Traveling While Fasting During RamadanCategory: QuestionsTraveling While Fasting During Ramadan
Muhammad asked 1 year ago

Assalamu ‘Alaykom Wa Rahmetallahi Wa Barakatu.
I am a university student who is healthy and has been fasting for Ramadan with no issues. Before Ramadan, I used to travel to visit my relatives who live about 60 kilometers away from me and stay with them over the weekend, but I do not have residence in that city nor do I have affiliation with it other than my relatives living there. I was planning on visiting my relatives after Dhuhr prayer to keep my fast for the day I’m traveling to them, but I am aware that I would not be able to fast the two days after (Saturday and Sunday) since I would still be in a city other than my residence for those two days.

My intention is to just visit my family for those 3 days. I would prefer to fast the whole month of Ramadan, but I am aware that in this case, I can’t due to the travel. My question is if I travel, would I just have to make up the two days that it would be impermissible for me to fast (due to travel)? Or would I need to make up fasts of two months for each missed day of fasting in Ramadan, give food to sixty poor people, or free one slave after Ramadan (Sayed Ali al-Sistani Ruling 1679) since I am healthy and able to fast? I do not want to purposefully evade any days of fasting during Ramadan, my intention is just to visit my relatives. What would be the ruling in this case?
Shukran wa Assalamu ‘Alaykom.

1 Answers
mehdi answered 1 year ago

أعوذ بالله من الشيطان الرجيم

بِسْمِ ٱللَّٰهِ ٱلرَّحْمَٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ

As Salaamu Alaikum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuh,

Based on your specific question and information provided.

From the Jurisprudence Perspective: 

Travelling during the month of Ramadan is not for­bidden. However, travelling in order to escape fasting is disapproved. Similarly, travelling in general in the month of Ramadan is disapproved except for ʿumrah(1) or because of necessity.

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