How many rakat in Maghrib?

How many Rakat in Maghrib? Salat is the Arabic equivalent of prayer, which means – prayer because the whole prayer is a sum of many prayers.

At the beginning of the prayer, we recite Surah Fatiha, and this surah is a special supplication. We read At-Tahiyatu to finish the prayer or after two Rakat.

At-Tahiyatu is a supplication. After this, after reciting Darood and another prayer, the prayer ends.

Since prayer is a collection of prayers from the beginning to the end, it can be said that prayer is a great blessing of Allah Ta’ala for us.

There is no alternative but to use this blessing to make our life sacred.

But the sad thing is that most Muslims do not pray and roam like fearless madmen.

Some people want to pray. But he does not know the rules of praying, and even the basics are unclear to them.

For this, we are starting a prayer series for all readers of Muslim Guiding. In this series, there will be a detailed discussion about the five times: Fajr, Zuhr, Asr, Maghrib, and Isha prayers.

Have I organized today’s blog – how many Rakat in Maghrib prayer? By answering this question. This post will discuss the answers to several questions about Maghrib prayer.

Maghrib prayer in Quran

We pray five times a day, and these five daily prayers are to be offered at specific times.

Allah says in the Holy Qur’an:

Indeed, believers are required to pray at certain times. (Surah Nisa – 103)

Therefore, every prayer should be performed at a specified time according to the rules.

Allah says in the Holy Qur’an:

Translation: And pray at both ends of the day and part of the night. Indeed good deeds remove evil deeds. (Surah Hud – 114)

In this verse, both ends of the day are Fajr and Maghrib. According to others, the first part means Fajr, and the second part of Zuhr means Asr and Maghrib.

And by part of the night is meant the Isha prayer. Therefore, the five daily prayers and the time of their performance are evident in the Holy Quran.

Maghrib prayer time

Maghrib prayer time begins when the sun has completely set. All the Imams have agreed on this.

This verse proves that just as it is obligatory to pray, it is also obligatory to pray at a particular time.

Rasulullah – may Allah bless him and grant him peace – said:

ووقتُ صلاةِ المغربِ إذا غابتِ الشَّمُ

Translation – And the Maghrib prayer time starts after sunset.

On the authority of Abu Musa Ashari – Radiyallahu Anhu –, A person asked Rasulullah – Sallallahu alaihi Wa Sallam – about the time of prayer?

But he gave her no answer. (He waited until it was time for prayer. Then after sunset, he ordered the Iqamat for Maghrib prayer.

Rasulullah – may Allah bless him and grant him peace – said:

ووقتُ صلاةِ المغربِ إذا غابتِ الشَّمُ

Translation – And the Maghrib prayer time starts after sunset.

On the authority of Abu Musa Ashari – Radiyallahu Anhu –,

A person asked Rasulullah – sallallaahu alaihi wa sallam – about the time of prayer?

But he gave her no answer. (He waited until it was time for prayer. Then after sunset, he ordered the Iqamat for Maghrib prayer.

Last time of Maghrib prayer

After the sun sets in the western sky, we see the red light on the horizon. As long as this red light exists, it will be Maghrib time.

And when Lalima fades, Maghrib prayer time will end.

Abdullah Ibn Amr – Radiyallahu Anhu – narrates –

Translation: Rasulullah – may God bless him and grant him peace – said,

Zuhr prayer time will start when the sun descends from the middle sky to the western sky. It will remain until the shadow of a person equals it and the time of Asr appears.

During Asr prayer, the sun will remain until it turns yellow. Maghrib prayer time will remain until the sunset of the western sky.

Although the Maghrib prayer time is left until the sunset of the western sky, it is better to perform the prayer immediately after sunrise.

How many Rakat in Maghrib prayer?

Maghrib prayer is three Rakat because these three Rakat are obligatory.

Only the number of obligatory Rakat is considered for the calculation of prayer. However, after Fard, two-Rakaat Sunnah Muakkadah must be recited.

Sunnat Muakkadah means – Sunnat guided by Dudh. In other words, Shariah has given great importance to the performance of prayers.

Rasulullah – may Allah bless and grant him peace – used to pray a few Rakat before or after the obligatory prayers every time as Nafl.

The Naval Namaz that he performed regularly has become a Sunnah for us.

Because the optional worship of Rasulullah – may Allah bless him and grant him peace – becomes Sunnah for the Ummah.

And the optional prayer he used to perform sometimes and sometimes skipped is a common Sunnah or Gair Muakkadah.

How many Sunnah Rakat in Maghrib before Faraz?

There is a hadith about performing two Rakat of Sunnah before the obligatory three Rakat of Maghrib.

In many Muslim countries, this two Rakat of Sunnah are performed before the obligatory three Rakat of Maghrib. Although in our country it is not so common to collect it.

After performing two Rakat of Sunnah Muakkadah after Fard, two Rakat of Nafal can be performed.

Naval means were extra. In other words, the prayer is optional in addition to the obligatory prayer is Nafal.

It is not the case that Nafal prayers should be offered only after obligatory prayers, and Nafal prayers can be offered at any time except the three prohibited times.

Since Nafal Namaz is an optional subject, performing it will be rewarded. But it will not be a sin if you don’t do it.

In the same way, if you do not perform the Sunnah prayer, it will not be a sin, according to pure opinion. However, not performing Sunnah prayers is a loss.

Because the mistake of the obligatory prayer is a subsidy for the error of the Kapoor, therefore, for any sensible person, Sunnah is not desirable without prayer.

If the Maghrib prayer is counted with Sunnah and Nafal, it will be nine Rakat.

Sunnah is two rakat, and three rakats are obligatory. Sunnah Muakkadah two rakat. Nafal two rakat. Nine rakats in total.

See the picture below.

How many rakat in Maghrib
How many rakat in Maghrib?

Of these nine Rakat, it is sufficient to perform only the obligatory three Rakat and then the two Rakat of the Sunnah.

However, if someone wants, he can recite two Rakat of Sunnah before the Fard and two Rakat of naval after it or two Rakat as much as he wants.

How many nafal rakat in Maghrib?

Allah Ta’ala has made prayer obligatory for every believer, and he made prayer the second of the five foundations of Islam.

Prayer is the medium of communication between Allah Ta’ala and His servant, and prayer is an expression of the servant’s love for Allah Ta’ala.

Through prayer, we express our thanks and gratitude for the many blessings of Allah Ta’ala.

And praying five times regularly is another way to forgive our sins.

Rasulullah – may Allah bless him and grant him peace-said:

Translation: If one of you has a river in front of his house and bathes in this river five times a day, will his body be dirty?

The Companions said no, no dirt would remain on his body.

Then he said that it is like five times prayer. Through this, Allah Almighty forgives the sins of the servant. (Sahih Muslim – 667)

In other words, if you take a bath five times a day, there is no dirt in your body, so if you pray five times a day, there is no sin in your deeds.

Since Maghrib is also included in the five daily prayers, performing the Maghrib prayers properly is essential to get the full benefits of that hadith.

The rule of performing three Rakat of Maghrib

In the Maghrib prayer, the first obligatory three Rakat must be performed. Every non-disabled man must perform obligatory prayer in the congregation.

So if you go to the mosque and join the congregation with the Imam, you don’t need to know any rules to separate.

By fixing the intention of the prayer, one can finish the prayer efficiently with Imam Sah’s Ikeda.

However, for those who have to pray at home for some reason or women, I am briefly telling the rules of Maghrib Namaz.

First, Tahrima will begin the prayer by saying ‘Allahu Akbar’ in Takbeer. Then Sana will recite ‘Subhanakallahumma’.

Then, at least recite Surah Fatiha and another short Surah or three verses and bow.

Reciting ‘Subhana Rabbiyal Azim’ three times in Ruku, Sami will stand straight, saying Allahu Liman Hamida.

After standing, say ‘Rabbana Lakal Hamad’ once. After saying Allahu Akbar, he will leave for prostration.

In Sajdah, say ‘Subahana Rabbiyal A’la’ three times. After saying Allahu Akbar, he will raise his head from prostration.

Sitting and saying ‘Allahummaghfir li Warhamni,’ he will prostrate again. And after reciting Tasbeeh three times, he will stand saying Allahu Akbar.

After standing, another Rakat will be recited according to the previous rule. In this rak’ah, after the second prostration, sit without standing.

Recite At-Tahiyatu while sitting. Then Allah will say, Akbar. In this rak’ah, only recite Surah Fatiha and bow and prostrate.

After performing two prostrations in the third rakyat, ‘at-hiatus will return the salaam by reciting Darud and supplications.

Briefly, I discussed the rules of praying three Rakat of Maghrib. I will discuss this in detail in another post, in sha Allah.


  1. Salaam brother
    I have red the artical and understand it very well and it guided me well but i still have question that can we husband and wife kiss each other’s private parts before intercourse just to pleasure our self ?
    And i don’t mean oral sex no discharge in mouth.. just pleasure .Tell me simply if it’s sinful act ?

  2. The day I need another man to tell me how to please my wife then I have a bigger problem on my hands. You can do whatever you want with each other. Whose business is it anyway ?

  3. It is pure HARAAM I dont understand why you all are showing such weak references to justify such a shameful act
    Prophet p.b.u.h. said that if you even look at private parts during intercourse your child will have weak eyesight especially towards the HAQ

  4. It is pure HARAAM I dont understand why you all are showing such weak references to justify such a shameful act
    Prophet p.b.u.h. said that if you even look at private parts during intercourse your child will have weak eyesight especially towards the HAQ
    Prophet p.b.u.h. also said not to act like animals during sex with your partner. Now tell me everyone haven’t you seen a DOGS having sex they do that shameful act that you all are trying to justify here
    But if you wanna be a DOG then let it be choice is yours

  5. There is nothing in the books of Bhai Hadith that looking at the genitals during intercourse has an effect on the child. I have never heard such a thing from an Islamic scholar. Can you tell me that hadith?

  6. asalaam aleikum warahmatullahi wabarakatu am asking as a man my wife sucks till I come she even feel ok is it ok basically halal or haram though Marriage halal

  7. Is it halal to use condom reason as to why we do such habits unless medically proven but my wife preventing what ? waiting for the answer deeply I feel it’s committing an offence of killing

  8. Alls I did was type Ramadan 2021 in google and this came up? Kinda perverse. I mean who asks questions like that? In my law and COMMON SENSE tells you that you cannot do that. Thats if you claim to worship the creator of the universe. I have read the Quran at length and would recommend you not do that. You say WHY, Because you praise God with you mouth. Your god and my God are not the same.
    And if you are wanting an answer why not ask God himself? He is the teacher. He is the law giver. He is the Almighty. He is the counsellor. He is the Great I Am. He is the Rock.
    For his government shall be upon his shoulders.
    Sorry I cannot serve a god that is not living and doesnt answer me or teach me.
    I need not to ask any man. Praise God.
    Me being a woman am wiser and mightier than you all. So be it Lord.
    If any man or angel teach not this doctrine let him be accursed. Gal 1:8 KJV
    Acts 2:38 KJV

  9. Ranjivsingh Boolaucksays:

    Haram is a state of impurity.both man and woman have the responsibility of cleaning and keep the genitals alkaline.wash with saffran and rock salt and use organic coconut oil for oral and place in quaran is written that husband and wife cant taste each other as long as its clean. Insha allah.Dr Rehman Boolauck

  10. Bn Shaikh Elhakeemsays:

    Can a full evidence be given on this from the othodox caliph an co.bcuz that verse you mention Q2:V-223 has been abrogate by verse that come before it Q2:V-222

  11. Madhuri Shuklasays:

    Hey my brother muhammadsuhail I can refer you that hadith of @Adv faiz syed u can’t even do 🐕 doggy style kissing to ur spouse etc..
    Yes, it is forbidden in islam

  12. Babagana Kachallasays:

    Madhuri, this is a question of “style” all styles are permissible if: she accepted (reconcile) & you are not hurting her. and at the same time you are not touching her anus (trespassing). The issue of doggy style, dogs are animals and so birds too. if we hate dog style so why practicing bird style of kissing.

  13. Because the Prophet said –

    It is not in Islam to be harmed and harmed. (Ibn Majah)

    Similarly, if the husband or wife does not want to face the other’s private parts, he or she cannot be forced.

    I think this is the key

  14. I’m not a muslim, and I don’t know how I came across this thread. Some parts were funny, some parts sounded true. To answer some questions, I can refer to the Torah or book of jews, though I’m not a jew, but God said not to have your two wives naked before each other and sex with both at same time, to avoid jealousy in the old testament.

    And, as for the person who said it is against taste to lick down there, heh…. funny but, if i can use that as a moral excuse for why i dont want to lick my wife’s then… I’ll take it.

    It truly is against my taste buds.

    1. You fool Hazrat Ayesha had not only reached the state of puberty at that time but she had her own will in the marriage.She was not forced to marry Hazrat Muhammad(PBUH).Who told you that Prophet Muhammad had sex with her.Hazrat Ayesha got married at the age of nine but she went to Prophet Muhammad’s house after migration to Madinah.At that time she would be older than 14

  15. Asalam alekum I have been asked this hadith by many of my friends b
    ,but I don’t know how to answer them.
    Hadith an-nasal 4184,can you help me explain it please thank you.

  16. Mohamed Abdul Shareef Jabarsays:

    Is it haraam to lay with your sister? I say no but she is a temptress muhammed watch over me i am in danger

  17. Mohamed Abdul Shareefsays:

    is it haram to lay with your sister? I try to say no but she is temptress i feel i am in danger muhammad watch over me

  18. Abubakar Musa Olusegunsays:

    Salam Alaykum….
    I have a question ⁉️
    While kissing my wife private parts, what if she discharged in my mouth 👄

  19. Entering eternal Paradise and becoming safe from eternal Hell Fire (Msg being communicated as received, for the sole purpose of eternal success of mankind. Pl do read it in full without any prejudice before closing it )………Peace and blessings of our Creator be on you all brothers and sisters in humanity all over the world . Islam in fact began when we all were gathered in front of our Creator/ Yahweh / God AlMighty/ Pramatama/ Eeshwaar / Bhagawan / Elohim/ Jehowah/ Ahura Mazda (الله جل جلا له) in the form of Spirits (this present body was not yet given at that time and was created later on ) and He took a covenant from us , saying as narrated in the HOLY QURAN, ” Am I your Rab (Sustainer, Cherisher ) and we all replied , ” yes indeed ( without any doubt) You are ( our Rab). What was in hearts and minds I.E LOVE WITH OUR CREATOR , came on our lips. Now as a trial this present body along with spirit has been given and we have been sent into this world as our Creator – Creator/ Yahweh / God AlMighty/ Pramatama/ Eeshwaar / Bhagawan / Elohim/ Jehowah / Ahura Mazda (الله جل جلا له) wants to see which ones among His creation do good deeds and abstain from bad ones. All the Messengers peace and blessings of our Creator on them sent by our Creator in different parts of the world at different times, reminded the mankind of the same covenant until He decided to send his final messenger i.e Muhammadمحمد صلى الله عليه و اله وسلم(Salla Allah o alaihi wa aalayhi wasallam)may peace and blessings of Allah be upon him to complete the deen of Islam about whom all the previous messengers including Jesus and Moses and others peace be upon them all, had prophesized in previous Holy Scriptures such as The Holy Bible , Gita, Veda, Parsi Scriptures , Osta , Buddhist Scriptures etc. Success of all mankind in this world and hereafter lies in obeying the Commandments of our Creator and following the noble ways of our Prophet Muhammad محمد صلى الله عليه و اله وسلم ( Salla Allah o alaihi wa aalayhi wasallam) may peace and blessings of Creator/ Yahweh / God AlMighty/ Pramatama/ Eeshwaar / Bhagawan / Elohim/ Jehowah / Ahura Mazda (الله جل جلا له)/Allah be upon him which have been preserved and protected in HOLY QURAN AND HADEES BY ALMIGHTY OUR CREATOR HIMSELF. This success of both the Worlds can be achieved in following ways.(1) Directly reading Quran and Hadees with meanings in own native language. (2) Trying to inculcate in ourselves habbit of inquiring ourselves before any act / decision about what does our Creator command us regarding this act i.e in the Holy Quran and how did our Reverend Prophet Muhammadمحمد صلى الله عليه و اله وسلم perform that action i.e by consulting Books of Hadees. This practice can be made more easy by joining silsilae baitسلسلہء بیعت ) (, tableeghi jamaat ( تبلیغی جماعت) daawat e Islami (دعوت اسلامی) or any other group who teaches or makes us practice both Quran and Hadees. One of reasons for revealing the Quraan was that the previous true scriptures revealed by our Creator were corrupted by some people to gain material benefits so falsehood and truth got mixed up and to save mankind from Hell Fire and make them enter eternal Paradise, the Quraan was revealed which is being protected by our Creator Himself. May our Creator reward and guide us and you and make us repent from our sins. IT IS REQUESTED THAT WE ALL SHOULD DO TWO IMP TASKS 1. Keep on Asking our Creator to guide us to the straight path after sincere repentance from our sins – an act which lifts up the curtains between us and our Creator so that we feel His existence and 2. Making all out efforts to find it( the straight path ) i.e Read translation of Quraan – The Final and Eternal Revelation of our Creator (الله جل جلا له) to mankind and of course along with reading our own religious Scriptures – may be The Holy Bible , Gita, Veda, Parsi Scriptures , Osta , Buddhist Scriptures or any set of beliefs (even if someone of us is an atheist) for comparison and He our Creator is the Best Guider to His Mercy in both the worlds . May our Creator guide us all towards the straight path of Islam, saving us from eternal fire of Hell and making us all enter eternal Paradise . Aameen.

  20. Thanks for clarification. Yes I agree and it’s very mandatory to be clean before having sex especially genitals to avoid any disease. Pleasure in this I feel is something not defined that openly but to clarify that both.wife and husband are covering of each other and are ok to have pleasure from each other. Some molana have spread in numerous ways deviation to this love way. Do advise on this

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