Ahaadeeth and Sunnats of Traveling
Greeting and embracing upon return
75.) Nabi (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi waSallam) said: “When two Muslims meet and shake hands, their sins are wiped away even before they part ways.”
[Hazrat Bara` Ibn Aazib (RA) - Sunan Abu Dawud]
Note: The Islamic term for a handshake is ‘musafaha’ and the term for embracing is ‘mu`aanaqah’.
76.) Nabi (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi waSallam) said : “When a Muslim meets another Muslim, and then takes his hand and clasps it and makes musafaha, their sins are shed like the leaves of a tree.”
[Hazrat Huzayfah (RA) ]
- Hazrat Anas Ibn Maalik (RA) narrates: “When the Sahabah met one another, they would make musafahah and when any one of them returned from a journey, they would embrace one another.”
- Hazrat Ja`far Ibn Abi Taalib (RA) narrates what when he returned from Abyssinia, Nabi (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi waSallam) met him and embraced him.
- Hazrat Ayesha (RA) narrates that when Sayyidina Zayd Ibn Harithah (RA) returned to Madina Tayyibah, Nabi (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi waSallam) was at her home. Zayd (RA) came and knocked at the door. Nabi (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi waSallam) rushed towards him, dragging his sheet along whilst his upper body was bare, and embraced him. Sayyidah Ayesha (RA) says: ‘I never saw Nabi (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi waSallam) without his upper cloth before that day nor after it.”
[Mishkaat / Tirmizi]
Note: In the light of the above, it is Sunnah to make Musafahah and Mu`aanaqah with travelers upon their return.
Extracted from Ash-Shamaa`il al Kubra
[The Sublime Conduct of Nabi (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi waSallam) Volume 3]