Be in this Life as if you were a Stranger or a Traveler on a Path – Ibn Rajab al-Hanbalī

Title: …As If You Were a Stranger
Original Title : جامع العلوم واحلكم
Original Author: Ibn Rajab al-Ḥanbalī
Translator : Abu az-Zubayr Harrison

…As If You Were a Stranger [1]

[1] Ibn Rajab al-Ḥanbalī’s book, “Jāmi’ al-‘Ulūm wal-Ḥikam”, is an explanation of the forty-two famous ḥadīth collected by Imam al-Nawawī. The ḥadīth explained in this translations is number forty.


  1. The ḤadĪth
  2. Explanation of the ḤadĪth
    1. The First State: As a Stranger
    2. The Second State: As a Traveler
  3. Explanation of Ibn ‘Umar’s Advice

The Ḥadīth

Ibn ‘Umar ( radhi Allaahu anhu  ) said: Allah’s Messenger ( sallallaahu alaihi wa sallam) took me by my  shoulder and said:

» كُنْ فِي الدُّنْيَا كَأَنَّكَ غَرِيبٌ أَوْ عَابِرُ سَبِيلٍ «
Be in this life as if you were a stranger or a traveler on a path.

And Ibn ‘Umar used to say:

If you reach the evening, do not expect to reach the morning, and if you reach  the morning, do not expect to reach the evening. Take from your health before
your sickness and from your life before your death. [Recorded by al-Bukhārī (no. 6416)]

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