Friday, 23 February 2024 | 05:22 PM

Dua for Before undressing

The dua to be recited before undressing was taught by Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ) as reported by a Hadith in Jami at-Tirmidhi 606. The narrator of the Hadith is Ali Bin Abi Talid (رَضِيَ ٱللَّٰهُ عَنْهُ), who reported the Prophet (ﷺ) saying: "The screen between the eyes of the jinns and nakedness of the children of Adam when one of you enters the area of relieving oneself is saying: 'Bismillah.'" – Jami at-Tirmidhi 606.

One should still recite Bismillah before entering the toilet or an area where you are going to undress. This is because commencing any action or job with the recitation of Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَى) 's name is bound to bring you blessings and ward off Shaytan and evil.

Hisnul Muslim

When wearing a garment

Home & Family

Alhamdu lillaahil-lathee kasaanee haathaa (aththawba) wa razaqaneehi min ghayri hawlim-minnee wa laa quwwatin.

Praise is to Allah Who has clothed me with this (garment) and provided it for me, though I was powerless myself and incapable


الْحَمْدُ لِلّهِ الَّذِي كَسَانِي هَذَا (الثَّوْبَ) وَرَزَقَنِيهِ مِنْ غَـيـْرِ حَوْلٍ مِنِّي وَلَا قُـوَّةٍ

[Hisnul 5] [Al-Bukhari, Muslim, Abu Dawud, Ibn Majah, At-Tirmizi, 'Irwa'ul-Ghalil 7/47.]


The Etiquettes of Reciting the Dua Before Undressing

It is recommended to recite this dua before you enter the toilet, or if you're in your room, recite it immediately before you undress. However, if you're changing in the toilet, make sure to recite the dua before you step inside the toilet, as the area or place where you recite any dua should be clean in order to mention Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَى) 's name or the Quran.

The Benefits of Reciting Bismillah Before Undressing  

  • Mentioning the name of Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَى) before entering the toilet or undressing will prevent the Shaytan and jinn from causing you harm and seeing your awrah.
  • The dua was taught and passed on by The Prophet (ﷺ) for protection.
  • Saying bismillah has been recommended before commencing any task, work, or job, as dhikr of Allah's name brings blessings and protection.
  • Recitation of Bismillah also has other benefits, such as helping in relief from pain, as narrated by Uthman bin Abu al-As Al-Thaqafi reported:

"Uthman b. Abu al-'As Al-Thaqafi reported that he made a complaint of pain to Allah's Messenger (ﷺ) that he felt in his body at the time he had become Muslim. Thereupon Allah's Messenger (ﷺ) said: Place your hand at the place where you feel pain in your body and say Bismillah (in the name of Allah) three times and seven times A'udhu billahi wa qudratihi min sharri ma ajidu wa uhadhiru (I seek refuge with Allah and with His Power from the evil that I find and that I fear)." Sahih Muslim 2202

Dua Before Undressing – FAQs

What Does it Mean to Say Bismillah?

Bismillah translates to ''In the name of Allah, the most Gracious, the most Merciful''. Bismillah is recited by starting an action in the name of Allah and seeking his blessings in the doing of any action.

When Should I Use Bismellah?

Bismillah is generally recited before starting any action, work, or job. However, it is specially recommended to recite it before the following actions:

  • Before undressing
  • Before eating
  • After waking up
  • Before beginning your prayers
  • Before starting your journey or travel
  • For warding off pain
  • Before doing any good task

What Do You Reply to Bismillah?

There is no reply to someone reciting Bismillah as it means to start any action in the name of Allah and seek His blessings. Therefore, when someone recites Bismillah to start an action, you do not need to reply. However, if you're also beginning an action or task, you should also recite Bismillah with the other person.

Can I Say Bismillah in the Toilet?

You should say Bismillah before entering the toilet, such as within your room, as it is a clean place, rather than saying it inside the toilet.