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Heba E. Husseyn
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« on: June 04, 2018, 11:17:36 pm »

Walaikum Salam sister.   Would also like to add an essential point. 

Our jurists do not see Fajr and Iftar timings too accurately.

In the Quran, Allah asserts that we can eat sahoor until the white thread becomes distinct from the black thread (V.2:187) which means until the first glimmer of light appears in the atmosphere; this is the most precise moment when Fajr (dawn) begins.  It appears approximately 40 minutes before sunrise.  But our jurists and ulemas have set Fajr timing approximately one and a half hours before sunrise.  For example in Cairo (Egypt), the official time for Fajr or dawn is presently 3.10 a.m. while sunrise is at 4.53.   Calculation of our jurists is on similar lines everywhere.  In Toronto (Canada) for instance, they mention Fajr at 3.50 a.m.while sunrise is at 5.40 a.m.  Look at the huge gap between Fajr and sunrise.  It's well over 1 and a half hours.  As a result, those who fast have to finish their sahoor latest by 3.45 a.m. and at that time it's pitch dark outside.   If sunrise is at 5.40 a.m., then the white thread would be distinct from the black thread as described in the Quran at approximately 5.00 a.m.  So, one can see how much our ulemas and jurists rush us.

Similarly, it's also important to know that the common traditional assumption of Iftar timing (breaking the fast) exactly at Maghrib or sunset is wrong, against the rule of the Quran.  The Noble Quran (V.2:187) mentions the time to break our fast is "leil" which in English translates as 'nightfall' or when darkness of the night begins.  This period comes approximately 30 minutes after Maghrib or sunset, sometimes a little longer depending on one's location.  So, if Maghrib time in a particular region is 9.00 p.m., those who fast should break it at approximately 9.30 p.m. or whenever they observe the atmosphere outside to appear dark.  In the Quran, sunset time is described as dhulook as-shams or maghrib as-shams.  Nightfall is described as leil.     Anyone would know that sunset is different from nightfall.

We have had some very fruitful discussions on this topic at the following posts and threads.  Do take a look gradually when you get the time.

Until what time can we eat sahoor?

Ramadan Sahoor & Fatoor timings and Fajr & Maghrib prayers

Be careful to break your fast at the right time

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