Do’s & Don’ts
1. Before traveling, set your intentions to ponder upon Allah’s Creations and enjoy the beauty of this universe that He has created.
“Say: Travel in the land and see how (Allah) originated the creation, and then Allah will bring forth the creation of the Hereafter (i.e. resurrection after death). Verily, Allah is Able to do all things”
[Surah al-‘Ankaboot 29:20]
2. Learn lessons and receive reminders from the places you visit during your travel.
“Say (O Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم): Travel in the land and see what was the end of those who rejected truth”
[Surah al-An’aam 6:11]
“Say to them (O Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم): “Travel in the land and see how has been the end of the Mujrimoon (criminals, those who denied Allah’s Messengers and disobeyed Allah)”
[Surah al-Naml 27:69]
3. It is haraam to undertake ‘religious journeys’ to visit any mosques besides al-Masjid al-Haraam, al-Masjid an-Nabawi & Masjid al-Aqsa. It is also haraam to visit graves, shrines, tombs or mausoleums to worship or seek blessings as these are acts of shirk.
This does not mean that it is haraam to visit mosques in Muslim lands, because visiting them is prescribed and is mustahabb. Rather what is forbidden is setting out with the wrong intention. If a person has another reason for travelling, and he happens to visit the mosque too, there is nothing wrong with that, rather he is obliged to pray Jumu’ah and prayers in congregation.
“Worship Allah and join none with Him (in worship)”
[Surah al-Nisa’ 4:36].
“Verily, Allah forgives not (the sin of) setting up partners (in worship) with Him, but He forgives whom He wills, sins other than that, and whoever sets up partners in worship with Allah, has indeed strayed far away”
[Surah al-Nisa’ 4:116]
The Prophet (Peace and Blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “All the earth is a mosque apart from the graveyards and bathrooms.”
[Narrated by al-Tirmidhi, 317; Ibn Maajah, 745; classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Saheeh Ibn Maajah, 606]
4. Make lots of duas’ (supplications) when you travel. During travel supplication is heard by Allah (SWT) if the trip is for a good reason, but if the trip is for a bad intention or to perform illegal things (making sins) this will not apply to it.
The Messenger of Allah (SAW) said; Three supplications will not be rejected (by Allah (SWT), the supplication of the parent for his child, the supplication of the one who is fasting, and the supplication of the traveler.
[Narrated by al-Bayhaqi; see Saheeh al-Jaami’, 2032; al-Saheehah, 1797]
5. Lower your gaze and maintain modesty at all times, especially when travelling to a non-Muslim country.
6. Sisters should always travel with a mahram (husband, brother, father, etc). Travelling alone
The Prophet (Peace and Blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “No woman should travel except with a mahram and no man should enter upon her unless she has a mahram with her.” A man said: O Messenger of Allah, I want to go out with such-and-such an army, but my wife wants to go for Hajj. He said: “Go with her.”
[Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 1862]
Narrated from Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with him) that the Prophet (Peace and Blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “It is not permissible for a woman who believes in Allah and the Last Day to travel the distance of one day, except with a mahram.”
[Narrated by Muslim, 1339]