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Disagreement over sunset time between Muazzin and Imam

Answered according to Hanafi Fiqh by DarulIftaBirmingham


Answered by: Maulana Imran Mughal


Question


Assalamualaikom

Today in Birmingham sunset time was 8.09pm azan was prayed. But our Imam said it should be 5 minutes later. Please let me know which is the correct.


Answer


Assalamualaikum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakaatuh


Generally, when the time for sunset is a certain time, the Imam, committee of the masjid or those that issue the calendar would delay it a few minutes (most of the times 5 minutes) just to be safe.


Allamah Ibn Abidin writes in his Fatawa: “It is a condition for the validity of the prayer for the time to enter and to have complete trust that it has entered.”[1]


And Allah SWT alone knows best.


Answered by Maulana Imran Mughal


Checked and approved Mufti Mohammed Tosir Miah


Darul Ifta Birmingham



[1]Ibn Abidin, RaddulMuhtaar(Beirut, Dar al-Ma’rifah, 2011), 2:36.


This answer was collected from DarulIftaBirmingham.co.uk, which is run under the supervision of Mufti Mohammed Tosir Miah from the United Kingdom.

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