Distance over which it is permissible to shorten Salah

Q: I am employed in a military position in the region of Thawl, which is 150 km from Makkah, and I travel back and forth to work everyday. My question is: Is it permissible for me to combine and shorten the Zhuhr (Noon) and the ‘Asr (Afternoon) Prayers, as I leave work at 12:00 midday, before Zhuhr, and I reach my home in Makkah at 1:45 pm, after Zhuhr? I hope that you will reply to me concerning this matter in writing, in order to settle a dispute among the employees about it. May Allah reward you well.

A: The distance you mentioned between Makkah and Thawr constitutes a traveling distance that allows you to combine and shorten Salah (Prayer) until you return to Makkah, even if this happens everyday.May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.