at-Tazkirah: التذكرة

“And keep reminding, because reminding benefits the believers.” (51:55)

18 Questions of a Wanna-be

A traveller once came to the mosque to see the Prophet Muhammad (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam). After greeting the prophet, he was asked where he was from. The traveller replied that he came from very far just to get a few questions answered.

Following is the dialogue between the traveller and our beloved Prophet Muhammad (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam).

Traveller: I do not want adha’b (punishments) to be written in my account.
Prophet (S.A.W.): Behave well with your parents.

Traveller: I want to be known amongst people as an intelligent person.
Prophet (S.A.W.): Fear Allah (Jalla Jala’l), always.

Traveller: I want to be counted amongst Allah’s favourites.
Prophet (S.A.W.): Recite quran every morning and evening.

Traveller: I want my heart to always be enlightened. (Roshan and Munawer)
Prophet (S.A.W.): Never forget death.

Traveller: I never want to be away from Allah’s blessin
Prophet (S.A.W.): Always treat fellow creatures well.

Traveller: I never want to be harmed by my enemies.
Prophet (S.A.W.): Always have faith in only Allah.

Traveller: I never want to be humiliated.
Prophet (S.A.W.): Be careful of your actions.

Traveller: I wish to live long.
Prophet (S.A.W.): Always do sile rahm. (Goodness towards blood Relations)

Traveller: I want my sustenance to increase.
Prophet (S.A.W.): Always be in wudhoo.

Traveller: I wish to stay free of adha’b in the grave.
Prophet (S.A.W.): Always wear pure (paak) clothes.

Traveller: I never want to be burned in hell.
Prophet (S.A.W.): Control your eyes and tongue.

Traveller: How do I get my sins forgiven?
Prophet (S.A.W.): Always ask forgiveness from Allah with a lot of humility.

Traveller: I want people to respect me always.
Prophet (S.A.W.): Never extend your hands of need at people.

Traveller: I want to always be honoured.
Prophet (S.A.W.): Never humiliate or put down anyone.

Traveller: I don’t want to be squeezed by fishare qabr. (Squeezing in the grave)
Prophet (S.A.W.): Recite surat el Mulk (The Dominion) often.

Traveller: I want my wealth to increase.
Prophet (S.A.W.): Recite surat el Waqiah (The Inevitable) every night.

Traveller: I want to be safe and at peace on Day of Judgment.
Prophet (S.A.W.): Do zikr (Praises) of Allah from dusk to night.

Traveller: I want to be in full attention and concentration during prayers.
Prophet (S.A.W.): Always do wudhoo with concentration and attention.


Filed under: 3. Ibaadah, Good Qualities, Huqooq-ul-Ibad, Sunnah & Hadith

10 Responses

  1. otowi says:

    Very good reminders, thanks!

  2. Irving says:

    I believe that the the hadith also states that it was Jibreel who was asking the questions, to teach those who listened their religion.

    Ya Haqq!

  3. True Life says:

    ^^Wasn’t that the Hadith of Islam, Iman & Ihsan?
    Or are both Ahadith similair?

  4. Yakoub Islam says:

    This appears in the foreword of Ghulam Sarwar’s ever popular “Islam: Beliefs and Teachings” (now on its fifth edition), and ‘Traveller’ is therein rendered as ‘Bedouin’.

  5. at Talib says:

    Assalamu ‘alaykum,

    Please check the validity of the hadith. It should be referenced if possible.


  6. their is something wrong with this hadeeth that you have recalled, may I have the refrence please?

  7. fuzail says:

    assalam alaikum,
    dear, can u give me the reference of this hadith……..
    i just want to know it completely…

    fuzail khan

  8. Sis Zabrina says:


    As Salaamu ‘alaykum and peace to all,

    JazakAllaah for this reminder….

    I have heard of this before, but have completely forgotten about it…

    May Allaah bless you for sharing inshaAllaah

    Sis Zabrina

  9. Mohamed Salar says:

    As Salam ale kum,

    This Hadith is very informative,but many are asking for the refrence of the same. If you have or find one pls inform me the same.

    Jazak Allah Khair

    Mohammed Salar

  10. falaque says:

    Assalamo Alaikum,
    You can find pages containing this hadith in abundance in internet, but nowhere i could find reference of it.
    Could you also put reference here?

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