Ha! All readers! Are you looking for an explanation of “how many rakats in each prayer?”? If your answer is “Yes”, congratulations! Now you are reading the right article. Why? Because that is what I will explain in this article. As Muslims, we must understand that. That’s why I wrote this article. So, you should read it to the end!
Specifically, there are three important things about “how many rakats in each prayer?” which I will explain in this article. The three important things I mean are as follows:
- What Is Rakat in Prayer?
- General Hadith About Rakats in Each Prayer.
- How Many Rakats in Each Prayer?
What Is Rakat in Prayer?
The first important thing about “how many rakats in each prayer?” what I will explain now is “what is rakat in prayer?”. I want you to understand that because it is one of the very important discussions about rakats in prayer that some Muslims don’t understand very well.
In general, some Muslims understand that the rakats in prayer are parts of prayer. Specifically, we can understand the meaning of rakat prayer in the definition of rakat prayer below:
الرَّكَعَاتُ أَوْ رَكَعَاتُ الصَّلَاةِ هِيَ : أَقْوَالٌ وَأَفْعَالٌ مَخْصُوْصَةٌ ، فِيْ الدِّيْنِ الْإِسْلَامِيِّ ، تَتَكَوَّنُ مِنْهَا الصَّلَاةُ ، وَكَيْفِيَتُهَا مُحَدَّدَةٌ بِاتِّبَاعِ الشَّرْعِ
Rakats in prayer are certain sayings and movements in Islam that are components of prayer and the way of doing it is all determined by following the sharia.
So, Rakats in prayer are not just parts of prayer. In a more specific sense, as I have quoted, the rakats in prayer are the utterances and movements in prayer that distinguish the first rakat and the other rakats.
For example, in the first rakat in Isha prayer is different from the second rakat. The most basic difference is that a Muslim must perform tashahud in the second rakat in Isha prayer which cannot be done in the first rakat and third rakat, and so on.
That is a brief explanation of “what is rakat in prayer?”. As Muslims, we must understand that.
General Hadith About Rakats in Each Prayer
The second important thing about “how many rakats in each prayer?” what I will explain now is general hadith about rakats in each prayer. I want you to understand that because it is one of the important parts of this discussion that must be well understood.
In this section I will explain the general hadith about rakats in each prayer. The point is that in the hadith there is a general explanation of the rakats in each prayer. I’ll explain that more specifically in the next section: the last section of this article. There is a specific explanation of the rakats in each prayer.
As for the general hadith about rakats in each prayer I mean as follows:
عَنْ عَائِشَةَ زَوْجِ النَّبِيِّ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ قَالَتْ كَانَ أَوَّلَ مَا افْتُرِضَ عَلَى رَسُولِ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ الصَّلَاةُ رَكْعَتَانِ رَكْعَتَانِ إِلَّا الْمَغْرِبَ فَإِنَّهَا كَانَتْ ثَلَاثًا ثُمَّ أَتَمَّ اللَّهُ الظُّهْرَ وَالْعَصْرَ وَالْعِشَاءَ الْآخِرَةَ أَرْبَعًا فِي الْحَضَرِ وَأَقَرَّ الصَّلَاةَ عَلَى فَرْضِهَا الْأَوَّلِ فِي السَّفَرِ
From Aisha, the wife of the Prophet Muhammad sallallahu alaihi wa sallam, she said: Among that which was obligated on Messenger of Allah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam was Salat which was two Rakats two Rakats except for Maghrib which was three, and then Allah made Zuhr Asr and Isha four while one is not Traveling, and made it the same as it was obligated the first time while Traveling (meaning Two Rakats).
That’s a brief explanation of the general hadith about rakats in each prayer?”. As Muslims, we must understand that.