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Iftar duration for Maghrib salah? Time left for Maghrib?

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How much time one should sit for iftar as he has to offer Maghrib salah also? How long the time of Maghrib salah remains?

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

(Fatwa: 1129/1140/N=11/1437)

(1) A delay of 10 or 12 minutes is allowable in the month of Ramadan in Maghrib salah in respect to the fasting people so that the fasting people may join Maghrib jamah easily after having iftar. (Fatawa Darul Uloom Deoband 2: 45, Question: 38, pub. Maktaba Zakaria Deoband).

مستفاد: (و) – لو – أخر (المغرب إلى اشتباك النجوم) أي كثرتها كره أي التاخير لا الفعل ؛ لأنه مأمور به (تحريماً) إلا بعذر كسفر ، وكونه على أكل (الدر المختار مع رد المحتار ، أول كتاب الصلاة ، 2: 27، ط: مكتبة زكريا ديوبند).

(2) The time of Maghrib, according to Imam Abu Hanifah, may Allah have mercy upon him, remains till setting of the Shafaq-e-Abyaz (white twilight), whereas according to Imam Abu Yusuf and Imam Muhammad, may Allah have mercy upon them, it remains till the setting of Shafaq-e-Ahmar (red twilight); therefore out of the precaution, Maghrib salah should be offered before disappearance of the Shafaq-e-Ahmar (red twilight) and no delay should be made more than it. It is makrooh tahrimi to make a delay till the starts are much brighter in the sky. So it is mentioned in the books of Fiqh and Fatawa.

Allah knows Best!

Darul Ifta,
Darul Uloom Deoband

This answer was collected from the official ifta website of Darul Uloom Deoband in India.

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