The length of the i’tikaaf

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Question: Is there a specified [length of] time for the i’tikaaf?

Response: [Regarding] the i’tikaaf, there is no specified [length of] time.

[There is] no limit to how short it is, and nor [is there] a limit to how long it is.

Even if he intends to perform i’tikaaf for a night, or a day, or [some] hours – then he can do so.

That is because no limit for it has been stipulated by Allaah [or His Messenger].

Importantly, it is usually referred to as i’tikaaf.


Translation originally published on 28 March, 2024

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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