For Muslims, the act of praying is considered a purification of the heart and a form of worship. Prayer, Namaz, or salah, as is commonly known in Islam, is a spiritual opportunity to communicate to Allah. More than a billion Muslims perform the five daily mandatory prayers: Fajr, Zuhr, Asr, Maghrib, and Isha. What is the current prayer time in Sharjah, the third-largest constituent emirate of the UAE?
Here is a look at the prayer timings in Sharjah over the next few weeks.
Prayer time in Sharjah
Here is a look at the September Namaz timings in Sharjah.
The importance of salah in Islam
Salah, or Namaz, as known among non-Arab Muslims, is among the five pillars of Islam. The other four are Shahada (profession of faith), Haj (pilgrimage), Sawm (fasting), and Zakat (charity or alms).
In Islam, salah is mandatory for adult Muslims. The time for obligatory and optional prayers is largely dependent on the sun’s movement. The five obligatory salat times are dawn, midday, late afternoon, sunset, and night.
Congregants are called to prayer by a muezzin, a masjid’s designated Namaz caller. During the call to prayer (also known as azan), the muezzin recites a glorification to Allah known as Takbir. The Takbir is typically recited from a masjid’s minaret, with the muezzin facing Makkah.
Rakat in Salah
Rakat is a set of movements and verse recitals conducted during Namaz. A single rakat typically refers to a unit of prayers. A congregant combines the movements and Holy Quran verse recitals while offering salah to Allah.
The five daily prayers have varying rakat requirements, some with two obligatory rakah while others require four or more.
Current salah times in Sharjah
Here is a look at the timing for the five daily obligatory prayers and one optional prayer in the Sharjah emirate.
The Fajr prayer is also known as salat al-fajr and is conducted in the part of the night right before sunrise. This salah consists of two mandatory rakah known as Fard.
In September 2021, the start of Fajr time in Sharjah ranges between 4:38 am, and 4:52 am.
Also known as Ishraq, or salat al-duha, this is a non-obligatory salah conducted a few minutes after sunrise. The Namaz consists of a minimum of two rakah. The current Shuruq azan time in Sharjah ranges between 5:59 am, and 6:10 am.
Zuhr is also known as Dhuhr or salat al-zuhr and is a salah conducted at noon. Dhuhr contains four mandatory rakah. For a conventional day starting at midnight, Zuhr is the second Namaz. However, it is the fourth prayer for Muslims since the Islamic day starts at sunset.
The current Sharjah prayer times for Zuhr range from 12:18 pm to 12:08 pm at the end of September.
Asr is a four-rakah prayer performed in a congregation. It is also known as salat al-asr and takes place when the sun reaches its zenith. On Fridays, Asr is preceded or replaced by the mandatory Friday salah known as Jumuah.
The beginning of Asr time in Sharjah currently ranges between 3:48 pm to 3:33 pm.
Maghrib is also known as salat al-maghrib and is an obligatory three-rakah salah. The prayer is conducted at sunset. In Islam, it is the first prayer of the day. However, from the perspective of a conventional day starting at midnight, Maghrib is the fourth mandatory prayer of the day.
The September Maghrib time in Sharjah lies between 6:37 pm and 6:06 pm.
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This salah is also known as the night prayer or salat al-isha and is the fifth obligatory prayer for Muslims. Isha comprises four obligatory rakah and is conducted at night.
The start of Isha time in Sharjah ranges between 8:07 pm and 7:36 pm for the month of September.
Here is a look at other prayers beside the five mandatory daily ones.
- Eid prayers: Offered on Eid Al Adha and Eid Al Fitr
- Jumuah: Offered at noontime on Fridays
- Tahjjud: A non-compulsory salah offered in the early hours of the morning
- Tarawih: Offered alongside Isha during the month of Ramadan
Like every other place, the current prayer time in Sharjah is determined by the sun’s movement. Keeping up with the exact time for each of the five obligatory salah can be quite daunting. However, with the above guide, it becomes much easier.
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