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Pray shortened salah during Umrah?

Fatwaa ID: 2156

Assalamu Alaykum,

InshaAllah I plan on going to Umrah, and visiting Madinah also for about two weeks. During my stay in the two cities, there will be times when I will not be able to pray in Jamaat. In those instances, should I shorten the prayers as one would as a traveler? Or since I am in the holy cities should I pray the full 4 rakat for Duhur, Asr, and Esha salat? If you could answer according to the Hanafi madhab, that’d be appreciated.

Also while on the flight to Umrah, am I allowed to combine Duhur/Asr and Maghrib/Esha like the other madhabs allow while on the plane since it’ll lighten the burden? Or do I need to perform each salah at its appropriate time? When I am traveling, I always choose to join the prayers as it is much easier. Is that wrong for me to do?

Jazakallahu khayran

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

May Allaah Ta’aala accept your ‘umrah and make the journey fruitful and productive.

  1. It is not clear how long you will be staying in Makkah Mukarramah or Madeenah Munawwarah. If your total stay at a place is less than 15 days, then you will be musaafir there. You will shorten the applicable salaahs. If you stay in one place for 15 days or more, then you will pray your salaahs in full there. Being in the blessed lands would not change or affect the general rulings of safar. The same would apply as elsewhere.
  2. According to the Hanafi legal school, it is not permissible to combine prayers on a journey. Each salaah must be performed individually at its respective time. While the other legal schools permit combining of salaahs during travels, a muqallid ought to follow the authoritative positions of his legal school. He should not mix and match to suit his convenience and desires.

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

08/07/1445 AH – 02/17/2024 CE | 861

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