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[Video] Explanation of Timetable controversy

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About Shaykh (Dr) Haitham Al-Haddad

Dr. Haitham al-Haddad is a jurist and serves as a judge for the Islamic Council of Europe. He has studied the Islamic sciences for over 20 years under the tutelage of renowned scholars such as the late Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia as well as the retired Head of the Kingdom's Higher Judiciary Council. He specialises in many of the Islamic sciences and submitted his doctoral thesis on Islamic jurisprudence concerning Muslim minorities. Shaikh Haitham is highly respected having specialised knowledge in the field of fiqh, usul al-fiqh, maqasid al-shari'ah, ulum al-Qur’an, tafsir, aqidah, and fiqh al-hadith. He provides complex theories which address the role of Islamic jurisprudence within a western environment whilst also critically re-analysing the approach of Islamic jurists in forming legal rulings (ifta’) within a western socio-political context. He has many well known students most of whom are active in dawah and teaching in the West. The shaikh is an Islamic jurist (faqih) and as such is qualified to deliver verdicts as a judge under Islamic law, a role he undertakes at the Islamic Council of Europe as Islamic judge and treasurer. Dr Haitham al-Haddad also sits on various the boards of advisors for Islamic organisations, mainly in the United Kingdom but also around the world.


  1. As-salaamu alaykum,

    Three things please:

    (a) The differences between one time for fajr and the next as we near the time when twilight does not end changes more and more so how did you manage to calculate ‘a time proportional to the increase or decrease of time in the last few days’?

    (b) If we use the earliest time for latitude N48 33′ for fajr why don’t we then use the latest time for Isha which would be 24:55 for the UK, giving 13mins between isha and fajr for the first 2/3s of Ramadan 1435H?

    (c) I welcome this discussion. My only comment would be that I really would like to see a prayer timetable that used the same calculations for all the prayers throughout. However, what I have seen of many is a mix of methods where Fajr is one method and Isha a completely different one. Shouldn’t consistency be applicable throughout?

    JazaakumAllaahu Khayran.

  2. Is it just me, or does it seem as Haitham Haddad is spreading confusion and fitna by trying to re-define prayer times according this his akl and mindset?

    For example, what do you do in Greenland/parts of North Canada where the Sun never sets?
    Simple: following Makkah time, which is most logical and unites everyone.

    The other big fitna and problems due to Haitham’s timetable is that what about those people who want to take advantage of the blessings of staying in masjid between fajr and shurooq (sunrise)?!
    They’ll have to spend hours waiting!

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