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 The Place of Prayer

Islam commands men to perform congregational prayers and encourages them to do so in the mosque, which provides a social forum for Muslims. Congregational prayers help increase and strengthen the bonds of brotherhood, unity and togetherness between them. In fact, Islam promises greater rewards for those who join the congregational prayers, as the prophet ﷺ … Read more

The Five Obligatory Prayers and Their Times

Allah ﷻ has enjoined upon Muslims five prayers throughout the day and night and has specified the following times for them: The Dawn Prayer (Salaat-ul-Fajr): It consists of two units (rak‛aat, singular: rak‛ah); it begins at daybreak, the time of day when light first appears, and lasts until sunrise. The Afternoon Prayer (Salaat-udh-Dhuhr): It consists … Read more

What Are the Conditions that Must Be Met before Engaging in Prayer?

1. Removing physical impurity and ritual impurity   2. Covering the intimate parts of the body (‛awrah) The ‛awrah must be covered with clothing that is neither skin-tight, nor skimpy, nor see-through. The ‛awrah during the prayer is of three types: For an adult woman: All her body is considered ‛awrah except for the face … Read more

The Prayer: Salaat

The Prayer The Arabic word salaat (commonly translated prayer) literally means supplication. It is the connection a Muslim establishes with his Lord and Creator and comprises the loftiest manifestations of total submissiveness to Allah, turning to Him and seeking His assistance and support. When a Muslim stands in prayer before his Lord, invokes and remembers … Read more

Soorat Al-Faatihah Explained

Al-hamdu lillaahi rabbil-‛aalameen “Praise be to Allah, the Lord of all the worlds.” (1:2): I extol Allah with all His attributes, acts and apparent and hidden blessings, with due love and reverence. Rabb (translated here ‘Lord’) refers to Almighty Allah, the Creator, Owner, Provider and Disposer of all affairs. The ‘worlds’ refers to anything apart … Read more