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Displacement vs distance

Fatwaa ID: 2055

السلام عليكم و رحمت الله و بركاته
Dear Mufti Sahab,
Is one considered as a musafir if:
1.) the displacement between the destination and his house is 49 miles
2.) the distance between the destination and his house is 49 miles

In the Name of Allaah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.
As-salaamu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullaahi wa-barakaatuh.

When determining whether one will be a musaafir or not, the distance is considered, not the displacement. Thus, if a person takes a longer route or he makes stops that add on to the total distance of his journey, then that would be included in counting the 48 miles.

And Allaah Ta’aala knows best.
Mufti Muajul I. Chowdhury
Darul Iftaa New York

07/14/1445 AH – 01/26/2024 CE | AMG1-3728

وصل اللهم وسلم وبارك على سيدنا محمد وعلى ءاله وصحبه أجمعين

Distance is the length of the path taken by an object whereas displacement is the simply the distance between where the object started and where it ended up.


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