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What time are the 5 daily prayers in Islam?

What time are the 5 daily prayers in Islam

The 5 daily prayers in Islam

For us Muslims the 5 daily prayers are obligatory, it’s a method of communicating with Allah and worshiping him.

Praying gives us the opportunity to communicate with Allah, asking for his forgiveness and guidance. It is one of the five faith pillars in Islam, which are:

  •         Hajj: visiting Mecca for Pilgrimage just for once if you are capable of doing so.
  •         Fasting: fasting during the holy month of Ramadan.
  •         Shahadah: Reciting “There is no God but Allah, and Muhammad is his messenger”.
  •         Prayer: the five daily prayers.
  •         Zakat: giving out money for the needed ones.

In this article we will discuss the time of each obligatory salah and how to pray.

 

What is Prayer and how to perform it?

Usually Muslims pray while standing but that’s not obligatory if someone isn’t capable of standing then he can sit while praying. Praying includes reciting the Quran in Arabic and glorifying Allah.

Here is how to perform prayer:

  •         Takbir: start praying by doing takbir which is the act of standing, raise your hands at shoulder level and say Allahu Akbar (“God is great”).
  •         Then put your right hand on top of the left hand across the chest and recite two small surahs that you know by heart.
  •         Ruku, which means bowing while facing the Qiblah with the hands on the knees and say Glory be to God, the greatest,” three times.
  •         Stand Up again, arms at your sides and say Allahu Akbar.
  •         Then comes the sujud, where Muslims kneel with palms open on the ground, nose and forehead touching the ground and they repeat the following three times “Glory be to God, the highest”.
  •         They sit down then do another sujud.
  •         Stand up and repeat the process but this time when you finish the second sujud sit and say the first tashahhud. That is in the case of four or three rakat, if it is just a two rakat prayer then you say the full tashahhud.
  •         Stand up again and repeat the process and if this is a three rakat prayer you will say the full tashahhud.

Prayer times

To know the time of prayer simply hold your phone and type in “prayer times” and you will find a table showing you the time of each salah according to your location.

But if you are in a Muslim community there is what is called adhan (call for prayer), it is delivered from mosques by a muezzin (the one who say the adhan).   

The time of prayer are known by the sun position, the five prayers are:

  •         Fajr: the first prayer that is prayed before the sunrise.
  •         Dhuhr: performed in the afternoon.
  •         Asr: In the late afternoon.
  •         Maghrib: performed after the sunset.
  •         Isha.

You could also download a mobile application to remind you of the times of prayers, so that you don’t forget or miss a prayer.

 

How many times do Muslims pray a day? 

Muslims pray five times a day.

Why do Muslims pray 5 times a day?

There are many reasons why Muslims pray five times a day, here we will mention some of them:

  •         Worshiping Allah:

Muslims pray to thank Allah, to worship him and to ask for his forgiveness, and to wish for dreams to come true.

  •         Praying is obligatory to every muslim:

Praying is one of the five faith pillars in Islam, which are:

  •         Hajj: visiting Mecca for Pilgrimage just for once if you are capable of doing so.
  •         Fasting: fasting during the holy month of Ramadan.
  •         Shahadah: Reciting “There is no God but Allah, and Muhammad is his messenger”.
  •         Prayer: the five daily prayers.
  •         Zakat: giving out money for the needed ones.

The Prophet Muhammad told Muslims to pray the 5 daily prayers and he said:  

 “Allah has obligated five prayers. Whoever excellently performs their ablutions, prays them in their proper times, completes their bows, prostrations and khushu’ (with a focused heart in the prayer) has a promise from Allah that He will forgive him. And whoever does not do that has no promise from Allah. He may either forgive him or punish him.”

  •         Praying purifies our hearts arn erases the sins we commit.

To know more about praying and Islam you could buy books like prayers of the pious, books about traveller’s prayer from Islamic bookstore like madina store, and you will also find the Quran book.

 

What time is fajr prayer?

Praying time changes from one country to another and from a place to another in the same country.

Now after that is being said, the best time to pray fajr is when it is still dark before the sunrise. But if you woke up late then you should pray immediately. The Prophet said, “If anyone oversleeps and misses a Prayer, he should do it as soon as he wakes up or remembers it.” (Muslim)

Fajr shouldn’t be performed in the time of sunrise. You should wait for about half an hour then pray, because praying at the time of sunrise is forbidden.

What time is dhuhr prayer?

The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “The time for Zhuhr is from when the sun has passed its zenith and a man’s shadow is equal in length to his height (this is the end time), until the time for ‘Asr comes.”

From the hadith we understand that the allowed time to pray Zhuhr is after the sun passes its zenith (highest point) and start to descend again.

What time is ASR prayer?

You should pray ASR immediately when you hear the adhan and until the sun turns yellow that is the allowed time, because one of the forbidden times of praying is during sunset.

The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “The time for ‘Asr lasts until the sun turns yellow.”

If you missed the time of praying then you should pray it even if it is the sunset, it is better to pray in the forbidden time than to miss praying at all.

What time is Maghrib prayer?

The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “The time for Maghrib lasts until the twilight has faded”.

This means that the time of praying starts after the sunset and until the red afterglow of the sun fades from the sky.

What time is isha prayer?

The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “The time for ‘Isha’ lasts until midnight.” 

what time is jummah prayer?

It is a Sunnah prayer where Muslims go to the mosque to pray every Friday during midday.

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