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Returning Home after Travel (Ahadith 1548 – 1550)


Volume 3, Book 27, Number 25:

Narrated Ibn Umar (radiallaahu `anhu):

Whenever Allah’s Apostle (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) left for Mecca, he used to pray in the mosque of Ash-Shajra, and when he returned (to Medina), he used to pray in the middle of the valley of Dhul-Hulaifa and used to pass the night there till morning.

Volume 3, Book 27, Number 26:

Narrated Anas (radiallaahu `anhu):

The Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) never returned to his family from a journey at night.

Volume 3, Book 27, Number 27:

Narrated Jabir (radiallaahu `anhu):

The Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) forbade going to one’s family at night (on arrival from a journey).

It’s Sunnah to return home after travel during the day. There can be various reasons why Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) chose to do so. I’ll mention what I understand of them..

  • Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) never showed up at his home unannounced. He would always inform the wife(/ves) about his arrival so they could ready themselves for him, and not be caught unawares.
  • People usually sleep at night. Or at least they used to! Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) wouldn’t like to disturb his wives at night, troubling them to stay up, get ready and receive him, and serve him food etc. He was very considerate, you see.

Loving Children (Hadith No. 1547)


Volume 3, Book 27, Number 24:

Narrated Ibn Abbas (radiallaahu `anhu):

When the Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) arrived at Mecca, some boys of the tribe of Bani ‘Abdul Muttalib went to receive him, and the Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) made one of them ride in front of him and the other behind him.

  1. Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) was accessible, even to children. A person of such noble status and rank would typically expect grand reception on his arrival, but the greatest man who ever lived got received by kids! And apparently he loved it.
  2. I wonder what would have happened in between the reception and riding together.. Would he have hugged them, kissed them, or made conversation with them? What would he have talked about with them? Maybe something they were interested in..? He would’ve probably listened to their stories throughout the way. Children are usually chatterboxes, unable to stop talking once they start. :)
  3. He made them ride with him – one in front of him, and one behind him. The gesture shows nothing but love and compassion. I feel envious (rashk, not hasad!) of those kids who got the chance to be so close to the Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) in their lives. How special would they have felt about themselves when the Prophet would smile at them and talk to them, giving them his attention. True celebrity!

Here’s a booklet called “Prophet Muhammad صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم: A Mercy for Children“. It talks about the way Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) used to treat children, and how he was a mercy for them as well. Nicely compiled mashaAllah. Do check it out!

Du`a – Returning Home (Hadith No. 1546)


Did you know? There’s a du`a that Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) used to make every time he would return to his hometown after a journey – be it a battle, or Hajj, or `Umrah etc.

Volume 3, Book 27, Number 23:

Narrated ‘Abdullah bin ‘Umar (radiallaahu `anhu):

Whenever Allah’s Apostle (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) returned from a Ghazwa, Hajj or ‘Umra, he used to say Takbir thrice at every elevation of the ground and then would say, “None has the right to be worshipped but Allah; He is One and has no partner. All the kingdoms is for Him, and all the praises are for Him, and He is Omnipotent. We are returning with repentance, worshiping, prostrating, and praising our Lord. He has kept up His promise and made His slave victorious, and He Alone defeated all the clans of (non-believers).”

Here’s the du`a in Arabic. Must memorize it!

لا إله إلا الله وحده لا شريك له له الملك وله الحمد وهو على كل شيء قدير آيبون تائبون عابدون ساجدون لربنا حامدون صدق الله وعده ونصر عبده وهزم الأحزاب وحده

Transliteration: Laa ‘ilaaha ‘illallaahu wahdahu laa shareeka lahu, lahul-mulku, wa lahul-hamdu, wa Huwa ‘alaa kulli shay ‘in Qadeer, ‘aa’iboona, taa’iboona, ‘aabidoona, saajidoona, lirabbinaa haamidoona, sadaqallaahu wa’dahu, wa nasara ‘abdahu, wa hazamal-‘ahzaaba wahdahu.”

`Umrah – Ihraam (Ahadith 1543 – 1545)


Volume 3, Book 27, Number 20:

Narrated ‘Amr bin Dinar:

We asked Ibn ‘Umar (radiallaahu `anhu) whether a man who had performed the Tawaf of the Ka’ba but had not performed the Tawaf between As-Safa and Al-Marwa yet, was permitted to have sexual relation with his wife. He replied, “The Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) arrived (at Mecca) and circumambulated the Ka’ba seven times and then offered a two Rak’at prayer behind Maqam-lbrahim and then performed the going (Tawaf) between As-Safa and Al-Marwa (seven times) (and verily, in Allah’s Apostle (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) you have a good example.” And we asked Jabir bin ‘Abdullah (radiallaahu `anhu) (the same question) and he replied, “He should not go near her till he has finished the going (Tawaf) between As-Safa and Al-Marwa.”

Volume 3, Book 27, Number 21:

Narrated Abu Musa Al-Ashari (radiallaahu `anhu):

I came to the Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) at Al-Batha’ while his camel was kneeling down and he asked me, “Have you intended to perform the Hajj?” I replied in the affirmative. He asked me, ‘With what intention have you assumed Ihram?” I replied, “I have assumed Ihram with the same intention as that of the Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam). He said, “You have done well. Perform the Tawaf of the Ka’ba and (the Sai) between As-safa and Al-Marwa and then finish the Ihram.” So, I performed the Tawaf around the Ka’ba and the Sai) between As-Safa and Al-Marwa and then went to a woman of the tribe of Qais who cleaned my head from lice. Later I assumed the Ihram for Hajj. I used to give the verdict of doing the same till the caliphate of ‘Umar (radiallaahu `anhu) who said, “If you follow the Holy Book then it orders you to remain in the state of Ihram till you finish from Hajj, if you follow the Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) then he did not finish his Ihram till the Hadi (sacrifice) had reached its place of slaughtering (Hajj-al-Qiran).”

Volume 3, Book 27, Number 22:

Narrated Al-Aswad:

Abdullah the slave of Asma bint Abu Bakr (radiallaahu `anhaa), told me that he used to hear Asma’ (radiallaahu `anhaa), whenever she passed by Al-Hajun, saying, “May Allah bless His Apostle Muhammad (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam). Once we dismounted here with him, and at that time we were traveling with light luggage; we had a few riding animals and a little food ration. I, my sister, ‘Aisha (radiallaahu `anhaa), Az-Zubair (radiallaahu `anhu) and such and such persons performed ‘Umra, and when we had passed our hands over the Ka’ba (i.e. performed Tawaf round the Ka’ba and between As-Safa and Al-Marwa) we finished our lhram. Later on we assumed Ihram for Hajj the same evening.”

As discussed before, Ihraam for `Umrah is the same as Ihraam for Hajj. A person may open his Ihraam [of `Umrah] once he’s done with Tawaaf, Sa`ee and cutting/shaving hair.

More on Ihraam:

Ihraam means having the intention of starting the rituals of Hajj or ‘Umrah.

When the pilgrim wants to enter ihraam, he should change his clothes and do ghusl like the ghusl done to cleanse oneself of janaabah (impurity following sexual activity). Then he should apply whatever perfume is available, musk or whatever, to his head and beard. It does not matter if traces of that perfume remain after he enters ihraam, because of the hadeeth narrated in al-Saheehayn from ‘Aa’ishah (may Allaah be pleased with her) who said: When the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) wanted to enter ihraam, he would perfume himself with the best perfume he could find, then I would see shining traces of that musk on his head and beard after that.” Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 271; Muslim, 1190.

Doing ghusl when entering ihraam is Sunnah for both men and women, even women who are bleeding following childbirth or menstruating, because the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) commanded Asma’ bint ‘Umays when she was bleeding following childbirth to do ghusl when she entered ihraam, and to bandage her private parts and enter ihraam. Narrated by Muslim, 1209. Then after doing ghusl and putting on perfume, the pilgrim should put on the ihraam garments and – apart from women who are bleeding following childbirth or menstruating – pray the obligatory prayer if that is at the time of an obligatory prayer, otherwise they should  pray two rak’ahs with the intention of the Sunnah prayer of wudoo’. When the pilgrim has finished praying he should face the qiblah and enter ihraam. He may delay ihraam until he has boarded his means of transportation, and is ready to move off, but he should enter ihraam before he leaves the meeqaat for Makkah.

The Best of Women (Hadith No. 1542)


Hadith No. 1541 (below) is a repeat. Read it here.

Volume 3, Book 27, Number 18:

Narrated Hisham Ibn ‘Urwa from his father who said:

While I was a youngster, I asked ‘Aisha (radiallaahu `anhaa) the wife of the Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam). “What about the meaning of the Statement of Allah;

“Verily! (the mountains) As-Safa and Al Marwa, are among the symbols of Allah. So, it is not harmful if those who perform Hajj or ‘Umra of the House (Ka’ba at Mecca) to perform the going (Tawaf) between them? (2.158) I understand (from that) that there is no harm if somebody does not perform the Tawaf between them.” ‘Aisha (radiallaahu `anhaa) replied, “No, for if it were as you are saying, then the recitation would have been like this: ‘It is not harmful not to perform Tawaf between them.’ This verse was revealed in connection with the Ansar who used to assume the Ihram for the idol Manat which was put beside a place called Qudaid and those people thought it not right to perform the Tawaf of As-Safa and Al-Marwa. When Islam came, they asked Allah’s Apostle (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) about that, and Allah revealed:–

“Verily! (the mountains) As-Safa and Al-Marwa Are among the symbols of Allah. So, it is not harmful of those who perform Hajj or ‘Umra of the House (Ka’ba at Mecca) to perform the going (Tawaf) between them.” (2.158) Sufyan and Abu Muawiya added from Hisham (from ‘Aisha (radiallaahu `anhaa)): “The Hajj or ‘Umra of the person who does not perform the going (Tawaf) between As-Safa and Al-Marwa is incomplete in Allah’s sight.

Today’s Hadith:

Volume 3, Book 27, Number 19:

Narrated Isma’il:

Abdullah bin Abu Aufa (radiallaahu `anhu) said: “Allah’s Apostle (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) performed ‘Umra and we too performed ‘Umra along with him. When he entered Mecca he performed the Tawaf (of Ka’ba) and we too performed it along with him, and then he came to the As-Safa and Al-Marwa (i.e. performed the Sai) and we also came to them along with him. We were shielding him from the people of Mecca lest they may hit him with an arrow.” A friend of his asked him (i.e. ‘Abdullah bin Aufa (radiallaahu `anhu)), “Did the Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) enter the Ka’ba (during that ‘Umra)?” He replied in the negative. Then he said, “What did he (the Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam)) say about Khadija (radiallaahu `anhaa)?” He (Abdullah bin Aufa (radiallaahu `anhu)) said, “(He said) ‘Give Khadija (radiallaahu `anhaa) the good tidings that she will have a palace made of Qasab in Paradise and there will be neither noise nor any trouble in it.”

I’ll discuss only the last part of the Hadith, about Khadija (radiallaahu `anhaa). I don’t know about you, but her mention always brings a smile on my face. What a lady! I wonder sometimes how can someone love another so selflessly..? How can someone devote their life, time, energies, wealth, everything to someone else and their mission? I know he was a Prophet and it was different with him. But what about before his prophet-hood? Khadija (radiallaahu `anhaa) didn’t know he was going to be a Prophet later, and that’s certainly not why she married him. She had married him for his noble character and honesty. And she had devoted everything to him after marriage. Not once do we get to know that she showed her superiority over him due to her wealth.

It’s not like life was smooth for them. They suffered. She suffered.. because of him (apparently). A typical wife would fire taunts at the husband for the rest of her life if she had to go through any difficulty because of him. But Khadija (radiallaahu `anhaa) was not a typical wife at all! She was given glad tidings of a palace in Jannah for a reason, where there will be no noise or trouble. She was chosen to be among the best women of Jannah for a reason.

We all want to have the same destination, but we don’t want to undertake the journey. How can this work?

There has been a post on the unconditional love of Khadija (radiallaahu `anhaa) before as well. Make sure to check it out!

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