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As-salaam was alaikum. I have been a regular reader of your questions and answers, and I have been somewhat impressed by them. I am somewhat in confusion over your last answer about breaking the fast. As per the beliefs which I am aware of, a person is not allowed to fast when he/she is traveling. That is if the person leaves the limit of the city, then he cannot fast. So as per you answer, Prophet Muhammad (pbah) while traveling asked his companion to prepare for the opening of fast in the evening even though a lot of time was left. If in reality the Prophet was on a journey, could he have continued his fast? If yes then we are going away for the belief that we have to atleast stay in a town for 10 days before praying the full Namaz, and fasting. Please clarify this point. Also, is it right to let Magrib Namaz get kaza, so as to eat food.

Are we allowed to fast while traveling?

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Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 2 Surah Baqarah verse 185 (part):… Therefore from now on, whosoever witnesses it, it is obligatory on him to fast the whole month. But if one be ill, or on a journey, he should make up the same number by fasting on other days. Allah desires to show leniency to you, and does not desire to show any hardship……


The best person to understand and implement the above, and any aayah of the Quran in his life, was the Messenger of Allah (saws). The above verse, of not fasting while one is on a journey, was understood and implemented by the Messenger of Allah (saws) as a permission that if the journey is easy and the person wants to fast, he may do so. And if the person finds the journey difficult, he may choose not to fast, and make up the fast later. This permission was a leniency and a mercy from Allah to the believers.


The praying of full prayers or ‘qasr’ (shortened) prayers have nothing to do with the legality of the fast. One may travel and pray ‘shortened’ prayers, but he is absolutely allowed to maintain his fasts in Ramadan, if he wishes to do so. If he does not wish to fast while traveling in Ramadan, there is no harm; but the person will have to make up for the missed fast/s on other days of the year.


Your Question: Also, is it right to let Magrib Namaz get kaza, so as to eat food.

The Magrib prayer is valid until the time of Isha prayers. Thus if one wants to eat his food, there would be enough time to pray his Magrib prayers ‘ada’ (on time). The best way to break the fast is to eat something light while breaking the fast with a few dates or water, as was the Sunnah of the Messenger of Allah (saws); then pray the Magrib prayers in congregation; and then have a full meal. That would solve the problem.

Unless in extreme circumstances, one should always strive to offer all his obligatory prayers on time, and never make them ‘kada’ or late.


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Your Brother in Islam,





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