Moving into a new apartment or house is a milestone in today’s society. It’s an exciting time, and usually signifies a fresh start. Many of us have different rituals we may practice when moving into our new home, whether it’s religious, or for health reasons.
When it comes to religion, we may listen to Quran, recite some duaas, or pray as a way of blessing our new home. Coming from a health perspective, some may even burn some sage as a way of cleansing their space.
To be clear, there is nothing specifically outlined in the Quran or hadith that explains the proper way of blessing your new space. However, by engaging in things that are pleasing to Allah, your home will definitely be blessed. Some of the things that come to mind are prayer, duaas, and acts of giving:
1. Duaa Is Your Friend
When first moving into your home, praying two rakat is common. During the prayer, you can ask Allah to make your own a place of blessing, mercy and remembrance of Him, said Tabraze Azam on Seekers Hub. He also went on to say that reciting Ikhlas, Falaq and Nas every morning and night will protect you from the evil eye.
Additionally, reciting the following supplication (recorded by Bukhari, Tirmidhi, Abu Dawad) will also go far to ward off the evil eye:
“I seek refuge in Allah most perfect words from every devil, harmful thing, and accusing eye.”
You can also recite the duaa upon entering your new home, “In the name of Allah we enter, and in the name of Allah we leave, and upon our Lord we place our trust.”
2. Acts of Charity
Acts of charity and feeding others are pleasing to Allah, therefore, you can welcome your family and friends to your new home with a delicious meal!
“There is much reward and blessing (baraka) in feeding others. The Messenger of Allah (PBUH) was asked, ‘What is the best of faith?’ He (PBUH) said, ‘Feed others, and give salams to those you know and those you do not know,’” said Tabraze Azam on Seekers Hub.
3. So, Where Does Sage Burning Fit In?
From a health perspective, many choose to burn sage as a way of removing toxins from their space, not to mention it can double as an incense. According to Healthline, “The most-used types of sage have antimicrobial properties. This means they keep infectious bacteria, viruses, and fungi at bay.”
They also cited a 2007 study that found that burning sage for an hour decreased the level of aerial bacteria by 94 percent. Not only is sage used for removing toxins, but it can also improve your mood, reduce stress, and improve your sleep, according to Healthline.
It’s important to note, however, that burning sage was handed down from Native American civilizations and doesn’t come from an Islamic perspective: “Burning sage is handed down from Native American civilizations and is considered a spiritual practice that removes negative energy,” Taz Bhatia, MD, tells The Oprah Magazine.
Although burning sage can be beneficial for your health, it also comes with a side of caution: “Logman warns that anyone with asthma or respiratory issues should be careful not to inhale too much of the smoke that comes with burning sage, as it can be hazardous. Soliman also notes that some pets may become irritated by the smoke —especially cats. If you notice yourself or a furry friend becoming sensitive, she recommends opening your window for fresh air and staying hydrated,” as reported by Irina Gonzalez on The Oprah Magazine.
There are plenty of things to do to bless your new home. Whether from a religious perspective or a health perspective, we hope you find health and happiness in your new space.