Five Daily Prayers

Muslims observe five formal prayers each day. The timings of these prayers are spaced fairly evenly throughout the day, so that one is constantly reminded of God and given opportunities to seek His guidance and forgiveness.

Muslims observe the formal prayers at the following times:

Fajr (pre-dawn/Two Raka’ah): This prayer starts off the day with the remembrance of God; it is performed before sunrise.

Dhuhr (noon/Four Raka’ah): After the day’s work has begun, one breaks shortly after noon to again remember God and seek His guidance.

‘Asr (afternoon/Four Raka’ah): In the late afternoon, people are usually busy wrapping up the day’s work, getting kids home from school, etc. It is an important time to take a few minutes to remember God and the greater meaning of our lives.

Maghrib (sunset/Three Raka’ah): Just after the sun goes down, Muslims remember God again as the day begins to come to a close.

‘Isha (evening/Four Raka’ah): Before retiring for the night, Muslims again take time to remember God’s presence, guidance, mercy, and forgiveness.



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