Ramadaan Series {Day 6} – Praying Salaah on Time

When the Prophet (saw) was asked what the MOST beloved action to Allah was, he (saw) would consistently answer, “Prayer performed on time.” (Bukhari, Nasaai).

Allah (Subhanahu wa ta’ala) describes the later generations of Bani Israeel as having “Lost the prayer” because they stopped praying on time.

Allah says:

But there came after them successors who neglected prayer and pursued desires; so, they are going to meet evil –

(19:59)

This led them to pursue their evil empty desires and meet destruction in the Hereafter.

When one has no desire or longing to remember their Lord, they stand at the end of the time of prayer with laziness just to get it over with. This is how Allah describes the hypocrites.

Allah says:

Indeed, the hypocrites [think to] deceive Allah, but He is deceiving them. And when they stand for prayer, they stand lazily, showing [themselves to] the people and not remembering Allah except a little,

(4:142)

Let’s train ourselves to pray our salaah on time within the time frame insha’Allah.

Ramadan is the time to establish good habits and what better habit can you start than the one that is most beloved to Allah!

When to Pray the Witr Prayer

Ibn Hazm (rh) said in al-Muhalla, 2/92, 93:

Witr at the end of the night is better, but whoever prays Witr at the beginning of the night, that is fine. It is permissible to pray after Witr but one should not repeat Witr.

Al-Nawawi (rh) said in al-Majmoo, 3/512:

If a person prays Witr, then he wants to offer a naafil prayer and so on at night, that is permissible and is not makrooh, but he should not repeat the Witr.

What Time Is The Beginning of The Last Third of The Night?

You count the amount of hours from the start of Maghrib to the start of Fajr and divide by 3. Whatever the answer, for example 4 hours, means 4 hours before the start of Fajr is the last third of the night.

This will vary throughout the year / seasons so calculate accordingly.