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In my family if any family member is going out of country someone recite Azan and he has to leave home after reciting "Ayyahala Salah". This is basically for safe journey. Is it a right practice?
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There is no mention of azan and Ayyahala salah recitation in the sunnah of our beloved Prophet saws when one is going abroad. However, the sunnah of the Prophet saws was to perform 2 rakat nafl prayer and make supplications to Allah swt to make the journey safe. So it will be better to follow the sunnah in stead of doing something that is an innovation.
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