Everything You Need To Know About Islamic Prayer Times
Prayer or salah is one of the crucial parts of Islam called the Five Pillars of Islam.
These prayers are important in guiding Muslims all over the world and following the path of Allah. So, it is required for every Muslim to never miss a prayer or namaz. If in case you cannot attend the prayer due to reasons outside your control, you should make up the missed prayer immediately.
Why Is Salah Important?
Daily prayers remind us to be faithful to Allah and offer us opportunities to seek his guidance in difficult times or ask forgiveness from him for our sins.
Reciting these prayers daily also helps us in creating a connection with our brothers and sisters around the world. This way, we can share a bond in the sacraments and strengthen our faith.
What Are Prayer Times?
The time for prayer or namaz is dictated by the positioning of the sun in the sky and the location you are in. In communities where the Muslim population is high, prayer times are announced daily by a call to prayer known as Adhan. Adhan is nothing but a call from the nearest or local Mosque by the designated caller of prayer called Muezzin.
The Muezzin delivers the Takbir or proclaims Allahu Akbar which means God is great and the Shahada that there is no God but Allah, and Muhammad is the messenger of God. All of these are known as Kalimah which is an important part of the call to prayer and first out of the Five Pillars of Islam.
Furthermore, another announcement called the iqama is made to inform Muslims that the time to start lining up in preparation for the beginning of prayer has started. In addition to kalimah, a Muezzin announces the call to prayer so that the Muslims in the area can retain their accurate prayer schedule without any fault.
Mostly, Muslims are required to observe five prayers throughout the day depending on the position of the sun. These prayers are
Fajr Or Dawn Prayer
The first prayer is the one to start your day in the dawn (before sunrise) to remember Allah and begin the day.
Dhuhr Or Mid-day Prayer
Another prayer to remember Allah and follow his guidance is performed either shortly before or in the afternoon based on the time of the year. Usually, you will need to take a short break from your work to perform this prayer.
Asr Or Afternoon Prayer
This prayer is performed in the late afternoon to reflect on the greater meaning of our lives by seeking guidance from Allah.
Maghrib Or Sunset Prayer
The fourth daily prayer is performed not long after the sun has set to remember Allah before concluding the day.
Isha Or Night Prayer
The fifth and final prayer of the day is performed before going to bed and resting. At this point, you should remember Allah and thank him for guiding you through the day, show him some gratitude, ask for his mercy and forgiveness.
Aside from these mandatory prayers, a lot of Muslims perform voluntary prayers to earn more rewards from Allah. These prayers include Tahajjud, a night prayer that is prayed in the last third of the night, and Duha prayer which is offered between sunrise and noon.
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How To Observe Prayer Times?
Prayer times are required to be observed on time given by the Muezzin and never be performed before or after the prescribed time. However, you can make up for a missed prayer.
Prayer is one of Islam's Five Pillars, the guiding tenets that all observant Muslims must follow:
Shahadah: Reciting the Islamic profession of faith, called the Kalimah ("There is no God but Allah, and Muhammad is his messenger").
Hajj: Pilgrimage to Mecca, Islam's most holy site, that all Muslims must make at least once in their lifetime.
Sawm: Ritual fasting observed during Ramadan.
Salat: Daily prayers, properly observed.
Zakat: Giving to charity and aiding the poor.
‘And be steadfast in prayer; practice regular charity, and bow down your heads with those who bow down in worship.’ (Qur’an, 2:43)
As mentioned, prayers form a major part of Islam. These mandatory prayers should be performed to follow the teachings of Allah and seek forgiveness from him in times of despair.
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