Salaah times

Q: Please provide guidance on Salaah times.

1. I notice that some timetables stipulate Asr (Shafi) and Asr (Hanafi). There is usually a 70 minute difference between the 2 times.

1a. As I am Hanafi, what happens if I perform Asr at the time permitted for Shafi’s?

1b. At what time does Zuhr end, and Asr begin?

1c. As I am Hanafi, can I still read Zohr at the time that Asr for the Shafi’s commence?

2. Until what time can I perform Asr?

3. Until what time can I perform Maghrib?

4. Until what time can I perform Esha?


1a. You should do your Asr at the Hanafi time.

1b. The ending time for Zuhr is the commencement time for Asr. According to Hanafis it is at mithlain i.e. the shadow of every item reaches double its length.

1c. Yes.

2. Till before the sun sets.

3. Till the disappearance of the twilight i.e. the white glow on the horizon.

4. Till subh saadiq i.e. the appearance of dawn.

And Allah Ta'ala (الله تعالى) knows best.


Answered by:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)