Performing Sunnats while on a journey
Q: I read in one narration that the prophet (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) would not read sunnats after Salaah while on a journey. So should we only read fard and sunnah of fajr and Witr? Is this correct?
A: Apart from the witr salaah and the two sunnats of fajar, during a journey one has been given the choice in regard to the other Sunnats. The status of the Sunnat salaah becomes nafil. It is reported in the Hadith that during the safar at times Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) would perform the Sunnats and at times he would leave out performing the Sunnats. Hence if no inconvenience will be caused to those with whom one is travelling with and one is at ease (e.g. one reaches one’s destination where one will be staying for less than 15 days), then it is better for one to perform the Sunnats.
And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.
(ويأتي ) المسافر ( بالسنن ) إن كان ( في حال أمن وقرار وإلا ) بأن كان في خوف وفرار ( لا ) يأتي بها هو المختار لأنه ترك لعذر تجنيس قيل إلا سنة الفجر (الدر المختار 2/131)
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