Fatwa ID: 02632
Answered by: Maulana Imran Mughal
Today in Birmingham sunset time was 8.09pm azan was prayed. But our Imam said it should be 5 minutes later. Please let me know which is the correct.
Assalamualaikum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakaatuh
Generally, when the time for sunset is a certain time, the Imam, committee of the masjid or those that issue the calendar would delay it a few minutes (most of the times 5 minutes) just to be safe.
Allamah Ibn Abidin writes in his Fatawa: “It is a condition for the validity of the prayer for the time to enter and to have complete trust that it has entered.”
And Allah SWT alone knows best.
Answered by Maulana Imran Mughal
Checked and approved Mufti Mohammed Tosir Miah
Darul Ifta Birmingham
Ibn Abidin, RaddulMuhtaar(Beirut, Dar al-Ma’rifah, 2011), 2:36.