His routine about traveling


Features of the Mode of life of the Holy Prophet, Hadith & Seerah, The Ways of the Prophet (SAWS) / Saturday, January 16th, 2010

When the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) would himself set out or send someone, on a journey, he thought Thursday as an appropriate day for departure. While traveling he moved his mount at a high speed and when the distance was long, he moved still more quickly. During journey his noble habit was to leave the camping place early in the morning and howsoever short the stopover was, he would not resume the journey unless he had offered two rakaat of prayer. Whenever anybody returned from a Journey and came to meet him the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) would embrace him and kiss on his forehead. [Zadul Ma’ad]

During travel with his companions, he would invariably share the work to be done collectively e.g. cooking the meals. Once during a halt, when his companions thought of cooking the meals, every one of them undertook some item of work, and the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) took upon himself to gather the wood. [Zadul Ma’ad]

On returning from a journey he would never go to his house straight but would go to the mosque, say two rakaat of prayer and then go to his home. When entering the city on such occasions if he met children on the way, he would make them seated on his mount, the small one in front of him the elder one behind him. [Zadul Ma’ad]

Whenever he proceeded on a journey or marched for a Jihad, he would carry one of the companions on his mount.[Zadul Ma’ad]

When he used to start for a journey and get himself seated on his mount comfortably, he would say ALLAH-o-Akbar’ (ALLAH is the greatest of all) thrice and then recite Glorified be He who has subjugated it to us for we could never have been its master by ourselves. And surely must we return to our Lord. O Allaah we ask thee for righteousness and piety during this journey and such works as will please thee. O Allaah! Make this journey easy for us and afford us relief in covering the distance. O Allaah! Thou art our companion in this journey and Thou art the protector of our homes belongings When the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) returned from the journey he used to recite the above mentioned supplication with following addition: We are those who have come back from journey, we are those who offer repentance, we are those who offer prayers and those who praise their Lord. [Zadul Ma’ad]

Whenever his mount climbed a height he would say ALLAH-oAkbar (ALLAH is the greatest of all) thrice and recite: O ALLAH ! At this height dignity belongs to Thee alone and praise be to Thee in all circumstances. [Zadul Ma’ad]

When the mount moved in a low lying place, then he would say, Subhan ALLAH (Glorified be ALLAH) thrice. While putting his feet in the stirrups he would say, Bismillah. (In the name of ALLAH). Whenever he intended to encamp in a town or village, and which came in his view from a distance, he would say: O ALLAH! Bless us in it, thrice, and when he actually entered it, he would say: O ALLAH Favor us with the fruits (of the city and endear us to its inhabitants and inspire love of its pious persons in our hearts. [Zadul Ma’ad]

While seeing off anybody, he would say: I entrust to ALLAH your faith, your belongings that need protection and the outcomes of your deeds. [Zad-ul-Ma’ad]

On return from a journey, when he met his family members, he would say: We offer repentance again and again. We turn to our Lord so that He way clean us from all evils. [Zadul Ma’ad]

He usually set out for a journey in the early hours of the day and would pray to ALLAH, the Exalted, that his Ummah be blessed in setting out on journeys in the early hour of the day. If the travelers were three, he would direct them to choose one of them as their amir (Leader). [Zadul Ma’ad]

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