Travelling a long distance whilst Fasting – (Hanbali Fiqh)

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If one is travelling a long distance*, then it is better for them to break their fast according to the Hanbali school, even if there is no hardship involved in their travel.

The Messenger (peace be upon him said): “It is a concession from Allah, so whoever takes with it, then that is good, and whoever fasts, then there is no sin upon him.”


*Long distance in the madhhab is calculated as 138km according to the official position, and around 81km according to today’s fatwa of many jurists, including Hanbali jurists. According to Imam ibn Qudamah and Imam ibn Taymiyyah, there is no specific distance; rather anything that people normally would consider travel allows you to shorten and break the fast.

This answer was collected from The Hanbali Madhhab website. The answers to the questions are given by Imam Zahed Fattah in accordance to the Hanbali School of Jurisprudence.