2005 List Of Issues
 

You may be interested in reading some of the issues that need to be resolved for the 2005 prayer timetable. This is not a complete list. This a brief list which will be edited and added to during the week insha'Allah.

Last updated 31-Dec-2004

Issue

Our Comments/ Recommendations

Mosque Decision

1. Any new timetable must be independently verified Once the Cambridge Mosque has prepared a new 2005 Prayer Timetable, it then needs to be checked for errors and independently verified to ensure that it is correct and that it conforms to Islamic Shariah.
 
We have requested  details regarding the  verification process, but no information has been made available to us. It is unlikely that independent verification will/has taken place. (Last updated 31/12/04)
2. The Cambridge Mosque committee should approach the Head Imam of London Central Mosque for any help and assistance they may require For advice and recommendations, and to help independently verify the that the prayer timetable conforms to Islamic Shariah.

This is to avoid the repeat of the issues that were discovered in the 2003/2004 timetable. For example, the current timetable follows an Asr prayer methodology which is totally unacceptable from the Shariah.
 

The Mosque Committee believe that this critical step is not necessary. (30/12/04)
3. Provide the source or person providing the prayer timetable data This is in order to ensure that calculations and recommendations of the of the consultant are being followed.

The Mosque Committee believed that the 2004 prayer times were based on the calculations and recommendations of Khalid Shaukat, but this did not appear to be the case.

The data stills needs to be checked for errors and independently verified to ensure that it is correct and that it conforms to Islamic Shariah.
 

The mosque will be using the data provided by Khalid Shaukat. (27/12/04)

 

4. What method will be used for Asr prayers? The current timetable is unacceptable from the Shariah point of view.

Asr times have been adopted that conforms neither to the methodologies of Imams Shaafi, Hambali, Maliki or Imam Abu Hanifa and nor to the Shariah.

However, the current prayer timetable follows Shaafi Asr for 8 long months of the year. From March October the Mosque timetable appears to follow the Shaafi Asr.

Only in December does the the Mosque appears to follow the Hanafi Asr. No other month in the current prayer timetable follows a Hanafi Asr.

Thus current Mosque prayer timetable follows essentially a Shaafi Asr prayer. Thus, our recommendation is that the timetable should continue to follow the Shaafi Asr months for 12 months rather than for just eight.
 

The mosque has decided to use Hanafi Asr for the new timetable. This is a major change to the timetable. (27/12/04)

Shaafi Asr has been used for many years. Why has a decision has been made to now use Hanafi Asr? No information has been made available. (27/12/04)

5. Friday Jumah prayers MUST finish early enough so that those following a Shaafi or Hanafi Asr do not miss their Jumah prayers. Friday Jumah prayers in winter MUST finish early enough so that those who follow a Shaafi or Hanafi Asr do not miss their Jumah prayers.

Shaafi Asr can begin as early as 1:35pm in December, yet sometimes the Jumah prayer start as late as 1:40pm!

 

The Mosque has decided to only follow a Hanafi Asr. (27/12/04)

Unless an agreement is reached regarding the start of Jumah prayer in winter, it may mean that those following Shaafi Asr may have to pray else where. (27/12/04)
 

6. It is "impossible" to pray Fajr and Isha in some summer months?

How will this be resolved?

Here in Britain, the Shariah phenomenon for determining Fajr and Isha prayers is present for about for about eight months of the year.

But during some months Fajr and Isha prayers may not occur during the summer months. This is because the Sun does not get far enough below the horizon for the twilight to occur. This is called persistent twilight and occurs between May 21st - July 21st.

How will this be resolved? What is the evidence for any method or opinion adopted by the Mosque?

Whatever method is used to resolve this phenomenon it must conform to Islamic Shariah.

For more information see the article: "Impossible" Prayers - The phenomena of Persistent twilight

Khalid Shaukat implements  way called the "1/7th of the Night" Rule.

7. Fajr and Isha prayers in some summer months can be VERY LATE.

How will this be resolved?

 
Using the pure and unadjusted prayer time data - you will notice that some summer evening twilight prayer times (Isha) are given for times greater than 24 hourr e.g. 2005 May 18th the time given is 24:43. This means that the prayer time is actually 00:43 on 2005 May 19th.

NOTE: The Isha Prayer for the 19th of May actually occurs at about 00:23 on the 20th May!!!

How will this be resolved? Whatever method is used to resolve this phenomenon it must conform to Islamic Shariah.

What is the evidence for any method or opinion adopted by the Mosque?

For more information see the article: "Impossible" Prayers - The phenomena of Persistent twilight

No information has yet been made available by the mosque.

Khalid Shaukat implements  way called the "1/7th of the Night" Rule.

8. At what time should fasting begin?

NOTE: During some summer months Fajr (and Isha) may NOT occur. So how does one fast? How does one pray Fajr and Isha?

What is the evidence for any method or opinion adopted by the Mosque to resolve this?

Whatever method is used to resolve this phenomenon it must conform to Islamic Shariah.
 

No information has yet been made available.

Khalid Shaukat implements  way called the "1/7th of the Night" Rule.

Further issues will be entered here insha'Allah.

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