Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam

Question: Assalam alaykum

I’ve a lot of prayers to make up. I also travel quite a bit as well. I do not know how many traveler’s prayers I missed, but I know how many prayers I have to catch up on. Can I pray all my prayers at full length?

Answer: Wa alaikum assalam wa rahmatullah,

No, you need to make up your missed prayers from travel shortened (i.e. the four cycle prayers are to be shortened to two cycles). The basis is that prayers are to be made up as they are missed. Hence, if you missed the prayer whilst travelling, you would make it up as such. If you aren’t sure how many prayers this relates to, you should make a reasonable estimate.

[Shurunbulali, Maraqi al-Falah, with Tahtawi’s Gloss (2.17)]

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And Allah Most High knows best.

wassalam,

[Ustadh] Tabraze Azam

Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Ustadh Tabraze Azam holds a BSc in Computer Science from the University of Leicester, where he also served as the President of the Islamic Society. He memorised the entire Qur’an in his hometown of Ipswich at the tender age of sixteen, and has since studied the Islamic Sciences in traditional settings in the UK, Jordan and Turkey. He is currently pursuing advanced studies in Jordan, where he is presently based with his family.

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