Ahaadeeth and Sunnats of Traveling
Prohibition of returning home at night
63.) Nabi (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi waSallam) would never return to his home (late at) night, after returning from a journey.
[Hazrat Anas Ibn Maalik (RA)- Mishkaat / Sahih Bukhari]
Sayyidina Jaabir (RA) says : ‘If anyone of you went and returned from a long journey, he should not return to his family members at night.”
[Mishkaat / Sahih Bukhari]
On one occasion, the Sahabah (RA) returned at night from a journey with Rasulullah (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi waSallam). Some of them wanted to go home immediately, but Rasulullah (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi waSallam) discouraged them for the above reasons.
Note : This would apply when they have no information of one’s arrival, or the arrival is unexpected. However, if they are expecting one’s return, it is a different matter altogether. The inconvenience and discomfort that could be caused by a sudden, unexpected arrival is obvious.
Extracted from Ash-Shamaa`il al Kubra
[The Sublime Conduct of Nabi (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi waSallam) Volume 3]