Q: I am a student in the city of Jeddah. I live in Al-Qunfudhah, about 350 kilometer away from Jeddah. On Thursday and Friday I travel to Al-Qunfudhah. The question is, while staying in Al-Qunfudhah, is it a Sunnah (supererogatory act of worship following the example of the Prophet) to shorten Salah (Prayer)? Is it permissible to initiate `Umrah from Jeddah or not?

A: If you initiate `Umrah from Jeddah, you should enter the state of Ihram (ceremonial state for Hajj and `Umrah) from Jeddah. However, if you intend to initiate it while in Al-Qunfudhah, you should enter the state of Ihram from the Miqat (sites for entering the ceremonial state for Hajj and `Umrah for Hajj and `Umrah) specified for the people of Yemen. Also, you may not shorten Salah while in your city as it is your homeland. Rather, you must perform Salah in its entirety. The same applies to Jeddah, where you must perform Salah in in its entirety, according to the opinion of Jumhur (dominant majority of scholars), as you always intend to stay there more than four days.

May Allah grant us success! May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family and Companions!

Permanent Committee for Scholarly Research and Ifta
Member Deputy Chairman Chairman
`Abdullah ibn Ghudayyan `Abdul-Razzaq `Afify `Abdul-`Aziz ibn `Abdullah ibn Baz

[Source: Alifta.net]