplication:
بِسْمِ اللهِ ، تَوَكَّلْتُ عَلَى اللهِ
وَلَا حَوْلَ وَلَا قُوَّةَ إِلَّا بِاللهِ
“In the Name of Allah, I place my trust in Allah,
and there is no might or power except with Allah.”
It will then be said to the one who says this, “You have been sufficed and have been protected and Shaytan has retreated.” [Abu Daw’oud, the Book of Good Manners, Hadeeth # 5095]
The Muslim enters and leaves his house many times during the day and nights: for prayer in the Masjid, work, household duties, etc. If he practices these Sunan when he comes and goes, he will obtain for himself great benefit and reward.
Some benefits of practicing these Sunan are:
– The servant will be sufficed in his important affairs, whether worldly or religious matters.
– The servant will be protected from every evil and adversity, whether from Jinn or mankind.
– The servant will receive guidance – Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala will guide him in all of his religious and worldly affairs.
[Book: More than 1000 Sunan Every Day and Night (Adhkar Min Alf Sunnah Fee Al-Yawm Wa Al-Laylah, Dar-us-Salaam Publications)]