The Sunnah way of bidding farewell to a traveler
Fatwa No: 166001

  • Fatwa Date:27-10-2011 - Thul-Qi'dah 30, 1432
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Question

Assalamalekum, In my family, if any family member is going out for any thing, usually elder member they read some surah and blow on the people who are going out. This is basically for the safe journey. Is it a right practice?

Answer

All perfect praise be to Allaah, The Lord of the Worlds. I testify that there is none worthy of worship except Allaah, and that Muhammad  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) is His slave and Messenger.

It is more appropriate in this regard to apply the Sunnah in bidding farewell to a traveler as this is a means of protecting him/her from evil. Ibn ‘Umar  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  him narrated that when the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) was to bid farewell to a man, he would hold his hand and he would not leave it until the man himself dropped the Prophet’s hand, and he would say to him: “Astawdi’u Allaaha deenaka, wa amaanatika, wa khawaateema A’malika.” ‘I place your religion, your faithfulness and the ends of your deeds in the trust of Allaah.’ [Ahmad, At-Tirmithi, An-Nasaa’ee and Ibn Maajah]

Also, in another Hadeeth narrated by Ibn ‘Umar  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  him as well, the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) said: “When Allaah is entrusted with something, He would preserve it.” [Ahmad]

As regards what is mentioned in the question, it appears - Allaah Knows best – that it is permissible to do it without believing that it is a Sunnah to do it.

Allaah Knows best.

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