Turkey: Fatwa allows Muslims to pray just three times a day?

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A member of the scientific council of Istanbul University, Muhammad Nour Dughan, has issued a controversial fatwa or religious edict cutting Islamic prayer requirements from five to three times a day. The move has provoked widespread debate as well as opposition from orthodox imams or Muslim clerics. Sharia law allows for the possibility of praying three times a day in case of sickness or travel.The fatwa extends this option allowing Muslims to pray three times a day, especially when they are heavily committed with work or personal issues.

A member of Egypt’s Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, Sheikh Youssef al-Badri, rejected the argument saying it was unacceptable to merge prayers unless it was due to travel, illness, rain or pilgrimage.

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