A rakat,[1] or rakʿah (Arabic: ركعةrakʿah, pronounced [ˈrakʕah]; plural: ركعات rakaʿāt), consists of the prescribed movements and words followed by Muslims while offering prayers to Allah. It also refers to a single unit of Islamic prayers.

Image depicting various prescribed movements of a Muslim prayer

ProcedureEdit

After performing the ablution, and evoking the intention to pray for the sake of Allah, the worshipper will stand quietly while reciting verses of the Qur'an . The second part of the rakat involves bowing low with hands on knees, as if waiting for Allah's orders. The third movement is to prostrate oneself on the ground, with forehead and nose on the floor and elbows raised, in a posture of submission to Allah. The fourth movement is to sit with the feet folded under the body. In the concluding portion of the prayers, the worshiper recites "Peace be upon you, and Allah's blessing" once while facing the right, and once while the face is turned to the left. This action reminds Muslims of the importance of others around them, both in the mosque (if the prayer is being offered at mosque), and in the rest of the world. The worshipper will also do it to the recording angels on his left and right as a greeting to them. [2]

ComponentsEdit

Daily Prayer RakʿahEdit

Each daily prayer has a different number of Rakah:

  • Fajr — The Dawn prayer: 2 Rakat Sunnah + 2 Rakat Fard
  • zuhr — The Midday or Afternoon Prayer: 4 Rakat Sunnah + 4 Rakat Fard + 2 Rakat Sunnah followed by 2 Rakat Nafl
  • Asr — The Evening Prayer: 4 Rakat Sunnah + 4 Rakat Fard
  • Maghrib — The Dusk Prayer: 3 Rakat Fard + 2 Rakat Sunnah followed by 2 Rakat Nafl
  • Isha — The Night Prayer: 4 Rakat Sunnah + 4 Rakat Fard + 2 Rakat Sunnah then 3 Rakat Witr and 2 Rakat Nafl before and after the Witr.

Regarding Jumu'ah (Friday) Prayer,It consists of 4 Rakat Sunnah before the Arabic Khutbah and followed by 4 Rakat Sunnah after the 2 Fard Rakat and then 2 Rakat Sunnah and 2 Rakat Nafl. There are two Eid prayers in a year, Eid-ul-fitr and Eid-ul-adha.

See alsoEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Only performed in the first rakat of the prayer and only performed by some schools.
  2. ^ Only first half of the Tashahhud is recited in the second rakat in a 4- or 3-rakat prayer, e.g. the afternoon prayer or the evening prayer, but all of it is recited in the last rakat of any prayer.
  3. ^ Only performed in the last rakat of a prayer.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Quran-Islam.org - True Islam". www.quran-islam.org. Retrieved 2016-02-20.
  2. ^ Taslim

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