Salah – The Five Daily Prayers
Salah’ is the Arabic word which refers to the formal prayers that all Muslims must perform. As the Second Pillar of Islam, prayer in Islam holds a position of great importance in the life of a Muslim. It is the means by which a person shows their obedience to and love for God and provides them with opportunities to beseech God and thank Him on a regular basis. By taking time out of our worldly lives five times a day, the prayer gives Muslims perspective and balance, ensuring that their spirits as well as their material bodies are cared for and nourished.
There are five daily prayers which Muslims perform at set times of the day. The prayers are said in Arabic language. However, if a newcomer to Islam is not able to say it in Arabic he or she could say in their language until, step by step, they learn how to recite the Salah in Arabic. (For further information on Learning to Pray (Click here).
Fajr: the Dawn prayer – performed before the sun fully rises.
Dhuhr: the Lunchtime prayer – performed after the sun has passed its highest point.
‘Asr: the Afternoon prayer – performed in the late afternoon.
Maghrib: the Dusk prayer- performed just after the sun has set.