Seeking Fajr – Part 1

In Fiqh And Current Affairs by Mu'aawiyah Tucker2 Comments

This video is a two part series about Seeking the correct time of Fajr. We wanted to take a closer look at what we are supposed to do as muslims when it comes to praying our morning salaah. We find in this day and age varying times that makes things very difficult for us when sometimes these conflicting times are hours apart. So we took a unique approach and wanted you to take part in determining when the true fajr begins. We created a time lapse of a fajr and sunrise for 4 days during Ramadhaan. We wanted you to learn the description of fajr and based upon what you’ve learnt in this video see for yourself what fajr looks like. We hoped that you would share with us, after learning the description of fajr when you feel fajr comes in and in our second part we will share the average times that you all chose. In part two we will re-publish the time-lapse video with the corresponding times for each frame so you can see the results yourself. The main purpose of keeping the times a secret for now was so that we can get an unbiased opinion from people and just what they felt fajr came in based upon its description they learnt from this video. We highly recommend those who are learned scholars and du’aat of Islam to also take part in this effort. Shaykh Badr al Utaibee, student of Shaykh ibn Baaz, has already taken part so far and shared his views of when he felt fajr started and some advice which we will be sharing with you in part 2 in shaa allah. But the more scholars and du’aat take part, the better for us all, so please share on to any scholars you know of who can share their thoughts on this.

We have collected the Islamic texts related to the fajr if you wanted to have a deeper look at what Islam says about the fajr. The link to this document can be found here:

Once You’ve Found Your Times?
Please share your times in the comments below or tweet in with hashtag #FindingFajr. We’ll hopefully combine all of the results and discuss it in part two of this video.

In the production of this video we came across many resources that one can do further reading on. We highly recommend that you check them out and acquaint yourself with this issue before sharing your views.

Camera set up
When we attempted to record the fajr, the set up we used to only capture what the human eye can see was as follows:
Camera: Canon 7D
Lens: Canon 50mm
Aperture: 2.8
Shutter speed: 4s
ISO: 100
Picture interval: 10s
Location: Roof of Arabic Courses centre, Leyton, London

As the sky got brighter than what the camera could handle them we adjusted the camera settings, but by then fajr was already clearly in.

3 Twilights


Noctilucent Clouds (NLCs)

Light pillars

Zodiacal lights

How to make a Timelapse video
If you wish to make your own timelapse of then please check out these videos and maybe purchase his digital book on the topic

Please remember, this video wasn’t made to forward an agenda, but to take a collective look at this issue. So please keep comments civilised.