Live in this world as a traveller or a stranger

“Live in this world as a traveller or a stranger”

On the authority of Abdullah ibn Umar (May Allah be pleased with them both), he relates that the Prophet (Peace be upon him) once held my shoulders and said:

“Live in this world as (if you are) a wayfarer or a stranger.” And Abdullah ibn Umar (May Allah be pleased with them both) used to say: “If you live till night, then do not wait for the next day (i.e. do not have hopes that you will live to the next day), and if you wake up in the morning do not have hope that you will live till the night. And take (advantage) from your health before your sickness and take advantage of your life before your death (i.e. do every possible obedience in your life before death comes to you for then no deeds can be performed.)”

[Bukhari and Tirmidhi]


The similitude of ‘Living in this world as a wayfarer’ is like that of a traveller in this world who undertakes a journey and then stops to rest under the shade of a tree in a particular place. So the traveller ties his mount, lays down his luggage and retires for a moment under the shade in the midday heat, reclining against the tree. Then after having rested a while, he gathers his belongings, unties his mount and resumes his journey moving away from the temporary resting place, where he had sheltered for a short time. Such is the similitude of man in this world, who resides in this temporary abode of the world for a short time, and then he must thereafter continue his journey towards his real destination, which is the hereafter.


12 Responses to “Live in this world as a traveller or a stranger”

  1. 1 Amna Ahmed July 16, 2008 at 9:28 pm


    Jazak Allah Khair for the reminders

    May Allah guide and protect us. Ameen

  2. 2 Vanessa Fatima November 9, 2008 at 10:44 pm

    I added a link to your site on a post I recently made referring to this post.

    Your site is amazing m’A. keep it up!

  3. 3 dailyreminders November 10, 2008 at 12:30 pm


    JazaakiAllahu khairan sister


  4. 4 February 7, 2011 at 11:58 pm

    great post mahsaAllah

  5. 5 ara April 13, 2011 at 12:22 am

    Jazakallah my brother in islam beautyful hadith and explaining . This should also remind us that we should search for the truth about second coming of the messaiha. May Allah guide us to theright path Ameen Allahhoma ameen.

  6. 6 amanz guro February 9, 2012 at 6:05 am

    Alhamdulillah for sharing the nice quot.

  7. 7 Rahdu Drahkqul July 15, 2012 at 2:19 am

    dthye this wrtn wrong why it keep sayon may allah be pleased with them both??? is it Abdullah “and” ibn Umar??

    • 8 dailyreminders August 21, 2012 at 9:16 pm

      Assalamu alaikum.

      Its Abdullah Ibn Umar, (Abdullah the son of Umar). When it says Ibn Umar, it means Son of Umar. So May Allah be pleased with them both means Abdullah and his father Umar.

      JazaakAllahu khairan

      wassalamu alaikum

  8. 9 Tahniyat January 30, 2013 at 10:55 am

    JazaakAllahu khairan

  9. 10 Naima September 2, 2014 at 6:27 pm

    assalam aleykum. what is the hadith number?

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