Is a person traveling to Tobago considered a musafir?

Question:

السلام عليكم و رحمة ﷲ
Is a person traveling to Tobago for holidays considered a musafir?

Answer:

In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

As-salāmu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullāhi wa-barakātuh.

If a person undertakes a journey of 48 Shar‘ī miles (55 english miles/88.8 kilometres) he will be a Musafir (traveller) and will perform Qasr Salaah (2 rakaats for Zuhr, Asr, Isha). As long as he intends to remain in the place of travel less than 15 days he is considered a Musafir.

Generally a person travelling from Trinidad to Tobago will cover more than 88 km, hence he will be regarded as a Musafir.

One who intends to travel more than 88 km will become a Musafir from the time he exits the boundaries of his locality.

And Allah Ta’āla Knows Best

Mufti Arshad Ali

Darul Iftaa, Jaamia Madinatul Uloom (Trinidad)

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