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Daily prayers (Arabic: الصلوات اليومية) are the five prayers of fajr (early dawn), Zuhr (noon), 'Asr (afternoon), Maghrib (sunset) and 'Isha (night) which need to be performed by a Mukallaf (religiously responsible person) everyday. Daily prayers are among the most important practices of Muslims which need to be performed five times a day in a certain manner and conditions.
Number of Rak'as and Time of Daily Prayers
'Asr prayer (afternoon prayer): it is a four-rak'a prayer which can be performed after noon prayer till sunset (maghrib).
- Prayer of a traveler is shortened (Qasr), so that four-rak'a prayers should be performed as two rak'as.
- Sura al-Fatiha (Qur'an 1) and the other chapter (sura) should be recited quietly in Zuhr and 'Asr prayers.
- Men should recite Sura al-Fatiha and the other Sura in the prayers of Fajr, Maghrib and 'Isha in a loud voice and women can recite them either loudly or quietly.
- Daily prayers are obligatory for all Mukallafs[Note 2] under all circumstances, except for women in their menstrual period (Ha'id) and in the period in which bleed after giving birth for ten days (Nafsa').
- In case, a daily prayer has not been performed in its due time, it should be performed later as a missed prayer.
To Combine Daily Prayers
Sunnis maintain that daily prayers must be performed at five separate times. Although Shiites believe that performing daily prayers at five times is superior, they hold that saying 'Asr Prayer immediately after Zuhr prayer and 'Isha Prayer immediately after Maghrib Prayer (technically, combination of prayers) is allowed for which they offer proofs from the Qur'an and Sunna.
Daily prayers are among the most important rituals in Islam. In hadiths, daily prayers are referred to as "the foundation of Islam", "the means of transcendence of a true believer", "purifier from daily sins", "the greatest deed" etc.
- Khomeini, Taḥrīr al-wasīla, p. 111-113.
- The material for this article was mainly taken from نمازهای یومیه in Farsi WikiShia.
- Khomeini, Sayyid Rūḥ Allāh. Taḥrīr al-wasīla. Tehran: Muʾassisah-yi Tanẓīm wa Nashr-i Āthār-i Imām Khomeini, 1379 Sh.