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N.B. Rulings are given in accordance with the Hanafi school of thought

Speeding and Reckless driving

Q: 

Please provide guidance on fast driving ? Is one allowed to drive above the speed limit and if not, will doing so render one sinful ? If a person has to pass away in an accident due to speeding, will it be considered to be suicide ?

A:

A Muslim should not cause any form of inconvenience to others. One should ensure that he does not drive in a way that causes anxiety to others and could endanger his life and the lives of others. Accordingly, one should obey the traffic rules for the safety of all road users.

To be reckless and drive at high speed will endanger one’s life or the life of other innocent people. This is not permissible as it could have serious consequences if someone is injured or loses his/her life.

However, if one dies in an accident due to driving beyond the speed limit, generally this will not be considered as suicide.

And Allah Ta'ala Knows Best

Shafique Jakhura (Mufti) M.D. Mangera (Mufti) 

Darul Ihsan Fatwa Dept.

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