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Glorification of Allah by a Traveler while Ascending and Descending

September 4, 2014
Imam Al-Nawawi’s Riyad-us-Saliheen
Chapter 171
Glorification of Allah by a Traveler while Ascending and Descending

975. Jabir (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: When we ascended (a height) we would proclaim: “Allahu Akbar (Allah is Greatest),” and when we descended (from the height) we would proclaim: “Subhan Allah (Allah is free from imperfection).”’
[Al-Bukhari].

976. Ibn `Umar (May Allah be pleased with them) reported: Whenever the Prophet (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) and his army ascended a height, they would proclaim: “Allahu Akbar (Allah is Greatest),” and when they climbed down, they would proclaim: “Subhan Allah (Allah is free from imperfection).”
[Abu Dawud].

977.  Ibn `Umar (May Allah be pleased with them) reported: Whenever the Prophet (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) returned from Hajj or `Umrah and ascended a height or hill, he would recite thrice: “Allahu Akbar (Allah is Greatest).” Then he would say, “La ilaha ill-allahu wahdahu la sharika lahu, lahul-mulku, wa lahul-hamdu, wa Huwa `ala kulli shay’in Qadeer. Ayibuna ta’ibuna `abiduna li-Rabbina hamidun. Sadaq-Allahu wa`dahu, wa nasara `abdahu, wa hazamal-ahzaba wahdahu [None has the right to be worshipped but Allah, Who has no partner, to Whom the sovereignty belongs, to Whom all praise is due, and Who is Able to do all things. We are those who return (in safety), feel penitence, worship Allah, prostrate before our Rubb and praise Him. Allah has fulfilled His Promise, helped His slave (i.e., Muhammad (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam)) and He Alone vanquished the Clans].”
[Al-Bukhari and Muslim].

978. Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: A man said: “O Messenger of Allah (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam), I intend to set out on a journey, so counsel me.” He (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) said, “Fear Allah, and ascending towards the raised ground, you should recite: “Allahu Akbar (Allah is Greatest).” When the man turned away, he (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) said, “O Allah! Shorten the distance for him and make the journey easy for him.” [At-Tirmidhi].

979. Abu Musa Al-Ash`ari (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: We accompanied the Prophet (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) in a journey, and when we climbed up a height, we proclaimed aloud: “La ilaha illallah (There is no true god except Allah)” and “Allahu Akbar (Allah is Greatest).” The Prophet (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) admonished us saying, “O people, take it easy. He Whom you are calling is not deaf or absent. He is with you (i.e., by His Knowledge), He is Hearing and He is Near.”
[Al-Bukhari and Muslim].

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