[Bismillaahi] Allaahumma 'innee 'a'oothu bika minal-khubthi walkhabaa'ith.
(Before entering) [In the Name of Allah] . (Then) O Allah , I seek protection in You from the male and female unclean spirits.
Reference: Al-Bukhari 1/45, Muslim 1/283. The addition of Bismillah at its beginning was reported by Said bin Mansur. See Fathul-Bari 1/244
And a du'a for exiting the bathroom:
I seek Your forgiveness.
Reference: Abu Dawud, Ibn Majah and At-Tirmithi. An-Nasa'i recorded it in 'Amalul-Yawm wal-Laylah. Also see the checking of Ibn Al-Qayyim's Zadul-Ma'ad, 2/387.
There are also rules (etiquettes) for the bathroom. For example, a Muslim is not supposed to mention the name of Allaah t'ala in the bathroom. And a Muslim is not supposed to greet another Muslims with "As Salaamu Alaikum" in the bathroom. A Muslim is not supposed to use the right hand for cleaning the private parts after using the bathroom (and while you're at it, clean three times). And a Muslim is supposed to enter the bathroom with the left foot, and exit the bathroom with the right foot.
In simple Islaamic terms, the bathroom is considered a dirty place. So much so, that a lot of Muslims run in and out of the bathrooms like someone is chasing them!
It always appalled me to see the condition of some of the bathrooms in our masjids, and in the bathrooms of some of our Muslim businesses: water all over the place, dirty toilets, paper towels (if they have them at all) on the floor, no hand soap, etc.
And many Muslim homes are no better. One thing I've noticed is that the bathrooms of most Muslim homes are very simple and inornate.
Sometimes this is a dilemna for the American Muslim because we Americans love our bathrooms!
The average American bathroom is not only a place for relieving yourself and showering; they can serve other purposes.
We Americans like to read in our bathrooms. Many of us keep books in our bathrooms:
My personal favorite :)
Some Americans like to have plants and pretty things in the bathroom:
Some Americans love fancy handsoaps & handcremes and flowers in their bathrooms:
Last but not least, a lot of us Americans love to take long bubble bath soaks, sometimes with candlelight:
How does a person dash in and out of the American bathroom, lol. What do you think?
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