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When do I stop being a musafir (traveler)?

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Question:

When does ones musafir classification end? I have heard when they enter the local masjid and others say when u enter ur home. Which is correct

Answer:

Bismillahi Ta’ala

Assalamu alaikum warahmatullahi wabrakatuh,

In principle there are two aspects that can terminate one’s status as a “traveler”.

a. If a traveler on a journey changes his intention to stay at a certain place for more than 15 days, then his status will change from “traveler” to a “resident” and he will have to complete his prayer without shortening (qasr).

b. Similarly when the traveler returns to his city, and enters the populated part of the city, he will no longer be classified as a traveler, rather a resident. In our terms, once you reach the outskirts of a city and reach those populated areas where generally reasonable dwellings start to appear, then you would have entered the city.

And Allah Ta’ala Knows best,

Wassalamu `alaykum,

Mufti Faisal al-Mahmudi


نور الإيضاح ونجاة الأرواح في الفقه الحنفي  – ص: 87
ولا يزال يقصر حتى يدخل مصره أو ينوي إقامته نصف شهر ببلد أو قرية 


الفتاوى الهندية  – 1/ 139
وكذا إذا عاد من سفره إلى مصره لم يتم حتى يدخل العمران ولا يصير مسافرا بالنية حتى يخرج ويصير مقيما بمجرد النية، كذا في محيط السرخسي.ثم المعتبرة المجاوزة من الجانب الذي خرج منه حتى لو جاوز عمران المصر قصر وإن كان بحذائه من جانب آخر أبنية، كذا في التبيين.وإن كان في الجانب الذي خرج منه محلة منفصلة عن المصر وفي القديم كانت متصلة بالمصر لا يقصر الصلاة حتى يجاوز تلك المحلة، كذا في الخلاصة.

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