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Praying Fardh Salah in the Car

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Answered by: Imam Abdul-Malik Sheikh


Ascent to Felicity mentions the allowance to pray in your vehicle if there’s muddy terrain. I drive Uber and sometimes I don’t have time to drive to a mosque in time for prayer or it’s a long drive. Usually, I pray in a parking lot but does raining or snowing weather count as “muddy terrain” to where I can pray in my car?

In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful


Under normal circumstances, the Fard and Wajib Salāh will not be valid on a Rahilah (vehicle or riding animal) unless there is a legal reason (Udhr) making it difficult to offer the Salāh on the ground.

In order for the Fard Salāh to be permissible on Rahiha, there must be a valid excuse for which one is unable to dismount from the Rahilah due to some restriction such as:

1 – Illness and disability which will become worse

2 – Fear of an enemy

3-  Fear of wild beast

4-  Fear of a robber

5 – Unable to pray on the ground due to it being muddy such that one’s face would become soiled by sinking into the mud

In response to your question, I would say that it is not permissible for you to pray your Salāh in the car simply because the ground is wet or there is snow. You should look for a dry spot. It’s very easy to find a clean and dry spot to pray in even if the mosque is far. You can also play with something on the ground like a mat or cardboard to prevent your clothes from becoming wet.


Tuhfah al-Fuqaha, Vol.1 p.153, Dar al-Kutub al-Ilmiyyah, Beirut

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Written by Imam Abdul-Malik Sheikh

Checked and approved by Mufti Mohammed Tosir Miah

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