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Refutation and Clarifying Doubts


Doubt (2): Moulana Zakariyah argues in Fazaail-e-Aamaal that the Hadeeth, “Do not travel except to three Masjids, al-Masjid al-Haraam (in Mecca), the Prophet’s (sallallahu alaihi wa-sallam) Masjid and Masjid al-Aqsa,”[1] only prohibits traveling for worship to Masjids other than the three Masjids mentioned.


This Hadeeth again is very clear in its meaning. All traveling for the sake of worship has been prohibited except to the three Masjids. This is how the Sahabah (radhi allahu anhum) understood this Hadeeth.


It is mentioned in Musnad Ahmad, while returning from a trip, Abu Basrah al-Ghifaree met Abu Hurayrah (radhi allahu anhu) and the latter asked him where he was coming from. Abu Basrah replied that he was coming back from at-Toor[2] where he had made prayer. Abu Hurayrah (radhi allahu anhu) said: “If only I had caught you before you had set out, for I heard Allah’s Messenger (sallallahu alaihi wa-sallam) say: “Don’t travel (for religious purposes) to other than three Masjids…”[3]


Abu Qaz’ah also related that he had wanted to go to at-Toor, but when he asked Ibn Umar (radhi allahu anhu) about it, he quoted the Prophet’s prohibition of (religious) travel to other than the three Masjids.[4]


These two narrations show that the Sahabah understood the prohibition in the Hadeeth to include all places, including at-Toor.

[1] Saheeh al-Bukharee (Eng. Trans.) vol.2, p.157, no.281, Saheeh Muslim (Eng. Trans.) vol.2, p.699, no.3218), Sunan Abu Dawood (Eng. Trans.) vol.2, p.540, no.2028, Sunan at-Tirmidhi, Sunan an-Nasa’ee and Sunan Ibn Majah.

[2] At-Toor is the mountain mentioned in the Qur’aan, (2: 60), generally understood to be Mount Sanai (Dictionary of Islam, p.647 and Arabic English Lexicon, vol.2, p.1890.]

[3] Musnad Ahmad. Authenticated by Shaikh al-Albnee in Ahkaam al-Janaa’iz p.226.

[4] Collected by al-Azraqee in Akhbaar Makkah, p.304, and authenticated in Ahkaam al-Janaa’iz, p.226.