Is it the boundry of the city itself or the suburb. In other words if I were to travel from a suburb in the East of Jhb to a suburb in the west of Jhb and the distance were to be more than 48miles would I be a musafir? Is the criteria of 48miles applied to the distance travelled to reach the destination or the direct distance to the place I am going to i.e. as the crow flies.
If there is a distance of one Galwa (appr. 137 meters) between the town and
suburb, then the suburb will be considered independent, i.e. once the person
leaves the boundary of the city, then he will perform Qasr Salaat.
But if the suburb is linked to the city, i.e. there is a distance of lesser
than 1 Galwa then the suburb will be considered as part of the city, i.e. if
he is in the suburb, then he will still be considered a Muqeem. Generally,
there is a separation of at least one Galwa between the town and suburb.
Therefore, the suburbs are very closely linked to the city. One will have to
make Qasr when he leaves the town and vice versa.
and Allah Ta’ala Knows Best
Mufti Ebrahim Desai