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I work 180Km from home, Am I a Musafir?

Question:
 

I work approximately 180km from home (town ‘N’) & stay with students (town ‘U’). I go back home either at the end of the week (work: Monday – Friday= 5days) or at the end of 2nd week (work: Monday to Sunday to Friday=12 days). My family will move down to stay permanently in this new town ‘U’ at year end when school closes, Insha Allah. I would like to know :

•           Do I qualify as a ‘musafir’

•           If this new town is my home town or the town where my family currently resides is still considered my home town until the move is permanent
 

Answer:
 

You are currently considered to be a Musafir. Considering that you will be adhering to your described schedule, you will remain a Musafir as long as your family does not take up permanent residence in town U. (al-Fatawa al-Hindiyyah, Vol: 1, Pg: 139, Turath)

 

And Allah Knows Best
 

Mufti Suhail Tarmahomed
 

Checked and Approved:

Mufti Ebrahim Desai

Jamiatul Ulama (KZN) Fatwa Department

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