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Timings for Prayer (Salah): Keeping Up with Our Daily Talks with Allah

I was scrolling through Tiktok the other day (#guilty) and came across this woman talking about meditation. She spoke about how taking a few minutes to meditate 5 different times in the day was the secret to her success (or something like that). I could hear no more and had to scroll. Ain’t nobody got time for… (Can’t say the whole thing and get sued. If you know, you know.) 

Meditation always reminds me of prayer (salah). And the video got me thinking, “If this woman was praying 5 times a day, would she have the need to meditate 5 times a day?” 

The Power of Prayer in Our Daily Lives

I feel bad for the people who don’t know about salah at all; and I feel terribly sorry for those who know, yet don’t take advantage of it.

Didn’t Allaah, the Most Wise, the One who knows us and our needs best, legislate that we take time out of the day to stop whatever “busyness” we are involved in and get back to reality, i.e., worship Him at 5 different timings for prayer (salah)? If only we had more faith in whatever Allaah wants us to do! 

The prayer (salah) at different times benefits us, not Him. We cannot add or subtract from His Dominion just because we pray or don’t. 

And, isn’t it amazing how in Islam, our daily prayers (Salah) are spread out throughout the day and night? It’s like getting little spiritual boosts, just when we need them. The world can blab-blab about meditation all they want, but it will never benefit your mind and soul like praying to Allaah at different times does. These prayers keep us connected to Allah, and they’re also spaced out so we don’t feel overwhelmed. 

Having said that, let’s dive into understanding when exactly we should be doing these prayers. It’s all about natural signs, so even if you lose your phone/watch and get stranded on an island (may Allaah protect all of us from that), you’ll still be able to pray within the timing for each salah. And though the timings for prayer (salah) change a bit every day and from place to place, it’s not too hard to figure out. Here’s a quick rundown:

1. Thuhr Time (Noon Prayer)

Thuhr kicks off when the sun is just past its highest point in the sky – this is when the shadow length is at its shortest. You can tell it’s time when the shadow of something starts getting longer after being at its shortest. Thuhr wraps up when the shadow is as long as the object itself, plus its shadow length at its shortest. Get me? 

sun at its peak

2. Asr Time (Afternoon Prayer)

‘Asr starts right after Thuhr ends. There are two parts here: the best time to pray ‘Asr is before the sun starts going yellow, but if you’re super busy and can’t make it, you’ve got until sunset.

Just remember, the Prophet (sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) said: “Whoever catches up with one rak’ah of ‘Asr before the sun sets has caught up with ‘Asr.” (Narrated by al-Bukhari, 579; Muslim, 608) 

3. Maghrib Time (Evening Prayer)

This one’s a quickie! Maghrib time begins right after the sun sets and goes until that pretty red glow in the sky fades away. So, the sooner you pray Maghrib, the safer you are.

child praying Maghrib

4. Ishaa Time (Night Prayer)

Ishaa starts when that red twilight disappears and goes until midnight. Wondering how to figure out when midnight is? Just split the time between sunset (start of Maghrib) and the true dawn (the start of Fajr) in half – there’s your midnight.

night time with minarets of mosques displayed

5. Fajr Time (Dawn Prayer)

Fajr is all about the true dawn, when light spreads out across the horizon. This special time ends when the sun starts to rise. Make sure you don’t mix it up with the false dawn, which happens earlier and gets dark again.

Wrapping Up

Remember, these prayer timings are connected to nature, so anyone can learn to spot them. I personally use the Umm Al Qura calculation method. But if you’re finding it a bit tricky, just follow your local mosque’s timings – that’s totally cool too.

Praying at these times isn’t just about following rules; it’s about keeping our bond with Allah strong all day long. It’s a beautiful part of being Muslim, isn’t it? 

As Muslims, we don’t let the dunya drown us; we disengage from this temporary world 5 times throughout the day and night – to pray and attain permanent bliss in the Hereafter. Happy praying! 

Also, Allah knows best, always! 🌟

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