Fatwa ID: 02099
Answered by Molana Muhammad Adnan
I wanted to know the ruling of tourism in Islam as I've heard from some brothers that its haraam. I would like some clarification in regards to the matter please.
The concept of travel/tourism in Islam is referred to as siyaahah. The ruling on siyaahah depends a lot on situations which vary from person to person, but as a general guide it needs to be understood that if there is anything impermissible attached to the siyaahah then its blameworthy. A few examples would be, a woman travelling without a mahram, over expenditure, travelling to places that are known for immorality and strife etc.
If there is no element of impermissibility then tourism is permitted, with the intention that it is to see the wonders and blessings of Allah (The most glorified, the most high) and to seek reminders of the doom of the predecessors.
Say, [O Muhammad ], “Travel through the land and observe how He began creation. Then Allah will produce the final creation. Indeed Allah , over all things, is competent.” [Ankaboot 29:20]
“Say (O Muhammad ): Travel in the land and see what was the end of those who rejected truth”[al-An’aam 6:11]
“Say to them (O Muhammad): “Travel in the land and see how has been the end of the Mujrimoon (criminals, those who denied Allaah’s Messengers and disobeyed Allaah)”
Only Allah Knows Best
Written by Molana Muhammad Adnan
Checked and approved by Mufti Mohammed Tosir Miah
Darul Ifta Birmingham