Book Name:Musafir ki Namaz
Cases of temporary hometown [Waṭan-e-Iqāmat] being nullified
One temporary hometown [Waṭan-e-Iqāmat] nullifies the other. That is to say, if a person stayed at a town or city for fifteen days or more and then went to another town with the intention of staying there for the next fifteen days or more, then the first town would no longer remain his temporary hometown regardless of whether or not there is a distance of three days (i.e. approximately 92 km) between the two towns.
Similarly, if a person returns to his original hometown [Waṭan-e-Aṣlī] or sets off a three-days-distance journey, the temporary hometown [Waṭan-e-Iqāmat] will be nullified. (Durr-e-Mukhtār, vol. 2, pp. 731; Baĥār-e-Sharī’at, vol. 1, pp. 751)
Two routes for a journey
If there are two routes to a particular destination – one is three-days-distance [i.e. approximately 92 km] long while the other is shorter, then the route one takes will be the determining factor. If one takes the shorter route, then he is not a traveller but if he took the longer route, then he would be a traveller even though he had no genuine reason to take the longer route. (‘Ālamgīrī, vol. 1, pp. 138; Durr-e-Mukhtār, Rad-dul-Muḥtār, vol. 1, pp. 726)
How long does a traveller remain a traveller?
A traveller remains a traveller unless he returns to his village or city, or makes the intention of staying in any populated area