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Laws of a Traveller (Musaafir)

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Q. As -Salaam-Hu-Allaikum Can u please explain to me how do I perform my salaat when I’m travelling and when I get to a destination and stay there less than 15days, Jazakallah.


A. A person who intends to travel a distance of 78 kilometers or 48 miles or more (from the boundaries of one’s city/town) is categorized as a Musaafir (traveler).

If a Musaafir (traveler) intends to remain at a destination for less than fifteen days, he will also be categorized as a Musaafir (traveler). However, if a Musaafir (traveler) intends to remain at a destination for fifteen days or more, he will only be categorized as a Musaafir (traveler) during his journey. Once he reaches his destination, he will not be categorized as a Musaafir (traveler).

As such, if you intend to travel a distance of 78 kilometers or 48 miles or more and stay at a destination for less than fifteen days, you will be categorized as a Musaafir (traveler) during your journey and once you reach your destination.

A Musaafir (traveler) should make Qasr i.e. perform two Rakaats of Fardh Salaah instead of a four Rakaats Fardh Salaah. Qasr Should be made in the Fardh Salaahs of Zuhr, Asr and Esha Salaahs. There is no Qasr in the Fardh Salaahs of Fajr and Maghrib Salaahs. Similarly, there is no Qasr in Witr, Sunnah and Nafl Salaahs.

The Sunnah and Nafl Salaahs should be performed if a person is not in a hurry whilst travelling. (Nurul Idaah 99-102)

Allah Ta’ala Knows Best

Mufti Ismaeel Bassa

This answer was collected from TheMufti.com, which is a fatwa portal managed by Mufti Ismaeel Bassa from South Africa.

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