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Daylight Saving Mess

April 1, 2006

We live in Indiana, and anyone who has ever visited here in the spring should know that we have never (in my lifetime) observed Daylight Saving Time (DST). This year (tomorrow to be exact), all of that is about to change. It’s no big deal, really. The computers have to be changed to a different time zone, but the biggest change will be salat times. When I was in Chicago, it was not a big deal because it is well positioned in the Central time zone.

We, however, are on the very edge of Eastern Standard Time zone. As a result, Salatul-Thuhur comes in at about 12:50. After the change, it will come in at 1:50PM. Now, Salatul-Jum’ah, which was prayed at 1:00PM should change to 2:00PM. Well, for many people who do not have a flexible work schedule (not including myself), that is a dramatic change. The Shaykh of at least one of the masajid has said that some schools of thought allow Jum’ah to be prayed before Zawwal (the Sun passes the Zenith), and the people of that masjid voted to continue praying Jum’ah at 1:00PM. This might not matter, however, since they probably won’t actually pray until 1:50 (after the 2 sermons).

I am curious to know what other Indiana masajid are planning to do. Will you start praying Jum’ah at a different time, or will you “stay the course.”?

Oh, by the way, a helpful hint for anyone using Ubuntu, to change your timezone, run: “sudo tzconfig” from a terminal and follow the on-screen instructions. If you’re in Indiana, you’ll need to switch it to “Eastern” time.

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One comment

  1. Assalamu alaikum! Might I ask, where in Indiana do you live? I was born in Indiana, Kokomo to be exact, and went to school in Indianapolis, attending the Indiana School for the blind. We lived near Grissom Air Force Base for years, as my father was in the Air Force. I’m living in TN now, but I lived in East Chicago, Indiana, for 4 years from 2000 to 2004. So I’m still a Hoosier at heart, lol.

    Anyway, nice to come across a “fellow Hoosier” I guess.

    Hope the “time change” thing wasn’t too difficult. When I lived in Northwest Indiana, it wasn’t a big deal because we had to change our clocks anyway, and the same for here too.



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