Thursday 20 June 2024

Reward to a traveler and the sick of their good deeds (Hadith Prophet Muhammad ﷺ)

Islam is a religion that promises countless blessings of Allah for those who do good with good intentions to please Allah, and not to show of their good deeds to others. And if a man is in a habit of always doing good and stays away from the enticement of the evil, he is promised immense reward for his good deeds.

We share today a hadith attributed to Prophet Muhammad ﷺ in which he conveyed the good tidings to such people and assured them the reward of their regular good deeds even when sick or on a journey.  This Hadith is mentioned in Sahi al-Bukhārī  (Book 56 Fighting for the Cause of Allah (Jihaad) /  كتاب ا الجهاد والسير / Chapter 134:  A traveller is granted reward / باب   يُكْتَبُ لِلْمُسَافِرِ مِثْلُ مَا كَانَ يَعْمَلُ فِي الإِقَامَةِ‏ ) as Hadith 2996, given herein under:

Narrated by Ibrahim Abu Isma`il As-Saksaki:

I heard Abu Burda who accompanied Yazid bin Abi Kabsha on a journey. Yazid used to observe fasting on journeys. Abu Burda said to him, "I heard Abu Musa several times saying that Allah's Apostle said, 'When a slave falls ill or travels, then he will get reward similar to that he gets for good deeds practiced at home when in good health."

Arabic Text:
حَدَّثَنَا مَطَرُ بْنُ الْفَضْلِ، حَدَّثَنَا يَزِيدُ بْنُ هَارُونَ، حَدَّثَنَا الْعَوَّامُ، حَدَّثَنَا إِبْرَاهِيمُ أَبُو إِسْمَاعِيلَ السَّكْسَكِيُّ، قَالَ سَمِعْتُ أَبَا بُرْدَةَ، وَاصْطَحَبَ، هُوَ وَيَزِيدُ بْنُ أَبِي كَبْشَةَ فِي سَفَرٍ، فَكَانَ يَزِيدُ يَصُومُ فِي السَّفَرِ فَقَالَ لَهُ أَبُو بُرْدَةَ سَمِعْتُ أَبَا مُوسَى مِرَارًا يَقُولُ قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم ‏ "‏ إِذَا مَرِضَ الْعَبْدُ أَوْ سَافَرَ، كُتِبَ لَهُ مِثْلُ مَا كَانَ يَعْمَلُ مُقِيمًا صَحِيحًا ‏"‏‏.

A simple message with far reaching rewards. Therefore one must always strive to be good to others, do good deeds and save himself from bad deeds and the evil. Such good deeds accompany a traveler or a sick when ordinarily they are in no position to continue doing their usual good deeds. But they are assured of the Divine blessings  and rewards for as long as they are traveling or are sick. 

One never knows when an ailment hits or one has to embark upon a journey. But if one is habitual of doing good, then the traveler and the sick need not worry for not being able to do good as they had been doing when they were healthy and at rest. This promise of Allah should encourage us to always be thinking, doing good and helping others to keep the reservoir of our goodness full. This will allow us avail the opportunity to bag similar rewards as we had been doing when in good health or not travelling.
May Allāh (سبحانه و تعالى‎) help us understand Qur'ān and follow the Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad ﷺ, which is embodiment of commandments of Allah contained in the Qur'ān. May Allah help us to be like the ones He loves and let our lives be lived helping others and not making others' lives miserable or unlivable. May all our wrong doings, whether intentional or unintentional, be forgiven before the angel of death knocks on our door. 
وَمَا عَلَيۡنَاۤ اِلَّا الۡبَلٰغُ الۡمُبِيۡنُ‏ 
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Please refer to our reference page: Collections of Hadiths of Prophet Muhammad ﷺ about Rewards for more Hadiths on the subject

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