Checklist for Getting Ready to Pray Salah
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Before You Begin to Pray
Before you stand for prayer there is a short checklist of 5 things you need to have. Here they are:
Step 1 – Make Your Wudu
This step is covered in detail in the previous chapter.
Step 2 – Check to see if the time of prayer has arrived
Each of the five daily prayers has its own specified time in which it must be performed. Here are the general guidelines:
- Fajr – before dawn
- Dhur – at noon
- Asr – in the afternoon
- Maghrib – sunset
- Isha – nightfall
The wisdom behind the prayers being spread throughout the day is so that Muslims are constantly reminded about Allah. These are opportunities for Muslims to seek forgiveness, increase our faith, and seek guidance.
Fortunately we have prayer timetables and smartphone apps that can tell us when it is time to pray. Use these tools to your advantage so you never miss a prayer.
Step 3 – Dress appropriately
Make sure to wear clothing that covers the necessary parts of your body. Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) instructed the men to cover from the naval to the knee. As for the women, he instructed them to cover their body except for her face and hands. This is known as the “awrah.”
Step 4 – Find a place to pray that is clean
It is very important to pray in a place that is generally clean. If it isn’t clean, you can use a carpet to cover the area you will be praying.
You can also pray on many different surfaces such as grass, sand, concrete, etc.
Step 5 – Face the Qibla
The Qibla is the direction the Kaaba is from your current location. Allah commanded us to face the Holy Kaaba in Makkah whenever we perform our prayers.
Once you have completed this checklist you are ready to start praying.
Let’s move on to the next chapter!