What Does Maghrib Mean?



Maghrib is an Arabic word associated with the sunset. It means both the place of sunset (West) and the time of sunset (Twilight). The time of Maghrib has great significance in Islam.

There is a mandatory daily prayer called Salat ul-Maghrib (or simply Maghrib) that is performed at this time. It is the fourth of the 5 daily prayers that Muslims perform. The time for this prayer begins at sunset and ends just before nightfall. It has 3 Rakah’s (units) and is prayed with loud recitation.

The time of Maghrib is also used to mark the beginning of a new day. In the Islamic Calendar, days begin at Maghrib and months begin with the sighting of a new moon.