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Asr Prayer

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ʿAṣr prayer (Arabic: صلاة العصر) is among daily prayers in four rak'as and can be performed after the special time of zuhr prayer until sunset [when sun disappears from the sky, but it is not dark yet].

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Description

'Asr prayer has four rak'as, on the first rak'a of which after mentioning the intention and saying takbirat al-ihram, Sura al-Fatiha and another sura (not having an obligatory sajda) usually Sura al-Ikhlas is recited and then one ruku' and two sajdas are performed. Then, the person stands up for the second rak'a and continues by reciting Sura al-Fatiha and another sura and performing ruku' and sajda.

Then, tashahhud is recited in sitting position and in the third and fourth rak'as, tasbihat al-arba'a is recited and one ruku' and two sajdas are performed.

At the end, tashahhud and salam are recited.

Time

The time for performing 'asr prayer begins after the special time for zuhr prayer, until maghrib. This time is divided into the special time for 'asr prayer and the time common between zuhr and 'asr prayers.

Special Time

The "special time" for 'asr prayer is the time enough for performing one four-rak'a prayer before sunset, when only 'asr prayer can be performed.

Common Time

By ending the special time for zuhr prayer, the common time for zuhr and 'asr prayers begin, when the person can perform 'asr prayer.