Nasihah (Advice): The distance from the Masjid – Reward
Sayyiduna Abu Hurairah Radhiyallahu Anha reports that Nabi Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam said, “The greater the distance from the Masjid, the greater the reward (of attending the Masjid for Salaah.” (Abu Dawood)
Question and Answer:
- Can u please explain to me how do I perform my salaat when I’m travelling and when I get to a destination and stay there less than 15 days?
(Question published as received)
- A person who intends to travel a distance of 78 kilometres / 48 miles or more (from the boundary of one’s city/town) is categorized as a Musaafir (traveller).
If a Musaafir intends to remain at a destination for less than fifteen days, he will also be categorized as a Musaafir.
However, if a Musaafir intends to remain at a destination for fifteen days or more, he will only be categorized as a Musaafir during his journey. Once he reaches his destination, he will not be categorized as a Musaafir.
If you intend to travel a distance of 78 kilometres / 48 miles or more and stay at a destination for less than fifteen days, you will be categorized as a Musaafir during your journey and once you reach your destination.
A Musaafir should make Qasr i.e. perform two Rakaats of Fardh Salaah instead of a four Rakaats Fardh Salaah. Qasr should be made in the Fardh Salaah of Zuhr, Asr and Esha. There is no Qasr in the Fardh Salaah of Fajr and Maghrib. Similarly, there is no Qasr in Witr, Sunnah and Nafl Salaah.
N.B. The Sunnah and Nafl Salaahs should be performed if a person is not in a hurry whilst travelling. (Nurul Idaah 99-102)
And Allah Ta’ala Knows Best
Mufti Ismaeel Bassa
Mufti Ebrahim Desai
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