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Musaafir unsure if he will stay for more than 14 days in one place

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Q: I have performed Hajj last year with my family and I have few questions. I forgot to check with any mufti before leaving but as per my calculation we stayed in Makkah before leaving for Mina (5th aug 00:00 to 19th aug 03:00) and I thought it was 14 days. As per my calculation we prayed Qasr salah.

Later I got confused and thought whether we should have prayed full as it could have been 15 days. Also, it depended on the moon sighting. After Hajj, I clarified with some mufti and he said it was okay and don’t put your mind in stray thoughts.

I am confused since then and also repented to Allah to forgive if I did wrong. I am worried that I took my family and didn’t guide them properly. Is Hajj affected with this or what we did was correct?

Bismillaah

A: Since you were not sure whether you will stay in Makkah for 14 days or 15 days, depending on the moon sighting, you remained a musaafir and the qasr salaah you performed is valid.

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

 

Answered by:

Mufti Zakaria Makada

Checked & Approved:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)

This answer was collected from MuftiOnline.co.za, 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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