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Does one have to perform Salaah while travelling on a plane?

Answered according to Hanafi Fiqh by Arij Canada
Does one have to perform Salaah while travelling on a plane? If so, is he/she allowed to perform Salaah sitting down on the seat or is it necessary to stand and perform the Salaah?

Answer: One should perform his/her Fardh Salaah standing up on the plane. However, if this is not possible due to dizziness then will perform Salaah whilst seated whilst making Ruku and Sajdah. It is incorrect to perform Salaah on one’s seat. In the case where one does, Ulama recommend that it should be repeated as a precaution. (Fatawa Darul Uloom Zakariya vol 2 pg 111, Fatawa Sirajiyah pg 79)

Note: One should be courteous of others whilst praying Salaah on the plane. Experience has proven that by politely asking the air hostess, one is easily accommodated to perform Salaah.

This Q&A was collected from the official web portal of Academy of Research in Islamic Jurisprudence (Arij) from Canada, which was headed by Mufti Ibrahim Kureshi and Mufti Zakariyya Panchbhaya. As the original website is no longer accessible, we have provided a source link of each answer to the archive copy from Way Back Machine.

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