Can We Combine the Friday and Asr Prayers When Travelling? (Shafi’i)

Shafi'i Fiqh

Answered by Shaykh Abdurragmaan Khan

Question: Assalam alaykum,

Can we combine the Friday and Asr prayers when travelling?

Answer: Wa alaykum al-Salam

Shukran for your question.

Joining between prayers is not permitted in the Hanafi school. The remaining three madhahib, however, all permit joining between prayers (dhur and Asr, Magrib and Isha) when certain conditions are met. Similar to dhur salah would be the Jumu’ah prayer in this regard. Accordingly, you may join between Asr and Jumu’ah according the three schools of thought, viz the Maliki, Shafi’i and Hanbali schools.

Note that in the case of jumu’ah, Asr will have to be brought forward and jumu’ah may not be delayed to the Asr time of prayer. If one wishes to delay jumu’ah to the the Asr time of prayer, it will be considered dhur Salah and not jumu’ah, keeping in mind that jumu’ah is not compulsory upon the traveler.

And Allah knows best
[Shaykh] Abdurragmaan Khan

Shaykh Abdurragmaan
received ijazah ’ammah from various luminaries, including but not restricted to: Habib Umar ibn Hafiz—a personality who affected him greatly and who has changed his relationship with Allah, Maulana Yusuf Karaan—the former Mufti of Cape Town; Habib ‘Ali al-Mashhur—the current Mufti of Tarim; Habib ‘Umar al-Jaylani—the Shafi‘i Mufti of Makkah; Sayyid Ahmad bin Abi Bakr al-Hibshi; Habib Kadhim as-Saqqaf; Shaykh Mahmud Sa’id Mamduh; Maulana Abdul Hafiz al-Makki; Shaykh Ala ad-Din al-Afghani; Maulana Fazlur Rahman al-Azami and Shaykh Yahya al-Gawthani amongst others.