1. Not traveling alone
A Muslim is alone. It’s good to find a friend to travel anywhere, let alone a long distance. This is for the sake of security and can remind each other.
Not just a friend, the person who accompanies safar must be good. This is because during the trip there are useful things.
From Ibn Umar radhiallahu’anhuma, the Prophet Shallallahu’alaihi wassallam said:
لو يعلمُ الناسُ ما في الوَحْدَةِ ما أعلَمُ، ما سار راكبٌ بليلٍ وَحْدَه
“If people knew the consequences of being alone as I know, they would not be at night alone.” (Bukhari Number 2998)
2. Choosing a good friend for safar (traveling)
From Abu Sa’id Al Khudri Radhiyallahu anhu, he said that the Prophet Shallallahu alaihi wassallam said: “Do not associate except with a believer. Do not eat your food but the one who is afraid.” (Abu Daud and Tirmidhi)
3. Read a prayer when out of the house
Before traveling it is good to read the prayer out of the house first so that the journey is useful and always protected by Allah Subhanahu wa ta’ala.
From Anas bin Malik radhiyallahu ‘anhu, the Prophet Shallallahu ‘alaihi wassallam said:
إِذَا خَرَجَ الرَّجُلُ مِنْ بَيْتِهِ فَقَالَ بِسْمِ اللَّهِ تَوَكَّلْتُ عَلَى اللَّهِ، لَا حَوْلَ وَلَا قُوَّةَ إِلَّا بِاللَّهِ، قَالَ: يُقَالُ حِينَئِذٍ: هُدِيتَ، وَكُفِيتَ، وَوُقِيتَ، فَتَتَنَحَّى لَهُ الشَّيَاطِينُ، فَيَقُولُ لَهُ شَيْطَانٌ آخَرُ: كَيْفَ لَكَ بِرَجُلٍ قَدْ هُدِيَ وَكُفِيَ وَوُقِيَ؟
“When a man comes out of his house and he reads a prayer: Bismillaahi tawakkaltu ‘alallahi laa haula walaa quwwata illaa billah (in the name of Allah, for which there is no power except by allah’s permission), it is said to him, ‘You will be guided, you will be fulfilled with his needs, and you will be protected.’ Instantly the demons moved away from him. Then one of the demons said to his friend, ‘How can you disturb the one who has been guided, fulfilled, and protected (by Allah).”” (Abu Dawud Number 5095, At-Tirmidhi 3426)
4. Say goodbye to family or neighbors
Before leaving, it’s good to say goodbye first to family and neighbors. This is so that they know and pray for safety on the way and remain in the protection of Allah Subhanahu wa ta’ala.
It is advisable to say goodbye to family and neighbors and relatives before traveling to join in praying that during the trip remain safe and in the protection of the Almighty.
5. Write a will or a letter
The will in question is to convey a message to the family member. So that your family knows where you are. and if an incident occurs to you, then your family can easily get an updated information and make it easier for your family to access communication with you.