Becoming a musaafir due to taking a longer route

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Q: The shortest distance from Ext 11b, Lenasia, to SITA, Centurion, is 74 km according to Google Maps, but a different route measures 84 km. This being my daily commute between home and work, am I a musafir while at work every day, or is my being a musafir dependent on which of the two routes I actually used?


A: It will depend on the route you use.

And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.

وتعتبر المدة من أي طريق أخذ فيه، كذا في البحر الرائق فإذا قصد بلدة وإلى مقصده طريقان أحدهما مسيرة ثلاثة أيام ولياليها والآخر دونها فسلك الطريق الأبعد كان مسافرا عندنا، هكذا في فتاوى قاضي خان، وإن سلك الأقصر يتم، كذا في البحر الرائق (الفتاوى الهندية 1/138)

وفي فتاوى قاضي خان أن الرجل إذا قصد بلده وإلى مقصده طريقان: أحدهما مسيرة ثلاثة أيام ولياليها، والآخر دونها فسلك الطريق الأبعد كان مسافرا عندنا اهـ. وإن سلك الأقصر يتم (البحر الرائق 2/140)

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Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)

This answer was collected from, where the questions have been answered by Mufti Zakaria Makada (Hafizahullah), who is currently a senior lecturer in the science of Hadith and Fiqh at Madrasah Ta’leemuddeen, Isipingo Beach, South Africa.

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