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Living for 6 months in one place and 6 months in another

Fatwaa ID: 126

Question:

in terms of salat al musafir What’s the ruling on someone who lives 6 months in one location and 6 months in another?

Answer:

In the Name of Allaah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

As-salāmu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullāhi wa-barakātuh.

In principle, if one resides in any place for fifteen days or more, he will be regarded to be a muqeem. Hence, in the enquired situation, the person in reference will be muqeem in both locations[i]. He will perform his prayers in full.

And Allaah Ta’aala Knows Best.

Muajul I. Chowdhury
Student, Darul Iftaa
Astoria, New York, USA

Checked and Approved by,
Mufti Ebrahim Desai.

وصل اللهم وسلم وبارك على سيدنا محمد وعلى ءاله وصحبه أجمعين


[i] الأصل للشيباني (1/ 78)

قلت: أرأيت إن بدا له أن يقيم خمسة عشر يوما أو أكثر من ذلك وأجمع رأيه على ذلك (8) يوم دخل؟ قال: هذا مقيم، وله ما للمقيم

الاختيار لتعليل المختار (1/ 80)

 وأما المدة خمسة عشر يوما فمنقولة عن ابن عباس وابن عمر، ولا يعرف ذلك إلا توقيفا ; ولأن السفر لا يخلو عن اللبث القليل، فاعتبرنا الخمسة عشر كثيرا فاصلا اعتبارا بمدة الطهر، إذ لها أثر في إيجاب الصلاة وإسقاطها.

بدائع الصنائع في ترتيب الشرائع (1/ 97)

فالمسافر يصير مقيما بوجود الإقامة، والإقامة تثبت بأربعة أشياء: أحدها: صريح نية الإقامة وهو أن ينوي الإقامة خمسة عشر يوما في مكان واحد صالح للإقامة

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