Maghrib prayer

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Maghrib prayer
Official nameصلاة المغرب
Also calledSunset prayer
Observed byMuslims
SignificanceA Muslim prayer offered to God at the sunset hour of the day.
ObservancesSunnah prayers
Related toSalah, Wazifa, Five Pillars of Islam
Maghrib prayer at Masjid al-Haram in Saudi Arabia.

The Maghrib prayer (Arabic: صلاة المغرب ṣalāt al-maġrib, "sunset prayer") is one of the five mandatory salah (Islamic prayers). If counted from midnight, it is the fourth one.

According to Sunni Muslims, the period for Maghrib prayer starts just after sunset, following Asr prayer, and ends at the beginning of night, the start of the Isha prayer. As for Shia Muslims, since they allow Maghrib and Isha prayers to be performed one after another, the period for Maghrib prayer extends until the midnight. Except for the Hanafi school, however, Sunni Muslims are also permitted to combine Maghrib and Isha prayers if they are traveling and incapable of performing the prayers separately. In this case, the period for Maghrib prayer extends from sunset to dawn, as with Shiites. Amongst Sunnis, Salafis allow the combining of two consecutive prayers (Maghrib & Isha'a, Dhuhr & 'Asr) for a wide range of reasons; such as when various needs arise or due to any difficulty (taking precedence from Hanbali and Shafiite schools).

The formal daily prayers of Islam comprise different numbers of units, called rakat. The Maghrib prayer has three obligatory (fard) rak'at and two sunnah and two non-obligatory nafls. The first two fard rak'ats are prayed aloud by the Imam in congregation (the person who misses the congregation and is offering prayer alone is not bound to speak the first two rak'ats aloud), and the third is prayed silently.

To be considered valid salat, the formal daily prayers must each be performed within their own prescribed time period. People with a legitimate reason have a longer period during which their prayers will be valid.[1][better source needed]

The five daily prayers collectively are one pillar of the Five Pillars of Islam, in Sunni Islam, and one of the ten Practices of the Religion (Furū al-Dīn) according to Shia Islam.

Name variations[edit]

Language Main
Albanian Namazi-i-akshamit, Namaz-i-mbrëmjes
Arabic صلاة المغرب (Ṣalāh al-Maghrib)
Azeri Şam namazı
Bashkir Аҡшам намаҙы (Akşam namazı)
Bengali মাগরিব (Magrib, Mugrib)
Bosnian Akšam-namaz
Croatian Akšam-namaz
Hindi मग़रिब कि नमाज़् (Maghrib Ki Namaz)
Kashmiri شام نماز (Shaam Namaz)
Kazakh Ақшам намазы (Aqşam namazy)
Northern Kurdish (Kurmanji) Nimêja Êvar, Nimêja Mexreb
Malay, Indonesian Solat/Salat Maghrib
Pashto مګبیبی دعا (Makeebi Dua)
Persian, Dari, Tajik نماز مغرب (Namaz-e Maghreb)
نماز شام (Namaz-e Shaam)
Намози Мағриб (Namozi Maghrib)
Намози Шом (Namozi Shom)
Punjabi شام دی نماز (Shaam di namaz)
مغرب دی نماز (Maghrab di namaz)
Serbian Akšam-namaz
Somali Salaada Magrib
Central Kurdish (Sorani) نوێژی مەغریب
Tashelhit ⵜⴰⵥⴰⵍⵍⵉⵜ ⵏ ⵜⵉⵡⵡⵓⵜⵛⵉ (Taẓallit n tiwwutci)
Sindhi سانجهي جي نماز (Saanjhi Ji Nimaz)
Tarifit Řemɣaạb
Tatar Ахшам намазы (Axşam namazı)
Turkish Akşam namazı
Urdu نمازِ مغرب (Namaaz-e-Maghrib)
مغرب کی نماز (Maghrib ki Namaaz)
Uyghur شام نامىزى (Shaam Namzi)
Uzbek Shom namozi

Sunni tradition[edit]

Time begins

  • When the sun has completely set beneath the horizon; immediately after the Asr prayer period ends.

Time ends

  • Most scholarly opinions follow the Hanafi school, that Isha'a begins when complete darkness has arrived and the yellow twilight in the sky has disappeared.
  • According to a minority opinion in the Maliki school, the prescribed time for Maghrib prayer ends when the red thread has disappeared from the sky. In another opinion of the Shafi'i school, the disappearance of the red thread marks the end of the Period of Necessity. These times can be approximated by using the sun as a measure. When the sun has descended 12 degrees below the horizon, it is approximately equivalent to the disappearance of the red from the sky. For approximating when complete darkness begins, i.e. the disappearance of the white thread from the sky, some astronomers argue that it occurs when the sun has descended 15 degrees below the horizon while others use the safer number of 18 degrees.[2][3] Astronomical twilight occurs when the sun is between 12 degrees and 18 degrees below the horizon.

Shia tradition[edit]

Time begins

  • When the redness of the eastern sky, which persists in the east for some time after sunset, disappears from above one's head when one looks vertically upwards.

Time ends

  • At midnight. The end of its time is after approximately eleven-and-a-quarter hours have passed from the legal noontime. This is for when one is under normal circumstances. However, in the case of one who was asleep, or forgot to perform the prayer or was coerced by extraordinary circumstances or factors beyond his control or in the case of woman whose prayer was delayed due to menstruation, the end of the Maghrib prayer time is Fajr.

Despite the relatively long period in which valid prayers can be recited, it is considered important to recite the prayer as soon as the time begins.

Shia doctrine permits the mid-day and afternoon and evening and night prayers to be prayed in succession, i.e. Zuhr can be followed by Asr once the mid-day prayer has been recited and sufficient time has passed, and Maghrib can be followed by Isha'a once the evening prayer has been recited and sufficient time has passed.

During Ramadan, the maghrib prayer marks the end of the fast and is the start of the iftar.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Significance of Offering The Isha Prayer and Its Benefits, QuranReading website, Published 29 January 2015, Retrieved 14 May 2017
  2. ^ Ibn Rushd (1994). Bidayat al-Mujtahid wa an-niyahata al Muqtasid. ISBN 1873938136.
  3. ^ Chart of Prayer Times for anywhere in the world available on IslamicFinder website, Retrieved 14 May 2017

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