Is there any objection for a musafir (traveler) to perform his/her prayers fully instead of shortening them?
Submitted by on Sat, 02/05/2015 - 11:21
Dear Brother / Sister,
If you wish, you can perform your prayers fully in a long journey instead of shortening them. It is permissible for a traveler (musafir) to perform a fard (obligatory) four-rak'ah prayer fully without shortening it. The two rak'ah of this prayer is accepted as nafilah (supererogatory).
There are two different views as to when someone becomes a musafir:
1- Those considering the distance. According to that view, if a person travels to a distance of 90 km, he shortens his prayers because he is regarded a musafir.
2- Those considering the time. According to them, a three-day journey makes a person musafir. They can only shorten their prayers then. Otherwise, they cannot shorten their prayers.
According to Hanafis, a musafir has to shorten the four-rak'ah fard prayers to two rak'ahs. However, if he prays it as four, it is valid.
According to Shafiis, it is better to pray fully even if one is a musafir. Let us suppose that we perform our prayers fully when we are really musafirs; our prayers will be valid. If we are not musafirs really, then shortening the prayers makes our prayers invalid. Then, we think that it is better to perform the fard prayers fully.
However, it is necessary to accept a view and act accordingly and not to criticize the people accepting other views.
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