Meaning of performing the Fajr Prayer when it is time for Isfar

Q 1: What is the meaning of the Hadith of the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him): Perform the Fajr (Dawn) prayer when it is time for Isfar, for it is great in reward ?

A: This Hadith is Sahih (authentic). It was related by the Five Compilers of Hadith (Imams Ahmad, Abu Dawud, Al-Tirmidhy, Al-Nasa'y and Ibn Majah). The word "Isfar" mentioned in the Hadith signifies the time (Part No. 5; Page No. 115) when the dawn breaks and lights. Al-Qady `Iyad (may Allah be merciful to him) said: The word "Isfar" is derived from "Asfar" and "Safr", i.e. to appear. Thus, the Hadith means offering the Fajr Prayer in its due time when the dawn breaks and not offering it before the break of dawn.May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.