Long distance taxi driver

Reference: Fataawa Ramadhaan – Volume 1, Pages 333-334, Fatwa No.280
Fataawa Ibn ‘Uthaymeen – Volume 1, Page 492-493

Question: Does the ruling of the traveller apply to [long distance] drivers of cars and buses who continuously work during the day in Ramadhaan?

Response: Yes, the ruling of the traveller applies to them, so they are to shorten the prayer and refrain from fasting.

So if someone said: When do they fast whilst their job is continuous?

We say: They are to fast during the winter days because they are short and cold days.

As for the [local] drivers within cities, then the ruling of the traveller does not apply to them, rather they are required to fast.

He is a graduate of the Islaamic University of Madeenah, having graduated from the Institute of Arabic Language, and later the Faculty of Sharee'ah in 2004. He currently resides in Birmingham, UK.

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