Kitab Al-Salaah (The book of Prayer)


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  • Kitab Al-Salaah (The book of Prayer)


  • The
    Timings Of The Obligatory Prayers

               
    Islam has prescribed specified time limits for each of prayer as can be
    noted from the following verse of the Holy Qur'an:“ Prayer is
    enjoined on believers at stated times”
    (Qur'an 4:103).

                And
    in an authentic prophetic saying it is confirmed that someone once
    asked the prophet (peace be upon him) about the best action in the
    sight of Allah (subhanahu wa ta'ala) and the prophet replied:
    Offering prayer at its prescribed time”
    (Reported by Imam
    Bukhari).

               
    Thus, the arrival of the time for prayer is a fundamental condition for
    performing it and if, therefore, a prayer is intentionally performed
    before or after its designated time it shall not be acceptable in the
    sight of Allah (subhanahu wa ta'ala). However, persons who may forget
    (without intention) to perform any of the obligatory prayers within its
    ordained time or who are overtaken by sleep, then such persons should
    perform the prayer as soon as they remember it and/or as soon as they
    wake up from their sleep.

                We
    shall now enumerate the different timings of the five obligatory
    prayers:

    1. FAJR (Dawn) PRAYER:Its time begins at dawn when
      morning light first appears in the horizon and continues until the sun
      rises.
    2. DHUHR (Noon) PRAYER:Its time begins when the sun
      reaches its highest point in the sky and continues up to the time of
      Asr Prayer.
    3. ASR (Afternoon) PRAYER:Its time begins when the shadow
      of an object is equal to its own length, plus the length of its
      noontime shadow and continues until sunset.
    4. MAGHRIB (Sunset) PRAYER:Its time starts from sunset
      and continues until the end of twilight. Twilight is the redness which
      remains in the horizon after sunset.
    5. ISHA (Evening) PRAYER:Its time starts when the
      twilight disappears and continues up to mid-night. Mid-night in this
      case may not necessarily be interpreted to mean 12:00 o'clock but may
      be construed as the mid-time between sunset and the appearance of the
      true dawn.

     

     

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