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Salaat is the arabic name for the obligatory prayers which are performed five times a day.

The five-time prayers become obligatory from the moment a person embraces Islam. This is an extremely important tenet of Islam and has been enjoined with great emphasis in the Holy Quran. It is a form of worship which establishes the link between man and his Creator and Benefactor, Allah. Through Salaat a person communes with his Lord, the Creator and the Sustainer of the Universe.

Just as performing Salaat is obligatory, learning to perform it in the prescribed way is also obligatory - and one should know what he/she is saying to his/her Lord.

The five prayers are as follows with rough time of day they are performedat earliest and latest.

  • Fajr:

Starts at dawn or morning twilight Ends just before sunrise

  • Zohar:

Starts at approximately 5 minutes after Zawaal Ends at start of Asar time

  • Asar:

The start of Asar is dependant upon the length of the shadow that is cast by an object.

Different schools use different criteria. Ends just before sunset

  • Maghrib:

Starts at sunset Ends at the start of Isha (i.e. when there is reddishness in the sky)

  • Isha:

Starts after dusk Ends when the evening twilight disappears (i.e. when it first starts to get light

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