Understand the intricacies of the Islamic prayer timings, including the earliest time for Fajr prayer, the concept of Zawal, why prayer is forbidden at Zawal, and the prohibited times for Salat.
What is the earliest time for Fajr prayer?
The Fajr prayer (Arabic: صلاة الفجر ṣalāt al-fajr, “dawn prayer”) is the first of the five mandatory salah (Islamic prayer), to be performed anytime starting from the moment of dawn, but not after sunrise (at least 15 minutes before sunrise).
What is zawal in Islam?
In the name of Allah the Inspirer of truth. In actual fact, the word “zawal” literally means the time when the sun moves away from its central meridian and not time it is at its meridian as commonly mistaken. Zawal is the time when Zuhr begins and not the forbidden time (see Radd al-Muhtar).
Why is prayer forbidden at Zawal time?
The reason the Messenger of Allah (saws) forbade the believers to pray at zawaal or near exact mid-point of the sun, is that at this very time, the Hell Fire is fed with fuel.
What is the forbidden time for Salat?
Forbidden prayer times are: 1- From dawn until the sun has risen to the height of a spear; 2- When it is directly overhead at noon until it has passed its zenith; and 3- From ‘Asr prayer until the sun has set completely.