Rabat - Residents in the outskirts of Agadir, southern Morocco, broke their fast seven minutes earlier because Adhan (call to prayers) was called before the prayer's prescribed time had started, reports say.
Rabat – Residents in the outskirts of Agadir, southern Morocco, broke their fast seven minutes earlier because Adhan (call to prayers) was called before the prayer’s prescribed time had started, reports say.
The Muezzin called for the Maghreb prayers, which marks the end of a day of fasting, at 19h40 while Adhan should have been called at 19h47 according to the local prayers timing charts.
The incident which occurred during the first days of the holy month of Ramadan left many residents asking whether their day of fasting was valid or not.
Observers of Ramadan may listen to the Adhan of Maghreb in the area they reside before they break their fast, but what counts most in Islam is the setting of the Sun.
According to the Islamic teachings, Muslims should ensure the sun has completely set before they break their fast, because the prophet Mohammed said:
“When the night comes from here and the day departs from here and the Sun has set, then it is time for the fasting person to break his fast,” narrated by al-Bukhari.
However, some people prefer to wait for the Adhan to be called in order to be sure that the Sun has set.
People who accidently break the fast before the sun has set but had no intention of doing so because of confusion in time may still continue fasting, according to the consensus of Muslim scholars.
It is only when a person is aware that the time for breaking the fasting has not yet begun that the fast is considered invalid.