Prayer is a familiar aspect of any faith. It is your direct connection and conversation with your Lord, and can take place at any time of day, through your thoughts, spoken aloud, or even written down if that’s your style. Nobody needs to teach you how to do this – even non-believers automatically begin to pray when they feel they are in danger!
Islam, however, has a unique element in that Allah has prescribed 5 specific times of the day in which you are called to stand before Him and converse with Him in a specific, Divinely instructed manner. These specific ritual prayers are known as salah, or the plural, salat. You can think of these 5 daily salat as your regular appointments with your Lord.
They are known as:
Fajr (The Dawn Prayer)
Dhuhr (The Midday Prayer)
Asr (The Afternoon Prayer)
Maghrib (The Early Evening Prayer)
Isha (The Late Evening Prayer)
Unlike general prayer whereby you speak to Allah in the moment (more familiarly known in Islam as du’a), Islamic salah is more specific, with its ascribed guidelines and prerequisites. When you are knew to Islam, learning how to perform salah can feel daunting, as it may feel like there are so many rules and directions to follow. However, it is not much different to learning some of the simplest of yoga moves with a bit of wording thrown in – and once you get the hang of it, you really will feel the immense and indescribable spiritual and physical benefits salah can bring.
You may want to go straight to our post on How To Pray, or take your time exploring the beautiful topic of salah through our various posts below: