Introduction: Honoured Status Of A TravellerAbu Hurairah reported that the Messenger of Allah said: “Three supplications are answered without doubt – the supplication of the oppressed, the supplication of the traveller, and the supplication of the parent for his son.” (Tirmidhi, Abu Dawud) If such be the lofty status of a traveller, it must only mean that travelling in Islam has a higher purpose. If that is so, we must exemplify some adab (etiquette) while travelling as a form of responsibility and accountability to ourselves, to those whom we leave behind and to those whom we will meet on our journeys. This is to ensure that Allah’s Blessings accompany us throughout. Credit: GIPHY In this small effort, surely we cannot exhaustively list all the adabs and etiquettes of a traveller, but suffice for us to share some practical tips with you. Do note that this is an opinion piece by Uztad Saif-ur-Rahman (Alchemy of Hippie-ness).
Etiquette #1: Fulfill All Your Responsibilities Before You TravelBefore embarking on your journey, ensure that all your responsibilities are fulfilled until the day you return. This could be in the form of any outstanding debt you may owe to someone, or any outstanding job at work that needs to be completed while you are away, or forstudents who have any assignments and homework due while they are away. Importantly for parents, to ensure that they leave behind enough sustenance for those under their charge while they are away. The point is, do not make your absence of travel be an excuse for you to escape your responsibilities. It will not only affect your reputation personally but also the reputation of Islam.
Etiquette #2: Intent And Purpose Must Not Be BlameworthyGenerally, as in any deeds in Islam, ensure that the intent and purpose of your travel is not blameworthy. When travelling, do not find loopholes for doing things that are otherwise prohibited when you are not travelling, such as smoking weed.
Etiquette #3: Do Not Be Extravagant In Your Preparations And ExpensesIn line with establishing proper intention, we advise you not to be extravagant in your preparations. From our experience, we find some travellers spent an unnecessary amount of expenses on new luggage, clothing and the like for each of their travels. Such excesses are not limited to only quality but also quantity. For example, by bringing a large-sized suitcase when a medium-sized one is sufficient. This will also help you to curb from unnecessary shopping spree expenditures.
Etiquette #4: Seek Blessings And Forgiveness. Bid Family Members FarewellIt might seem cliché but it is important before you travel to ask for blessings and forgiveness fromyour parents, your spouse, your children or anyone who is responsible for you. While seeking the blessings of Allah is paramount, the blessings and prayers of those who are close to you are equally important. Even on a daily basis, do not leave your home unannounced as you may meet with your death along the way. On the day of your departure, it is also important to bid your family and loved ones farewell.
Etiquette #5: Recite Doa For ProtectionAs you leave your house, step out the door with your right feet first and take heed of the following:
“If you recite ‘Bismillāh, tawakkaltu ‘ala Allāh, wa lā ḥaula wa lā quwwata illā billāh’ (In the name of Allah, I seek help from Allah, there is no strength nor means but with Allah) while leaving the house, then you will be told: ‘You are protected and saved. The Satan will leave you’" (Tirmidhi, Abu Dawud)