Sunset calibration, for people in skyscrapers

Muslims who live in skyscrapers must calibrate the sunset according to what floor they live on, according to a mufti, according to a report in The National:

Fatwa means late iftar on top Burj Khalifa floors

… In a fatwa released over the weekend, the Grand Mufti of Dubai called upon Muslims living in skyscrapers, particularly those in the world’s tallest tower, to adjust their fasting and prayer times according to what floor they call home.

Dr Ahmed Al Haddad, who is also the head of the Ifta centre at the Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities Department, said the Burj Khalifa, at more than 828 metres tall with 160 storeys, must be divided into three different times for iftar, or the breaking of the fast. He said the three segments are based on when the actual sun set is “visible” to a tenant.

“Regardless of where you are, you need to pay attention to the actual sun set,” Dr Al Haddad said. “You are not to break your fast until the sun sets, and you can actually see that sun set.” … For those living on floors between 80 and 150, starting at about 414 metres high, the iftar time is delayed two minutes after the muezzin calls for Maghreb prayer…. For those living on floor 150 and above, or from 800 metres and above, residents must delay their iftar by three minutes…

BONUS: How to disassemble a skyscraper, if you have to, and if you have the money.

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