Prayer Times

Salah or Prayer in Islam

Also known as Namaz

Salah, namaz or prayer are all used to describe the second of the Five Pillars of Islam and is compulsory for every Muslim. There are five prayer times throughout the day that must be observed, as directed by the Messenger of Allah (saw)

There are five prayers that must be performed at different times of the day depending on the positioning of the sun and therefore every location will have a slightly different prayer time. We’ve made this timetable for you to find the correct time for each prayer.

The five prayer times are:

Fajr  – between dawn and sunrise

Dhuhr  – once the sun has passed its highest point (the zenith)

Asr – when the afternoon shadows are at their longest

Maghrib – just after the sun has set below the horizon

Isha – after night has fallen

The Importance of Prayer

Prayer is important, not only because it is one of the Five Pillars of Islam but because it also serves the purpose of purifying the heart and providing communication with Allah (swt). Prayer follows a given ritual and each salah has its own series of repeating verses and movements (rakats) that must be carried out.

Before carrying out the prayer, worshippers must first carry out the cleansing ritual, known as Wudu and ensure there is a clean space available to pray in. The Wudu ritual is necessary for ensuring the body is purified, just as salah purifies and cleanses the heart.

Although attending the mosque for prayer in congregation is preferred, it is acceptable to pray at home or at work and it is only considered compulsory for men to attend mosque for midday Friday prayers. Women are not obligated to attend Friday prayers in the congregation but can join if they wish. During times of special prayers, such as the prayers made on the mornings of the two Eid celebrations, the entire family is encouraged to worship together with their community.

“And establish prayer and give zakat, and whatever good you put forward for yourselves – you will find it with Allah.” (2:110, Qur’an)