Musaafir having two hometowns

Q: If a person lives in Middelburg and studies in Johannesburg, can he make Jhb his watan asli and Middelburg his watan iqaamah. He is in Jhb for most of the year. Only during his holidays does he go home to Middelburg. Middelburg is more than 80 km from Jhb. 

A: If you regard JHB as your Watan Asli, due to you staying there, JHB will become your Watan Asli. However, Middleburg can also be your Watan Asli if you consider it as your hometown. It is possible for one to have two Watan Aslis as in the case where one has two wives in two different places.

And Allah Ta'ala (الله تعالى) knows best.


Answered by:

Mufti Zakaria Makada

Checked & Approved:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)