[Q-ID0020] There is no place to pray on the train/plane – what should I do?

QUESTION:

Due to work and studies I travel a lot and sometimes spend the entire prayer time on the train or plane. During these times I find it difficult to pray as there is no space to pray. In these circumstances what shall I do?

ANSWER:

Whenever one plans a journey one should always plan it around ones prayers such that each prayer is delivered in its time. One should reflect on the purpose of one’s creation and final destination. If the importance of prayer is understood one will make time wherever he is.

Note: On a plane one should inform the cabin crew who should be able to show him a place where he can pray standing facing in the direction of the Qiblah. Obligatory prayers cannot be prayed on a moving train so one should account for this in planning his journey so he can deliver the prayer in its time off the train.

After which if he still finds himself in such a situation where the time of prayer is escaping him whilst travelling in a bus, train or plane in which he is not allowed to stand by the cabin crew then he should pray in the best way possible trying to fulfil as many act as he can for the ihtiram ul waqt. He must then repeat this prayer when possible.

Allah knows best.

Answered by Mawlana Ibrar Shafi

Approved by Shaykh Naveed Jameel ash-Shaami

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