What is the definition of sunrise?

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Q: What is the definition of sunrise/shurooq? When the sun slightly appears on the horizon or when the sun completely is visible on the horizon?


A: Sunrise commences from the time the sun begins to rise until the complete ball of the sun becomes visible. Shurooq refers to the time where the sun rises and reaches a point after which it is permissible for one to perform ishraaq salaah. This is generally 15 to 20 minutes after sunrise.

And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.


Answered by:

Mufti Zakaria Makada

Checked & Approved:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)

This answer was collected from, where the questions have been answered by Mufti Zakaria Makada (Hafizahullah), who is currently a senior lecturer in the science of Hadith and Fiqh at Madrasah Ta’leemuddeen, Isipingo Beach, South Africa.

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