Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Where the 5 times Salaah (Prayers) come from

People often wonder why Muslims have to pray 5 times a day. To many people it seems like it’s way too much and they just can’t understand it. I can tell you many benefits of praying, physical, spiritual and psychological benefits. However, I’m going to try and keep this post as short as possible today because it is the blessed month of Ramadhaan and people have much better things to do than read my blog.

Today I was reminded of where the 5 times Salaah comes from. This reminder was so good because it reminded me once again that Islam is linked to all the Prophets, from all times. This makes it clear to me that Islam is the final religion. The same message was given by all the Prophets, from the time of Adam (May Allah give him peace) till our Beloved Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). The link of Islam to other Prophet’s can be seen in many things and on many occasions but our everyday Salaah (physical prayers) reminds us of this link most clearly.

So here is where the 5 times Salaah comes from:

1.       Fajr Salaah- Very early morning before sunrise)- When the Prophet Adam (May Allah give him peace) was sent from Heaven to Earth, it was night time and the world was in darkness. This was very scary for him because he came from a world of light (Heaven) to this world of darkness. So when he saw the first glimpse of morning, when the sun shone its first, very faint light, Adam (PBUH) was so grateful that he bowed down and prayed to cycles of prayer thanking Allah and this is why Muslims pray two cycles of Salaah at that time.

2.      Zohr Salaah (Afternoon prayer)- When the Prophet Ibrahim / Abraham (PBUH) was tested and asked to sacrifice his son Isma’eel/ Ishma’eel (PBUH), and then Allah Almighty exchanged Ishma’eel (PBUH) for a ram. Ibrahim (PBUH) was so happy and thankful that he prayed 4 cycles of prayer, bowing in submission to the Lord Almighty and thanking him. This is why Muslims pray 4 compulsory cycles at that time.


3.      Asr Salaah (Late afternoon prayer)- When the Prophet Yunus / Jonah (PBUH) was  stuck in the belly of the whale and then Allah allowed him to come out. He was so happy and thankful that he prayed 4 cycles, thanking Allah . This is why Muslims pray 4 cycles of compulsory Salaah at that time.

4.      Maghrib Salaah (Very early evening, just after sunset)- We perform 3 cycles of compulsory prayer at this time because this is what the Prophet Isa/ Jesus (PBUH) prayed. He prayed 1 cycle, bowing to Allah rejecting any worship for himself, he prayed the second cycle denying the worship of his mother Maryam / Mary (PBUH) and he prayed the third cycle to show that Allah alone, the One Lord of all mankind, Creator of everything is the only One to be worshipped.

5.      Esha Salaah (Evening Prayer)- This one is attributed to the Prophet Moosa/ Moses (PBUH). After Moosa (PBUH) mistakenly killed a man in Egypt, he left and went on his way to Midian. He lost his way and this is when Allah guided him and told him that he is a Prophet. This happened around the time of Esha Prayer and Moosa (PBUH) was so thankful that he bowed down and prayed 4 cycles of Salaah. This is why Muslims pray 4 compulsory cycles at this time.

Masha’Allah I really love this and when I heard it again today I just knew I had to share it here. I hope that this can inspire others the way it inspires me. It’s so beautiful. These 5 prayers were given directly to Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) as a gift for the Muslims. Allah Almighty loved the worship of these Prophets so much and he honoured Muhammad (PBUH) and his community of Muslims with this precious give. The link between Muhammad (PBUH) and all the previous Prophets (Peace be upon them all) is so evident and the link between Muslims and the Prophets is also so clear. Alhamdullillah (Praise be to Allah)!!!
This should serve as a reminder to us that we should love all the Prophets and we should also thank Allah for giving us this special gift of Salaah. SubhanAllah (Glory be to Allah) If we remember this, it will also help us to appreciate our Salaah and to perform it in the best of manner’s.
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May Allah guide us all and inspire truth in our hearts and bless us with beneficial knowledge, Inshaa-Allah.


  1. Thank you for posting this, it explains a lot. Do you mind if I share this with a few of my friends?

  2. Brocha

    Thank you-I don't mind at all, please do share this with as many people as possible. Islamic Knowledge is for everyone and we have a responsibility to share whatever little we know.

  3. Thank you so much Zarina for this great sharing. You must have read my thoughts, I have been wandering why 5 prayers for a long time.
    This beautiful explanation brings us all together.
    Take care dear friend.

  4. Marie

    My pleasure, yes I remember promising you that I would try and post something more on Salaah. This is just basic, there is so much beauty in the Salaah, there are reasons for the postures and everything that's recited and so on. It's just way too much to post, but Inshaa-Allah if I get a chance then I'll post up some more in time. Yes, this does bring us all together. It shows also that Islam is not some strange religion with weird beliefs. It's related to the other religions, this is why a big part of Muslim's faith is to believe in all the previous Prophets as well as the original books that Allah sent to them. It's all actually quite simple when we look at things with open eyes.

    You take care too Marie and I hope to hear from you soon.

  5. Karima

    It is a great description, makes you feel so grateful and even honoured to be performing these prayers.

    I hope that you are having a wonderful Ramadhaan

  6. I just wanted to let you know that I shared your post and I linked it back to your blog. Thank you again for sharing!

  7. Jazakallah khair for this post! I pinned it to Pinterest for others to read it too (with a link to your blog so they'll read it here!) :-)
    I hope you're having a beautiful, blessed Ramadan sister! <3

  8. rose water

    Alhamdullillah I am enjoying Ramadhaan, but sad that it is passing so quickly. I hope that you are well and having a wonderful month yourself. JazakAllah khayr for sharing this, we are all responsible for sharing whatever knowledge we have so it really helps when you share what I've posted with others.

    Take care and may Allah accept all your efforts and prayers.Ameen