Ahaadeeth and Sunnats of Traveling
Seeking a companion before undertaking a journey
14.) Nabi (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi waSallam) said : “Search for a neighbour before building a house, and for a companion before a journey, and make adequate arrangements for your journey before departing.”
[Hazrat Ali (RA) ]
- It is advised to travel with a companion so that he could be of assistance, and should be one that provides solace and relief.
Prohibition of traveling alone
15.) Nabi (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi waSallam) said : “If people knew what I know about the hardships associated with traveling alone (at night), none would venture to travel alone at night.”
[Hazrat Abdullah Ibn Umar (RA) - Sahih Bukhari]
- Hazrat Abdullah Ibn Umar (RA) narrates that Nabi (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi waSallam) prohibited traveling alone.
- In previous times, people traveled upon animals, and they traveled through forests, jungles, and deserts. Since there was grave danger associated with such travels, Nabi (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi waSallam) advised against traveling alone.
- In today’s times, if a sudden need arises to travel alone, and adequate arrangements cannot be made to find a companion, a person may do so.
- Imam Bukhari (Rahmatullah ‘alayh) has entitled a chapter in his Sahih, in the following words, ‘Chapter concerning traveling alone’, in which he has indicated that it is permissible to do so if necessary. Similarly, he has entitled a chapter with the words, ‘Chapter regarding two people traveling’, and has proved that this is acceptable in time of necessity.
Extracted from Ash-Shamaa`il al Kubra
[The Sublime Conduct of Nabi (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi waSallam) Volume 3]