Making duaa and giving advice for one proceeding on a journey

When someone comes to you seeking advice before proceeding on his journey, then one should advise him to adopt taqwa at all times, and to recite the takbeer (Allahu Akbar) whenever he ascends a high land during the journey. One may then make the following du‘aa for him

اللَّهُمَّ اطْوِ لَهُ الأَرْضَ، وَهَوِّنْ عَلَيْهِ السَّفَرَ

O Allah, fold the earth for him (so he may reach in a short span of time) and make the journey easy for him.

عن أبي هريرة، أن رجلا قال: يا رسول الله، إني أريد أن أسافر فأوصني، قال: عليك بتقوى الله، والتكبير على كل شرف، فلما أن ولى الرجل، قال: اللهم اطو له الأرض، وهون عليه السفر (سنن الترمذي رقم 3445)

Hazrat Abu Hurayrah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) reports that a person once came to Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) and said, “O Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), I intend embarking on a journey, thus give me some advice.” Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) replied, “Hold firm to adopting taqwa and reciting the takbeer (Allahu Akbar) whenever ascending a high land.” When the person turned around, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) made the following du‘aa for him:

اللَّهُمَّ اطْوِ لَهُ الأَرْضَ، وَهَوِّنْ عَلَيْهِ السَّفَرَ


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