For the past 20 years, a number of masaa-jid in Lancashire and London (especially Newham) have been following a salah timetable devised by Hizbul Ulama allegedly based on a series of “observations” (musha-hadah) in Blackburn in 1988. On the basis of these “observations”, Hizbul Ulama devised a set of times for all masaajid in the UK.
However, after carefully studying the data, senior muftiyaan-e-kiraam in the UK and abroad have stated that it is not permissible to follow these times. They have condemned the timetable as unreliable and the result of a lack of understanding, expertise and experience. Hizbul Ulama’s times are completely different from many observations performed by ulama in the UK and around the world; are inconsist-ent with scholarly consensus on the subject throughout the history of Islam; and further do not even match Hizbul Ulama’s own “ob-servations”.
In this leaflet we will explore a few of these errors. We will categorically show that Hizbul Ulama’s timetable does not match their own “observations”. These and other inconsisten-cies are not a simple a matter of difference of opinion or ijtihad, but are fundamental errors which render the timetable completely void.