Anyone who lives near a mosque has heard the adhan, or the Islamic call to prayer. Observant Muslims pray five times a day, either at their community mosque or in their homes, under a specific schedule. These daily prayers are known as the salat and are a demonstration of Muslims’ enduring faith.
We spoke with Faryal M. Khatri of the Islamic Society of North America to break down exactly how the salat works.
Rather than follow a universal standard, salat times are determined by the sun, meaning it varies by region and time zone. Khatri explains that the five daily prayers occur at sunrise, mid-day, mid-afternoon, sunset, and dusk.