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What is the stance of Ulamas on the government’s decision to change time for Namaz and fasting?

Answered as per Hanafi Fiqh by Jamia Binoria
Assalamu Alaikum! My question in the presence of the respected Ulamas is that why are the respected Ulamas do not say anything with regard to advancing and reversing of the time?
Due to this step of the government, a big difficulty arises with the change of the timings with regard to performing of Namaz. Apart from this the schedules of the other activities too get effected but I cannot understand the silence of the lerned Ulemas in this matter.

Last year too, when the same government had advanced the time, Ulema of our country said nothing and now again they are silent. Isn’t it the responsibility of the respected Ulemas to keep away the government from taking such steps that changes the timings of Namaz and Fasting and create difficulty?

My request is that let the learned Ulamas make strong appeal from the government to withdraw the decision of advancing the time by one hour and to end the problem of load-shedding by installing power plants. The deficiency of the electricity will not be filled by advancing and reversing the hour. People of Pakistan will be grateful immensely to the respected Ulamas. Wassalam. Awaiting the reply

الجواب حامدا و مصلیا

Let it be known that the basis of Salath(prayers) , Saum(fasting) is not the present day clock or hour but it is based on day, rising and setting of the Sun and the changes in the local timing etc. Clock and hour is just a criteria and to identify the local time. Therefore by advancing or reversing the clock there won’t be any effect in the Waqth of Salath. That is the reason why the Ulama have paid no interest on it. Without evaluating the country’s situation, consumption of power and concerning the real gain and loss of it just blindly following the others is a great tragedy about which the entire nation should be brought to vigilance and made them returned towards Allah the Almighty.

This Q&A was indexed from the official english fatwa portal of Jamia Binoria. It is an Islamic educational institute in Karachi, Pakistan.

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