Ahaadeeth and Sunnats of Traveling
The reward of serving one’s companions whilst traveling
56.) Nabi (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi waSallam) said : “A man has to give charity for every joint in his body daily, thus, helping somebody to get on to his conveyance, or assisting him in loading his goods thereupon is regarded as charity. Speaking a kind word is charity, taking every step towards Salaah is charity, and giving directions to somebody is charity as well.”
[Hazrat Abu Hurairah (RA)- Sahih Bukhari]
57.) Nabi (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi waSallam) said : “The true leader of a group of travelers is one who relentlessly serves his companions. He who takes a leading role in serving his companions cannot be surpassed by any action of theirs save martyrdom.”
[Hazrat Sahl Ibn Sa`d (RA)– Mishkaat]
- The reward is so tremendous that it would require martyrdom to outclass the person.
- Being of service means to provide any type of ease and convenience to a fellow traveler.
- Allamah Ayni (Rahmatullah ‘alayh) has written that if a person cannot engage in optional Salaah or fast due to being in the service of his companions, he will still receive a greater reward due to being of service to others.
- A few Sahaba who were not fasting during one journey, assisted and served those who were exhausted due to fasting. Seeing this, Nabi (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi waSallam) remarked : ‘Those who were not fasting surely achieved great rewards today.’ [Sahih Bukhari]
Extracted from Ash-Shamaa`il al Kubra
[The Sublime Conduct of Nabi (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi waSallam) Volume 3]