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The Distance which must be travelled in order to shorten the Prayers
Question:

What is the minimum distance which must be travelled in order to shorten the obligatory prayers?
Answer:

The distance which must be travelled in order to shorten the prayers is undefined, as in the Words of Allaah, the Most High: And when you (Muslims) travel in the land, there is no sin on you if you shorten your prayer if you fear that the disbelievers may attack you. [1] The word travel is mentioned without defining any distance, long or short. Based upon this, the prayer may be shortened in any trip which is considered travel, according to some scholars, basing their opinion on the fact that the word travel is undefined in the Book (of Allaah) and the Sunnah. A number of scholars hold the view that travel is defined as lasting for two complete days, that being equivalent to approximately eighty kilometres. But the most correct opinion is the former, which is that there is no defined distance, rather, whatever is considered by the people to travel.

[1] An-Nisa 4:101.

Permanent Committee for Research and Verdicts
Fatawa Islamiyah Vol. 2 Page 435
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