Hanafi settings for Salaah apps

Sayyiduna Abu Umamah Radhiyallahu Anhu narrated that Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi wa Sallam said, “The caller to prayer is forgiven for as far as his voice reaches and his reward is similar to those who pray with him.” [Al Mu’jam Al Kabeer]



Question and Answer:


  1. We use the Athan software for the times of Salah in which there are different calculation methods due to which the times for Salaah vary. The methods are by institutions located in different parts of the world like Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Pakistan, France and US. Should we stick to one calculation method or use one which is by the institution closest to our location?


  1. If one follows Hanafi Fiqh, it would be best to configure the application to use the ‘University of Islamic Sciences, Karachi’ setting.


The Asr calculation should be set to Hanafi and 3 minutes should be added to the Maghrib Salaah time as a safety margin.


This will ensure that the times shown will be correct for those who follow Hanafi Fiqh.


The ‘University of Islamic Sciences, Karachi’ settings are generally more precautionary with respect to dawn and twilight and are therefore preferred.


And Allah Ta’ala Knows Best


Mufti Moosa Salie

Mufti Taahir Hansa


(The answer hereby given is specifically based on the question asked and should be read together with the question asked. Islamic rulings on this Q&A newsletter are answered in accordance to the Hanafi Fiqh unless otherwise stated.) 


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