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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 his distance from his hometown in religious law. In Shi'a jurisprudence, a person is called traveler who has the following conditions:

  • He 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, he intends to travel eight farsakhs and does not change his intention in the middle of the way.
  • He does not want to stay ten days or more anywhere before he reaches the distance of eight farsakhs.
  • He should not be a desert dweller who travels in deserts.
  • His job should not be traveling.

A traveler should perform his prayer in shortened form, meaning that he 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 his 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 he has to fast, e.g. in the month of Ramadan).