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Time for ‘Asr Prayer (Ahadith 519-526)


Volume 1, Book 10, Number 519:

Narrated Aisha:

Allah’s Apostle used to offer the ‘Asr prayer when the sunshine had not disappeared from my chamber.

Volume 1, Book 10, Number 520:

Narrated ‘Aisha:

Allah’s Apostle used to offer the ‘Asr prayers at a time when the sunshine was still inside my chamber and no shadow had yet appeared in it.

Hadith no. 521 same as above.

Volume 1, Book 10, Number 522:

Narrated Saiyar bin Salama:

I along with my father went to Abu- Barza Al-Aslarrni and my father asked him, “How Allah’s Apostle used to offer the five compulsory congregational prayers?” Abu- Barza said, “The Prophet used to pray the Zuhr prayer which you (people) call the first one at mid-day when the sun had just declined The Asr prayer at a time when after the prayer, a man could go to the house at the farthest place in Medina (and arrive) while the sun was still hot. (I forgot about the Maghrib prayer). The Prophet loved to delay the ‘Isha which you call Al- Atama and he disliked sleeping before it and speaking after it. After the Fajr prayer he used to leave when a man could recognize the one sitting beside him and he used to recite between 60 to 100 Ayat (in the Fajr prayer) .

  • Time for ‘Asr prayer: when the sun is still hot (before sunset).
  • Prophet (SAW) disliked sleeping before ‘Isha and speaking (in vain) after it.
Volume 1, Book 10, Number 523:Narrated Anas bin Malik:

We used to pray the Asr prayer and after that if someone happened to go to the tribe of Bani Amr bin Auf, he would find them still praying the Asr (prayer).

Volume 1, Book 10, Number 524:Narrated Abu Bakr bin Uthman bin Sahl bin Hunaif:

that he heard Abu Umama saying: We prayed the Zuhr prayer with ‘Umar bin Abdul Aziz and then went to Anas bin Malik and found him offering the Asr prayer. I asked him, “O uncle! Which prayer have you offered?” He said ‘The Asr and this is (the time of) the prayer of Allah’s Apostle which we used to pray with him.”

Volume 1, Book 10, Number 525:

Narrated Anas bin Malik:

Allah’s Apostle used to offer the ‘Asr prayer at a time when the sun was still hot and high and if a person went to Al-‘Awali (a place) of Medina, he would reach there when the sun was still high. Some of Al-‘Awali of Medina were about four miles or so from the town.

Volume 1, Book 10, Number 526:Narrated Anas bin Malik:

We used to pray the ‘Asr and after that if one of us went to Quba, he would arrive there while the sun was still high.

These Ahadith show that Prophet (SAW) used to offer ‘Asr at different times. Like every prayer, ‘Asr has a beginning time and an ending one.
  • ‘Asr begins when the shadows of objects are equal to the actual size of those objects (x1).
  • ‘Asr ends when the shadows get doubled (x2).
So you may pray your ‘Asr prayer anywhere in between these limits. It’s better to pray early though, as that is the time of fadheelat (excellence).
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