Children Outside During Maghrib Time

Question

Is it true that children are not allowed outside at maghrib time? If so, what are the rules i.e how long before maghrib should one go inside and how long after can one go back outside? And does this apply to children only and not adults?

Answer

When the time of sunset begins, which is the start of Maghrib, there is an instruction in the Hadith to prevent children from going outside. This is because it is believed to be the time when shayatin (devils) and jinnat (genies) come out and spread. If children go out during this time, there’s a fear that they may come to harm. However, this instruction is not obligatory but rather for the benefit and safety of the children. Hence, it’s advisable to follow it. Therefore, the time during which children should preferably not be outside ranges from the time of sunset until Isha (night prayer). The reason behind this precaution is that children, generally, do not maintain purity, and often, they may have impurities on them. Shayatin (devils) look for opportunities where there’s impurity. Moreover, children usually lack the awareness to recite protective invocations against the harm of jinnat and shayatin, so there’s a concern that they might be affected.

The mentioned Hadith states,

عن جَابِرَ بْنَ عَبْدِ اللَّهِ رَضِيَ اللَّهُ عَنْهُمَا ، يَقُولُ : قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ : إِذَا كَانَ جُنْحُ اللَّيْلِ أَوْ أَمْسَيْتُمْ فَكُفُّوا صِبْيَانَكُم فَإِنَّ الشَّيَاطِينَ تَنْتَشِرُ حِينَئِذٍ ، فَإِذَا ذَهَبَ سَاعَةٌ مِنَ اللَّيْلِ فَخلُّوهُمْ

which translates to: “When the darkness of the night approaches or it is evening, confine your children (to the house) because the devils spread out at that time. But when some part of the night has passed, they may be allowed to go outside.”

(Sahih Al-Bukhari, Hadith number 3280: Book of Manners, Chapter on the description of Iblis and his troops.)

Answered by: Asif Raza Madani (Ask Mufti Scholar)

Verified by: Mufti Sajid Attari

Translated by: Arslan Attari

 

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