Travelling during holidays to seek knowledge


عَنْ أَبِي جَمْرَةَ، قَالَ كُنْتُ أُتَرْجِمُ بَيْنَ ابْنِ عَبَّاسٍ وَبَيْنَ النَّاسِ فَقَالَ إِنَّ وَفْدَ عَبْدِ الْقَيْسِ أَتَوُا النَّبِيَّ صَلَّى اللّٰهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّم‏ فَقَالَ: مَنِ الْوَفْدُ؟ ـ أَوْ ـ مَنِ الْقَوْمُ؟ قَالُوا رَبِيعَةُ‏.‏ فَقَالَ:مَرْحَبًا بِالْقَوْمِ ـ أَوْ بِالْوَفْدِ ـ غَيْرَ خَزَايَا وَلاَ نَدَامَى.‏ قَالُوا إِنَّا نَأْتِيكَ مِنْ شُقَّةٍ بَعِيدَةٍ، وَبَيْنَنَا وَبَيْنَكَ هَذَا الْحَىُّ مِنْ كُفَّارِ مُضَرَ، وَلاَ نَسْتَطِيعُ أَنْ نَأْتِيَكَ إِلاَّ فِي شَهْرٍ حَرَامٍ فَمُرْنَا بِأَمْرٍ نُخْبِرْ بِهِ مَنْ وَرَاءَنَا، نَدْخُلُ بِهِ الْجَنَّةَ‏.‏ فَأَمَرَهُمْ بِأَرْبَعٍ، وَنَهَاهُمْ عَنْ أَرْبَعٍ، أَمَرَهُمْ بِالإِيمَانِ بِاللَّهِ عَزَّ وَجَلَّ وَحْدَهُ‏.‏ قَالَ: هَلْ تَدْرُونَ مَا الإِيمَانُ بِاللَّهِ وَحْدَهُ.‏ قَالُوا اللَّهُ وَرَسُولُهُ أَعْلَمُ‏.‏ قَالَ: شَهَادَةُ أَنْ لاَ إِلٰهَ إِلاَّ اللَّهُ وَأَنَّ مُحَمَّدًا رَسُولُ اللَّهِ، وَإِقَامُ الصَّلاَةِ، وَإِيتَاءُ الزَّكَاةِ، وَصَوْمُ رَمَضَانَ، وَتُعْطُوا الْخُمسَ مِنَ الْمَغْنَمِ‏.‏ وَنَهَاهُمْ عَنِ الدُّبَّاءِ وَالْحَنْتَمِ وَالْمُزَفَّتِ‏.‏ قَالَ شُعْبَةُ رُبَّمَا قَالَ النَّقِيرِ، وَرُبَّمَا قَالَ الْمُقَيَّرِ‏.‏ قَالَ: احْفَظُوهُ وَأَخْبِرُوهُ مَنْ وَرَاءَكُمْ‏‏.‏

It is narrated by Abu Jamra, “I used to interpret between the people [of Persia] and Ibn ‘Abbasra. Once Ibn ‘Abbasra said, ‘A delegation of the tribe of ‘Abd al-Qays came to the Prophetsa and he asked them, ‘Who are the delegates?’ – or he said – ‘Which tribe are they from?’ They replied, ‘We are from the tribe of Rabi‘ah.’ Then, the [Holy Prophetsa] said to them, ‘Welcome, o people’ – or said – ‘O delegation [of ‘Abd al-Qays]!’ – ‘Neither will you have disgrace nor will you regret.’ They said, ‘We have come to you from a faraway land and there is the tribe of the disbelievers of Mudar between us and you and we cannot come to you except in the sacred month. So, please tell us something, that we may also inform our people about, whom we have left behind, so that we may enter Paradise [by acting on it.]’ [The Holy Prophetsa] ordered them to do four things and forbade them from doing four things. He ordered them to believe in Allah, the Lord of Honour and Majesty, alone and said to them, ‘Do you know what it means to believe in Allah alone?’ They replied, ‘Allah and His Messengersa know best.’ Thereupon, [The Holy Prophetsa] said, ‘[It means] to give testimony that there is none worthy of worship except Allah and that Muhammad[sa] is His Messenger; to observe the salat, to pay the zakat, to fast in the month of Ramadan and to pay the-fifth of the spoils of war.’ Then, he forbade them four things, namely ad-dubba’, al-hantam, al-muzaffat – and Shu‘bah said, perhaps he also said – an-naqir – or perhaps he said – al-muqayyar. [These were the names of pots in which alcoholic drinks used to be prepared.] [The Holy Prophetsa] further said, ‘Remember these [instructions] and tell them to the people whom you have left behind.’’”

(Sahih al-Bukhari, Kitab al-‘ilm)

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