4 Travel Sunnahs For Muslims

by Muslim Pro

Globally as people gear up to travel anywhere and everywhere, we bring to you travel tips that our Prophet ﷺ practiced during his lifetime. These will help enhance your travel experience while you practice your faith without any hindrance.

No matter what generation or era, the sunnahs of the Prophet ﷺ continue to stay evergreen.

The way Prophet Muhammed ﷺ led his beautiful life and made simple yet conscious choices has helped Muslims through generations to practice a meaningful Islamic lifestyle

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The Prophet would make the following supplication before he would commence on a journey,

حَدَّثَنَا مُسَدَّدٌ، حَدَّثَنَا يَحْيَى، حَدَّثَنَا مُحَمَّدُ بْنُ عَجْلاَنَ، حَدَّثَنِي سَعِيدٌ الْمَقْبُرِيُّ، عَنْ أَبِي هُرَيْرَةَ، قَالَ كَانَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم إِذَا سَافَرَ قَالَ ‏ “‏ اللَّهُمَّ أَنْتَ الصَّاحِبُ فِي السَّفَرِ وَالْخَلِيفَةُ فِي الأَهْلِ اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي أَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنْ وَعْثَاءِ السَّفَرِ وَكَآبَةِ الْمُنْقَلَبِ وَسُوءِ الْمَنْظَرِ فِي الأَهْلِ وَالْمَالِ اللَّهُمَّ اطْوِ لَنَا الأَرْضَ وَهَوِّنْ عَلَيْنَا السَّفَرَ ‏”‏ ‏.‏

Narrated AbuHurayrah:

When the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) proceeded on journey, he would say: O Allah, Thou art the Companion in the journey, and the One Who looks after the family; O Allah, I seek refuge in Thee from the difficulty of travelling, finding harm when I return, and unhappiness in what I see coming to my family and property. O Allah, make the length of his journey short for us, and the journey easy for us.

[Sunan Abi Dawud 2598]

2. Combined Prayers

وَقَالَ إِبْرَاهِيمُ بْنُ طَهْمَانَ عَنِ الْحُسَيْنِ الْمُعَلِّمِ، عَنْ يَحْيَى بْنِ أَبِي كَثِيرٍ، عَنْ عِكْرِمَةَ، عَنِ ابْنِ عَبَّاسٍ ـ رضى الله عنهما ـ قَالَ كَانَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم يَجْمَعُ بَيْنَ صَلاَةِ الظُّهْرِ وَالْعَصْرِ إِذَا كَانَ عَلَى ظَهْرِ سَيْرٍ، وَيَجْمَعُ بَيْنَ الْمَغْرِبِ وَالْعِشَاءِ‏.‏

Narrated Ibn `Abbas:

Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) used to offer the Zuhr and `Asr prayers together on journeys, and also used to offer the Maghrib and `Isha’ prayers together. Narrated Anas bin Malik: The Prophet (ﷺ) used to offer the Maghrib and the `Isha’ prayers together on journeys.

[Sahih al-Bukhari 1107]

3. Tayammum

أَخْبَرَنَا مُحَمَّدُ بْنُ عُبَيْدِ بْنِ مُحَمَّدٍ، قَالَ حَدَّثَنَا أَبُو الأَحْوَصِ، عَنْ أَبِي إِسْحَاقَ، عَنْ نَاجِيَةَ بْنِ خُفَافٍ، عَنْ عَمَّارِ بْنِ يَاسِرٍ، قَالَ أَجْنَبْتُ وَأَنَا فِي الإِبِلِ، فَلَمْ أَجِدْ مَاءً فَتَمَعَّكْتُ فِي التُّرَابِ تَمَعُّكَ الدَّابَّةِ فَأَتَيْتُ رَسُولَ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم فَأَخْبَرْتُهُ بِذَلِكَ فَقَالَ ‏ “‏ إِنَّمَا كَانَ يَجْزِيكَ مِنْ ذَلِكَ التَّيَمُّمُ ‏”‏ ‏.‏

It was narrated that ‘Ammar bin Yasir said:

“I became Junub while I was on a camel and I could not find any water, so I rolled in the dust like an animal. I came to the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) and told him about that, and he said: ‘Tayammum would have been sufficient for you.’”

[Sunan an-Nasa’i 313]

Tayammum is a purification ritual or act of performing wudu with clean earth in the absence of clean water. 

أَخْبَرَنَا الْعَبَّاسُ بْنُ عَبْدِ الْعَظِيمِ الْعَنْبَرِيُّ، قَالَ حَدَّثَنَا عَبْدُ اللَّهِ بْنُ مُحَمَّدِ بْنِ أَسْمَاءَ، قَالَ حَدَّثَنَا جُوَيْرِيَةُ، عَنْ مَالِكٍ، عَنِ الزُّهْرِيِّ، عَنْ عُبَيْدِ اللَّهِ بْنِ عَبْدِ اللَّهِ بْنِ عُتْبَةَ، أَنَّهُ أَخْبَرَهُ عَنْ أَبِيهِ، عَنْ عَمَّارِ بْنِ يَاسِرٍ، قَالَ تَيَمَّمْنَا مَعَ رَسُولِ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم بِالتُّرَابِ فَمَسَحْنَا بِوُجُوهِنَا وَأَيْدِينَا إِلَى الْمَنَاكِبِ ‏.‏

It was narrated that ‘Ammar bin Yasir said:

“We did Tayammum with the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) using dust, and we wiped our faces and our arms up to the shoulders.”

[Sunan an-Nasa’i 315]

4. Essentials to Carry

عن عائشة رضي الله عنها، قالت: خمس لم يكن رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم يدعهن في حضر ولا سفر: المرآة، والمكحلة، والمشط، والمدرى، والسواك

Aisha said, ‘Rasulullah ﷺ never left five things, whether he was on travel or at home; a mirror, antimony [kohl], a comb, a stick/metal comb [used for scratching] and a miswak.’

(Disclaimer: Imam Tabarani and Hafiz Khatib Al Baghdadi have recorded this narration (Al Mu’jamul Awsat, Hadith: 5238. Refer: Fathul Bari, Hadith: 5924) Despite one narrator of this chain being declared weak, the narration is corroborated. The narration is therefore acceptable and may be quoted.)

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