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When do 'Day' and 'Night' Begin, according to the Quran?

this video is a re-evaluation of the

concept as to when the day

and the night begin according to the

quran

several years ago i posted a video

titled when does night begin

and i quoted sudan 91 verses 3

and 4 to show that whenever the sun

is revealed or above the horizon

it is considered daytime and whenever

the sun

is covered or below the horizon it is

considered

nighttime and this understanding is

reflected

in this video the videos that i posted

about the salah session timings with

this diagram

showing that whenever the sun is above

the horizon it's considered daytime and

that whenever the sun is below the

horizon

it is considered nighttime this was

my understanding until i re-read sudan

91 verses 3 and 4 again

and realized that i've actually made a

mistake

therefore this video is going to

supersede

the information provided in the video

that i posted several years ago

so let's begin the first thing we want

to do

is ask the question is the dawn

part of the day or part of the night

is the evening part of the day or part

of the night

and as we can see from this old diagram

dawn and evening are actually

part of the night okay so again we're

going to re-evaluate this

let's begin with surah 2 verse 1 87

god speaks of laila tasyayam night of

the siam

and he says during this night of the

siam you may consume and

absorb until dawn then he says then you

shall complete the siam

until night so here god distinguishes

between dawn

and night which indicates that dawn

is not part of the night as i have

previously thought

dawn marks the beginning of the day

otherwise god if don was part of the

night god would not have used the term

night here but he says dawn and

he distinguishes he he makes a

distinction between dawn and night

dawn is part of the day it marks the

beginning

of the day as the daylight starts to

creep in to the sky

now we go to suda 36 37 we're gonna see

when does night begin god says and a

sign for them is the night

we strip the daylight from it whereupon

they are in darkness

now at first glance some people might

say uh

that means that night is when it's

completely dark

outside however we need to pay attention

to this middle phrase here

he says we strip the daylight from it

the arabic word neslachu we strip

means there is a continuous motion of

something

a slow gradual continuous motion

of something so god says we strip

the daylight from it so whenever we

start seeing that the daylight is being

stripped from the sky

this marks the beginning of the night

and this happens the moment the sun

starts

setting into the horizon when the sun

starts setting into

the horizon that daylight begins to

strip

away from the sky so

technically speaking night begins

when the stun when the sun starts starts

to

set into the horizon that's the

beginning of the night

so so far we have seen that dawn

uh day begins at dawn and

night begins at sunset

now some people might be asking well

does this mean that not all parts of the

night

are dark this is true not all parts of

the night

are dark based off of this verse we can

also see like in surah 17

36 god uses the phrase

murkiness of the night the arabic word

means a thing that reaches its brim

okay a thing that reaches it's it's it's

brim

meaning that some parts of the night are

not completely dark

okay which means in fact that as the sun

starts to set

the the daylight starts to strip this is

technically

the knight even though it's not

completely dark outside

now let me address suda 91 versus three

and four and as i noted i used to think

that when i would read this verse

it means that whenever the sun is

revealed or above the horizon it's

considered daytime

and whenever the sun is below the

horizon or covered it is night time that

was the

the under old understanding however

god says here okay let's begin with the

the beginning of the

of the surah by the sun and its

brightness

the moon that cove comes after it the

day

when it reveals it the night when it

covers

it god says the day

when it reveals it

i used to think that this means that

whenever the sun is revealed it's

daytime however this is not what the

verse says

the verse says the day when it reveals

it he does not say the sun

when it reveals the day but the day when

it reveals

the sun if you cannot catch

the difference here the difference is

that the day

has already begun even before the sun

has is revealed

the day when it reveals the sun and

likewise the night

when it covers the sun this means the

day

has already started before the sun

actually was revealed

which is at dawn likewise

the night actually began before the sun

is being covered

this means that then that that that the

night began

once the sun starts to set into the

horizon

where this where the daylight is being

stripped from the sky

this is how uh uh the day and the night

begin according to the quran

now the question is let's go to our old

diagram that i showed in my videos about

the salah session timings this is the

old diagram

that we have seen the first end of the

day is when the sun starts to rise

and the second end of the day is when

the sun starts to set

the only difference here with this

understanding is that the first end of

the day actually begins

at dawn this is the only difference the

second end of the day yes

uh that the sun starts dipping into the

horizon yes this

marks the ending of that of the day

whereas the beginning of the day begins

at dawn

when this when the daylight starts to

come in when it starts to proceed

into the sky at dawn does this in any

way

impact the salah session timings the

answer is no

of course not it's actually confirms

uh what is being said here let's really

quick

evaluate 1114 1778 regarding

the salah session timings

god says two ends of the day and the

nearing parts

from the night we have the first end

where which marks the beginning of dawn

and the nearing parts of from the night

is the dawn duration of the dawn

the second end is the moment the sun

starts

hitting that horizon and the nearing

parts from the night is the

evening duration no contradiction

in 1778 god says uphold the salah at the

declining

of the sun to the darkness of the night

and the quran

at dawn and again no contradictions

whatsoever

here so again the only difference is

that this first

the marking of this first end is

actually down here

not up here down here

so this is the understanding that i have

regarding when day and night and

and in fact this understanding is well

known in traditional islam

there are some scholars who differ

however the vast majority of

understanding in traditional islam

is that this is how the day and the

night begin

according to the quran now with all this

being said

uh i'm going to give out a huge caveat

and say

that you know whether you believe the

the the

the ends of the day are here or here or

here

whatever it may be it's okay god is not

severely nitpicky when it comes to these

things remember

this the that salah sessions was

oriented to the prophet muhammad at his

time

and people at that time were to attend

at at the dawn and the evening timing

sessions

uh just as a mere uh yardstick really

for people to go before work and after

work uh

you know during these times and so it's

not something severely nitpicky

uh you're not so i know there are people

who are very nitpicky about these things

uh but for me it's it's just a general

idea as to when the salah sessions were

happening

during the time of the prophet muhammed