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Salaah commencement time and the Azaan


Nasihah (Advice): Salaat at its fixed time

Sayyiduna Abu Qatada bin Rabiy Radhiyallahu Anhu says he heard Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi wa Sallam saying, “Allah has stated, “I have ordained 5 times daily Salaat for your followers. I have made a promise with Myself that whoever is regular in performing his Salaat at its fixed hour, shall be admitted into Paradise. Those of your followers, who do not guard their Salaat, are not included in this promise.” (Abu Dawud)


Question and Answer:

 The Fajr azaan at our musjid goes at 4.30am, so what time is the sehri?

Note:Your time table reads sehri at 4.00am and salaah at 4.05 am. Please clarify as I am missing my Tajahud salaah because sehri is 4.00 am according to your time table.


  1. The Azaan (especially in South Africa) does not necessarily signify the commencing time of the Salaah time. The Azaan is called out within the Salaah time frame, generally at the time when the largest congregation can be achieved. Therefore, the Azaan should not be considered an indication of the Salaah time entering.

One should refer to a Salaah time table for the commencement of the Salaah times. The Fajr time on the Timetable marks the end of the time of Tahajjud and the commencement of the time of Fajr.


Salaah timetables for the major cities in South Africa may be downloaded here. Salaah times for other cities may be obtained by emailing publications@jamiat.org.za requesting the cities required. 

And Allah Ta’ala Knows Best


Mufti Suhail Tarmahomed



Fatwa Department
Jamiatul Ulama (KZN) 

Council of Muslim Theologians

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