How long can you pray Maghrib

Prerequisite for prayer

1. The times of prayer

The Koran prescribes the obligatory prayer for the believer at five specific times of the day. A distinction is made between the actual compulsory prayers (fard), which must by no means be omitted, from the so-called sunna prayers, which precede or follow the fard prayers. Nafl prayers are completely voluntary prayers. Witr is a binding (wajib) prayer that is performed after the night prayer and consists of three prayer sections. All prayers consist of a certain number of prayer sections (rak‘a, see below). The following table shows the times of prayer, the number of sections (rak‘a) in each prayer and the type of prayer (fard, sunna, nafl, wajib).
 
 
time
sunna before fard
fard
sunna after fard
nafl
wajib
tomorrow2 m2   
Noon4 m42 m2 
afternoon4 gm4   
Eve4 gm32 m  
night4 gm42 m23 (witr)

m = mu‘akkada, regularly prayed by the Prophet
gm = ghair mu‘akkada, not regularly prayed by the Prophet.
 
 
The times of prayer are measured as follows:
 
 
Tomorrow 2 rakat (fajr):This prayer is said between the onset of dawn and sunrise.
Noon 4 rakat (dsuhr):This prayer is said between the sun's highest point and the beginning of the afternoon prayer.
Afternoon 4 rakat (‘asr):This prayer is performed between noon and evening, around the last third.
Evening 3 rakat (maghrib):This prayer is offered between sunset and the end of dusk.
Night 4 rakat (‘ischa):This prayer is performed after dusk has ended, from dusk to before dawn.

It is not permissible to offer prayers at the following three times:
- during sunrise
- during sunset
- while the sun is at the highest point in the sky

No fard prayer should be said outside of its actual time. If a fard prayer could not be prayed in time for inevitable reasons, it must be made up at the earliest possible time.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
With the kind permission of the House of Islam for approval in islam.de - text partially adapted from islam.de