Soldiers not permitted to use concession of travel if settled in a place
Q: We are a group of
soldiers who are located at the northern border.
In the beginning we used to move to a different place every week, so we used to shorten the four-Rak`ah Salah (Prayer consisting of four units) and combine the Zhuhr (Noon) with the `Asr (Afternoon) Prayers, and the Maghrib (Sunset) with the `Isha' (Night) Prayers. However, we have now been settled in one place for two months, and we live in tents and houses (Part No. 6; Page No. 451) where we have electric motors and some appliances. We would like to inquire about the ruling on combining and shortening Salah (Prayer), although we are sure that we will be staying in the same place for an extended period, as we are informed by officials a week before moving. Please advise as soon as possible. May Allah reward you. May Allah's Peace be upon Muhammad, his family and Companions!
If the situation is as you mentioned, that you stay in the same place for a long time, you should offer Salah normally at its time, not shorten it, as you are in this case not considered travelers.May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.