How To Perform The (3 Rakat) Fardh Of Salat Al-Maghrib
Salat al-Maghrib in the fourth, from amongst the five fardh (obligatory) prayers. The time for Maghrib Prayer occurs as the day transitions into the night, and the horizon explodes into brilliant hues at dusk. Maghrib time for most happens soon after a hard day’s work. It’s a time of togetherness, when families usually settle down into their homes, peacefully. In Blessed Ramadan, these much-celebrated few moments are considered a joyous time for breaking one’s fast.
This alteration has a degree of seriousness to it, for parents are asked to keep their children indoors during it. The Prophet (PBUH) said, “When night falls (or it is the evening), keep your children close to you for the devils spread out at that time. But when an hour of the night elapses, you can let them free. Close the doors and mention the Name of Allah, for Satan does not open a closed-door” (Bukhari 3304).
Having established some of the realities of this precarious time, we will proceed to explain how to perform the (3 Rakat) Fardh of Salat al-Maghrib for beginners — leaving aside the two Sunnah for now. The goal is to report our findings based on the authentic prayers of the Prophet (PBUH), Allah-willing. For, after all, he is reported to have commanded the Muslims to pray as he prayed.