بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
Notes from a lesson of Sunan Abī Dāwūd (19/2/15), taught by Hadhrat Muftī Ibrāhīm Raja Sāhib (dāmat barakātuhum):
The Prophet ﷺ would say ‘Allāhu akbar’ three times when mounting his animal. He would then recite the following:
سُبْحَانَ الَّذِي سَخَّرَ لَنَا هَٰذَا وَمَا كُنَّا لَهُ مُقْرِنِينَ, وَإِنَّا إِلَىٰ رَبِّنَا لَمُنقَلِبُونَ
“Removed from imperfection is the One who has made this subservient to us, for we have no power to subjugate it, and certainly to our Lord shall we return.” (43:13-14)
This du’ā contains three messages:
- “Removed from imperfection is the One who has made this subservient to us for we have no power to subjugate it” (سُبْحَانَ الَّذِي سَخَّرَ لَنَا وَمَا كُنَّا لَهُ مُقْرِنِينَ): If it is an animal that is being used to travel then it must be remembered that it is Allāh who has granted us control over it. If it is a vehicle then it must be remembered that we have been granted this vehicle through the grace of Allāh. We cannot pride ourselves in its use because the One who has granted us that which we find pride in, can also remove it due to this pride.
- “and certainly to our Lord shall we return” (وَإِنَّا إِلَىٰ رَبِّنَا لَمُنقَلِبُونَ): A person should also remember that this travel one is embarking on is a temporary journey and with every second, one is getting closer to the journey of the hereafter. One should not become heedless of this. It is a warning; do not pass this worldly journey in a state of ghaflah (negligence) – the name of Allāh should be taken whilst travelling. For some, this temporary journey has become a means of beginning the journey of the permanent afterlife (i.e. a car accident).
- A Mu’min (believer) uses this bounty of Allāh (i.e. vehicle/mount), as does a kāfir (non-believer). However, a kāfir uses it in heedlessness, thoughtlessly, without taking the name of Allāh. The excellence of a believer is that he guards himself with the du’ās that are to be recited for that particular occasion and he does not fall into ghaflah.
اللَّهُمَّ صَلِّ عَلى سَيِّدِنَا وَنَبِيِّنَا وَ شَفِيْعِنَا وَحَبِيْبِنَا وَ سَنَدِنَا وَ مَوْلَانَا مُحَمَّدٍ وَ بَارِكْ وَ سَلِّم