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Defining Twilight: Redness or Whiteness?

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Q: What is the definition of twilight? In beheshti zewar English it says the redness on the western horizon, when that disappears then esha time comes in. However some kitaabs mention the twilight according to imam Abu hanifa as the whiteness after the redness. Which is correct. Why is it mentioned as redness in the beheshti zewar, would this not make our esha time early like the shafis etc.


A: Twilight is the disappearing of the whiteness that comes after the redness.

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

Answered by:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)

This answer was collected from MuftiOnline.co.za, 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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