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At which point does a person become a Musafir

Nasihah (Advice): The lofty position of the Mu’azzin:


Sayyiduna Mu’awiyah (Radiyallahu Anhu) reports that he heard the Prophet of Allah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) say: “The people with the longest necks on the day of Qiyamah will be the Mu’azzins”(Sahih Muslim, Hadith#: 387)


The commentators of Hadith explain that what is meant in this Hadith by “longest necks” is that they will have the highest score of good deeds or that they will be the recipients of excessive rewards in the Aakhirah. Some commentators mention that it also means that they will be leaders of their people on the day of Qiyamah. (Nawawi)


Question and Answer:

Q. I’m going to Johannesburg tomorrow for a few days. I live in Tongaat and the airport is close by to our home.  If I read my Asr at the airport, (King Shaka), will I read full or Qasr Salah considering that I have not yet travelled the Safar distance?


(Query published as received)


A. Once you pass the boundaries of Tongaat, you will be a Musafir. Regardless of the airport being so close to Tongaat and that you have not yet travelled the Safar distance, you are a Musafir upon leaving the boundaries of your hometown as your intended destination is beyond 78 KMs. You will pray Qasr Salaah by reducing the four Rak’ahs of Asr to two if you pray Asr at the airport.




And Allah Knows Best



Mufti Suhail Tarmahomed



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