A new prayer time calculator for high latitudes
Birka (www.birka.st) presents a new program which computes Islamic prayer times
Why a new calculator?
Ramadan this year falls into a period where true Fajr time can still be observed at high latitudes. However, many of the current prayer time tables, instead of giving this correct time, give manipulated times for Fajr during the entire period from March to September. In Scandinavia or northern Canada, the difference between the true and the manipulated time can be up to an hour or more.
If you want to make sure to begin your fast before the true dawn, you must use a prayer time table that gives the true times. These are provided in the Birka prayer time table.
Birka comes with ample documentation in English and Swedish, to support its method. Please take a tour and you will soon realize the advantages of using this new program.
Which prayer time tables are correct and which are not?
Most commonly used tables do not give the correct times for Fajr and Isha at northern latitudes during summer. This applies to:
Reliable prayer time tables are:
Birka on your website
The Birka calculator gives tables for 1 day as well as for an entire month. It can be customized to suit any webpage, with the preferred location, defaults settings, colors and layout. If you drop a mail stating your requirements before the beginning of Ramadan 2009, you will inshaAllah receive a link to your own personalized calculator.