Friday, August 26, 2005

Sacred Astronomy - Zaytuna

The Zaytuna Institute Web Site has a new section called Sacred Astronomy.

"According to Imam al-Kattani, in his original work of scholarship Taratib al-idariyyah, the Prophet appointed a timekeeper in Medina to maintain sacred time for the community. Scholars understood from this that sacred timekeeping was an obligation binding upon some among the community (fard kifayah) in order to maintain correct prayer times as well as to determine days and months according the lunar calendar..."

I took a course on Science in the Islamic World -- fascinating, fascinating stuff.


  1. Anonymous12:34 PM


    Thanks so much for providing that fascinating link! May Allah give us all the opportunity to one day study 'ilm al-'tawqit and 'ilm al-aflak with Shaykh Hamza.