prayer times

Stop... Its Fajr Time! (No its not)

In the summer months in the UK there is a debate over when Fajr time starts.

The main cause of this is that the sun doesn't go far enough below the horizon for pitch black conditions to occur.

This causes a problem because Fajr time is supposed to be when the "true dawn" starts from pitch black conditions.

Based on the unique conditions of being at such a high latitude, different groups of scholars have come up with different solutions, the most conservative of which is to start Fajr in the middle of the night.

The main solutions are to either use a different point to decide when Fajr starts (hint: the "true dawn" was not the true test of fajr, but a test that worked where tested with the real requirements that were laid out in the Qur'an).