When visiting an Arab home please be aware of the importance of prayer times in the daily routine of a Muslim family. Don’t feel confused if your host leaves you to say prayers in the mosque.
If your host prays at home, make sure you do not pass in front of him / her because this will interrupt their connection to God (Allah).
Prayer times are precisely laid down and can be found in the daily newspapers.
The five times of prayer are:
late afternoon (al-3aSr),
late evening (al-3ashaa’).
In most Arab countries the five prayer times are so well-known and so much a part of the daily routine that it is quite usual for people to make appointments such as ‘I will see you at al-3aSr’ (the late-afternoon prayer).
To make such an appointment you would automatically add, at the end, in shaa’ allah. Everything, of course, depends on the will of the Almighty. Even the weather forecasters on radio and TV will predict sunshine, rain, cloud, etc. only ‘if God wills’.
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