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 What is zawal time? How much time before zohar Salaah does it start? Is there any zawal time before maghrib? If someone is reading/reciting Quran Sharif and zawal time commences, does he have to stop reading?

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Q: What is zawal time? How much time before zohar Salaah does it start? Is there any zawal time before maghrib? If someone is reading/reciting Quran Sharif and zawal time commences, does he have to stop reading?

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A: Zawaal refers to the time where the sun moves away from the zenith. When the sun is at the zenith (waqt ul istiwaa) it is impermissible to perform Salaah, however reciting the Qur’an is permissible.

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

أخبرنا مالك حدثنا نافع عن ابن عمر قال : دلوك الشمس ميلها (في قوله تعالى أَقِمِ الصَّلَاةَ لِدُلُوكِ الشَّمْسِ إِلَىٰ غَسَقِ اللَّيْلِ وَقُرْآنَ الْفَجْرِ إِنَّ قُرْآنَ الْفَجْرِ كَانَ مَشْهُودًا ﴿الإسراء: ٧٨﴾)

أخبرنا مالك حدثنا داود بن الحصين عن ابن عباس قال : كان يقول : دلوك الشمس ميلها وغسق الليل اجتماع الليل وظلمته قال محمد : هذا قول ابن عمر وابن عباس وقال عبد الله بن مسعود : دلوكها غروبها وكل حسن (موطا امام محمد ص408)

Answered by:

Mufti Zakaria Makada

Checked & Approved:

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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