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Praying in the car

Fatwaa ID: 2106

السَّلاَمُ عَلَيْكُمْ وَرَحْمَةُ اللهِ وَبَرَكَاتُهُ

Respected mufti, what is the ruling of praying in a car?

Jazakallah khair

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

In principle, for fardh salaah to be valid, it is necessary for the one who has the ability to stand to perform the relevant postures of salaah in a standing position. Likewise, sujood must be performed on the ground for the one who has the ability. Accordingly, it will not be permissible to perform fardh salaah while sitting in the car. The salaah will be invalid. This applies to both, men and women. They must get out of the car and pray appropriately. If they are traveling or on the round, they must pull over even if it means that they will be somewhat delayed. Contrary to common practice, women are not excused even if they are in public. They too must get out and perform salaah appropriately. As for nafl salaah, that may be performed while sitting in the car.

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

07/27/1445 AH – 02/08/2024 CE | AML1-8787

وصل اللهم وسلم وبارك على سيدنا محمد وعلى ءاله وصحبه أجمعين


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