Many mosques and Islamic centres have historically carefully worked out their own prayer timetables. The most difficult times to calculate are for Fajr and Isha. The scholars of Islam have found various solutions for this, and each Mosque has each chosen what it believes to be best. But for the Muslims of London this has led to noticeable differences between the timetables. At one point last summer, Fajr start times varied by over two hours from one masjid to the next.
To overcome this problem, a number of masaajid and Islamic centres in London have met several times over the last eighteen months to address this issue. After a detailed review of the various prayer times schemes, consulting specialists and with the intention of seeking ease for worshippers, which in itself is an honorable objective in Sharia, an agreement, alhamdulillah, has finally been reached to approve a unified schedule for prayer times in London. This means that they will all have the same prayer times across London. Of course, this is a voluntary initiative, each Mosque or Centre is free to make its own choices. But it is hoped that for the sake of unity and the benefit of the Muslims of London, more and more will choose to adopt the Unified Islamic Prayer Timetable for London.
This agreed schedule is based on credible and documented efforts based on trustworthy sources. It has also been agreed to regularly revisit the issue of prayer times in the light of any relevant new findings emanating from specialized institutions, Fiqh Councils and conferences, such as the International Islamic Conference on prayer times. This is expected to be held, inshaa'Allah, in Makkah Al Mukarramah later in this year.
Where are these prayer times valid?
If you are within the region enclosed by the M25, which is all of London and more, then you can use these times. The Jama’ah (congregational) times only refer to the specific mosque who's name is on the timetable; other Mosques and Centres decide their own times for the Jama'ah.
I live in London but my local Mosque has different times, what should I do?
You should follow your local mosque, but you can tell your mosque about the new Unified Islamic Prayer Timetable for London in case they don’t know about it.
These are just some of the mosques following the unified prayer timetable:
* Islamic Cultural Centre & London Central Mosque
* Mayfair Islamic Centre
* East London Mosque
* Muslim Welfare House
* Al Muntada Al Islami Education Trust
* Al Manaar, the Muslim Cultural Heritage Centre
* Masjid Al Tawhid & Islamic Sharia Council
* London Muslim Forum
* West London Mosque Forum
* SLMCC (Sri Lankan Muslim Cultural Centre – Harrow)
* Islamic Association of North London
* Islamic Cultural Centre (Monks Park, Wembley)
* Masjid al Muzzammil - Tooting
Here's a copy of one:
It is particularly pertinent with Ramadan here and with respect to suhoor times, so that some people do not have a two hour longer fast than others in the same city.
Alhamdulillah a step in the right direction, and a step to unity.