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Ruling 1267

With regard to someone who does not know how many farsakhs his journey is – for example, he travels in order to find a lost person and does not know how far he must go before he finds him – he must perform tamām prayers. However, on the return journey, in the event that the distance to his home town (waṭan) or to a place where he intends to stay for ten days is eight or more farsakhs, he must perform qaṣr prayers. Similarly, if during his journey he makes an intention to travel a distance that together with the return journey totals eight farsakhs, he must perform qaṣr prayers.