The Times of the Obligatory Prayers and the Number of their Rak’ahs
The obligatory prayers are five in number. They are:
- The dawn prayer (salaat-ul-Fajr): consists of two rak’ahs, starts with the coming of dawn until the sky starts to become yellowish. The time for the Fajr prayer lasts until sunrise.
- The noon prayer (salaat-udh-Dhuhr): consists of four rak’ahs, starts from after midday until mid-afternoon, when an object’s shadow is about the same length as the object itself.
- The afternoon prayer (salaat-ul-Asr): consists of four rak’ahs begins from the time when the length of one’s shadow is equal to one’s height, until the sun begins to change colour before sunset. The time of Asr prayer lasts until just before sunset.
- The sunset prayer (salaat-ul-Maghrib): conssts of three rak’ahs begins immediately after sunset. The time of the Maghrib prayer lasts until the twilight disappears. The twilight is the soft glowing light tom the sky when the sun has already set.
- The late evening prayer (salaat-ul-Isha): consist of four rak’ahs, begins with the disappearance of the twilight and continues up to half the night.
If the Imaam made a mistake and added an extra Rakat to the prayer, the latecomers should not count this extra Rakat. For example: If the Imaam forgot and added a fifth Rakat to the Dhuhr prayer, and there comes a man to the Masjid who missed the first two Rakat, but he prayed three Rakat with the Imaam knowing that the Imaam made an addition, in this case, he should not count this extra Rakat and make up for what he has missed. Continue reading
The tips, which you need to use to wake up for Fajr, vary from person to person, depending on what prevents a person from waking up. I offer you to prepare for Fajr on physical, mental and spiritual level.
1) winding down before bed and sleeping early,
2) setting multiple alarms out of one’s immediate reach,
3) simplifying one’s bedding,
4) drinking ample water so one is forced to the washroom, or
5) having a family member or friend wake you up when they rise.
These are some of the main suggestions, of which sleeping early is perhaps the most common remedy.
Why do you pray?
Do you pray because you need something? Do you pray because you want something? Do you pray because you are just told so? Come, think of it, ask yourself, why do you pray?
Many thoughts are coming now to your mind.
We have all our own reasons why we pray to Allah, but before anything else, let it be known that you pray because it is not because you are told so but because you are obliged to do so, it is the first pillar of Islam.