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Uber driver praying in the car

Fatwaa ID: 894

Asalmualikum I have a question. I drive Uber, and I don’t get time to go masjid to pray. Can I pray in the car ? Rather than missing prayer?

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

At the outset, we wish to remind you that Allaah Ta’aala is the provider and sustainer. Rizq is from Him. Barakah in rizq is also from him. Earning an income while defying Him and violating His commands will never bring true prosperity and happiness. Instead, you will continue finding yourself running after the Dunya.

An Uber or taxi driver has one of the easiest schedules as he is his own boss. He can turn off his car and go for salaah whenever he wants. There is no excuse.

In the enquired situation, it is impermissible for you to miss the salaah, even if you make it up afterwards. That is a major sin. Likewise, you are not permitted to perform salaah while seated in the car. The salaah will be invalid. We advise you to go offline a few minutes before salaah and head towards the masjid. Give yourself a break and connect with Allaah Ta’aala alongside your brothers. Do this punctually and you will see a great change in your life. Make your work and life revolve around your salaahs. Value your salaahs. It is an intimate conversation with your Sustainer. Everything is in His Hands.

If you are traveling and the salaah time comes in, you must stop or pull over. Salaah performed while seated in the car will be invalid in most cases.

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

08/28/1444 AH – 03/20/2023 CE | AMG3-3547

وصل اللهم وسلم وبارك على سيدنا محمد وعلى ءاله وصحبه أجمعين


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