Q: As I live in a city and because of the buildings, I can’t always see the sky openly. How can I determine that time when salah is forbidden? Is there any trustful program to use, do you know one? I hope it is the one that shows time as salah calendar as I don’t always have wifi on at home? And also, if I didn’t make my fard yet and the forbidden time started, can I still make my salah if I see that due to some reasons I will miss it – like toilet is busy, water is going to be off, etc? How sinful is it to make salah at this time? Also, if I start salah some minutes prior to this time and ended it when this time has started, do I have to repeat my salah?
A: Look at the perpetual calendar. It is a good guide.
In the forbidden times you are not supposed to read any salaah i.e at the time of sunrise, zawaal. If you are referring to the time after Fajr and Asr then it is permissible to perform the qadha in that time.
If you have started your fardh salaah and the sun has risen then you should repeat your fardh. The same will apply to the time of zawaal.
And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.
Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)