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Performing Salah on the plane

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What is the ruling regarding Ṣalāh in an aeroplane? Does it have to be repeated?

بسم الله الرحمن الرحیم


If a person who is able to perform Qiyām performs the obligatory Ṣalāh in an aeroplane in the state of ablution facing the Qiblah in a standing position in the usual manner, the Ṣalāh is valid and does not need to be repeated.

However, if a person is unable to do so, he must perform Ṣalāh on the seat of the plane by Ishārah (making gestures) if the Ṣalāh time will expire, and repeat it after reaching the destination. (For further details, refer to our earlier answer).

قال ابن نجیم في البحر الرائق (١/۱٤۹): العذر إن كان من قبل الله تعالی لا تجب الإعادة، وإن كان من قبل العبد وجبت الإعادة. وقال (٢/۱۲٤): وفي التجنیس: قال أبو حنیفة في متوضیٔ لا یقدر علی مكان طاهر وقد حضرت الصلاة صلی بالإیماء ثم یعید ما صلی بالإیماء قضاء لحق الوقت بالتشبه، وإنما یعید لأن العذر جاء من قبل العبد. وراجع النهر الفائق (١/۱۰۰) ورد المحتار (٢/۱۰۰) والفتاوی الهندیة (١/۲۸) وجوابي المفصل حول هذا الموضوع۔

Allah knows best

Yusuf Shabbir

27 Rajab 1440 / 2 April 2019

Approved by: Mufti Shabbir Ahmed and Mufti Muhammad Tahir

This answer was collected from IslamicPortal.co.uk, which is a repository of Islamic Q&A, articles, books, and resources. Various schools write and oversee the answers, including Maulana Yusuf Shabbir, Mufti Shabbir Ahmed, and Mufti Muhammad Tahir. 

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