Persistent Twilight

What is Persistent Twilight? A Very Brief Explanation

As the sun sets below the horizon, the sky turns a deep red colour. This colouring is because the Sun’s rays can still reach the sky above it. After a while, the Sun will descend further, by a certain angle, below the horizon until none of its rays will be able to reach the sky. It is at this point we get complete darkness.
In northern parts of the world, the Sun does not descend by an angle sufficiently below the horizon for the sky to turn completely dark. The Sun’s rays will continue to reach and illuminate the sky for the whole night. It is this phenomenon that is termed Persistent Twilight. Continue reading “Persistent Twilight”

Does Maghrib Begin at Sunset?

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The Arabic noun Maghrib comes from the root gharaba, “to depart, to set, to go away,” and the noun formed from this root literally means “the place of the sunset.” It is thus apparent that Maghrib means actual sunset or sundown, as understood universally, i.e, the time of departure or declension of the sun from the horizon when it is no longer visible.
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The Best of Condiments is Vinegar

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The Prophet ﷺ was reported to have once remarked that vinegar was the seasoning of all the prophets who came before him.
Jabir narrated, “The Messenger of Allah, peace be upon him, took me one day with him to his house. He was served some bread. He asked: ‘Is there any dip?’ They replied ‘No, only some vinegar.’ He said, ‘Vinegar is a good dip.’ Jabir used to say, “I have loved vinegar since I heard it from Allah’s Prophet”. Naf’a said, “I have loved vinegar since I heard it from Jabir.” Continue reading “The Best of Condiments is Vinegar”

When Does Fajr Begin?

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Muslims here in the UK are facing an issue that seems to have no apparent solution. Every year during Ramadan people are dumbfounded and confused by the discrepancies between multiple timetables published by the mosques and organisations in the UK. One community is enjoying their Suhoor while a nearby second has already prayed their Fajr Salah which had started as early as 01:15am. What are our Imams doing? Continue reading “When Does Fajr Begin?”