Conditions that are required before Salah

Besides being Muslim , sane, and having reached the age of discernment (around 7 years old), one must also fulfill the following requirements (when possible):

  1. being in a state of purity,i.e to have Wudu’ (Ablution)

The Prophet (SAW) said : (Allah does not accept the prayer of anyone of you if he does Hadath (i.e. passes wind, urinates…etc)until he performs ablution)(Al-Bukhari and Muslim)

2. Ensuring that the body, clothing, and place of prayer are pure and free from impurities.

3. Covering the Awrah(Wearing the correct clothing)

Aman must cover his body between his navel and knees, and it is recommended to cover the shoulders as well when praying. The garments must be loose and non-transparent. A woman must cover her entire body, except for her hands and face. The garments must be loose and non-transparent.

4. The time for the prayer has started.

Allah the Exalted said:(Indeed, prayer has been decreed upon the believers a decree of specified times) (The Noble Quran 4:103)

5. Facing the Qiblah (the Ka’bah direction).

Wherever you are on the globe, you must pray towards the Ka’bah in Makkah. There are special compasses designed to help you find the Qiblah direction.

6. the intention

Every act of worship requires an intention prior to performing it. The intention is in the heart, which is to intend that you are going to pray the due prayer. It is against the sunnah to utter the intention.

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