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Traveler’s Salat

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Traveler’s Salat

By Mufti Ebrahim Desai

Q 1.) When does the travel start? While leaving home or when the plane exits the runway?

A 1.) The calculation of Safar (88 kms.) or more commences from home. However, a Musaafir (traveller) will make Qasr (perform two Rakaats in Dhuhr, Asr and Esha Salats) upon leaving the housing area of the vicinity.


Q 2.) Is it necessary for a person in airplane to make Wudu or Tayammum and then perform Qasr Salat?

A 2.) It is necessary to have Wudhu before performing Salat in the airplane.


Q 3.) If we know the approximate Qibla direction then is it necessary to be in its direction on the seat of plane?

A 3.) If it is possible for one to stand and perform Salat in the plane, it will not be permissible to sit and perform Salat in the plane.


Q 4.) How we will do Ruku and Sujood on the seat?

A 4.) Ref 3


Q 5.) How we will know that in that specific region from which the plane is passing, the time of Salat has started or it’s ending?

A 5.) One can inquire from the flight attendants the times for different regions.


Q 6.) How the Jamaat can be performed on the seats? Should the Imam be ahead of other Muqtadi?

A 6.) Due to shortage of space, Salat in the plane should be performed individually.


Q 7.) When does the travel end? When the plane reaches the destination airport or when we reach the hotel or some other place?

A 7.) Safar (travel) ends only upon returning home.

In principle, a Musaafir is exempt from performing the Sunnat-e-Muakkadah (emphasized Sunnats) before and after Fard Salats. However, if time permits, it will be meritorious for him to perform the Sunnah Salats as well.

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