Nasihah (Advice): The final abode
Sayyiduna Ibn Umar Radhiyallahu Anhu reports that Nabi Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam said,“When anyone of you dies, he will be shown his abode in the morning and in the evening, if he belongs to the people of Paradise, he will be shown his place in Paradise, and if he is from the people of Hell, he will be shown his place in Hell, and it will be said, ‘This is your abode.’ and this will continue until the Day of Resurrection.” (Ibn Majah)
Question and Answer:
- As salaam u Alaykum mufti. Please can you advise me. I stay in umzinto. When i travel to durban i know i am NOT a musafir. But if i go to gateway(umhlanga) i am a musafir because of the distance. My question is what happens if i decide to go durban and whilst i am in there, during the day i decide to go to gateway(umhlanga). Am i then musafir even though i had no intention of going to umhlanga whilst i was in umzinto. My reason for asking is that i heard from someone else that if i decide to go to durban and later during the day i decide to go to umhlanga, it’s a new trip and i am not musafir.
(Question published as received)
- A person who intends to travel a distance of 78 kilometers or more is categorized as a Musaafir (traveller) and all the laws of Safar will apply.
Hence, in the enquired situation, if you intended to travel from Umzinto to Umhlanga which is more than 78 kilometres, you would be categorized as a Musaafir (traveller). However, if you intended to travel from Umzinto to Durban which is less than 78 kilometers and thereafter in Durban you intended to travel to Umhlanga, you will not be categorized as a Musaafir (traveller) as you did not intend to travel 78 kilometers or more.
On the other hand, if you intend to return to Umzinto from Umhlanga, you will be categorized as a Musaafir (traveller) as you have now intended to travel a distance of over 78 kilometres.
In principle, every intention of travel is considered individually. Any other intended travel made thereafter will be calculated separately in determining whether one is Musaafir or not. (Tabyeenul Haqaaiq 1/209)
And Allah Ta’ala Knows Best
Mufti Ismaeel Bassa
Mufti Ebrahim Desai