It is forbidden to pray during those three times

Prayer is one of the five pillars of Islam, the most important act of worship after faith. It is obligatory to pray five times a day. Apart from this, performing nafal prayers is also a very virtuous act. There are also special virtues of nafal prayers at different times. However, it is disliked and forbidden to offer prayers at certain times of the day. During these three times, you should refrain from offering prayers. During these times, one should refrain from recitation, prostration and funeral prayers. Uqba Ibn Amir Juhani (RA) said,

ثَلَثُ سَعاَاتٍ كَانَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم يَنْهَانَا أَنْ نُصَلِّيَ فِيهِنَّ اَوْ انْ نَقْرَ فِيهِنَّ مَوتَانَا حِينَ تَطْلعُ الشَمْسُ بَازِغَةً حَتَّى تَفِعَ وَحِينَ يَقُومُ قَائِمُ الذَّهِيرَةِ حَتَّى تَمِيلَ الشَّمْسُ وَحِينَ تَضَيَّفُ الشَّمْسُ لِلْغُرُوبِ حَتَّى تَغْرُبَ .

Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) forbade us to pray and bury the dead at three times, from when the sun begins to rise brightly until it rises clearly, from when the sun is in the middle of the sky until it sets, and when the sun begins to set. If, until it completely subsides. (Sahih Muslim: 831)

The three periods mentioned in this hadith are:

1. at sunrise

Fajr prayer time is till sunrise. It is prohibited to perform nafal prayers from the time sunrise begins until the sun has fully risen. According to Olamaye Keram this time span is 10 minutes. Prayers will be prohibited until 10 minutes after the time of sunrise is announced by the Meteorological Office. If the time of sunrise is 5 o’clock, prayer will be prohibited from 5 o’clock to 5 o’clock 10 minutes.

At that time, even if you perform the Fajr of that day, it will not be purified.

2. When the sun is in midair

At noon, when the sun is exactly in the middle of the sky, it is forbidden to pray. According to the scholars, the duration of this time is 6 minutes; Three minutes before the sun reaches midday and three minutes after.

3. sunset time

It is prohibited to perform all kinds of prayers from the time when the sun turns yellow and begins to set until sunrise. This time starts from 10 minutes before sunset. That is, it will be prohibited to offer prayers 10 minutes before the time of sunset known from the meteorological office. If the sunset time is 6 o’clock, prayer will be prohibited from 5:51 to 6 o’clock.

It is obligatory to read Asr prayer before this time. If one cannot offer Asr prayer on time due to any reason, then Asr prayer of that day can be offered even when the sun is setting.

What is the reason for banning prayers at these three times?

Allah knows the real reason for banning prayer during these three times. One reason may be that these three times are the worship times of fire worshippers. Fire worshipers worship the sun during these times. So that the worship of Muslims does not resemble the worship of polytheists, so that no one gets an opportunity to create any confusion or distortion, prayers are prohibited at these three times.