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Can a woman read Salaah in a moving car for safety reasons?

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Assalamualaikum wr wb sir I’m Anum khan  from Pakistan sometimes I have to go out with family few minutes before any salah while in car when salah times come I can’t pray outside one reason  is my family won’t stop and second reason is in Pakistan it’s quit uncomfortable for woman to stop and pray salah in any corner bcz in. Niqab non mahram stares alot what would they do if they will find there’s a woman who’s standing in corner it will be quite uncomfortable so can I pray in moving car 


Sister in Islam.                                                                                                                                             Salaah is one of the five pillars of Islam and the most important part of our religion after Imaan. Shariah has greatly emphasised performing salah on time. Consider the following verses.


إِنَّ الصَّلاةَ كانَتْ عَلَى الْمُؤْمِنِينَ كِتاباً مَوْقُوتاً

Translation: Indeed prayer was prescribed upon the believers to be performed at fixed times. (Surah Nisaa verse 103) 

حَافِظُوا عَلَى الصَّلَوَاتِ وَالصَّلَاةِ الْوُسْطَى وَقُومُوا لِلَّهِ قَانِتِينَ


Translation: Guard/Protect (your) prayers and particularly the middle prayer and stand before Allah with devotion (Surah Baqarah verse 238)


The Prophet Sallalaahu Alayhi Wa Sallam also emphasised performing salah on time. See the following Ahaadith

سُئِلَ النَّبِيُّ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ أَيُّ الأَعْمَالِ أَفْضَلُ؟ قَالَ: الصَّلاَةُ لأَوَّلِ وَقْتِهَا


Translation: The Prophet (Sallalaahu Alayhi Wa Sallam) was once asked which action is most virtuous? He replied “Performing salah in its initial/exact time”[i]


From the above verses of Quraan and Ahadeeth of the prophet (Sallalaahu Alayhi Wa Sallam) we can guage the extreme importance of performing Salaah on time. If your family wants to go out a few minutes before the time of Salaah then ask them to wait for you to first perform your Salaah and encourage them to join you as well. If that is not possible or they refuse to do so, you should not accompany them. You should give priority to performing Salaah on time and avoid any situation where you will compromise performing Salaah on time.


And Allah Ta’ala Knows best

M. Akhtar

Student Darul Iftaa
Phoenix, KZN                                                                                                                                South Africa

Checked and Approved by,
Mufti Ebrahim Desai.



[i] سنن الترمذي ت شاكر (1/ 319)

حدثنا أبو عمار الحسين بن حريث قال: حدثنا الفضل بن موسى، عن عبد الله بن عمر العمري، عن القاسم بن غنام، عن عمته أم فروة – وكانت [ص:320] ممن بايعت النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم – قالت: سئل النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم أي الأعمال أفضل؟ قال: «الصلاة لأول وقتها»



[حكم الألباني] : صحيح


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