SALAH TIMES: PILLARS OF ISLAM

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Salah times refers to times when Muslims perform prayers (salah). The term is primarily used for the five daily prayers plus the Friday prayer. According to Muslim beliefs, the salat times were taught by Allah to Muhammad.

Prayer times are standard for Muslims in the world, especially the fard prayer times. They depend on the condition of the Sun and geography.

The five daily prayers are obligatory (fard) and they are performed at times determined essentially by the position of the Sun in the sky. Hence, salah times vary at different locations on the Earth.

Fajr (pre-dawn)

Fajar begins at subh saadiq – true dawn or morning twilight when the morning light appears across the full width of the sky and ends at sunrise

Dhuhr (midday)

The Dhuhr prayer starts after the sun passes its zenith, and lasts almost 20 min (approx) before Asr. It’s better to say the salah in between 2 hours after the Azan has been announced from Mosque.

Asr (afternoon)

The Asr prayer starts when the shadow of an object is the same length as the object itself (or, according to Hanafi fiqh, twice its length) plus the shadow length at Dhuhr, and lasts till sunset. Asr can be split into two sections; the preferred time is before the sun starts to turn orange, while the time of necessity is from when the sun turns orange until sunset.

Maghrib (sunset)

The Maghrib prayer begins when the sun sets, and lasts till the red light has left the sky in the west.

Isha’a (night)

The Isha’a prayer starts when the red light is gone from the western sky, and lasts until the rise of the “white light” (fajar sadiq) in the east. The preferred time for Isha’a is before midnight, meaning halfway between sunset and sunrise.

PS: image shot in Grand mosque,Abu Dhabi…

 

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