Performing fardh salaah in a car

Q: While travelling in a car, my family prayed the obligatory namaz sitting in the car. Later I found out that sitting while being able to stand invalidates namaz. It was also raining heavily so is the prayer valid as it was done out of ignorance or should I tell my family to repeat those prayers?

If they have to repeat it, should it be prayed as qasr?

A: During the journey, if you were able to stop at a place and perform the fardh salaah (without any fear of harm), then performing the fardh salaah in the car was not correct and will have to be repeated. When making qadha, you will make qadha of qasr as you were musaafir at that time. However, if you were unable to stop at any place due to the fear of harm, then the salaah you performed in the car is valid.

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

يتنفل المقيم (راكبا خارج المصر) محل القصر

و قال العلامة ابن عابدين الشامي : قوله ( ويتنفل المقيم راكبا الخ ) أي بلا عذر أطلق النفل فشمل السنن المؤكدة إلا سنة الفجر كما مر وأشار بذكر المقيم إلى أن المسافر كذلك بالأولى واحترز بالنفل عن الفرض والواجب بأنواعه كالوتر والمنذور وما لزم بالشروع والإفساد وصلاة الجنازة وسجدة تليت على الأرض فلا يجوز على الدابة بلا عذر لعدم الحرج كما في البحر (رد المحتار 2/38)

Answered by:

Mufti Zakaria Makada

Checked & Approved:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)