Islamic associations and mosques in Belgium have ended a dispute over prayer timings in the country and have an agreed on a unified prayer calender.
Dr. Khalid Al-Ibri, director of the Islamic and Cultural Centre in Brussels, in a statement Saturday, said a meeting of Belgium's Muslim prayer leaders, mosques and Islamic organizations had been organised to discuss the issue of differences in prayer timings.
"The participants took a historic decision on the adoption of the calendar that was prepared and approved by the Islamic Fiqh Council in the Muslim World League in Makkah. It is a sound calendar issued by the legitimate scientific committee with the participation of elite Islamic scholars and astronomers," noted the statement.
Al-Ibri said belgium's Muslim leaders took the step to end the differences in prayer timings which, even in the city of Brussels, differed by one hour and created problems among Muslims in particular during the fasting month of Ramadhan.
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Reproduced with permission from Islam Today