Passenger Praying in a Car
  • Question:

    Is it allowed to pray as a passenger in a car? For example if someone is driving. Can the passenger pray?

    Assalamu Alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh

    Thank you for your question.

    Nafl (optional) prayers are permitted on a vehicle while seated in a car.

    Qiyaam, meaning ‘to stand’, is an integral part (rukn) in fardh prayer. Fardh prayer will be incomplete, if performed while seated by an individual who is capable of standing.

    The Prophet (pbuh), while traveling would at times perform nafl (optional) prayer on his conveyance, but would always descend (climbing off the conveyance) when performing the fardh prayer. It is noted by Islamic jurists that, never once in his life, did he (pbuh) perform his fardh prayer while travelling on his conveyance.

    Jaabir (ra) reports, “The Messenger of Allah (pbuh) offered his prayers upon his conveyance (transportation) in which ever direction the (conveyance animal) was facing. When he intended to perform the fardh prayer, he would climb down and face the Qibla”. (Bukhari)
    And Allah knows best.

    Answered by Shaykh Yusuf Badat
    Hadith of the Day Imam
    Imam of the Islamic Foundation of Toronto and Director of Mathabah institute
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