Question: Can you please tell me if it is permissible to shorten prayers if one travels to a location which is over 120 km. Note that I just plan to stay there for an afternoon and possibly the evening hours. I am just curious as to whether my situation is like that of a traveler even though I’m simply going for a leisure purpose or must I still pray the full set of prayers (e.g. 4 for Zuhr and 4 for Asr)?
Answer: Wa alaykum assalaam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh,
I pray that you’re well, insha’Allah.
Yes, it would be permitted for one to shorten one’s prayers in the Hanafi School in this case. [Shurunbulali, Maraqi al-Falah]