The Prayer is one of the main and most important pillars in Islam. It is a connection between a person and Allah, the Creator. A person must pray five times a day as Allah Almighty prescribed and made it obligatory upon each Muslim to pray five times a day. These five prayers are Fajr (Dawn Prayer), Zhuhr (Noon Prayer), `Asr (Afternoon Prayer), Maghrib (Sunset Prayer) and `Ishaa’ (Night Prayer).
A Muslim must cover his `awrah (private parts) and what is meant by awrah? It is the part that a person should cover while praying. For a man, `awrah is from his navel until his knee and this is the minimum requirement for a man to pray. For a woman, a Muslim woman must cover all her body except her face and hands.
As is mentioned elsewhere, a person must perform wudu’ (ablution) before prayer. After that, a person can offer prayer.
Allah the Almighty says in the Ever-Glorious Qur’an what means,
“O ye who believe! When ye rise up for prayer, wash your face, and your hands up to the elbows, and lightly rub your heads and (wash) your feet up to the ankles. And if ye are unclean, purify yourselves. And if ye are sick or on a journey, or one of you cometh from the closet, or ye have had contact with women, and ye find not water, then go to clean, high ground and rub your faces and your hands with some of it. Allah would not place a burden on you, but He would purify you and would perfect His grace upon you, that ye may give thanks.” (Al-Ma’idah: 6)
“Successful indeed are the believers. Who are humble in their prayers.” (Al-Mu’minun: 1-2)
“Seek help in patience and prayer, and truly it is hard save for the humble-minded.” (Al-Baqarah: 45)
“O ye who believe! Seek help in steadfastness and prayer. Lo! Allah is with the steadfast.” (Al-Baqarah: 153)
“Be guardians of your prayers, and of the midmost prayer, and stand up with devotion to Allah. And if ye go in fear, then (pray) standing or on horseback. And when ye are again in safety, remember Allah, as He hath taught you that which (heretofore) ye knew not.” (Al-Baqarah: 238-239)
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