Category: Prayer (Salaat)
Fatwa#: 37480
Asked Country: Hong Kong

Answered Date: Feb 06,2017

Title: How should you perform Salaah on a Plane ?


How should you perform salaah on a plane ?


In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

As-salāmu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullāhi wa-barakātuh.

The procedure of performing fardh salah in the plane is the same as performing fardh salah on the ground.

One should perform wudhu and perform the salah in a standing posture (qiyam).

It is incorrect to discard salah in the plane or perform salah with tayammum or unnecessarily sit and perform salah. If one sat and performed salah while he was able to stand and perform salah, the salah will be invalid. [1]

Hereunder are some tips for preparing to perform salah in the plane.

1)    Check out the timings of the various salah beforehand. This can be found on

2)    Try to be in the state of wudhu. If that is not possible, wear leather socks or seal skin socks and follow the laws of masah on leather socks. At times the bathroom area in planes are narrow and may be difficult for some to wash their feet.

3)    Make arrangements with the flight attendants to facilitate for you to perform salah. It is important to cooperate with them as well.

Alhamdulillah, we have observed in our years of travel that flight attendants are generally cooperative and facilitate our needs to perform salah.

And Allah Ta’āla Knows Best

Saad Haque

Student Darul Iftaa
New Jersey, USA 

Checked and Approved by,
Mufti Ebrahim Desai.






[1] احسن الفتاوی جلد۴ ص۸۸-۸۹ ایچ ایم سعید

فتاوى محمودية جلد٧ ص٥٣٢ جامعه فاروقية

مراقي الفلاح ص١٨١

والواجب ( فيها وهي جارية ) حال كونه ( قاعدا بلا عذر ) به وهو يقدر على الخرج منها ( صحيحة عند ) الإمام الأعظم ( أبي حنيفة ) رحمه الله تعالى لكن ( بالركوع والسجود ) لا بالإيماء لأن الغالب في القيام دوران الرأس والغالب كالمتحقق لكن القيام فيها والخروج أفضل إن أمكنه لأنه أبعد عن شبهة الخلاف وأسكن لقلبه ( وقالا ) أي أبو يوسف ومحمد رحمهما الله تعالى ( لا تصح ) جالسا ( إلا من عذر وهو الأظهر ) لحديث ابن عمر أن النبي صلى الله عليه و سلم سئل عن الصلاة في السفينة فقال " صل فيها قائما إلا أن تكون تخاف الغرق " وقال مثله لجعفر ولأن القيام ركن فلا يترك إلا بعذر محقق لا موهوم ودليل الإمام أقوى فيتبع...( والعذر كدوران الرأس وعدم القدرة على الخروج ولا تجوز ) أي لا تصح الصلاة ( فيها بالإيماء ) لمن يقدر على الركوع والسجود ( اتفاقا ) لفقد المبيح حقيقة وحكما... يتوجه المصلي فيها إلى القبلة ) لقدرته على فرض الاستقبال ( عند افتتاح الصلاة وكلما استدارت ) السفينة ( عنها ) أي القبلة ( يتوجه ) المصلي باستدارتها ( إليها ) أي القبلة ( في خلال الصلاة )

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