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and Forbidden Times of Prayer

    There are three times during which it is forbidden to pray any salât at all or to perform sajdah tilâwah (prostration during recitation of Qur’ân): at sunrise, midday and sunset. However, if for unavoidable reason, one is late in performing ‘Asr, it is permissible to pray it although it will be makrűh. Thus, Hadrat ‘Uqba ibn ‘Âmir (Allâh be pleased with him) reported:

    Three were the times at while Allâh’s Messenger ( ) forbade us from praying or burying our dead (ie. funeral prayer): when the sun begins to rise until it is fully up; when the sun is at its height until it passes the meridian; and when the sun begins to set until it is completely set. [M-1040, from Muslim]

    Furthermore, besides than the 2 sunnah of Fajr, no other nafl should be prayed in that time (it is makrűh). Also, no prayers should be offered after the fard of Fajr until after sunrise. And similarly, no prayers should be offered after the fard of ‘Asr until after sunset. During these times, however, it is permissible to offer qadâ (makeup for missed prayers) or sajdah tilâwah. [BZ p.10-12]

    The Prophet ( ) said:

                “There is no prayer after the Fajr until the sun (sufficiently) rises; and there is no prayer after the ‘Asr until the sun completely sets.” [M-1041, agreed upon]


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