Hanafi Fiqh: Imsak and Fasting

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Answered by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

These two online resources appear to give a difference of opinion (in the Hanafi school) pertaining to when one must start fasting.

1.0 THE OBLIGATION OF FASTING. 1. The time for fasting is from the rising of the SECOND dawn until the setting of the sun.

* Which is the more reliable opinion?

* When is the start time for fasting in the other schools – the false/first dawn or the true/second dawn?

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Walaikum assalam,

There is no difference. There are two dawns. The first is false dawn (al-fajr al-kadhib), which occurs when the sun begins to get towards the horizon, such that a little vertical light is visible in the sky, but it then disappears. The second is true dawn (al-fajr al-sadiq), which is when light spreads horizontally across the horizon. [Maraqi, Radd al-Muhtar]

Note, however, that this is not normally visible in cities, because of the amount of lighting and atmospheric pollution.

And Allah knows best.


Faraz Rabbani

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