Sayyiduna Jabir (radiyallahu’anhu) reports that when it was the day of ‘Eid, Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam) would attend and return from the ‘Eid salah using different routes.
(Sahih Bukhari, Hadith: 943)
Hafiz Ibn Hajar (rahimahullah) –the famous commentator of Sahih Bukhari- has written twenty reasons as to why Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam) would have done so:
- So that either both pathways, or the Angels, inhabitants, and creatures along both pathways testify on his behalf before Allah Ta’ala on the day of Judgment.
- So that multiple people could benefit from his Mubarak self (sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam).
- So that his body aroma of musk could diffuse through both pathways as he (sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam) was known to emit the most splendid of scents.
- To expose the salient features of Islam on both pathways.
- To publicise the remembrance of Allah Ta’ala.
- To instill awe into the disbeliever’s hearts by the vast number of Muslim followers.
- To protect himself from any plots the disbelievers could’ve planned against him on his return, had he returned using the same route.
- So that more happiness would be spread by passing through more places and being seen by other muslims.
- To help fulfill the needs of more people by passing through more areas.
- To answer more questions that people on each route would have.
- So that more people could take the opportunity to learn from him.
- So that more people could observe him and inculcate his beloved Sunnah.
- So that more people could seek his guidance or council.
- So that he could offer sadaqah (charity) to more people.
- To be able to greet more people.
- So that he could visit more of his relatives, both those alive and deceased.
- To join and maintain family ties.
- To take a good omen that by changing roads and paths Allah Ta’ala will also change our sins and conditions by forgiving us and becoming pleased with us.
- To lessen huge crowds and prevent ‘traffic jams’ on the way back.
- To protect himself from any possible evil eye.
Refer: Fathul Bari, Hadith: 943.
Lets implement this noble Sunnah this very Eid and every other Eid thereafter.
May Allah Ta’ala change the global condition of the Muslims for the better, soon, very soon.