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In Islamic jurisprudence, a traveler (Arabic: مسافر) is the person who should observe certain rulings about the acts of worship due to one's distance from one's hometown in religious law. In Shi'a jurisprudence, a person is called "traveler" who has the following conditions:

  • One travels at least eight farsakhs (about forty to forty five kilometers in total), or goes four farsakhs and returns four farsakhs (which makes eight farsakhs in total)
  • Since the beginning of the travel, one intends to travel eight farsakhs and does not change one's intention in the middle of the way.
  • One does not want to stay ten days or more anywhere before one reaches the distance of eight farsakhs.
  • One should not be a desert dweller who travels in deserts.
  • One's job should not be traveling.

A traveler should perform one's prayer in shortened form, meaning that one should perform two rak'as instead of four rak'as in four-rak'a prayers. Such a traveler should not fast, but a traveler who performs one's prayer in complete form (such as the person whose job is traveling or the one whose travel is for a forbidden action) should fast in travel (when one has to fast, e.g. in the month of Ramadan).


  • The material for this article is mainly taken from مسافر in Farsi WikiShia.