Say : Travel in the land…
Don’t be sad
(Say [O’ Muhammad]: Travel in the land…) (Qur’an 6: 11)
There is one activity worthy of mention here, because it both gives pleasure and removes dark clouds that may hang over you; namely, for you to travel through the lands, observe the open book of creation, and appreciate all of its wonders. During your journeys, you can see gardens of splendor and beautiful green meadows. Leave your home and contemplate that which surrounds you. Climb mountains, traverse valleys, ascend trees, and drink sweet, pure spring water. Thereupon, you will find your soul to be free like the bird that sings and swims in the sky in perfect rapture. Leave your home and remove the black blindfold from your eyes, and then travel through the spacious lands of Allah, remembering and glorifying Him.
To isolate yourself to the confines of your own room, while passing the hours away with lethal idleness, is a certain path to self destruction. Your room is not the only place in the world, and you are not the sole inhabitant of it. Then why do you surrender yourself to misery and solitude? Call out with your eyes, ears, and heart:
(March forth, whether you are light [being healthy, young and wealthy] or heavy [being ill, old and poor]) (Qur’an 9: 41)
Come, recite the Qur’an beside a mountain brook or among the birds as they sing.
Traveling to different lands is an activity which doctors recommend, especially for those who are feeling downcast, constricted by the narrowness of their own rooms. Therefore go forth and find delight in traveling.
(And they think deeply about the creation of the heavens and the earth. [saying]: ‘Our Lord! You have not created [all] this without purpose. glory to You) (Qur’an 3: 191)
Dr. Aidh Al Qarni