He Shortened the Maghrib Prayer During Travel


Salaam ‘Alaykum. [I need an answer as soon as possible, please] Not so long ago, I read that the maghrib prayer should not be abbreviated at all, and when I read that, it was like it was the first time I read that and I felt like I was learning something new. Then I remembered that years ago I went somewhere with my family and shortened prayers during my trip. However, now, I do not know if I have also abridged the maghrib out of ignorance and prayed two rak ‘ahs instead of three, and I think I abbreviated that if I am honest. What should I do? Should I repeat these prayers just in case? I do not repeat these prayers until I have received a response from the people of knowledge so that I can act correctly. However, I hope that if it turns out that I have to repeat these prayers, it will not affect my present prayer that I pray every day, because of me waiting and therefore does not fulfill the obligation of tarteeb [ie since these Maghrib prayers must precede all the prayers I am now doing]. Jazaakum-Allaah Khayran.


Perfect praise to Allah, the Lord of the worlds. I testify that there is no other worthy worship than Allah and that Muhammad sallallaahu `alayhi wa sallam (may Allah extol his mention) is his slave and his messenger.
The Maghreb prayer is not shortened during the trip without a difference of opinion among scholars. Ibn al-Munthir said:

“Scholars unanimously agreed that the prayers of the Maghreb and Fajr should not be abbreviated.” [End quote]

Therefore, if you believe you have shortened the Maghreb prayer, you must perform it immediately again, without restoring the other prayers that follow or precede it.
If you have shortened many Maghreb prayers, you must invent them all. If you have doubts about the exact number of prayers and are not sure of their number, you must invent a number with which you are certain that you are discharged of your responsibility.

Allah knows best.

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