Islam Encourages Travel

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Travel is not just for fun. When traveling we expand the field of thought including educational knowledge. The Qur’an pays special attention to this instructive aspect of travel. The holy Qur’an Says, “Travel through the land; then observe how was the end of the deniers.” (Surat al-An’am [verse 11])

The importance of travel at home and abroad

Numerous verses of the Holy Qur’an urge at home and abroad. In one verse Allah says, “Say, [O Muhammad], Travel through the land and observe how was the end of those before. Most of them were associates [of others with Allah].” (Surat Ar-Rum [verse 42])

Basically, by observing the different issues of the countries, it is very easy to improve our way of life. Travel opens peoples’ minds and senses. It helps take the truth, the right path, and approach. Allah says, “So have they not traveled through the earth and have hearts by which to reason and ears by which to hear? For indeed, it is not eyes that are blinded, but blinded are the hearts which are within the breasts.” (Surat al-Haj [verse 46])

Many things in the world remain unknown until people come out of a certain border. Each place on earth has its characteristics. Allah says, “Say, [O Muhammad], “Travel through the land and observes how He began creation. Then Allah will produce the final creation. Indeed Allah, over all things, is competent.” (Surat al-‘Ankabut [verse 20])

Islam’s guidelines for safe travel

Travel and movement is a normal process of human life. It is best to consult with an experienced person before going on a trip. It is better to go out on a journey after praying 2 rak’ah. While going on a journey, recite this prayer, “Allahumma inna nas’aluka fi safarina hadhal-birra wat-taqwa, wa-minal-‘amalima tarda, Allahumma hawwin ‘alayna safarana hadha watwi ‘anna bu’dahu, Allahumma “Antas-sahibu fis-safari, wal-khalifatu fil-“ahli, Allahumma “inni “a’udhu bika min wa’tha”is-safari, wa ka’abanl-manzari, wa su”il-munqalabi fil-maliwal”ahli.”

Do not travel alone. Travel with at least two people. You have to recite “Bismillah” while boarding any vehicle. After sitting in the vehicle, recite “Allahu Akbar” three times. Then this prayer is recited, “Ubhanallaji sakkharalana haja wama kunnalahu mukrinin, wa inna ila rabbina lamun kalibun.”

While traveling in boats, ships, etc., recite this prayer, “Bismillahi Majriha wa Mursa-ha, Inna Rabbi La Gafurur Rahim.” Do not keep dogs with you while traveling. You should Perform 2 rak’ah of nafl prayers on the way back from the journey.

Islam has never discouraged travels. Tourism is the search for the ocean of knowledge. Occasionally, traveling to different places is very helpful to a positive mind and physical well-being. Travel broadens the horizons of the human mind.

The mysteries of Allah’s creation are scattered all over the world. These mysteries of creation and historical monuments are calling people. There are many feats of Allah’s might all over the world. Seeing all this, people will think and do research. Faith and deeds will strengthen. However, Islam did not allow the travel for any bad purpose

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