Know your Prayer Times
Prayer, also called Salah in Arabic and Namaz in Persian, is one of the five pillars of Islam. Islamic prayer is an obligatory duty for every Muslim. Salah is performed five times a day at prescribed prayer times. In Muslim communities, people are called upon by Adhan to offer a prayer. If you live in a non-Muslim community, there are many computerized Adhan programs and apps available now-a-days to remind you of different salah times. Please also check our Prayer Times Chart.
The five prayers Muslims offer every day include Fajr, Dhuhr, Asr, Maghrib and Isha. In this article, I will discuss the Prayer times according to the position of the sun.
Fajr (Dawn Prayer)
Muslims start off their day with Fajr by remembering Allah. Fajr is offered before sunrise. According to University of Karachi, Muslim World League, the right namaz timing for Fajr is when the angle of the sun under the horizon is approximately18°. The prayer time for Fajr ends at Shuruq; that is when the sun starts to rise.
Dhuhr (Noon Prayer)
Taking a break from the day’s work in the remembrance of Allah and to seek his guidance, Dhuhr is performed by Muslims across the world. The time for Dhuhr starts when sun passes its zenith.
Asr (Afternoon Prayer)
When people are busy wrapping up their work in the afternoon, ALLAH S.W.T calls upon Muslims to offer the Asr prayer. According to the Islamic prayer times by Hanafi school of thought, Asr is to be performed when the shadow length of a vertical rod is twice the length of the rod plus its shadow length at noon. According to Shafi school, when the shadow length of a vertical rod becomes equal to its length plus its shadow at noon, the time of Asr starts. Prayer times for Asr end just 10 minutes before the sun begins to set.
Maghrib (Sunset Prayer)
When the day is coming to a close after the sunset, Muslims are called upon to offer Maghrib. Maghrib is to be offered just after the sun sets.
Isha (Night Prayer)
Just when the night prevails, the sky is completely dark and day closes completely, Muslims are asked by ALLAH S.W.T to perform Isha prayers to seek His forgiveness and mercy. According to Umm Al-Qura University, Prayer times for Isha begin just 90 minutes after the sunset and end just before Fajr (Dawn prayer).
This is how the prayer times were kept in check during the ancient times, when there were no clocks to help the people. Today, we have clocks and different Adhan programs and apps to help us.
The globe consists of different time zones, meaning when it’s Fajr time in one corner of the world, it can be Asr or even Isha time in the other corner of the world. Because of this, it is difficult to provide namaz timings for all time zones at one place. But, you can easily pray at the right time by checking the position of the sun as explained in this article.