Entering the House

Teaching some basic sunnans or just good manners that we can do everyday since we have to enter the house everyday anyway. 🙂

1. Enter in the name of Allah

The Book of Drinks (Kitab Al-Ashriba)

Muslim :: Book 23 : Hadith 5006

Jabir b. ‘Abdullah reported

Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) as saying: When a person enters his house and mentions the name of Allah at the time of entering it and while eating the food, Satan says (addressing himself: You have no place to spend the night and no evening meal; but when he enters without mentioning the name of Allah, the Satan says: You have found a place to spend the night, and when he does not mention the name of Allah while eating food, he (the Satan) says: You have found a place to spend the night and evening meal. This hadith has been narrated on the authority of Jabir b. Abdullah through the same chain of transmitters but with a slight variation of wording.

Alhamdullilah we have been practising this since we learnt this hadith when we studied the manners of eating sometime ago. Read HERE.

It is an easy sunnah to do. So why not. 😀

2. Enter the house with the right foot.

For we always start something good with our right. (Actually I only heard this but I have no prove for this. Can someone share this)

3. Enter the house gently.

Do not slam the door. But do make some sounds indicating to the people in the house that you are home. My husband usually have a lot of keys to handle. It makes a jingle sound. Z immediately will run hiding in the hope that his father would search for him. 🙂

Do not surprise or startle people of your presence. Help them to prepare themselves to welcome you home. 🙂

4. Greet our family members with salam as we enter.

This is also mentioned in the Quran Al Noor 24:61

Say salam But when you enter the houses, greet one another with a greeting from Allah (i.e., say: As-Salamu ‘Alaikum – may you be safe from evil), blessed and good.” (Al Noor 24:61)

From Tafsir Ibn Kathir of the ayah (But when you enter the houses, greet one another):

Sa`id bin Jubayr, Al-Hasan Al-Basri, Qatadah and Az-Zuhri said, “This means greet one another with Salam.”

Ibn Jurayj said: Abu Az-Zubayr said, “I heard Jabir bin `Abdullah say, `When you enter upon your family, greet them with a greeting from Allah, blessed and good.’ He said, `I do not think it is anything but obligatory.”’

Ibn Jurayj said: “And Ziyad said that Ibn Tawus used to say: `When any one of you enters his house, let him say Salam.”’

Mujahid said: “And when you enter the Masjid, say: `Peace be upon the Messenger of Allah’; when you enter upon your families, greet them with Salam; and when you enter a house in which there is nobody, say: `As-Salamu `Alayna wa `Ala `Ibad-Allah-is-Salihin (peace be upon us and upon the righteous servants of Allah).’ This is what one is commanded to do, and it has been narrated to us that the angels will return his greeting.”

From this narration, we can conclude that we should say salam as we enter our house and greet our family members.

I usually say salam regardless that there is no one in the house anyway. However, in the nrration above it says we should say`As-Salamu `Alayna wa `Ala `Ibad-Allah-is-Salihin (peace be upon us and upon the righteous servants of Allah).’ And the angels will return the greeting.

Also read HERE on the related matter.

5. Use the siwak

The Book of Purification (Kitab Al-Taharah) Muslim ::

Book 2 : Hadith 489

‘A’isha reported:

Whenever Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) entered his house, he used tooth-stick first of all.

We have never done this sunnah. We will see how best we can do to apply this in our life, Insya Allah. However, if we are not using the tooth stick, we will use the toothbrush minus the toot paste for a change.


Summary of Manners of entering our house.

1. Say Bismillah

2. Enter with right foot.

3.Make some sounds indicating you are home

4. Say Salam

5. Brush our teeth.


Main reference

1. More than 1000 Sunan every day and night. – Compiled by Khaelid Husaynaan. Translated by Aboo Ismaaeel Munir. Qtar Guest Centre

2. The Muslim Home 40 Recommendations In the Light of the Quran and Sunnah – Muhammad Salih al Munajjid. IIPH

3. Tafsir Ibn Kathir.

4. The Book of Manners – Compiled by Fuad ibn Abdul Azeea Ash Shulhoob translated by Faisal Shafiq. Darussalam


Filed under Against the Shaytan, Akhlaq/ Nasihah

5 responses to “Entering the House

  1. Great job, Allahumma baarik!
    FYI, the hadith of du’aa of entering the house was classified dhaif by Sh Al-Albani – I just e-mailed the article to m’siansqatar. WAllahu a’lam. 🙂

  2. lolliesplace

    Oh dear.

    Usually I would chose only the one from Bukhari or Muslim. However I gave exception to this one because, oh well, because first of all it is in the 1000 Sunan Every Day and night pocket book. And then because it is in nearly all chapter of entering house.

    I suppose just saying the basmallah is enough when you enter the house? Not to mention it is easier. 🙂

    Jazakillahu Khairan sister.

  3. lolliesplace

    I am taking out the said hadith in this entry. However I am putting it here for reference of the discussion.

    Supplication when entering General Behavior (Kitab Al-Adab) Dawud ::

    Book 41 : Hadith 5077

    Narrated AbuMalik Al-Ash’ari: The Prophet (peace_be_upon_him) said:

    When a man goes into his house, he should say: “O Allah! I ask Thee for good both when entering and when going out; in the name of Allah we have entered, and in the name of Allah we have gone out, and in Allah or Lord do we trust.” He should then greet his family.

    اللهمَّ إِنِّي أَسْأَلُكَ خَيْرَ المَوْلَجِ وَخََيْرَ المَخْرَجِ

    بِسْمِ اللهِ

    وَلَجْنَا وَبِسْمِ الله خَرَجْنَا وَعَلَى الله رَبَّنَا تَوَكَّلْنَا

  4. WAllahu a’lam. However the article did mention about salam – to give salam when entering a house as per Surah An-Nuur:61.
    Once I did ask about giving salam when there’s nobody inside + I remembered ‘assalamu ‘alaina wa ‘ala ‘ibaadIllahis saalihin’, but the person I asked said that there’s no reference for that – so jazakIllahu khair for this! 🙂

  5. lolliesplace

    diana – I somehow can recall you asking about it.
    Anyway I am using the tafsir by Ibn Kathir for that verse. And all those are copied verbatim from Ibn Kathir. May Allah forgive me for my ignorance.

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