Fatwa: # 42496
Category: Jurisprudence and Rulings...
Date: 12th February 2020


What is the duration of the Makrooh times for Salaah?




When i was in South Africa, i remember the makrooh time after sunrise and at istiwaa being only 3-4. here in England, the general makrooh times are 15 mins. Are there different Aqwaal in the Madhab?


In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful. 

As-salāmu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullāhi wa-barakātuh. 


In principle, it is not permissible to perform any Salaah at sunrise, sunset and Istiwaa (when the sun is directly in the centre).[i]


Sunrise is when the complete sun rises above the horizon.[ii]

The complete duration of sunrise is approximately 5-10 mins.[iii] However, it must be noted the duration of sunrise continues to change throughout the year depending on one’s latitude and time.

Therefore, as a matter of precaution the Makrooh time is extended to 15/20 mins. [iv]


Istiwaa is when the sun is at its highest peak at noon. In reality, this is a very momentary period and cannot be accurately ascertained. As a matter of precaution, the jurists have prohibited one to pray approximately 5 mins before Istiwaa and 5 mins after Istiwaa. [v]


According to our knowledge the average Makrooh time provided is approximately 10 mins here in South Africa.


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Checked and Approved by, 
Mufti Ebrahim Desai. 




[i]تحفة الفقهاء (١٦٩/١)

اما الثلاثة التي يكره الصلاة فيها لمعنى يتصل بالوقت: فما بعد طلوع الفجر الي ان ترتفع وتبيض. ووقت استواء الشمس حتى تزول. ووقت احمرار الشمس واصفرارها 

حتى تغرب


الحاوي القدسي (١٥٠/١)

اما الثلاثة: قحين طلوع الشمس الي ارتفاعها، واستوائها الي زوالها، واصفرارها الي غروبها الا وقت الاستواء يوم الجمعة عند ابي يوسف لتحية المسجد، وهو الفتوى 


الهداية شرح بداية المبتدي (١٦٤/١)

لا تجوز الصلاة عند طلوع الشمس، ولا عند قيامها في الظهيرة، ولا عند غروبها


[ii] http://individual.utoronto.ca/kalendis/twilight/


[iii]احسن الفتاوی (۱۴۳/٢)

حسب ہدایة مشاہدات  سے ثابت ہوا  کے طلوع سے ۹ منٹ بعد آفتاب میں معہود تمازت آگئی اور غروب سے ۱۳ منٹ قبل مکروہ وقت شروع ہوا۔ یہ فیصلہ بہت احتیاط سے کیا گیا ہے ورنہ حقیقت یہ ہے کے مکروہ وقت دونوں جانب اس سے بہی کم تہا۔


[iv] فتاوی محمودیة (٤٦٣/٢١)

۲۰ منٹ میں بلکل وقت مکروہ خارج ہوجاتی ہیں


[v] فتاوی قاسمیة (۲۹۶/٥) كذا في الفتاوي محمودية (٧٠/٢)

نصف نهار كا وقت بهت هي مختصر ہوتاہے۔ لیکن علماء نے اس کے لئے تقریبا ۱۰ منٹ کا مقرر کیا ہے ۵ منٹ قبل اور ۵ منٹ بعد




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