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Timing of prayer

In Quran, Allah has mentioned three timings for prayer; morning, afternoon, and night. There are five prayers which we perform during these three time periods; fajr (dawn), zuhr (noon), asr (afternoon), maghrib (evening), and isha (night). We will explain the timing of each individual prayer. You must remember if the time has passed you can still perform the prayer.

However, you cannot perform any pr ayer before its time. If someone performs prayer befor e the time has come, their prayer will be invalid, and he must repeat his prayer. You must be aware of the timings for prayer. Remember this always and make sure you never perform a prayer before its correct time.

Timing for fajr (morning prayer)

The time for fajr starts when the brightness of morning spreads across the sky and light starts to appear. This prayer can be performed before the sunrise.

Time for zuhr (noon prayer)

The time for zuhr (noon prayer) begins when the sun reaches at the point where a shadow becomes equal to one's hand.

Time for asr (afternoon prayer)

The time for asr (afternoon prayer) begins with the zuhr prayer. Zuhr must be performed before the asr prayers. If anyone performs asr prayers before performing zuhr prayers, then he must repeat his asr prayers. Both prayers can be performed before sunset.

Time for maghrib (evening prayer)

The time of maghrib begins as soon as the sun has set and the redness has disappeared from the sky.

Time for isha (night prayer)

The time of isha prayer starts at the time of maghrib prayer. The maghrib prayer must be performed before the isha prayer. If anyone performs isha before maghrib, then he must perform his isha prayer again. Isha pr ayer can be performed until midnight. If someone mistakenly performs asr before zuhr or isha before maghrib, but realizes his mistake before he finishes the whole prayer, he can change his niyyat and his prayer will remain valid.

We have previously explained the rules of tahirat and wudhu. There fore we will not repeat them here.

Adopted from the book: "Kashaful Salat" by: "Seyyed Baqir Nisar Zaidi"

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