Worshipping at the right times and in the right direction through falak

A muslim performing fajr prayer

MUSLIMS perform five mandatory prayers a day – fajr (subh), zhuhr, asr, maghrib and isha’a.

Each one of these prayers must be performed within a set time. Islamic astronomy or falak syarie plays a significant role in determining the accurate time for the performance of these prayers.

Apart from facing the qiblah (praying facing the direction of the Kaaba), the timing is also important for Muslims to perform prayers. This is an area where Islamic astronomers or falak scientists are involved and they work hand in hand with the ulamas (Muslim scholars).