Adab 08: The Proprieties of Travel

Ustadh Tabraze Azam writes on the proprieties of travel and how one can make even a simple journey an act of true worship. True, meaningful journeying is found in spiritual wayfaring. In other words, the journey from sin and disobedience to righteous acts and godfearingness, from heedlessness to presence, from distance to proximity, and from […]

When Can I Shorten My Prayers at My Workplace?

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam Question: Assalam alaykum My current workplace is 86 km from my home. I stay there 8 hours each days. Can I shorten my prayers? Answer: Wa alaikum assalam wa rahmatullah, If your workplace is [approximately] 80km or more from your city boundary, you should shorten your prayers whilst there. Normally, […]

When Is a Traveler Allowed to Shorten His Prayers? [Shafi’i]

Answered by Shaykh Abdurragmaan Khan Question: Assalam alaykum, Could you please tell me what scenario would it be permitted for a Shafi’i to shorten and join his prayers for 19 days? Answer: Wa alaykum salam May Allah reward you for your question. A traveler’s journey ends and he will be considered a resident as soon […]

When Should I Shorten My Prayers?

Answered by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani Question: Assalamu alaykum If I go to umrah for fifteen days and stay five days in Makkah then six days in Madinah and then four days in Makkah will I have to shorten my prayers? Answer:  Walaikum assalam, I hope you’re doing well, insha’Allah. In such a case, your would […]

How Long Am I Considered a Traveler? (Shafi’i)

Answered by Shaykh Shuaib Ally Question: Assalam alaykum, I am travelling to a country to visit family for a period of 2 months. For how long am I considered a traveller? Answer:Assalamu ‘Alaykum, I hope you are well. If you are planning on staying at your destination for a duration of four days or more […]

Why the Traveler Can’t Shorten the Sunna Prayers as Well?

Answered by Ustadh Salman Younas Question: For many years, I have been confused by the idea of a traveller shortening the obligatory prayers, but then continuing to pray the sunnah prayers. 1. What is the wisdom in shortening the prayer for a traveler? 2. Why doesn’t that wisdom spill on to the sunna prayers, as […]

I Study Abroad – Should I Shorten My Prayers During My Visit Back Home?

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam Question: Assalam alaikum, I study in Canada. I am visiting my parents for 2 weeks in Saudi Arabia and then will go back to Canada. Should I shorten my prayers during my visit back home? Answer: Wa alaikum assalam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh, I pray that this message finds you […]

Should I Shorten My Prayer the Entire Duration of My Stay Away From My Home Base?

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam Question: As salam alaykum, I am traveling overseas; initially planned for a month, but later on have to extend to say about one and a half months; during this trip, I am based in one city, but have visited another city for few days. Can I shorten my prayer the […]

Can One Still Shorten One’s Prayers the Day of Arriving Home?

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam Question:As salaamu alaykum, Can one still shorten one’s prayers at least on the day of arriving home after a travel? Answer: Wa alaikum assalam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh, I pray that you are in the best of health and faith, insha’Allah. It is not permitted to shorten your prayers once […]

When and Where Do I Break My Fast on a 20 Hour Airline Flight?

Answered by Ustadh Salman Younas Question: I am a little bit confused due to this part of response to a former question: “As a final note, please be aware that if one begins the day (when Fajr enters) as a resident (i.e. non-traveler) then they must fast, and complete the fast of the day, even […]