Make your Journey [travels] Easy & Spiritual Rewarding
Always ensure that your travels attain the pleasure of Allah and are within the
confinements of sharia. The Messenger of Allah Muhammad [peace be upon
him] said: “Surely every deed is judged by its intention” [Hadith-Bukhari] .
There are duas for every occasion. There are sunnah duas when undertaking a
journey. These duas will ensure protection and safety from difficulties that may be
encountered. The Parent should read these duas aloud and the kids should repeat it
after them so that they could memorise it.
The duas for traveling can be found on the internet at :
Please print these duas and take along with you on journey.
Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said, “Whoever says (upon leaving his house): `Bismillah,
tawakkaltu `alallah, wa la hawla wa la quwwata illa billah [I begin with the Name of
Allah; I trust in Allah; there is no altering of conditions but by the Power of Allah],’ it
will be said to him: ‘You are guided, defended and protected.’ The devil will go far
away from him”.[Abu Dawud, At-Tirmidhi and An-Nasa’i]. Abu Dawud reported it
with this addition: “One devil will say to another: ‘How can you deal with a man who
has been guided, defended and protected?”.
Ensure that your program includes activities and places that are Islamically
acceptable. Exclude all haraam and immoral activities/places. Include places that will
bring you closer to Allah. Don’t let shaytaan beguile you into being neglectful of the
commandments of Allah. Enjoy the great outdoors and see the signs of Allah in
nature. A journey without an iternary is like a archer shooting aimlessly!
Now make a list of essentials:
Passport and copies ( leave copy at home)
Extra passport photos
Check arrival/departure times
Pack extra clothing in hand luggage in case bags are delayed/misplaced.
Order Halaal diet[most airlines require advance notice]
Label ALL items
Arrive early as many flights are overbooked
Avoid carrying prohibited items. Be aware of the latest list of prohibited items
and do not carry anything (even something innocent) if it possibly could be
construed as a weapon
Listen carefully to in-flight instructions
Be aware of your rights to privacy. If officials want to verify pictures than insist
for a female to check females and a male to check males.
Book early so that you can choose your seats.
Check if all baggage is received. Report damaged/ missing bags before you leave
Check vehicle roadworthiness[spare wheel, etc]
Maps-en route info booklets
Navigational System-GPS(Remember to update)
Activities to keep kids occupied
Compass[to determine direction of Qiblah]
Water[ for ablution (wudhu and istinja)]
Food for journey
Disposable Diapers if you have babies
Water for drinking and cooler bag
Extra keys for car
Extra spectacles in case of emergency
Sun Block lotions for sunny areas
Islamic games to keep kids entertained.
Check Internet for:
Salaah times[ various places ]
Halaal food outlets- For car travel and day trips, it’s advisable to pack your own
food from home. It’s less expensive, and you know what you’re eating. But if you
desire or need to eat out, check to make sure you’re eating halaal!
POINTS TO REMEMBER:
Be punctual with prayers even when on journey [salaah on journey is half
but not maaf!]- this applies to both male and female.
Always be engage in good and stay away from haraam , immoral places
and activities- for you will die how you lived and be raised the way you
Be careful of setting double standards before your kids. Kids are very
observant. Allah is All Seeing and All Knowing. There is NO pleasure in the
displeasure of Allah.
Be sure to leave clear instructions in case of death. Draw up a will.
Take safety precautions. Avoid traveling at night on quiet roads. Keep to
Pack carefully and lightly. Avoid unnecessary items. Keep sufficient
edibles and drinks nearby to keep kids hydrated.
EMERGENCIES: Have contact details easily available. First Aid travel kit
Make your stops at prayer times. Allow kids time to refresh,run and play.
Spend time making Zikr- The Messenger of Allah [pbuh] informed us that
we will not regret about anything in this life accept the time spent
without zikr. Verily, in the Zikr of Allah do hearts find peace.” (Surah Ra’d)
… “Verily, the remembrance of Allah is the greatest.” (Surah Ahzaab)
Take out sadaqah[charity] before the journey.
Preparing for a journey can be stressful. So accommodate each other and
overlook each others shortcomings. Be cheerful and polite. Always try and
be helpful to others.
Smile and be pleasant — airport personnel and border control officers are
doing their job to make travel safe for everyone. If you have an attitude it
will only give people a bad impression of Muslims.
Appropriate Dress-Dress Islamically. Be sure that kids dress appropriately
in light, loose clothing (For young sisters wearing hijab, keep the scarves
light colour and light weight). Ensure that children dress modestly. Not
only will this make it easier for them to adhere to modest styles of dress as
they get older, but it will also protect them from harmful UV rays.
(Contrary to popular belief, light colored, loose fitting clothing which
reflects heat is far more conducive to keeping cool then bare legs and bare
arms which take in direct heat from the sun on a warm day.) Sun block for
faces, hands and arms is very important to prevent health problems in the
future. Avoid chemical sun-blocks if possible. Keep it natural. There are a
wide variety of herbal sun-blocks available derived from organic sources
which work well and smell better than commercial brands. Check into
specialty shops that carry herbal products.
VALUABLE ADVISE FROM SUNNAH:
Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: The Messenger
of Allah (PBUH) 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.”[At-Tirmidhi and Abu Dawud].
Khaulah bint Hakim (May Allah be pleased with her) reported: I heard the
Messenger of Allah (PBUH) saying, “Whosoever alights somewhere and
says: `A`udhu bikalimat-illahit-tammati min sharri ma khalaqa (I seek
refuge with the Perfect Words of Allah from the evil of what He has
created),’ nothing will harm him until he leaves that place.”
Anas (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: We returned with the
Prophet (PBUH) from a journey; and when we entered the suburbs of Al-
Madinah, he (PBUH) said: “Ayibuna, ta’ibuna, `abiduna, li-Rabbina
hamidun (We are returning in safety, turning to our Rubb, worshipping
Him and praising Him).” He (PBUH) continued repeating these words till
we entered Al-Madinah.
Ka`b bin Malik (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: Whenever the
Messenger of Allah (PBUH) returned from a journey, he would proceed
straight to the mosque and perform two Rak`ah of (optional) prayer.[Al-
Bukhari and Muslim].
We have left our homes behind and NOT our Imaan. So be a Muslim at
home, on journey or wherever you may be!…Be patient, and have a
Astodikumullah(I bid you farewell in the name of Allah)
Source: E-Islam (www.eislam.co.za)