The prayer of the traveller who does not encounter nightfall

Reference: Fataawa al-Lajnah ad-Daa.imah lil-Buhooth al-‘Ilmiyyah wal-Iftaa. – Question No.1 from Fatwa No.13503

Question: A person travelled from America to Japan, [and then on] to Indonesia; [During his journey] it transpired that he did not encounter nightfall. Rather, all of his journey [took place] during daytime. However, when he arrived at his destination, [he discovered] a whole day had actually passed him by. So what should he do about the prayers which he has missed? And what should he do when he travels via the same route next time?

Response: This man is now required – wherever he may be – to make up what has passed him of the [missed] prayers. As for the future (next time), then he should pray every prayer at its [appointed] time – estimating it by the current time [wherever he may be], even if he be [travelling by plane] in the sky.

And with Allaah lies all success, and may Allaah send prayers and salutations upon our Prophet Muhammad (sal-Allaahu ‘alayhe wa sallam) and his family and his companions.

المسافر إذا لم يمر به ليل أثناء السفر كيف يصلي

المرجع: السؤال الأول من الفتوى رقم ‏(‏13503‏)‏

السؤال:‏ شخص سافر من أمريكا إلى اليابان إلى أندونيسيا، وصادف أنه لم يمر عليه ليل، بل كان السفر كله نهاراً، ولكن عندما وصل إلى هناك كان تقدم عليه يوم، فماذا يفعل عن الصلاة التي فاتته‏؟‏ وماذا يفعل عند سفره مرة أخرى بنفس المسار‏؟‏

الجواب:‏ يجب على الرجل المذكور أن يقضي ما مضى من الصلوات حالاً، أما بالنسبة للمستقبل فيصلي كل صلاة في وقتها بالتقدير بالساعة، ولو كان في الجو‏.‏ وبالله التوفيق وصلى الله على نبينا محمد وآله وصحبه وسلم ‏.‏

He is a graduate of the Islaamic University of Madeenah, having graduated from the Institute of Arabic Language, and later the Faculty of Sharee'ah in 2004. He currently resides in Birmingham, UK.

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