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#1 [Permalink] Posted on 8th December 2015 09:31
Nafl (Optional) Salah in a Vehicle



In our era of hustle & bustle, the following sunnah of Rasulullah (sallallahu’alaihi wasallam) is quite pertinent and appropriate:

Sayyiduna Abdullah Ibn ‘Umar (radiyallahu ‘anhu) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu’alaihi wasallam) would perform (nafl) salah on his conveyance while he was out of the town. (Sahih Bukhari, Hadith: 1096 & Sahih Muslim, Hadith: 1608, 1616).

The Fuqaha (Jurists) have mentioned that this practice (of offering nafl salah in one’s conveyance) is Mustahab (encouraged).

This has also been the practice of our Seniors.

While offering nafl salah in one’s vehicle the following should be borne in mind:


1. This salah can be offered while sitting in a vehicle as soon as a person is out of any town/locality. (Shami, 2/38-39

2. It is not necessary for the person who intends performing this salah to be a Musaafir (undertaking a journey of 77 Kms or more) (Shami, 2/38-39 & Tahtawi, pg.221)

3. It is not necessary to face the qiblah when performing nafl salah in the vehicle. (Sahih Bukhari,1096 & Shami, 2/39)

4. This salah can be offered with shoes as long as there is no impurity on them. (Shami, 2/39)

5. The ruku’ and sajdah can be made by lowering the head. (it should be lower in sajdah than in ruku’) (Sunan Abi Dawud, Hadith:1220)
One should not make ruku’ or sajdah by placing the head on anything. (‘Alamgiri, 1/143)

6. The driver can also perform this salah as long as he does not endanger his life or the lives of his passengers. (Shami, 2/39 & ‘Alamgiri, 1/143)
i.e, the salah will remain correct despite him manoeuvring his vehicle.

7. One who wishes to observe this salah must be in the state of wudhu

8. One may only offer nafl (optional) salah in the above manner.

The renowned commentator of Sahih Bukhari; Hafidh Ibn Hajar (rahimahullah) writes: “The secret behind this relaxation in the rules is: that through the mercy of Allah upon the ummah they are now able to increase their nawaafil (optional) prayers and thereby earn huge rewards from Allah. (Fathul Bari 2/743 Hadith:1099)

Most people spend some time or the other in traffic on a daily or weekly basis. Let’s take advantage of the above sunnah of our Beloved (sallallahu’alaihi wasallam).

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#2 [Permalink] Posted on 8th December 2015 09:59
Never had been witness to this type of salah by our shuyookh or scholars. Seen them completing their auraad or wazaif, reading quran, hizbul Azam etc. But never seen them offering salah.

But Alhamdulillah permission exists, jazakallah for the information.
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#3 [Permalink] Posted on 8th December 2015 10:31
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Maybe not by Shuyookh but I've seen it being done many times, not just for Fard Salah, which then has to be repeated, and just by scholars either. I've, MashaAllah, seen a whole family offering Salah in the car.

There are threads or articles that mention offering (non-fard) Salah in any direction and reciting Surah's in any order as long the correct conditions are met and Fard Salah was always offered observing the correct method. For example, Hazrat Umar رضي الله عنه would do this too but dismount his camel to offer the Fard prayer and face Qibla.

I found this article particularly useful as I have been meaning to ask a scholar if I could manoeuvre the car very slightly if I was stuck in traffic for long periods, and as normal, I take my prescription of Hasbunallahu wa ni'mal wakeel, and the answers fall in place, Alhumdulillah.
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#4 [Permalink] Posted on 18th June 2019 09:15
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Nafl (Optional) Salah in a Vehicle

In our era of hustle and bustle, the following Sunnah of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam) is quite pertinent and appropriate:

Sayyiduna Abdullah Ibn ‘Umar (radiyallahu ‘anhu) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam) would perform (nafl) Salah on his conveyance while he was out of the town. (Sahih Bukhari, Hadith: 1096 and Sahih Muslim, Hadith: 1608, 1616).

The Fuqaha (Jurists) have mentioned that this practice (of offering nafl Salah in one’s conveyance) is Mustahab (encouraged).

This has also been the practice of our Seniors.

While offering nafl Salah in one’s vehicle the following should be borne in mind:


1. This Salah can be offered while sitting in a vehicle as soon as a person is out of any town/locality. (Shami, 2/38-39

2. It is not necessary for the person who intends performing this Salah to be a Musafir (undertaking a journey of 77 kilometers or more) (Shami, 2/38-39 and Tahtawi, pg.221)

3. It is not necessary to face the qiblah when performing nafl Salah in the vehicle. (Sahih Bukhari,1096 and Shami, 2/39)

4. This Salah can be offered with shoes as long as there is no impurity on them. (Shami, 2/39)

5. The ruku’ and sajdah can be made by lowering the head. (it should be lower in sajdah than in ruku’) (Sunan Abi Dawud, Hadith: 1220)

One should not make ruku’ or sajdah by placing the head on anything. (‘Alamgiri, 1/143)

6. The driver can also perform this Salah as long as he does not endanger his life or the lives of his passengers. (Shami, 2/39 and ‘Alamgiri, 1/143)

i.e, the Salah will remain correct despite him manoeuvring his vehicle.

7. One who wishes to observe this Salah must be in the state of wudu

8. One may only offer nafl (optional) Salah in the above manner.

The renowned commentator of Sahih Bukhari; Hafidh Ibn Hajar (rahimahullah) writes: “The secret behind this relaxation in the rules is: that through the mercy of Allah upon the ummah they are now able to increase their nawafil (optional) prayers and thereby earn huge rewards from Allah. (Fathul Bari 2/743 Hadith: 1099)

Most people spend some time or the other in traffic on a daily or weekly basis. Let’s take advantage of the above Sunnah of our Beloved (sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam).



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